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Cornwall Hotel Named Best In Europe For Families
TripAdvisor reveals best family-friendly properties worldwide

LONDON, UK. – 3 April, 2012  TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announces the winners of its 2012 Travellers’ Choice® Hotels for Families, honouring the best family-friendly hotels in 25 markets around the globe, including Europe and Britain. 

Cornwall reigned triumphant, laying claim to Europe’s best hotel for families, The Sands Resort Hotel & Spa in Newquay.  The only other British property to feature in the European list was also Cornish – Bedruthan Steps Hotel, in Mawgan Porth, took 12th place. 

The Sands Resort Hotel & Spa and Bedruthan Steps were additionally named winner and runner-up in the British list, followed by Blackpool’s Doric Hotel in third place, Isle of Arann’s Auchrannie Spa Resort in fourth and Jersey’s Merton Hotel in fifth.

Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson, commented: “With so many highly-rated family-friendly hotels in Britain, including Europe’s number one, it’s clear that British families need not always look abroad for a truly great holiday.”

Malcolm Bell, Head of Tourism, VisitCornwall, commented: “The awards are a magnificent accolade for the hotels and they should be immensely proud of themselves. Families love Cornwall for its stunning natural environment and great attractions, and with these amazing hotels families can be assured of quality in every aspect of their holiday.”

Award-winners were determined based on the most highly rated hotels by those who travelled with family. Unlike any other honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

Europe’s top ten hotels for families

  1. Sands Resort Hotel & Spa (Cornwall, England)

  1. Protur Bonaire Aparthotel (Majorca, Spain)

  1. Holiday Village Rhodes (Rhodes, Greece)

  1. Sidari Water Park Hotel (Corfu, Greece)

  1. Aparthotel Playa Mar (Majorca, Spain)

  1. Alfagar II Aparthotel (Albufeira, Portugal)

  1. Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA (Aegean Coast, Turkey)

  1. Coma Gran Aparthotel (Majorca, Spain)

  1. Aparthotel Golden Avenida Suites (Costa Dorada, Spain)

  1. Apartamentos Cala d'Or Playa (Majorca, Spain)

Britain’s top ten hotels for families

  1. Sands Resort Hotel & Spa  (Newquay, Cornwall)

  1. Bedruthan Steps Hotel (Mawgan Porth, Cornwall)

  1. Doric Hotel (Blackpool, Lancashire)

  1. Auchrannie Spa Resort (Brodick, Isle of Arann)

  1. Merton Hotel (St. Saviour, Jersey)

  1. Collingham Serviced Apartments (London)

  1. Holyrood Aparthotel (Edinburgh)

  1. The Colwyn Hotel (Blackpool, Lancashire)

  1. Novotel London Tower Bridge (London)

  1. The Gables Hotel (Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway)

For the complete 2012 Travellers’ Choice Hotels for Families, sponsored by Thomas Cook, go to