The time to start planning your summer family holiday has come again and with it, our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Our team has been bursting with anticipation for the big reveal. What are the top resorts in 2017? Will our old favourites continue to reign supreme, or will they fall to new challengers?
With thousands of resorts across the globe striving to make family holidays comfortable and memorable, how do we choose? Well, we asked you to tell us all about your favourite family travel experiences and, once again, you’ve answered our call. With multiple factors contributing to your final decision, it’s a wonder that any decisions are made at all. Not only are kids’ clubs and activities a must, but a sprinkling of adult refuges in the form of a spa or bar never go amiss. And you can never forget the golden rule when it comes to choosing accommodation for your family holiday: properties with close proximity to attractions that still maintain the advantages of seclusion, comfort and facilities to suit all ages. This year saw the return of many time-honoured family favourites in both the international and domestic sections.
Our readers — ever-inspired by their collective wanderlust — have, however, been more adventurous as new and exotic locations have been added to the mix, and many first-time resort mentions have resulted in a reshuffle in the ranks.
We also explore all the upcoming destinations of the world with the return of our 'Other International' category, for the second year running. Reader excitement has spilled out from the pages of last year’s issue and inspired this year’s adventures, prompting us to expand the Bali section into the far reaches of Indonesia and split it into two categories – over 4 star and 4 star and under – giving readers access to all that Indonesia offers. This year, not only have we created a flip edition dedicated to the wonders of Japan, we also included, by special request, Top 10 Resorts in Japan.
We’d like to extend our warm congratulations to all of the 2017 nominees and. of course, our special winners. We also owe a huge thank you to you, our readers. Without your enthusiasm for travel and dedication to creating the best family holidays, none of this would be possible.