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All-inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive packages and deals are tempting options for family holidays for various reasons – they can help you save money (especially in the Eurozone, particularly if you're paying in sterling), can spare you hours of research and planning (virtually every detail of your holiday is taken care of by your tour operator), and are reassuring for those new to travelling with children, or who are going to unfamiliar destinations (especially when there’s an on-site representative to deal with problems or queries). Best of all, by knowing in advance what your total cost is going to be, you don’t have to spend your holiday angsting about blowing the budget.
 
But if you like to go off and do your own thing, this kind of arrangement may prove too inflexible. A half-board option can be a good compromise, as well giving you more scope to support local communities.

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Tips

Find out if the deal is as good as it sounds. The definition of 'all-inclusive' does vary, so check what you actually get– for instance, certain activities and services (such as scuba-diving and childcare) may still be extra, while the unlimited free soft drinks and sometimes alcohol may only extend to local offerings and not your favourite brands. 
 
Check if a resort’s non-buffet restaurants cost extra, and if you plan to use them, found out if you need to book well in advance. If you don’t use them, you may start to find the buffets very repetitive.
 
Find a place offering lots of activities, preferably included in the price – if you’re going to be mainly in one place, you want to have plenty to do. 
 
But unless you don’t mind risking cabin fever, do find a hotel or resort that has at least a few points of interest in the vicinity – it’s a shame to go abroad and not see something beyond where you’re staying. Note that many all-inclusive hotels and resorts are in quite isolated spots and don’t give much of a flavour of local life.
 
Doublecheck whether childcare (included in the price or extra) needs to be booked in advance (perhaps even at the time of your overall reservation). Make sure the timings and age limits make it suited to your needs, and check for official accreditation and that the staff speak good English (other parents’ feedback is always useful).

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  • Holiday Village Kos, Kos

    An all-inclusive holiday village on Kos, offering fun for all the family, catering especially well for kids.

  • Club Med Belek Resort, Belek

    All-inclusive resort on the southern Turkish coast, with an 18-hole golf course and activities for children of all ages.

  • Holiday Village Menorca, Menorca

    An all-inclusive hotel on Menorca, ideal for kids of all ages and with activities for adults too.

  • Cuba Iberostar Varadero, Cuba

    4-star all-inclusive modern family resort superbly located on the beachfront with lots of entertainment in Cuba.

  • Holiday Village Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote

    An all-inclusive family resort in Lanzarote, mixing authentic Spanish charm, sun, sea, sand and so much more.

  • Country Kids, Languedoc-Roussillon

    A luxury family-friendly resort with wonderful facilities, accredited crèche from 3 months+, great kids club for older kids, heated pool + petting farm in Languedoc-Roussillon.

  • Club Med Kamarina, Sicily

    Family-friendly all-inclusive bungalows for relaxing but active family holidays and breaks with children of all ages in Sicily.

  • Le Mauricia, Mauritius

    A top-class family hotel in Mauritius with free childcare, family apartments and all-inclusive facilities.

  • Holiday Village Mallorca, Mallorca

    All-inclusive family holiday resort on Mallorca, with kids clubs, splash park, football academy and evening entertainment.

  • Rosamar Garden Resort, Costa Brava

    All-inclusive family resort on the Costa Brava with kids club, activities and free unlimited access to a nearby waterpark.

  • Hotel Laguna Park, Bulgaria

    Laguna Park Hotel is a laid-back sanctuary in the heart of Sunny Beach.

  • Tasia Maris Gardens, Ayia Napa

    Family-friendly apartments in Cyprus with kids club, outdoor pool and the beach just a short walk away.

  • Eurosalou Hotel & Spa

    Eurosalou Hotel & Spa, Salou

    Situated in the old town of Salou, the Eurosalou Hotel & Spa is about 1km from the beach.

  • Hotel Continental Park, Mallorca

    With Majorca’s longest beach on the doorstep and Alcudia just a bus ride away, the Continental Park makes a great holiday base.

  • Fiesta Hotel Paraiso Floral, Tenerife

    With loads to do onsite plus shops, bars and restaurants just a stroll away - you're spoilt for choice at the Fiesta Hotel Paraiso Floral.

  • Bali Hotel & Studios, Benalmadena

    With great views and a sandy beach just metres away, the modern Bali Hotel and Studios has one of the best settings in Benalmadena.

  • Electra Village, Nissi Beach

    A big hit with young families, this all-inclusive resort in Cyprus includes a waterpark and kids club for 3-15 year olds.

  • Caribbean World, Skanes

    An excellent setting for a Tunisian holiday, this hotel lies along the sandy beach of Skanes.

  • Hotel Club Turban, Marmaris

    With a beachfront location, three swimming pools and tree-lined pathways criss-crossing the grounds, the Hotel Club Turban has everything you need to relax.

