Although we’re not particularly all inclusive type of people, we do see the appeal. You see, for some, travel planning is tough and the thought of trying to sort out flights, hotels, and everything else just isn’t their idea of a perfect holiday. Honestly speaking, we never really understood this until I tried planning a holiday with my mum. It was far easier to present her with all inclusive holiday options than to lay out an itinerary of hotel, airplane, and restaurant hopping.
Understandably, all inclusive holidays are the ultimate crowd pleaser. They are the stress-free retreat that you have been looking forward to all year. Forget about having to carefully budget and deciding which restaurant will please the whole family because everything is ready from the moment you arrive.
It is all about relaxing and soaking up some incredible weather and with a host of sunkissed destinations to choose from, you can find the holiday right for you.
As the summer approaches, here are our picks of the best places to enjoy an all inclusive holiday.
British holidaymakers cannot get enough of Tenerife. We have been coming back to this jewel of the Canary Islands for decades and it’s easy to see why. Bask on the miles of white sand beaches, admire the natural beauty of Mount Teide National Park and take your pick of hundreds of all inclusive holiday resorts.
The hotspots of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are two of the most popular destinations. The pair are perfect for families and couples alike. The former is a lively hub of bars, clubs, and restaurants while the latter provides the laidback tonic with a bustling promenade and stylish marina and both share a beautiful stretch of beach.
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When it comes to holidays in the Algarve, there is only one place that immediately springs to mind – Albufeira. This is a destination that covers all bases – there are no less than 25 beaches, a wealth of bars and restaurants and a huge choice of all inclusive resorts.
Albufeira holds that classic Portuguese charm with the old town being a maze of whitewashed buildings, cobbled alleyways, and churches dating back to the 1500’s.
Wander through these streets and stop off for some classic peri-peri chicken in the main square. Watch the sunset over the harbour and enjoy a relaxed evening sampling the delights the strip has to offer. If that isn’t enough, Albufeira is also within close proximity of some of the best golf courses Europe has to offer.
Like Tenerife, Majorca has long held a special place in our hearts. The Balearic island favourite is a holiday destination of such depth. The luscious countryside, quaint fishing villages, and cosmopolitan capital city are complimented by the coastal tourist towns with pristine beaches as far as the eye can see.
Families will love the huge amount of hotels, bars, and restaurants in the likes of Alcudia, Port de Pollenca and Cala d’Or while couples will adore the laidback vibes of Cala Bona. And, of course, there is the party capital of Magaluf and the fascinating city escape of Palma which only highlights the variety of holidays you can have in Majorca.
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Indulge in a 5-star luxury with a holiday to Marmaris. This quiet corner of Turkey’s glorious Turquoise Coast has blossomed into a popular tourist destination with a range of high-end hotels lining its shores.
Treat yourself to a pampering session in a traditional Turkish bath, relax on private beaches and sample the delicious local cuisine.
Here you can wake up to incredible ocean views before venturing into the lively town to visit the Ottoman castle and the charming marina. You can even set a course for Greece with catamaran tours riding the waves to Rhodes every day.
Lloret de Mar
If your idea of a perfect holiday is being less than five minutes from the beach, then Lloret de Mar is the place for you. The resort can boast one of the best stretches of shoreline in north-east Spain with miles of white sand set against the azure blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
Whether you fancy trying your hand at scuba diving and snorkeling, or simply fancy a paddle in these inviting waters – Lloret de Mar has you covered.
The town itself offers a blend of old and new with the neon lights of the bars and clubs sitting next to the Gothic architecture of the old town. Lloret de Mar also has some pretty big name neighbours with the cosmopolitan metropolis of Barcelona just an hour away. Hop on the bus and head for the city that is home to Gaudi, Lionel Messi, La Ramblas and much, much more.
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Our final stop on this tour of the best all inclusive destinations takes us to Egypt. Hurghada has been growing in popularity with holidaymakers thanks to its abundance of private beaches, its inviting marina and some of the best scuba diving sites in the world.
Swim out to the colourful reefs and meet the fascinating marine life that live below the surface, creating memories that will last a lifetime. While Hurghada is dominated by the huge amount of hotels and resorts, the city itself is a vibrant affair with a historic old town contrasted with the palm tree-lined Village Road.
There is also the opportunity to discover one of the wonders of the world by riding camels across the Sahara desert – there are not many places in the world where you can have experiences like on your doorstep.
Regardless if all inclusive holidays are your cup of tea or not, these destinations are still perfect for those looking for places to relax and unwind during their much deserved holiday breaks. If you are still looking for other places to visit, check out this compilation of the best countries to visit for some inspiration.