When it comes to relaxing, I think there’s nothing quite like an all inclusive break. Why? Well, these let you unwind without having anything to worry about, as with most packages your food, drinks and use of the hotel’s facilities will all be prepaid. So, you can just lay back and enjoy yourself.
The question is, where’s the place to go for this kind of holiday? Destinations all across the world offer all inclusive packages these days; below, you’ll find some of the destinations that I think are the best.
Turkey is a wonderful place for an all inclusive getaway, with flights only taking around four hours from the UK and a gorgeous climate and landscape awaiting you when you arrive. Of course, a key ingredient any decent all inclusive destination has to have are hotels that offer this kind of package, which Marmaris has in abundance. Since this is such a defining factor, I won’t focus on hotels for the other destinations, unless there’s something particularly remarkable about them.
Anyway, back to Marmaris. This is a resort on the Turkish Riviera – and one that is famous for its jagged inlets and gorgeous sandy coves. Particularly perfect for couples and families, this port town is also great for water sports fans – especially if you love scuba diving and snorkelling (head to Aquarium Cove and Chimney Sea Cave if you do).
Another Turkish destination well suited to all inclusive breaks is Bodrum. Known across the world for being a really lively holiday hotspot, it’s also got a rich heritage that gives it as much to offer culture vultures as sun seekers and partiers.
To see some of the amazing historical discoveries that have been made here, make sure you visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. To soak up some more contemporary culture, meanwhile, I recommend going to some of the local bazaars (which are open six days a week) or the street between Iskele Square and Halikarnas Disco. This is where you’ll find countless handicrafts on sale, from jewellery and beads to embroidery and leather.
3) Costa Blanca
Turning our attentions to Spain, the Costa Blanca is an obvious contender for a top all inclusive destination. You’ll find the famous ‘white coast’ – which has long been a place popular among Brits for holidays – perched on the Mediterranean in the province of Alicante.
What’s so great about the Costa Blanca is that it has a smattering of everything. For instance, it’s home to the well-known resort of Benidorm, which is famous for offering us visitors from the UK a home away from home, alongside a healthy dose of great nightlife. Over in Torrevieja, though, you can have a much more authentic Spanish experience. Taking a stroll through its narrow streets and finding fantastic tapas joints is an essential part of holidays here.
4) Sharm el Sheikh
My next suggest is Sharm el Sheikh, one of Egypt’s loveliest holiday resorts. Located on the Sinai Peninsula, this destination is particularly famous for providing amazing scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities – especially in Ras Mohammed National Park – so if you’re keen to try one of these activities, this is definitely a place to put high on your to-visit list.
Receiving up to 11 hours of sunshine a day, this gorgeous resort is a sun seekers’ dream. Alongside its great water sports facilities and beautiful beaches, it offers loads to do inland, like taking camel safaris in the Sinai Desert.
5) The Maldives
Last, but definitely not least, I recommend the Maldives – an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In my opinion, this is the ultimate choice if you’ve got your heart set on a luxurious all inclusive breaks, since the resorts here are famous for providing an exceptional service and stunning accommodation.
Plus, when you come here, as well as enjoying paradise-like scenery and excellent service, you can also expect lots of privacy. This is because, by law, each island is limited to having just one resort.
As the Maldives is such a luxurious option, it’s worth remembering it can, therefore, be pretty expensive. So, you’ll need to shop around to get a good deal.