  • Levante Beach Apartments, Benidorm

    With Benidorm and the beach on their doorstep, the modern Levante Beach Apartments make a great budget base.

  • Hotel Sur Menorca, Menorca

    This All Inclusive comes with all the holiday essentials – great dining, plenty of activities and a lively entertainment scene.

  • Hotel Tour Khalef, Sousse

    Right on the beach and with plenty in the way of sports, this place is great if you like to keep busy.

  • Club Med Phuket, Phuket

    This all-inclusive resort in Phuket, Thailand offers bungalows and its own beach plus has something to offer the whole family no matter what age.

  • Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius

    A massive choice of day and night time activities and entertainments for the whole family, including babies and toddlers, at this all-inclusive resort in Mauritius.

  • Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, Mauritius

    Beautifully located in one of the last remote creeks on the island.

  • Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe

    La Caravelle gives you a taste of water sports and farniente in privileged surroundings.

  • Club Med Cherating Beach, Kuantan

    A spralling all-inclusive resort surrounding by tropical rainforest in Malaysia, with lots of activities for adults and kids and enthusiastic staff.

  • Club Med Bintan Island, Bintan Island

    A haven of tranquility and refinement combining modernity with Asian tradition.

  • Club Med Bali, Bali

    At your feet, clear waters and fine sandy beaches.

  • Hotel Marhaba Salem, Sousse

    A stay at the Hotel Marhaba Salem lets you mix lazy beach days with exploring nearby Sousse and Port El Kantaoui.

  • Hotel Lara Beach, Antalya

    With enough swimming pools to rival a waterpark and a restaurant for every day of the week, it’s no wonder this hotel is so highly rated with reviewers.

  • Club Nergis Beach, Marmaris

    Right in the heart of Marmaris, the Club Nergis Beach puts shops, bars and the beach at your fingertips.

  • Aquasplash Estival Resort, Pineda

    Stay at this all-inclusive resort and you get unlimited access to a nearby waterpark in Costa Dorada.

  • Las Marismas Apartments & Baku Waterpark, Fuerteventura

    The best bit about staying at the Las Marismas apartments is the fact you're just opposite the Baku waterpark.

  • Tropicana Azure Club, Sharm el-Sheikh

    With a great pool scene and easy access to the beach, this place ticks off all the family-friendly essentials in Egypt.

  • Planos Bay, Zakynthos

    An awesome waterpark that's just a short walk from the hotel.

  • Hotel Tropico Playa, Mallorca

    In a beachside spot just along the coast from Magaluf, the Hotel Tropico Playa is peaceful without being isolated.

  • Pegasos Royal, Antalya

    With a beachside setting and a pool with eight slides, the Pegasos Royal is perfect for a family break on the southern coast of Turkey.

  • Eftalia Village, Antalya

    If you dream of spending your holiday reclining pool or beachside, Eftalia Village will suit you down to the ground.

  • Club Del Sol Aparthotel, Mallorca

    A paradise-feel all-inclusive hotel with a splash park, kids club and choice of pools.

  • Aparthotel Sol de Alcudia, Mallorca

    A great choice for families who want to be in the heart of the action.

  • Hotel Bodrum Imperial, Bodrum Peninsula

    With acres of land to spread out in and a choice of pools, this hotel on the Aegean Coast in Turkey is a great family getaway.

  • Grupotel Mar de Menorca, Menorca

    With a lively pool scene, handy location and plenty of activities, the Grupotel Mar de Menorca doesn't put a foot wrong.

  • Club Med Wengen, Switzerland

    Club Med Wengen resort is the perfect place for exploring the surrounding mountains, while your children have a great time at one of the kids clubs.

  • Club Med Tignes Val Claret, Tignes

    The Resort offers ski lovers one of the most beautiful ski domains in the world: the Espace Killy.

  • Club Med Saint Moritz Roi Soleil, Valais

    A busy all-inclusive hotel in Saint Moritz, Switzerland, with plenty going on to keep the whole family busy, including ski classes and kids club.

  • Club Med L’Alpe d’Huez la Sarenne, Alpe d'Huez

    The Club Med resort of L’Alpe d’Huez invites its guests to experience the thrills of the longest black slope in Europe.

  • Club Med La Plagne 2100, La Plagne

    A ski-in/ski-out all-inclusive family holiday resort in La Plagne, France. Plus free kids' ski lessons and childcare

  • Club Med Les Deux Alpes, Les Deux Alpes

    A cosy retreat from which families can gather to chat about the day's adventures and their performance on the slopes.

  • Club Med Cervinia, Cervinia

    The hotel - with its original decor and authentic materials - is a luxurious mountain refuge.

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