The Great All Inclusive Holiday – A Blessing Or A Curse?

There are a lot of reasons why people are drawn to all inclusive holidays.  Not only do they always seem to be a better deal than holidays that don’t take place at an all inclusive resort, but everything’s taken care of for you – food, drink, even some activities.  All inclusive holidays just seem to make things a whole lot easier.

That being said, there are some drawbacks that also come with going away on trips like all inclusive golf holidays.  Here are some things to consider before you plan your next trip:

Located On Isolated Property

Most all inclusive golf holidays take place on property that’s isolated and located some distance away from major hubs.  This can be both good and bad depending on what you want out of your trip. For those who are looking for solitude or safety (such as those with young children), then being located on an isolated property can serve you well and improve your traveling experience.  For those who want to get a taste for local culture, however, then this may not be ideal.  Several all inclusive resorts are located half an hour or more outside of major city centres, so you’ll be needing to make quite the trek out every day if you want to experience local life on a daily basis. But, as I said, sometimes isolation is what you want, and it’s certainly what a lot of people enjoy about golf in general. There are some beautiful vistas to enjoy in Portugal, and it’s the perfect place to go for a bit of peace and quiet. Golf Kings offer some great trips in Algarve (linked before), or, if you want something a little more lively, you can check out their Spanish holidays here.

Run By International Tour Operators

A large number of all inclusive resorts aren’t run by the locals, but rather by other UK tour operators.  Many people who travel to such resorts expect to be surrounded by the locals in the area, and are shocked to find that they are instead surrounded by Australians, Canadians, or even fellow Brits.  Depending on what you want out of your trip, this can be a good or a bad thing.

Consider Your Food Options

Depending on the resort that you’re going to, you may have limited food choices on site.  If you choose a getaway destination that only features one buffet and one a la carte dining area, then after day 3 of your 7 day stay at the resort you may be crying out for more food options.  Try to find a resort that has at least 3 to 4 different dining options open to you and your family to prevent growing bored of the same type of cuisine and food options day after day.

Look At The Activities Included

If you’re planning al inclusive golf holidays, then check and see whether or not golfing is included in the price (in many cases it isn’t).  The price of your all inclusive stay may or may not include other activities, such as water sports, spa treatments, and babysitting services for children.

That being said, there’s nothing stopping visitors from going outside of the borders of the resort and booking their own off-site activities.  Most resorts will have staff who are there specifically to help you plan other activities outside of the grounds of the resort, and they often have access to some exclusive deals that you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

If you’re still not sure about all inclusive holidays, then have a read of this Daily Mail article about it. Knowledge is power. I suppose, it’s a matter of taste and how much you want to relinquish control of your activities and your food while you’re away. I like the self-catering holidays and all inclusive trips – it depends where I am and what I want to get out of the holiday – to either relax or explore.

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