Top 10 all-inclusive family holidays
All-inclusive holidays mean your entire trip is paid for before you leave, including food, board and entertainment, so it's no surprise that their popularity has soared with families in recent years, especially those who want to keep a close eye on their budget.
Aside from the peace of mind offered by knowing exactly what you've spent before you leave, another big plus is many different activities are usually included, so children can try out new things, such as zip wires or football club, and you should be able to grab some time to relax.
Of course, being all-inclusive doesn't mean there won't be any additional costs, but this should mostly be restricted to food and drink at airports, souvenirs and excursions, and food outside the resort. All-inclusives range from a budget 3* in Spain to a 5* luxury hotel in the Maldives. Here's our pick of 10 of the best deals currently available.
First Choice has seven nights at the 4* Holiday Village Red Sea (pictured above) from £580 per person (saving £375 per person). The price is based on a family of four sharing, and includes flights departing from Glasgow airport on 18 February 2013 and transfers.
First Choice has a seven-night SplashWorld holiday at the 4Sun Coral Sea Splash Resort on an all-inclusive basis from £679 per person. The price is based on a family of four sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 17 February 2013 and transfers.
Thomson has seven nights in Spain staying at the 4T Hotel Flamingo Oasis on an all-inclusive basis from £494 per person (saving £170 per person). The price is based on three people sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 30 March 2013 and transfers.
Easyjet holidays has seven nights at the 5* Marriott Sharm Mountain Resort from £2613, based on two adults and two children sharing. This includes return flights from London Stansted on 31 March 2013, return transfers in resort, plus four pieces of hold luggage.
Easyjet holidays has seven nights at the 4* Blue Sea Puerto Resort and spa for £2,099, based on two adults and two children sharing. This includes return flights from Gatwick on 31 March 2013, return transfers in resort plus four pieces of hold luggage.
Travelsupermarket has seven nights in Costa Adeje, Tenerife at the 3.5T rated Fanabe Costa Sur Hotel with Skytours on an all-inclusive basis from £3,553 for a family of four (two adults and two children) in a room for four. This includes return flights from London Gatwick on Sunday 26 May 2013.
Thomson has seven nights in Majorca staying at the 4T Aparthotel Playa Mar Thomson Family Resort on an all-inclusive basis from £640 per person (saving £134 per person). This price is based on a family of four sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 26 July 2013 and transfers.
Thomson has seven nights at its 5* Sensatori resort in Crete from £3,808 for two adults and one child, including return flights from London Stansted on 1 August 2013.
Turkey (June only)
Mark Warner has just one all-inclusive hotel, the Sea Garden, near Bodrum in Turkey. Seven nights in June is priced at £632pp (saving £299pp) if booked by 7 February. Facilities include watersports and mountain biking, as well as childcare. The price includes return flights with British Airways and seven nights accommodation on an all-inclusive board basis.
If you'd like to stay in the UK, why not try an all-inclusive mountain biking holiday, located on the doorstep of the Brechfa trails in Carmarthenshire? MudTrek's 'off piste' package offers guests a chance to get away from the trail centres and experience the rugged Welsh terrain with a guide, and includes accommodation, food, transport to and from rides, plus riding from the door and 'off piste' guiding. And you don't need all the gear either - you can hire bikes and additional equipment for an extra fee. Prices start from £195pp for a two-night stay based on four sharing.
What Mumsnetters say about all-inclusive holidays
- We did all-inclusive two years ago in Turkey and our children have begged to go back again ever since, so we have just booked again this year. Didn't see any drunkenness at all - mostly families enjoying themselves with a nice dinner, a sit down by the bar in the evening or going to the entertainment. Great for freedom for teenage kids, as they could just go and get food/drinks/snacks etc whenever they wanted. Schoolchauffer
- I find all-inclusive with children a pretty easy holiday. True, you get what you pay for, but it takes the hassle out of having to cook and clean or find a restaurant every night. Mrsdp123
- For family hols, I think all-inclusive is great, so long as you're happy with the food on offer. For me it's a fantastic holiday - all my meals are prepared for me so if I want a G&T or glass of wine, all I have to do is ask, and best of all, someone washes up! Waswondering
- We did all-inclusive to the Bahamas when our stepson was 10, and he drank enough coke during the day to make the cost worthwhile! In fact, the hotel kept a tally, which was interesting to see at the end of the holiday - let's just say we got our money's worth. Mustcontrolfistofdeath
- A few years ago I would never have agreed to all-inclusive - but our children are now nine and five, and it works really well. They want a pool and a beach and a kids' club, my husband wants a good dive school, and I want a nice shady tree, a stack of books and a break from logistics - by which I mean having to source and lug around water, snacks, towels, etc - so a (good) all-inclusive, with everything on tap, is great. Stealthsquiggle
All prices and information correct at time of publication. Prices can go up (and down apparently) but we always endeavour to change these when we can.