By Nadine Mellor

The 12 best new hotels to join our Kids Collection in 2018!

As another successful and inspirational year of family travel draws to a close, we’re celebrating our favourite stylish yet family-friendly hotels and boutique B&Bs who joined our Kids Collection in 2018.

1. Noah Surf House, Silver Coast, Portugal

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Brand new eco-chic surf hotel with boho decor and a fun, chilled vibe located on a gorgeous sandy beach, 40 minutes north of Lisbon. Kids will love the purpose-built skate park, heated pool and surf school. There’s also kids’ yoga, plus bikes and paddleboards to rent.

For Parents: The food is sensational!

From GBP144/night in a Terra Room


2. Hotel & Villa Auersperg, Salzburg, Austria

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A wonderfully-styled boutique hotel close to Salzburg’s historic centre, with a charming garden and a fabulous DVD library, toys and books, plus Family Rooms and sofa beds for kids.

For Parents: A rooftop spa with steam room and sauna

From GBP154/night for a Double Room


3. Elivi Skiathos, Sporades Islands, Greece 

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Brilliantly suitable for both couples and families, this cleverly designed new hotel has designated areas for both kids and adults. Seriously stylish, Elivi is surrounded by 4 stunning beaches and boasts wraparound sea views. There are watersports, tennis and basketball courts, too.

For Parents: An Elemis spa

From GBP195/night for a Double Supreme Deluxe (Upper Floor)


4. Chateau les Carrasses, Languedoc, France

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This picture-perfect chateau is found among vineyards near the Canal du Midi. Transformed into elegant self-catering apartments and villas, the chateau also has a heated infinity pool and tasty brasserie, tennis courts and bikes to borrow. The kids club opens for July and August.

For Parents: Fantastic winetasting

From GBP134/night for a 2-room apartment


5. Paradis Plage Resort, Taghazout, Morocco

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On a shimmering golden beach on Morocco’s surf coast, this well-run resort has a surf school, a beautiful ocean-facing yoga shala, heated pools and a playground. All rooms have sea views and a private terrace. There’s good food, too. Don’t miss stargazing round the fire pit.

For Parents: The spa is truly excellent

From GBP94/night for a Junior Suite


6. Sao Lourenço do Barrocal, Alentejo, Portugal

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A rural farm estate refashioned as a country-luxe village, perfect for free-range families. There’s a creative playroom and kids pool, treasure hunts and bikes to hire, plus pony and trap rides and horse riding.

For Parents: A wealth of prehistoric monuments to explore

From GBP177/night for a Winery Room


7. Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri Bay, Cyprus

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This superb all-suite seaside resort is the ultimate fly-and-flop destination for families. There are 2 large swimming pools (one resembles a lake!) and each has toddler splash zones. Choose from a dizzying variety of restaurants, plus a creche and kids club, tennis, lawns to romp on, and tons of watersports.

For Parents: An enormous spa

From GBP146/night for a Junior Suite Pool View


8. Taylors Hill, nr Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Hidden in the tea-planting highlands 90 minutes from Kandy is this colonial-era mansion with lovely long views across the hills. There’s a kids playroom, billiards and a free-form outdoor pool. The lush garden also has tennis, badminton and croquet.

For Parents: Guided family bike tours

From GBP271/night for Loolecondra Room


9. The Fisherman’s House, Sveti Klement, Croatia

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A rustic and authentic beachside guesthouse which delivers wonderful service and scrumptious food on a traffic-free island. Each unpretentious room has a private terrace, and you’re steps away from crystal clear waters.

For Parents: Explore Hvar Town

From GBP135/night for a Triple Room


10. Manoir de Surville, Normandy, France

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This gorgeous 16th-century manor house turned family-run small hotel is just 1 hour from Paris. Immaculate rooms and a modern restaurant belie the warm family welcome: there’s a heated pool, 2 acres of grounds, badminton, and bikes to borrow. Castles and beaches are nearby.

For Parents: A running track, plus a small spa

From GBP162/night for a Cocoon Room


11. Baglio Occhipinti, Sicily, Italy

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An affordable and unpretentious agriturismo whose walled garden and inviting swimming pool make it a firm family favourite. You also get delicious dinners, generous rooms and countless nooks for relaxing and reading.

For Parents: the famous Baroque towns of Monica, Ragusa and Scicli are only 30-45 minutes away

From GBP117/night in Vigna Room


12. The Lombok Lodge, Lombok, Indonesia

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A destination designer hotel comprising a collection of cubist lodges, Lombok Lodge comes with an infinity pool, Frangipani Spa, and a choice of spacious family lodges. Activities include rock pooling, cooking lessons, breakfast with dolphins, kayaking, watersports, and day trips to nearby Gili Islands.

For Parents: Scenic and cultural day tours to Rinjani volcano and Lingsar Temple.

From GBP379/night for a Luxury Lodge Suite Ocean View


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