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Date: 28/08/2012

Top 5 resorts for families in Europe

Getting away with the family can feel like a military expedition and discovering problems with the resort when you arrive is the last thing you need.

Whether your children are still in nappies, have reached the monotone teenage years or are somewhere in between, you will want to find a resort that allows you to simply relax and enjoy your well-deserved break.

Here are five resorts that have been nominated for the best family holiday by the World Travel Awards in 2012.

Westin Dragonara - Malta

A five-star hotel designed with children in mind, the resort offers every amenity to keep younger members of the family entertained whilst the grown-ups can relax. Sparkling blue waters on a private beach, lido and a casino are just some of the facilities available to enjoy.

Forte Village Resort - Sardinia

The resort takes children's happiness as seriously as their parents' needs, offering a 'city' for smaller guests, which keeps them entertained from dawn until dusk. There is even a no-adults restaurant for children! Security at the resort is a priority, with no cars and no unauthorised entry, allowing you the chance to relax knowing your little bundles of joy are in good hands – and having the time of their lives.

Aldemar Olympian Village - Greece

As the name suggests, this resort offers plenty of sporting activities for the whole family to enjoy (just make sure your family cover includes sports insurance). Lying on the west coast of the Peloponnese, the vast sandy expanse of pristine beach and crystal clear waters provides the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled family holiday.

Martinhal Beach Resort - Algarve

The Algarve in Portugal is renowned for its family friendly atmosphere and the Martinhal Beach Resort adds a new dimension. With a whole host of new activities for smaller members of the family to enjoy, from face painting to trampolining, the resort prides itself on providing understated, affordable and luxurious accommodation.

Kempinski Hotel - Italy

If you are not sure whether you fancy an activity holiday or a laid-back beach getaway, try the Kempinski Hotel. With the infinity pool and on-site spa, you can enjoy being pampered while the children have a whale of a time enjoying the games and entertainment on offer. Alternatively, you could opt for a more energetic experience and try out the watersports, horse riding or paragliding, which the resort can arrange upon request. The choice really is yours!

Getting prepared to enjoy a family holiday may take a bit of effort, but by going to the right resort there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled break once you get there but don't forget your travel insurance.