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TripAdvisor Reveals The UK’s Top Family Hotels For 2013
Scottish hotel named best in UK while Cornwall continues to be a family favourite

6 March, 2013 - TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, announces the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice® Awards for Hotels for Families, honouring the best family-friendly hotels in the UK and around the globe.  

Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world. “With the schools set to break up for Easter in a matter of weeks, these awards recognise the hotels that family travellers love the most.  It’s great to see a British hotel recognised among Europe’s top 10 and the world’s top 25,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

Escape to Scotland with the kids

Scotland celebrates great success this year, laying claim to the UK’s number one hotel for families. The Auchrannie Spa Resort on the Isle of Arran was crowned the UK’s top family-friendly hotel, 10th in Europe and 25th in the whole world alongside the likes of Orlando’s Disney hotels. And not stopping there, it is also the only British property to feature in the European and world list.

Located in Brodick on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, the Auchrannie Spa Resort makes sure kids are kept happy, and subsequently their parents too with two 20m swimming pools, a sports hall, three-tier indoor soft play area and games and internet rooms. 

Linda Johnston, Executive Director of the Auchrannie Spa Resort said, “We are delighted to have been voted the number one family hotel in the UK by the families on TripAdvisor. This is testimony to the efforts of our fantastic team who work hard to ensure families that visit us have an enjoyable and memorable stay.”

Cornwall a firm family favourite

This year Cornwall boasts two hotels in the UK’s top 10. Newquay’s Sands Resort Hotel & Spa takes second place while the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa in Mawgan Porth comes ninth.

With both children and parents in mind, the Sands Resort Hotel & Spa is the ideal family getaway. For kids there is a whole host of free activities including a climbing wall, zip wire and bouncy castle as well as an OFSTED approved kids club and entertainment programme. And the Ocean Breeze spa is the perfect place for parents to chill while the children are off enjoying themselves.  

Pack up the buckets and spades for Blackpool

Head off to the bright lights of Blackpool for a family-friendly break. The Lancashire seaside town has double cause for celebration with two hotels named among the UK’s top 10 hotels for families. The Premier Inn Blackpool Central and Doric Hotel take sixth and seventh place respectively.

Located close to the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool's Golden Mile, the Premier Inn Blackpool Central offers spacious family rooms at no extra cost and children under 16 can stay and eat breakfast for free.

Family fun in Italy

For those looks to venture further afield, the Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel in Ortisei, Val Gardena, Italy has been crowned the world’s number one family hotel. The ultimate kids fantasy, the hotel prides itself on its abundance of things to keep the little ones entertained including a mini-sports arena, pirates’ lair, giant Lego-building, small petting zoo, children’s car racing area and garden restaurant with free access all day to the soft drinks fountain and ice-cream. 

Award winners were determined based on the hotels most highly rated by those who travelled with family.

For the complete 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels for Families list, go to

2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Hotels for Families Award winners:

UK’s top ten hotels for families

  1. Auchrannie Spa Resort – Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland

  2. Sands Resort Hotel & Spa – Newquay, Cornwall, England

  3. Butlins Shoreline Hotel – Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England

  4. LEGOLAND Resort Hotel – Windsor, Berkshire, England

  5. Center Parcs Longleat Forest – Warminster, Wiltshire, England

  6. Premier Inn Blackpool Central – Blackpool, Lancashire, England

  7. Doric Hotel – Blackpool, Lancashire, England

  8. Premier Inn Tamworth Central – Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

  9. Bedruthan Hotel & Spa – Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, England

  10. Novotel London Tower Bridge – London, England

Europe’s top ten hotels for families

  1. Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel – Ortisei, Italy

  2. Family Hotel La Grotta – Vigo di Fassa, Italy

  3. Hotel Baltic – Giulianova, Italy

  4. Holiday Village Rhodes – Kolimbia, Greece

  5. Oleandri Resort Paestum – Hotel Residence Villaggio Club – Paestum, Italy

  6. Hotel Piz Galin – Andalo, Italy

  7. Royal Son Bou Family Club – Son Bou, Spain

  8. Alpino Family Hotel – Andalo, Italy

  9. Hotel Exective – Cesenatico, Italy

  10. Auchrannie Spa Resort – Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland

World top 10 hotels for families

  1. Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel – Ortisei, Italy

  2. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific – Ixtapa, Mexico

  3. Family Hotel La Grotta – Vigo di Fassa, Italy

  4. Hotel Baltic – Giulianova, Italy

  5. Floridays Resort Orlando – Orlando, Florida, US

  6. Woodloch Pines Resort – Hawley, Pennsylvania, US

  7. WorldQuest Orlando Resort – Orlando, Florida, US

  8. West Inn & Suites Carlsbad – Calrsbad, California, US

  9. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway, New Hampshire, US

  10. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa – Negril, Jamaica

  11. Auchrannie Spa Resort – Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland 

To see the best hotels for luxury, bargain, and more, as honored in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels in January, go to