Comparing All Inclusive Travel Deals

With fragile economies and an ever increasing necessity to budget carefully, all-inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular.

Their main appeal is essentially the fact that travellers pay up front for everything and should, in theory, be able to keep their budget down by not having to pay for anything else while away. Unfortunately, the term ‘all-inclusive’ does not quite mean the same to all holiday providers, meaning that more than 75 per cent of holiday makers end up paying for unexpected extras.

It is therefore of vital importance to check what will or will not be included in the all-inclusive price before booking. Careful comparison often reveals that slightly more expensive options will ultimately work out cheaper than the low-budget ones. Here are some of the main factors to look out for:

Activities

With a few notable exceptions, activities like motorised water sports, excursions, spa treatments and sports tuition are typically not included, and can raise costs significantly.

Childcare

While older children can usually participate in holiday clubs covered by all-inclusive terms, care for those under the age of three or four usually incurs additional charges. Some of the better quality all-inclusive deals do, however, offer daily care by qualified nannies.

Drinks

Drinks included in low-budget all-inclusive holidays usually consist of local alcoholic beverages (and may be subject to time limits), while premium branded or specialty drinks will pile on the cost. Paying a little more to begin with often means premium branded/ specialty drinks are included.

Meals

Included meals are often provided within main buffet areas, while meals in a la carte restaurants are charged for separately, or are only available once or twice a week. Some hotels do, however, offer regular meals in a la carte restaurants as part of the deal.