If you want to just relax and have fun on your holiday, you should be looking at all-inclusive holidays. To avoid being misled by overpromising adverts on holidays, read on our guide below. The big benefit of an all-inclusive holiday is that you pay in advance and know how much you holiday is going to cost. You spend very little once inside the resort.
The big disadvantage is that because you spend money when you leave the hotel you are effectively discouraged you looking what else the town/island/area has to offer.
All-inclusive used to mean that you had all your meals includes, breakfast, lunch and evening meal as well as many drinks (including some alcoholic ones). This has slowly been changing over the last decade. All- inclusive hotels now frequently do not offer a lunchtime meal free of charge, however, do not be disheartened at this as if you have a huge breakfast at 10am and an early dinner, say 6pm) you will not go hungry.
The quality of the food served has improved enormously over the last decade in these hotels. Usually taking the form of a vast buffet that offers diversity and quality.
Drinks and a lunchtime snacks you will usually now need to pay for. Expect this to add a few hundred euros to the overall cost of your holiday. You can always take and apple or banana from the breakfast buffet to snack if you are hungry (not encouraged by the hotel but many people do).
A big development in all-inclusive resorts is their effort to appeal to families by having not just kids clubs during the day but quality entertainment in the evening. This is usually in the form of a kid’s mini disco at 6pm in the evening and then a themed show at 8-9pm in the evening. These shows are not up to the standard of the evening shows on cruise ship but can often be fun and an enjoyable end to the evening.
A typical resort has a large array of activities, such as, paddle boarding, wind surfing and diving. It is also now quite normal to have table tennis and tennis.
Increasingly the small hotel shops are becoming mini supermarkets. You can book day visits to attractions nearby. The larger hotels even have a spa or golf courses.
High street agents such as Thomas Cook, Thompson and First Choice all offer all-inclusive holidays. If you are after something a little more exclusive then we strongly recommend Sovereign, it offers excellent resorts such as the five star Sani Resort in Greece and the four star Lopesan Costa Meloneras resort in Grand Canaria.
Obviously the internet is now the number one place to book your holiday. It should also be noted that even the high street brands often offer internet booking discounts.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax, unwind, read a book etc. Or if you are looking for a family break where you can sit and watch your kids in the pool all day then an all-inclusive resort is a great option.
If you are an adventurous type and staying in the resort for seven or more days without venturing out is your idea of hell, then this type of holiday is definitely not for you.