All inclusive holidays are now more popular than ever. They offer a round price per person, including accommodation and food, and, if done well, can save you a fortune on alcohol prices and dining out.
They’re also a wise choice if you’re on a tight budget – as they can help you stick to it – by saving you pounds on the little extras.
Top 5 all inclusive holiday deals this week
- Algarve, Portugal, Teletext Holidays: Seven-nights at the 5-star Eden Resort. Flights depart from Stanstead on 6 December 2015. Price per person: from £171.00.
- Tenerife, Spain, Thomson is offering seven night holidays to Tenerife staying at Thomson’s 4T+ Sensimar Los Gigantes on a half board basis from £307 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 9 December 2015 and transfers.
- Halkidiki, Greece, Travelzoo: Seven-nights at the 5-star Ikos Oceania Hotel with a junior suite and sea views. Flights depart from 29 March-22 April, 2016, from London Gatwick, Manchester or London Stansted. Price per person: from £399.00.
- Cancun, Mexico, Thomson Holidays: Seven-nights at the 4-star Riu Caribe Hotel. Flights depart 2 January 2016 from London Gatwick. Price per person: from £1,110.00.
- Antalya, Turkey, Love Holiday: Seven-nights at the 5-star spa Nashira Resort Hotel. Flights depart 25 April 2016 from Manchester Airport. Price per person: from £493.00.
What does ‘all inclusive’ include?
These package breaks usually include all or some of the following, each break will specify what’s on offer, but it’s always advised you read the small print.
- Entertainment in the hotel, e.g. comedy nights
- Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner (lunch may not be included)
- Snacks through the day (eg fast food, ice cream)
- Local wine, beer, spirits and soft drink brands
- Sports on the hotel grounds
- Gym and swimming pools access
- Children’s club (if there is one)
What are the popular all inclusive booking sites?
Most of the major airlines and travel agents offer all inclusive deals, however, there are a select few that are known for their packages.
These are First Choice, Thomas Cook and Virgin Holidays. Low Cost Holidays is also a good place to search for deals as they have a deal of the week, every week.
If you’re booking last minute, see Lastminute.com’s all inclusive late deals.
When is the best time to book?
The earlier the better. If you know where you’re going and when, well in advance, book early and take advantage of early booking bonuses and sales.
Book in advance, and you’ll also have your pick of resorts and dates – perfect, if you’re going away with the whole family.
If you’re booking last minute, try and go for at least 4 weeks before. Leave it too late, and you risk prices going up.
How to find the best deals
Regardless of what time of year you book, it is possible to find some impressive deals on all inclusive breaks, from around £300 per person – including flights, accommodation and food.
But as with any booking, you’ll have to use your judgement, as if a deal is truly amazing – there may be a catch, poor food quality for instance.
5 all inclusive holiday websites worth a glance:
- Lastminute.com’sspecial offers always has top offers in package getaways – from around £280. All are based on two people sharing.
- Teletext Holidays, you’ll be suprised at some of the best deals, and you have the option to pick from their ‘all inclusive resorts’.
- The Monarch Airlines website, list some top tips for travellers, and you can narrow down your destination by country
- On The Beach is also greay for family breaks, and all hotel shave a Tripadvisor traveller rating.
- Low Cost Holidays has deals on 2016 breaks too, starting at £336
Top 4 all inclusive tips with Booking.com
– Check what drinks are included. You might be limited to local wine or spirits and depending on your location these might not be to your taste. So whilst beer is often charged separately you may think it’s worth it.
– Are you going on an activity based trip? If so, find out what’s actually included. For example, whilst you may have access to water sports you might find that you have to rent the equipment which will then raise the cost of your holiday!
– As you’re going all-inclusive it’s tricky to know whether or how to tip. Tipping varies from country to country, but if you do want to thank a member of staff, tip them in person rather than at the reception desk so you can personally show your thanks.
– The temptation with an all-inclusive deal is to think you have to indulge in everything all the time as you’ve already ‘paid for it’. Remember, there’s always tomorrow.
Taken from : http://www.mirror.co.uk