Opting for an all inclusive getaway is the best way to gain peace of mind, value for money and ultimate relaxation on your holiday.

Going all inclusive generally means that all your accommodation, food, drink and activities are paid for in your original booking price.

These types of holidays are becoming increasingly popular and now account for over 25% of total package holidays sold in the UK, and it’s easy to see why with so many advantages.

It’s very easy to overspend on a holiday – we book a flight with a budget airline, reserve a self catering apartment and convince ourselves that we’re watching the pennies without thinking of the hidden costs.

In many holiday destinations, prices for food and drink will be severely inflated during the summer months, leaving you with no choice but to pay over the odds for meals and snacks. Then factor in airport transfers, travel to the beach and sightseeing spots, and activities such as water sports, and your cheap holiday soon becomes much more expensive than you had hoped for.

Booking an all inclusive holiday may seem frightening at first when you see the comparatively high prices, but when you research exactly what this includes you will surely be pleasantly surprised.

Aside from your accommodation you will generally receive:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A range of alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Access to the swimming pool and sports facilities
  • Beach amenities such as sun loungers and parasols
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights

Items not generally covered in the price include:

  • Cigarettes and other smoking apparatus
  • Beauty treatments such as massage, manicure or pedicure
  • Excursions

Many resorts and travel companies do offer excursions as extras; however, you should be wary as this is where some hidden costs may apply. These trips are usually very cheap to carry out but you may be charged an inflated price, so it is essential to do some research to ensure you are getting the best deal.

It’s no fun having to keep a running tally in your head of how much you are spending on holiday, and an all inclusive price relieves you of this worry, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy yourself.

This is especially relevant in the current climate when we all have to watch our spending that little bit more. And in European destinations such as Spain and Greece, going all-inclusive can be especially cost-effective due to the poor exchange rate between the pound and the Euro.

All inclusive has traditionally been a cheaper option for those visiting far-flung destinations such as the Caribbean.

Staying in a resort has always been a particular concern for those visiting locations such as Jamaica, Majorca or the Dominican Republic, as tourists are offered great deals that include all the activities and facilities they most want on their holiday: food; drinks on the beach or in the pool; water sport facilities to be enjoyed on the beach’ or simply sun loungers and deck chairs for relaxing in the sun.

A resort can provide a safe, happy environment to relax in, and there is always a multitude of activities to keep you occupied within the resort – and yes, lazing in the sun definitely counts as an ‘activity’!


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