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Smith Hotel Awards Best for Families winner: Soneva Kiri

Too drizzly for Devon? Too cold for Corsica? This month, we’ve travelled far and wide to round up new exotic kids on the Smith & Family block, including Soneva Kiri, which scooped the gong for Best Family Hotel at the recent Smith Hotel Awards. Two child-friendly Australian getaways, two stylish family escapes in Thailand, and a rather princely resort in spice-scented Mauritius: read on for play-perfect pools, action-packed kids’ clubs and service that deserves a gold star…

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Family-friendly Queenstown hotel QT Port Douglas

RAINFOREST AND REEF

QT Port Douglas Queenstown, Australia
Just for them Croc-spotting and cable car rides
Just for you Swim-up bar and sensational spa

The zesty hues and apartment-style set-up make this quirky reefside retreat a great base for light-hearted antipodean antics. Little Smiths will love splashing in the glittering lagoon-shaped pool, gawping at kaleidoscopic corals nearby or scouting the local rainforest. Build up an appetite freewheeling around town on the hotel’s retro-style bikes, then head back to explore the culinary offerings at the market-style Bazaar buffet, a whistle-stop world tour in itself.

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Family holidays in Australia at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

HERITAGE HOMESTEAD

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Australia
Just for them Bush-ranging skills and safari thrills
Just for you 
Stargazing and romantic horseback riding

Want to go rural without roughing it? Got free-range kids in tow? Under wide southern skies, the rough-hewn peaks and untamed forests of the Blue Mountains are laid bare, calling out for discovery from this elegantly authentic bush base. Recruit an expert field guide to get the best from the great outdoors: you’ll go home with the ultimate Aussie photo album and a true blue taste of outback life.

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Winter sun at child-friendly Soneva Kiri hotel Koh Kood Thailand

BEACHES AND BUTLERS

Soneva Kiri Koh Kood, Thailand
Just for them The manta-ray-shaped kids den
Just for you 
Tree-pod dining and wine tastings

This impossible-to-improve eco-haven recently won the Best for Families title at the Smith Hotel Awards, thanks to its breathtaking jungle-meets-ocean setting, switched-on service and fun-loving attitude. A no-shoes philosophy and at-your-service butlers will have you feeling like castaways treated to a serious desert island upgrade. Here, grown-ups can luxuriate in the Six Senses Spa or laze cocktail-in-hand by their private pool, while kids get a taste of creative play and Thai culture at the am-I-dreaming kids’ club.

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Famil-friendly Anantara Phuket Villas Thailand

BLUE PHUKET LAGOON

Anantara Phuket Villas Phuket, Thailand
Just for them Batik classes and snorkelling sessions
Just for you 
Tailored tipples in the Tasting Room

Sophisticated villas set amid lilypad-flecked lakes and lush green gardens need not be the exclusive reserve of honeymooning couples. At Anantara, each gorgeous pool villa is like its own little tropical island where you and yours set the pace. A few barefoot steps away, the sun-soaked sands of Phuket’s longest beach make the perfect launch pad for watersports. When you tire of sunning and swimming, let the resort fashion you a tailor-made escapade: elephant treks, jungle expeditions, sailing trips and more should satisfy Smiths of every possible size and inclination.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel Mauritius

PRINCELY PROPERTY

Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius
Just for them Crab hunting and treetop ziplining
Just for you Rum tasting and couples’ rooms in the Sisley spa

Dotted with rustic-chic suites on stilts and starring a spectacular floating restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice is a family-friendly retreat in a palm-shaded paradise. Your little princes and princesses will be well looked after with games, classes and watersports in the free kids’ club, while you indulge in all the lounging and spa-ing you can manage. Nearby, there are bustling markets, sun-ripe fruit plantations and forest-fringed waterfalls to explore. Island life sure is hard.

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Ready for some winter sun with the kids? Check out Smith & Family’s full collection of family-friendly hotels.

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One Response to “Winter warmers: new Smith & Family hotels in Australia, Thailand and Mauritius”

  1. […] What next? Well, with Smith & Family’s assurances, we could take on the world… almost. Long-haul? Why not? Now, remember when you were young and foolish and wanted to find ‘The Beach’? Well, these days, Soneva Kiri is actually what you would find on your Beach. Set on Koh Kood, on Thailand’s West coast, this is (tropical) paradise to zonked parents. Hello treehouses, luxury jungle- living and stargazing. Oh, and probably the most amazing kids’ club in the world. […]

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