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All Inclusive Package Holidays - Pleasures and Pitfalls
The idea of an all inclusive package holiday is a tempting one. You will know with a reasonable degree of certainty what the total cost of the holiday will be. There are now a wide number of tour operators offering all inclusive details to a number of popular locations including The Caribbean, The Maldives, Mauritius, The Canary Islands, Spain, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Many packages offer facilities such as swimming pools, children's clubs, restaurants and bars and activities such as cycling and tennis included in the price. In general, your flights, accommodation, meals, local drinks and entertainments as described in the brochure are included.
| Disneyland Resort Paris
- Disneyland Resort Paris offers deals including entrance to its two theme parks and accommodation in one of seven themed hotels. Specially offers such as "children go free" are regularly featured.
| Portland Direct Package Holidays |
- Package holidays booked direct offering great value and discount prices, voted in top 3 direct travel companies in a Which? consumer association survey.
- Kuoni offer dream holidays to over 65 countries. They have everything from luxury tropical islands to safaris, fly drives to city breaks and more. They were voted 'Britain's Best Longhaul Tour Operator' by travel agents.
- Great value deals on flights, vacations, hotels and car hire.
Disadvantages of all-inclusive packages are that you basically spend most of your time in the resort complex to avoid unnecessary additional expenditure.
This can mean that some of the more appealing tourist locations go unvisited because of the additional cost of providing the family with food and refreshments. It also means that you are stuck with whatever entertainment the hotel offers - which might be very good, or might be not so good. The same goes for the food.
Before you book, make sure that you know exactly what is and isn't included. See if you can view sample menus to make sure the food will be to your liking. Also bear in mind that if you are dieting, it is easy to eat way too much on an all-inclusive deal. If watersports are your passion, check exactly what equipment will be available. Also check the policy on tips, are they included in the price or will you need to budget for them?
The one big advantage of package holidays in general is that the whole holiday will be covered by ABTA if you are buying through an ABTA member. Most holiday companies are members of ABTA, but it is wise to check. What this means is that the flights and accommodation are both covered. If you book your flights separately and independently, you may suffer hassle and possible financial loss if the airline concerned suffers problems, eg industrial action (think of the recent BA threatened strike action).
Popular Holiday Pitfalls
There are some things that you should check out whether the holiday is all inclusive or not. These include:
| Cosmos / Monarch Holidays|
- Fully bonded with ATOL and ABTA, offering holidays to hundreds of resorts across the world. You can save 10% more when you book online. Book complete holidays or flights or accommodation only.
- Package holidays and flights direct from Airtours, Aspro, Direct Holidays, Escapades, Panorama and Manos, with a 5% discount when you book online. There is an online price promise if you find a deal cheaper elsewhere within 24 hours.
- Extensive site owned by leading airlines, offering travel, flights, accommodation, City Breaks, car hire and tailor made deals worldwide.
- Specialists in touring and cruise holidays in the US and Canada, Europe, China, Egypt and the Nile. Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded
- One-stop online travel, including negotiated discount airfares with 120 airlines, and discounts with over 14,000 hotels worldwide.
- Specialists in walking and cycling, offering a worldwide programme of tours. Go self guided or with others, there are tours to suit all abilities.
|Just Sport and Leisure |
- Travel accessories including the Travelpro range of luggage that has flight bags, trolleys and expandable suitcases.
- Specialists in holidays to the Balkans including such destinations as Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Romania and cities Sofia, Bourgas and Varna. Low cost flights to Bulgaria are available from 20 airports in the UK.