2011 was a strong year for all‐inclusive holidays and demand for this type of holiday looks set to continue into 2012. With the household budgets once again expected to be squeezed this year, understandably we are all seeking value for money in 2012.
First Choice, owned by TUI, have taken advantage of this predicted trend by taking the decision to be the first company to switch to only offering all inclusive packages. And you’ll be able to select between a range of all inclusive packages. (Some hotels will be offered as adults-only.)
The different types of all inclusive holidays
Standard all inclusive
Includes full board, snacks from morning until late evening, plus local alcohol and soft drinks. Plus entertainment and activities.
24 hour all inclusive
If you want a drink in the early hours, or crave a late night snack, 24-hour all inclusive is the perfect choice. As the name suggests, food and drink are all available 24 hours a day!
Ultra all inclusive
A 24 hour all inclusive option with extra luxury touches. Ultra includes branded drinks and spirits, plus a selection of buffet and a la carte restaurants. Non motorised watersports, lots of entertainment and more.
Gourmet all inclusive
This is only offered at Azul and El Dorado hotels in Mexico. It’s available 24 hours and includes the whole Ultra-Inclusive, plus gourmet a la carte dining and 24 hour room’s service.
First Choice are obviously not the only company to offer fantastic all inclusive deals; keep an eye on our Holiday Deals section throughout 2012 to get the best deals.
Top picks for “Best holidays 2012 – All Inclusive”
OnTheBeach – On The Beach tell us that over half the holidays they sell are now all inclusive. OnTheBeach are one of the original “build your own holiday” companies and offer a huge range of all inclusive hotels matched up with flights from all UK airports. Well worth a look on your search for the best all inclusive holiday deals.
Sunshine Holidays offer a great range of holidays at prices that reguarly beat the competition by a mile. They are so confident of their low prices, that if you do find the same holiday for less, they will match the price and throw in a fiver. As the UK’s low cost travel agent, Sunshine offers online booking only, take flight and hotel prices from hundreds of differnt sources and avoids spending money on expensive ad campaigns. They then pass the savings onto customers and hope for word of mouth sales. Top destinations for all inclusive holidays with Sunshine include Turkey, Ibiza, Algarve and mainland Spain.
For adults only, the El Dorado Seaside Suites with First Choice. Voted as one of the world’s most romantic hotels by Forbes magazine, it’s surrounded by palm-filled gardens, and it’s right on a peaceful stretch of the Riviera Maya. It’s a gourmet all inclusive, so top of the range and for that, expect to be pampered! On the sand, you’ll find deluxe touches like canopied daybeds and butlers topping up your cocktails. Junior suites come as standard and they all have whirlpool baths and four-poster beds. A week in the summer based on 2 sharing comes in from around £1050 per person.
Kuoni are offering a 7 night stay in the Maldivian resort, of Kurumba; based on 2 adults sharing from only £999 per person. With eight restaurants and three bars, Kurumba offers a huge choice of dining options. There are two pools, two children’s pools, Majaa Recreation Centre and Kids’ Club, a fitness centre, tennis courts, spa, watersports and diving centre. Fantastic snorkelling opportunities on the house reef are just steps from the beach.
Jet2 who offer a range of departure airports in Northern England and Scotland are offering great family deals. 7 nights all inclusive based on 4 people sharing from £371 per person in Albufeira, Portugal. The all-inclusive package consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner served buffet style in the main restaurant. Local wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks are available for a minimum of 12 hours per day. A full entertainment programme, two swimming pools and 2 children’s pools.