From snorkelling to sailing - the other side of all-inclusive

All-inclusive holidays take the stress out of planning and when everything is booked at the same time, you're sure to save money as well. Whether you're travelling alone, looking for family-friendly fun or dreaming of a romantic break, an all-inclusive holiday delivers food, drinks, activities and entertainment. But it’s more than that - some of these all-inclusive spots have the most incredible gems that might just make your holiday unforgettable. 

1. Sharm El Sheikh – a snorkeller's paradise

In Sharm El Sheikh, the best memories are made underwater. The area is known for its bright-coloured marine life, so be sure to buy an underwater camera for your trip. Snorkelling in the Ras Mohammed Marine National Park – and soaking up the colours of the coral reefs while nimble clownfish tickle your feet – is definitely an experience you won’t forget. The best part? Diving courses are offered on almost all beaches and in many of the all-inclusive hotels. 

Snorkelling highlight: Spotting sea turtles at Tiran Island.

2. The Algarve – water fun for little ones 

Safe, sandy beaches and guaranteed sunshine make for a perfect all-inclusive Algarve holiday, but it's the three world-class water parks that turn it into a family destination to remember. Slide and Splash has water slides for the kids (and young-at-heart) and spa facilities for adults, while at Aqualand, thrillseekers can enjoy plenty of adrenaline-fuelled fun. Then there’s Aquashow, Portugal's largest theme park with pools and slides for all ages from tots to dare-devil teens.

Water park highlight: Free Fall at Aquashow, Europe's biggest water slide.

3. Cyprus – enchanting history and mythology

Sandy beaches, turquoise waters and mouth-watering cuisine aren’t the only thing Cyprus has to offer. Just a short stroll from Paphos is the Tomb of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 3rd century BC. These tombs were meticulously carved out of the rocks creating an intriguing world of their own that never ceases to fascinate visitors. An extra layer that you might not have expected on your all-inclusive break!

Tomb of the Kings highlight: Looking out for colourful remnants of ancient wall frescoes.

4. Canary Islands – a perfect sailing archipelago

As an archipelago with breathtaking coastlines and calm waters, day sailing trips are the perfect extra to an all-inclusive holiday in the Canaries. Book a catamaran from Gran Canaria and you may catch a glimpse of playful dolphins, or hoist the sails from Tenerife and enjoy swimming in the sea before dining on local seafood cooked by the crew. Or maybe you want to catch your own lunch instead on a fishing trip? Have a look at what’s available and talk to hotel staff to get boat trip recommendations.

Sailing highlight: Whale watching in Tenerife. 

5. Turkish Riviera – cruising the coastline

Whether you choose the energetic buzz of Marmaris or the more laid-back tranquillity of Icmeler, the blue Mediterranean and Aegean waters are never far away on an all-inclusive holiday in the Turkish Riviera. Taking a boat trip is the perfect way to enjoy this coastal landscape. Sail past the rock-cut Lycian Tombs of the Kings of Kaunos or look out for loggerhead turtles on Iztuzu beach before diving into the water for a refreshing swim.

Boating highlight: Taking a mineral-rich mud bath on a Dalyan River Cruise.

6. Majorca – unmissable caves and underground lakes

Just a two-hour flight from home with guaranteed sunshine in the summer, Majorca is a no-brainer for an all-inclusive holiday. Golden beaches, delicious cuisine, and beautiful nature spots make this a traveller’s dream. For an unmissable experience, be sure to visit the Caves of Drac (Cuevas del Drach). Inside is Lake Martel, one of the world's largest underground lakes. A visit to this huge subterranean world near Porto Cristo is a magical experience.

Cave highlight: A boat tour of Cuevas del Drach accompanied by a live classical music concert. Yes, really!

7. Malta – an architect’s dream

An all-inclusive trip to Malta has something for everybody – buzzing nightlife, beautiful beaches, incredible diving and mouth-watering cuisine. But the thing that makes it really special is it’s fantastic architecture and historical sites. From its seven UNESCO-protected prehistoric temples to the Baroque St. John’s Co Cathedral, this island is a feast for the eyes.

Architecture highlight: The Rotunda of Mosta which is based on the design of the Pantheon in Rome.

8. Corfu – an island of spectacular beaches

With 57 beaches on the island of Corfu, you’ll be close to paradise wherever you choose to stay. If you’re staying for a while, it’s worth exploring the island to find the perfect beach for you. If you’re after sun, sea and seclusion, Rovinia beach is a perfect spot, surrounded by olive groves and mountains. If you’re all about the view, consider the coastline at Cape Drastis. Capture some snapshots at the top then carefully venture down the steep road and you'll find yourself by the sand, rock formations and tiny caves. The best part is that Corfu is relatively small, so you can explore a few of these great beaches without going too far.

Beach highlight: Canal D’Amour at dusk when the setting sun hits the cliffs.

9. Ibiza – a hippie playground

Ibiza may be small in size but it's big on fun, whether you want family days on the beach or lively nights dining and dancing. The roots of Ibiza's nightlife go back to the island's hippie culture of the 60s and 70s. Enjoy a coffee in Bar Anita, the hippie hangout back in the day, or browse the island's famous hippie markets such as Las Dalias and Punta Arabi. This makes a great day out on your holiday!

Hippie highlight: A visit to Cala Benirrás – a beach that was known for hippie full-moon parties in the 1960s. 

10. Marrakech – heavenly flavours

Marrakech is a place where the senses buzz – the taste of the food, the patterns of the architecture and the smells of the markets all linger long after you've returned home. When you book a trip here, you get a taste of authentic Moroccan flavours. You’ll be happy to know that many all-inclusive hotels in Marrakech have a separate Moroccan restaurant in addition to the main restaurant – be sure to check this out when booking your trip!

Foodie highlight: If you're a real foodie, consider booking a cookery class. Your hotel might be able to recommend a good local spot! 

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