It may be a loaded term, but all-inclusive is music to our ears, and should be for those who have previously been stung by mounting hotel tabs or keen to avoid the relentless restaurant booking admin by letting our concierge team take the strain. And with the luxury prefix, it’s essentially an invitation to fully switch off in spoiling and otherworldly settings – in our view, this is the very definition of a holiday!
Far from confined to the fly-and-floppers, the all-inclusive (or highly inclusive) formula is easily applied to wellness breaks, safaris, skiing and sailing adventures. Remove the stigma and it’s simply less stress, fewer phone calls and more time to enjoy each other’s company and soak in a sublime location.
From far-flung island hotels with eye-rubbingly pretty sea views to safaris tipping you into a different dimension with all the trimmings, here’s our favourite all-inclusive trips to book with us.
Daios Cove, Crete
Steeped in tales of Greek mythology and a vastly layered history, Crete’s culture is as vibrant and varied as its landscape. The largest and most southerly of the Greek islands is studded in ornate archaeological marvels, vast mountain ranges and time warped villages; its sun-baked fringes are in parts built up and in others, a series of quiet coves with perfect views. Daios Cove is one of them – one for the foodies, who can upgrade to the Residents Club for top-brass service, fine dining on tap and a pleather of activities both on and off the water.
Eagles Villas, Halkidiki
With its lush Mediterranean forests, jutting peninsulas and white-sand beaches, Halkidiki embodies all idylls surrounding Greek islands. Occupying one of its calm bays, where bath-warm water laps the beach, Eagles Palace Hotels and Villas sets the standard for family holidays without losing that bonvivant fairy dust. As well as a stellar kids club with water sports galore and climbing frames for tots, the hotel’s light-filled serviced villas are a best-of-both solution for families after a little more privacy.
The Body Camp, Mallorca
Mallorca is having a renaissance – redeeming itself after years of mass tourism by revisiting its original, rural, artisanal rhythms, where craft and culture sit front and centre. Body Camp’s country retreat aligns with such a narrative – set in the quiet hills of Mallorca where a wellness programme is afoot to reboot and reinvigorate. From nourishing meals plucked the kitchen gardens to the various body boot camp sessions, everything is included to conserve all that energy for re-centring and soaking in the surrounding natural beauty.
Niyama Private Islands, Maldives
Perfect slithers of white sand surrounded by turquoise lagoons, a thrilling sense of seclusion and exotic array of marine wildlife to encounter on diving or even snorkelling jaunts, The Maldives rarely fail to seduce those zooming into their Atolls. Envisage two of these pristine islands linked by a bridge, one with pod suites suspended among banyan trees, the other with a wow-factor infinity pool surrounded by cabanas, and you’ll mentally arrive, at Niyama Private Islands. The castaway-style resort offers tailored levels of all-inclusive, ensuring all travel tribes feel utterly spoiled.
Shanti Maurice, Mauritius
With its islands’ blend of history, Mauritius is a far-flung heartthrob. The Indian Ocean’s flawless contrast with the sand, its ethereal patchwork of colours and bath-warm temperature lures a handful of high-calibre hotels to the shoreline. Located in the south, Shanti Maurice is one of them – a beloved spot by returning families and couples, who rave about the hotel’s knockout spa and its personalised ‘Spa Doctor’ wellness programmes.
Hermitage Bay, Caribbean
Experience Caribbean’s laid-back spirit and generous sunshine. The sheer variety of its islands’ landscapes and cultures offers the best kind of distraction – from adventurous jungle treks and diving expeditions to Creole cooking classes and undemanding stints in world-leading spas. Go down the all-inclusive route and the ride is suddenly a smooth one. Adult-only Hermitage Bay in Antigua has cleverly given all-inclusive the luxury, barefoot treatment, leaving guests to enjoy its go-slow tempo or fully lean into the watersports without mentally clocking the soaring costs.
Sailing on Salamander, Turkey
Exploring the unspoilt Turkish coast in a traditional gulet is one of those ‘bucket list’ trips that will enrich shared memories for years to come. Salamander is that classically styled sailing gulet that inhabits the daydreams of those craving a waterborne break. While the trip can be tailored to suit preferences, from food to sailing routes, there is refreshingly no ‘extra bill’ to contend with when this surreal trip draws to an end. The only elements not included are water-skiing and the odd trip to a restaurant on shore – a rarity in the chartering world.
F&P Catered Chalets, Meribel
With its cosy, traditional chalets and the tear-jerking views of the mighty Mont Blanc, Meribel has a loyal skiing coterie who relish the limited chair lift queuing and easy links to Val Thorens’ soaring peaks and Courchevel’s cruisy blues and greens. All-inclusive in the mountains may hit differently, but the stress-busting aim remains the same. Nordic-style Chalet le Koissou‘s five course suppers and breakfasts, daily driving service into the village and housekeeping buys time for families and friends to indulge in the terrace hot tub , get competitive at a game of pool or simply snuggle up for some hot-chocolate-and-film après.
Kicheche Camps, Kenya
While safari veterans wouldn’t usually equate all-inclusive with trip-of-a-lifetime safaris, that’s essentially what they are, and it’s a big part of the appeal. The Maasai Mara and Laikipia luxury private game reserves, with their Big Five spotting, sumptuously dressed tented suites with Savannah views and cacophony of crickets amid star-studded African skies, have perfected the all-inclusive formula. In particular, the Kicheche Camps whose swishy and seriously exclusive bush sanctuaries, uncrowded 4×4 drives into private conservancies and exquisite meals and sundowners all fall under one, up front rate.
Serondella, South Africa
Nowhere would we like to hole up more in than at the gorgeous Serondella, ‘Place of Elephants’ an exquisite lodge in the heart of the Greater Kruger Park where South Africa’s iconic wildlife roam all around. This is an all-inclusive with everything from activities to meals and drinks included. Malaria free (one less thing to worry about) Serondella is great for families with two-bedroom family suites, specific kids activities and a home from home feel to make everyone feel relaxed. And when not out and about on game drives, families can cosy by the lodge’s very own watering hole and witness wildlife congregating, chattering and socialising.
Hillside Beach Club, Turkey
Tucked away into the abundant pine trees in its own private bay, families love Hillside Beach Club for its warm hospitality, picturesque views and blue-flag beach. Take to the water and enjoy a range of watersports activities including windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, waterskiing and wakeboarding. The children’s facilities are superb with entertainment and activities for babies through to teens, while the adults can unwind and enjoy a vast range of treatments at the spa.
Start planning your All-inclusive escape! Our properties fill up fast so book early to avoid missing out! Contact Gemma or Jo on [email protected] , call +44 (0) 1306 264005 or