We tend to travel independently and have never been on an all-inclusive family holiday. I don’t think we’ve ever even thought of going on a holiday like that. But after watching this video from a First Choice resort in Spain, I can see the appeal. Ear worm alert:
It looks like there’s tons to do for children on these holidays. I love our family holidays for the chance they give us to relax and be together away from the demands of work and school. But my eldest is a teen now, the youngest still at Primary school, and it’s getting trickier to keep everyone happy on holiday. My husband and I like to explore and get to know the local area. The teen mainly wants to sunbathe, read and sleep with an endless source of WiFi to hand. The youngest craves other children to play football and swim with. With the range of family activities on offer at the all-inclusive First Choice Holiday Villages there’d definitely be something there he’d enjoy and I’m sure he’d make friends with other kids. It looks like the teen would be well-provided for in terms of sunbathing spots too, but I’m not sure about WiFi – I guess that would depend on the resort.
The financial aspect of all-inclusives is appealing in some ways too – everything’s included in the price so you know in advance how much the trip will cost and can plan accordingly. This sounds good for families forced into paying high season prices by the rigours of the school calendar. And there must be a huge saving if you don’t have to fork out for snacks and cooling drinks the whole time – the cost of this can really mount up. But if everything’s included in the holiday price and provided by the hotels, I wonder what the effect is on local businesses? I hope that guests still go out and about to eat in local restaurants and explore the area – I know we would!
What do you think about all-inclusive family holidays? Have you ever been on one? If not, would you consider it?
Family travel lowdown: This post is sponsored by First Choice, who offer all-inclusive holidays to a range of destinations.