Film Award Season is well upon us and the BAFTA’s are fast approaching but what’s new in the world of travel for 2015? Well, TripAdvisor have recently released the winners of their prestigious Traveller’s Choice Award for 2015. These awards cover a variety of categories from the glamour of the Top Hotels and allure of Romance Hotels to those that best cater for families and provide the best service. To feature on this premium awards list a resort must consistently provide high levels of service and quality throughout the year as well as continuously receive high ratings on TripAdvisor. Resorts will work tirelessly throughout the year to meet their guests needs and ensure they are amongst the nominees for the years awards. Meaning, only the very best will be lucky enough to win this award.
So, to celebrate the release of the TripAdvisor 2015 awards we decided to pick our Top 5 from the Traveller’s Choice award winners:
A winner in the Family category and proud holder of an RCI Gold Crown is the Four Seasons Vilamoura which is a firm family favourite in the beautiful town of Vilamoura on the sunny Algarve. Families have the choice between Studio, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments that can sleep up to 10 people so there’s enough room for Nan, Granddad and even the cousins too! A world of activity awaits you and the children at the Four Seasons Vilamoura from the jacuzzi’s and heated swimming pools to the Porcupine Kids Club and not forgetting the international dishes served up at the tasty restaurant. When visiting the Four Seasons Vilamoura guests can enjoy discounted green fees at the local golf courses, such as the neighbouring Oceanico Pinhal, whilst for afters they can relax with a soothing massage at the Beauty Studio. If you’re looking for some seaside family-fun then the Praia da Marina beach is nearby for sandcastle building, burying Dad or creating moments to remember in the 300 annual sunshine days enjoyed by the Algarve. Cause a splash at the Aqualand Algarve Waterpark and ride the waves at Surf Beach or meet the Dolphins at Zoomarine and take on the Tyrannosaurus at Era T-Rex. A 2-bedroom family apartment can be yours for just £1,200 at the Four Seasons Vilamoura!
Located within the Anfi Del Mar complex in Arguineguin on the South-West coast of Gran Canaria is Club Gran Anfi which features in TripAdvisor’s Top Hotels category winners for 2015. Awarded an RCI Gold Crown too this coastal resort provides a luxury selection of 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments, boasting their own private sea-facing balconies with many also providing their own private jacuzzi. Soak up some sunshine in the spacious outdoor swimming pool or sit back, relax and sip away the afternoons with a chilled cocktail in hand whilst the palm trees sway lazily in the breeze. Anfi Del Mar encompasses so much from the Bella Pasta and Tapas Tapas restaurants to the white-sandy Caribbean style beach and glamorous 80-berth marina! Gran Canaria is famed for its fascinating marine life, so take the plunge and see it for yourself with a diving trip or set sail on the exhilarating deep-sea fishing excursions and try to land the huge white marlin. Hiring a car and exploring the whole of Gran Canaria is the best way to see the island from the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the soft-sandy beaches of Amadores and Meloneras. Come and see what Club Gran Anfi can offer you with this 1-bedroom apartment available for just £2,450.
Funchal, Madeira is the perfect destination for couples looking to escape the stress of home and head off for a more refined, romantic holiday. A stay at the Porto Mare Residence, awarded the Traveller’s Choice Award in the Romance category, is the perfect place to fall in love all over again. Awarded RCI’s Gold Crown too this resort will seduce you with its luxurious Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments creating an intimate sanctuary for adoring couples with private balconies facing the Ocean or lush gardens. Relax together by the poolside, wander hand-in-hand amongst the 500 unique botanical species of the gardens or settle down to candle lit dinner at one of the four restaurants of the Porto Mare Residence. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Funchal’s old town, ride the cable car up to Monte and explore the beautiful botanical gardens and then share in an exciting downhill ride back to town on board the Monte Toboggans! Escape to Madeira for 2 weeks in this 2-bedroom apartment for just £6,000!
Collecting the Traveller’s Choice Award 2015 for Best Service is the Four Seasons Country Club situated in the lush, tropical area of Quinta do Lago on the stunning Algarve. Recognised by Interval International as a Premier Resort this 17-acre estate boasts a wonderful selection of 1 & 2-bedroom apartments and villas for its guests to holiday in. Coming well-appointed each accommodation here is fitted with its own private terrace or patio so visitors can soak up the sunshine throughout the day and indulge in al fresco dining too. An enormous outdoor swimming pool fills the grounds and is complimented by a smaller children’s pool whilst the restaurant, renowned for its service, serves up a delicious menu of local and international dishes for you to dine upon. Quinta do Lago is home to some world famous golf courses such as the San Lorenzo and Laranjal but just 30 minutes West from the resort is the busy holiday town of Albufeira where a Moorish flair adds to your holiday experience. Choose your favourite beach spot on the pristine Praia da Coelha and Praia da Marinha beaches or for a more energetic day head to Zoomarine Algarve and be amazed by the Dolphin shows. If a historical trip is more your scene then the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila and the Castle of Paderne in Albufeira further inland are a must.
Here is another Family award winner from TripAdvisor this time in Orlando, Florida. Awarded RCI’s Gold Crown too the Sheraton Vistana Resort is perhaps one of the most accommodating resorts for families with a wide choice of 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas. Each comes well-appointed with all modern amenities needed for a superb self-catered family holiday and the location a mere stones throw from the major attractions of Disney World and Universal Studios makes it exciting for the whole family. The whole family are sure to love the 7 swimming pools, 8 outdoor whirlpools and 4 children’s playgrounds all in one place which make up many of the reasons why this resort is truly family-friendly. Mum and Dad can lie back and enjoy a massage whilst the kids are tearing around the Sheraton Vistana’s facilities and then you can all meet up for a hearty meal at Zimmies or the Tiki Grill in the afternoon. Experience the magic at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on your next trip to Orlando or come and take the Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica and race the black and white Commerson Dolphins who live there! Spend back-to-back weeks in the height of summer (July) for just £5,000 in this 2-bedroom villa.