Think all-inclusive holidays are just for lounging by the pool with a free drink in hand? Think again. There are inclusive holidays on offer for every breed of traveller, from adrenaline junkies to couples, with activities to keep you busy all day long and no hidden costs. You won't have to worry about paying for meals out or cooking in self-catering accommodation as your food and drinks are usually provided, and you'll get to benefit from swimming pools, spas, bike rental, and even on-site hairdressers. Whether you're looking for a romantic couples retreat or an adrenaline-packed adventure, an all-inclusive holiday could be perfect for your next trip. It's more than just a base, it's a luxury experience in itself.
If you stay in an all-inclusive resort in Antalya, you'll get the best of both worlds: a super comfy hotel with lots of little luxuries, and a great base for exploring this ancient Turkish city. Stock up on calories with an all-inclusive breakfast, then go out and see the sights of the region including the ancient ruined Roman city of Perge and the Antalya Muzesi, which showcases artefacts from thousands of years ago. Antalya has lots of gorgeous architecture, with statues, fortresses and pretty cobbled streets around every turn.
Mexico is known for its diverse cuisine and zingy cocktails, so if you're looking to blend a beach/pool holiday with a culinary adventure, Cancun might be your best bet. Lots of the luxury all-inclusive resorts in the area employ top chefs, sommeliers and cocktail wizards to dish up some of the best food and drink in the country, with Mexican, French, Italian, and Japanese dishes on offer as well as more relaxed options like al-fresco brunches and light bites. If you fancy an authentic taste of Mexico you can always take a ride into central Cancun to try Marquesitas, a kind of crispy crepe filled with cheese.
Located off the coast of northern Africa, the Canary Islands are suitable for beach holidays 365 days a year thanks to the never-ending sunshine. Even in the coldest winter months you'll find temperatures of 20°C and up, perfect for enjoying the miles of sandy beaches. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, sun worshippers should look for hotels with big swimming pools and plenty of space for lounging, with comfy sofas and dreamy cabanas, plus pool-side cocktail bars that serve complimentary drinks.
Majorca is a captivating island that's perfect for lovers, with a sunny climate and immaculate sandy beaches. It's perfect for couples holidays as there are multiple adults-only all-inclusive resorts on the island, which are private and serene and offer dozens of fun activities for two. Unwind on a private beach, have a romantic dinner at a top-quality restaurant, and get a couple's massage without even leaving your hotel. Go snorkelling, play golf, or hire bikes to visit some local sites like the island's lush national parks.
Hurghada in Egypt is filled with all-inclusive resorts that cater to people longing for adventure and adrenaline. Best known for its miles of coastline and diving, going all-inclusive in Hurghada is a great way to save money as many high-octane activities are included in the price of your stay. Lots of resorts offer daily diving excursions and lessons, waterskiing, snorkelling, and windsurfing, as well as beach volleyball, banana boat rides, and waterslides. To go off the beaten track look for resorts that offer diving excursions outside the local area, with boat trips that take you to secret spots full of tropical fish and underwater ruins.
If you're looking for some stress relief, why not head to the Dominican Republic? Stay in a resort away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with a room overlooking the sea and picture-perfect beaches. Head for resorts with all-inclusive spa treatments such as facials and massages, as well as saunas, hot tubs, and gyms. You'll find hotels with plenty of healthy vegetarian/vegan and organic meal options, with workout classes and mindfulness and meditation sessions offered daily.
All-inclusive packages take the stress out of family holidays, as they usually offer a range of activities to suit all ages. Costa del Sol, in the south of Spain, is a safe, welcoming destination for kids and adults alike, with sun, sea, sand, and family-friendly resorts. Most hotels have swimming pools with slides, fountains and splash pads. With 150 km of coastline, you might want to spend your entire holiday by the beach. Want to do something more adventurous? Consider a day trip to Gibraltar – it's only an hour and a half away. For a more relaxed day out, consider wandering the charming streets of Marbella’s Old Town. Alternatively, stroll through the Montes de Malaga Natural Park and admire the forests, streams and waterfalls.