With VAT set to stay at 20% for the foreseeable future, gas and electricity prices to increase by an estimated 18% at least and food costs ever soaring, it’s no wonder that holiday makers are looking at the best ways to make their money go further. Indeed, a report by ABTA, which covers travel trends, suggests that all inclusive holidays are becoming ever more popular and for good reason. By getting the costs out of the way before you go and having no additional expenses when you arrive, travellers do not need to budget or worry about money whilst they are away. Some holiday packages even come with extra facilities such as childrens and teenagers clubs and weekly events that are included in the all inclusive deals. Of course, if you get bored with the hotel’s food you can always choose to dine elsewhere, but with many hotels now offering a gourmet restaurant experience you can treat yourself every day. We’ve picked a few of the best deals available right now to help you decide.
Lanzarote – The Dream Hotel Gran Castillo in Playa Blanca is offering a seven night all inclusive holiday from £555 per adult and £215 per child which also includes flights with Monarch Airlines. This stunning seafront hotel combines a peaceful setting with a fabulous pool scene and plenty of comforts. Set in a regal spot, the Dream Hotel looks over a giant stretch of rocky beach, edged by turquoise waters. The complex has classic Spanish looks – whitewashed balconies, cute chimney stacks and all laid-out like a little village, with rooms spread out among tropical gardens. It has three good-sized pools, surrounded by palms and there is a luxurious spa. The bedrooms are spacious and beautifully furnished and the generous buffet restaurant serves everything from salads and pasta to Canarian specialities, with a separate a la carte restaurant for gourmet dining. For more information visit www.cosmos-holidays.co.uk
Mexico – The 5T Sensatori Resort in the Riviera Maya has a beach-front location, lagoon-like pools, adult-exclusive and family suites available, a world-class spa, six restaurants, a selection of bars, sports and adventure programmes and a state-of-the-art children’s facility. The emphasis at this resort is definitely on luxury. Contemporary suites come as standard, featuring whirlpools, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The luxury spa offers stratospheric levels of pampering and Michelin-worthy food comes courtesy of 24-hour Gourmet Inclusive. The Sensatori experience has been designed to fuel your senses. After all, our enjoyment is based around touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. At this resort there is a kids club and a teenagers club and a weekly bonfire on the beach. The huge lagoon shaped pools surrounding the hotel means there is always a free sun-bed and white suited butlers tend to your every need. Thomson are offering an all inclusive seven night deal for £1,072 per adult and £619 per child including flights and transfers. Visit www.thomson.co.uk/sensatori
Italy – Lake Como and the Grand Hotel Britannia Excelsior is situated in the beautiful resort of Cadenabbia. For a room with a balcony and an amazing view of the lake, Crystal Summer are offering an all inclusive seven night stay for £661 per person in September including return flights. The hotel is in the village of Bellagio, to the east there is the pretty town of Varenna and to the west the Alps can be seen. The all inclusive package deal includes all meals and drinks plus a pre packed lunch if you are venturing out for the day. Hotel Britannia Excelsior is set on the shores of Lake Como and is a former 19th-century inn. The beautiful guest rooms are tastefully decorated with luxury fabrics and antique furniture and whilst you may not spot George Clooney, you certainly will get a luxurious stay at this beautifully designed and decorated hotel. For more details visit www.crystalsummer.co.uk