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It’s that time of year again and the office is abuzz with talk of the Readers’ Choice Survey. Who will take out the top spots? Can they win it again? Who are the new contenders? We’ve kept the answers to these and more under wraps for as long as possible, but now we’re happy and proud to announce our lucky winners!

Every year we ask you, our readers, to turn the spotlight on your top resorts based on a number of factors. As any parent knows, kids’ activities are a must, quality accommodation is key and an amazing spa or adults’ area wouldn’t go astray. We want to know the standard of service, level of hospitality, value for money, and overall experience. This knowledge is then analysed and the different elements categorised to give us some amazing hotels and resorts from all over the world.

This year we have some tried-and true favourites take out the top spots, in both international and domestic sections. However, this year our readers are stepping out of their comfort zones more than ever. We have a mix of some new and exotic resorts that are first-timers in the Readers’ Choice Awards and many that are moving up the ranks. This is why we have added the ‘Other International’ section this year, to recognise all the emerging hotspots. It’s clear that those headed interstate love the sun, sand and glittering sea. For the families venturing overseas, beachfront bliss and adrenaline-inducing adventure are on the cards, while cultural experiences are more popular than ever. In a Readers’ Survey first, a destination outside of Australia has needed two lists because it’s so popular we couldn’t fit all the winners on one page.

We’d like to congratulate this year’s nominees and, of course, our winners; with so many spectacular resorts nominated, it’s an honour to grace these pages. Thank you for voting; none of this is possible without you. Though you might want to keep this issue close by when planning your next family jaunt – it’s the perfect destination guide, and we’ve done all the research for you!


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