what is all inclusive?

When it comes to choosing a package holiday via a tour operator, such as those offered through The Co-operative Travel, you'll usually be faced with several board basis choices at some point throughout your search. These will usually include options like bed and breakfast, half board, full board and all inclusive. Perhaps the one that varies the most is that of all inclusive, so to help you understand what it means, read on...

All inclusive is a style of board basis that, as you might imagine, offers a pretty comprehensive range of included features. On a top-level basis, when combined with a package holiday booked through a tour operator, all inclusive will typically offer the following as part of the price you pay:
  • Return flights
  • Nightly accommodation
  • Local resort transfer
  • On-site or locally based holiday rep
  • All meals and snacks
  • Drinks, usually including soft drinks and local alcoholic beverages
Of course, this list varies enormously depending on your choice of tour operator, the standard of the hotel and even the location, so always be sure to read the small print before you book.

Some hotels offer a 24-hour all inclusive basis, which means food and drinks are available all day and all night, while others might stop at a certain time. Some will offer locally-produced alcoholic beverages, while other hotels will go the whole hog and throw in cocktails, spirits and branded beers.

It's also worth noting that some hotels will offer free or discounted access to local or on-site activities as part of their all inclusive offering, such as entrance to the local water park or on-site golf course. If you're the active type who plans to take in loads of local attractions, it's worth taking the time to look for this type of hotel.

In short, all inclusive is a great way to enjoy a memorable holiday without the worry of forking out for meals and drinks - perfect for families, sun-seekers, budget holidaymakers and just about everyone in-between!

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