Best summer all inclusive destinations for all the family
Brits have travelled the all-inclusive path to their time in the sun since the 1950s. And despite a slowdown about 20 years ago, this stress-free way of holidaying is enjoying something of a revival, with fabulous family-friendly resorts and superb quality hotels now available to tired parents and energetic kids, looking to be whisked away on their perfect holiday. Here are five of the best summer all-inclusive destinations for all the family, featuring The Canaries, Mexico and Balearic Islands.
- Sa Coma and Cala Millor, Mallorca
There are plenty of websites out there to give you all inclusive holiday tips, but our advice when it comes to all-inclusive is stay with the larger tour operators who’ve been perfecting their skills at this for decades. We’ve started with a classic. Mallorca has earned a reputation for fun in the sun and lively holidays in mega resorts such as Magaluf, but it also offers quieter holidays for families. The resorts of Sa Coma and Cala Millor are just 2km apart, with a tram and cycle path connecting them. As well as your all-inclusive favourites such poolside bars, kids’ clubs and evening entertainment, you can have family time at the safari zoo, ancient caves or try snorkelling off the 7km stretch of golden sand.
- Santo Tomas and Cala’n Forcat, Menorca
Despite being as the quietest of the Balearic Islands, Menorca’s beautiful beaches have a lot to shout about. The best all-inclusive resorts for all the family provide you with a choice, depending on how you want to spend your time. Head to peaceful Santo Tomas or the Blue Flag beach at Arenal d’en Castell for laid-back downtime. Or, if you and the family have energy to spare, stay in lively Cala Canutells on the south coast, and Cala’n Forcat is renowned for action-packed resorts, welcoming bars and international restaurants. For a bit of both, Cala’n Bosch’s beaches and water parks are on the western side of the island.
- Maspalomas region, Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the second largest Canary Island, and home to a fascinating range of natural parks, wildlife, zoos and beaches. This diversity is also reflected in the choice of family-friendly hotels and fun activities. Most of this beautiful holiday island’s popular resorts are found on the south coast, centred around the tip of land which is home to action-packed Maspalomas, Meloneras and Playa del Ingles. With bars, restaurants, shops and kilometres of beach also stretching east to Bahia Feliz and west, out to Puerto Rico, choosing an all-inclusive family holiday here will put you at the heart of Gran Canaria’s best wildlife, natural wonders, splash parks, beach fun and water sports.
- Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
Playa de las Americas is hard to beat when it comes to all-singing, all-dancing family holidays. Given it also boasts an amazing choice of all-inclusive resorts and hotels, we’re happy to let it take centre stage for our holiday tips to Tenerife. Playa de las Americas lies only three kilometres from neighbouring Los Cristianos on Tenerife’s south-west tip. Brits have had a loyalty for this fun-packed holiday destination for years, with endless beaches, waterfront bars, shops, water parks and hotels which cater for your every need. Not to mention the wall-to-wall sunshine throughout the summer months. The icing on the cake, for those lucky families heading to Playa del Las Americas, is Siam Water Park, which is only about 1km from the resort centre. This king of water parks has been voted number one in the world and is officially the largest in Europe. Treat the kids to a day here and they’ll love you forever.
- Cancun, Mexico
If you fancy travelling to another continent and experiencing a different culture while keeping all the usual creature comforts, an all-inclusive holiday to Cancun is just the ticket. It’s 10 hours on a plane from London but worth every minute. Cancun sits on the Yucatán Peninsula, on the southern tip of Mexico and boasts 22km of white-sand beaches and a host of Mexican adventures. If you want to leave the resort, you can zip-line through jungle, visit ancient Mayan ruins, or snorkel and dive in the Caribbean Sea. For lazy days in the resort, expect luxuries such as beachfront locations, palm-dotted sun terraces, swim-up bars, poolside snacks, dedicated children’s pools and kids’ clubs, international restaurants and evening entertainment with the odd cocktail thrown in.
If this sounds like heaven to you, pick one of the above all-inclusive holiday tips and start planning your next summer family holiday. The all-inclusive package has been 70 years in the making, and now offers a winning combination of hassle-free travel, quality hotels, plus great food and drink in a family-friendly resort.