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    The top family holiday destinations and the most popular family hotels in the top three locations

    Brisbane - 15 June 2015

    With the mid-year school holidays fast approaching, holiday website Wotif.comhas revealed the favourite family holiday spots, as voted by Aussies in the recent Holiday Habits Survey*.

    Beach destinations came out on top for families, with Australia’s Gold Coast receiving more votes in the Wotif.com survey than any other destination, followed by the Sunshine Coast in second place, and Fiji coming in as the third favourite family holiday destination.

    Wotif Travel Specialist Kirsty La Bruniy said choosing a holiday destination that ticks all the boxes to please the kids, and deliver an escape from the day-to-day for parents, is made easier by following in the footsteps of other travellers.

    “Thousands of Aussies trust Wotif with their travel every day, and we love to share their insights into the destinations families voted as the best location for family holidays,” Ms La Bruniy said.

    “The places families choose to stay at are a great starting point when looking into your next family getaway, so to make it easier for families we’ve put together the most popular Wotif family accommodation options**, in the top three locations Aussies voted as their favourite family holiday destination.” 

    Below are the most popular places where families stay at on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Fiji, based on Wotif.com accommodation demand**.

    Gold Coast

    “The Gold Coast is an enduring favourite beach escape for families, and it’s just as appealing during winter as it is in summer,” Ms La Bruniy said.

    “The most popular Gold Coast family accommodation on Wotif, the Watermark Hotel & Spa, is great for the whole family, with two pools, a day spa and a games room for the kids.   

    “Paradise Resort is the second most popular accommodation choice on the Gold Coast, and it has plenty to keep the kids entertained with its ‘Zone 4 Kids Club’, giant water park and ice skating rink.”

    The Sunshine Coast

    “The Sunshine Coast offers lots of great family-friendly accommodation only minutes from the beach, with Novotel Twin Waters Resort being the most popular choice for families currently, providing access to a water park, private beach, playground and tennis court.”

    Fiji

    “Fiji is an all round crowd pleaser when it comes to family travel, with the temperature rarely dropping below 20 degrees, and many resorts catering for the whole family. The Radisson Blue Resort is the most popular accommodation choice on Wotif for family travel in Fiji at the moment.”

    “If you’re planning a family trip to Fiji or flying to your holiday destination, a top savings tip is to bundle airfares and accommodation with a package. By combining flights and a hotel of your choice with a Wotif holiday package, families will get access to great deals not available when booking separately as hotels and airlines have more flexibility on the price offered.”

    Holiday hacks to save time and money by Wotif’s Kirsty La Bruniy:

    1.     Search smarter:Whether you want to stay somewhere with a children’s club, babysitting services or pool, you can save time by ticking the hotel preferences on Wotif to find what you’re after. Selecting accommodation with a children’s club and a pool (as search filters in the booking path) will keep the kids entertained and save some time finding more costly activity ideas.

    2.     Freebies:To keep travel costs down, look for inclusions like ‘free breakfasts’, and ‘free parking’ if you’re planning to drive to your holiday destination. On Wotif, these options can be found in the hotel preferences list, where families can choose to filter results by these added extras.                                                 

    3.     Good things come in Wotif packages:Just like packaging together your internet and phone plans to save money, being your own travel agent and combining flights and hotels in a customised holiday package can save you money and time. If you’re looking for the best deal, you can sort by ‘package discount’ or if you’ve got a set budget you can sort by ‘price’ at Wotif.com/holidays.

    4.     Save on kennel costs:If you have a family pet you may have raked up kennel costs in the past or suffered from pet holiday guilt, leaving you and the kids spending the holiday wondering what your four legged friend is up to. If you’re open to taking your furry friend with you, there are actually thousands of Wotif accommodation options in Australia that allow pets, from holiday parks to hotels.

    Find great hotel, flight and package deals for you next family holiday at www.wotif.com

    Aussies’ favourite family destinations*:

    1.     Gold Coast

    2.     Sunshine Coast

    3.     Fiji

    4.     Bali

    5.     Melbourne

     

    Most popular family accommodation on Wotif in the top three favourite family destinations**:

    Gold Coast

    1.      Watermark Hotel & Spa

    2.     Paradise Resort

    3.      Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences

     

    Sunshine Coast

    1.       Novotel Twin Waters Resort

    2.       Mantra French Quarter Noosa

    3.       Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

     

    Fiji

    1.       Radisson Blu Resort

    2.       Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

    3.       The Warwick Fiji

     

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    *Wotif’s survey of more than1,800 Australians.

    **According to demand on Wotif for accommodation booked by families during April and May 2015 for the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Fiji. All accommodation bookings made by customers that have specified there is a child included in the booking are classified as ‘family’ bookings.