All-inclusive soars in interest on the back of Brexit
There has been a 28% increase in families searching for all-inclusive holidays for this year compared with last year. Interest is declining in room only and half board holidays, with a clear movement of people switching to all-inclusive options. That’s according to pricing data for package holidays across the outbound travel market via TravelSupermarket, where a whopping 55% of seven-night 2020 summer holiday price searches made by families are now for all-inclusive, Brits’ favourite holiday type.
Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from the holiday price comparison site explains why all-inclusive appears to be a continuing upward trend; “Brits are searching for and booking holidays at this peak time of the year in big numbers. But, keeping within a budget is clearly really important to them. Volatile euro exchange rates over the last few years since the Brexit referendum are a key factor. Sterling has been strengthening recently against the euro and other currencies but predictions are being made of continuing volatility in the coming months. Holidaymakers are showing that it is still really important for them to know the majority of their holiday costs up front. The only spending money they then need to factor in on top is for souvenirs, additional drinks (for example, specialist spirits might not be included), day trips and any meals out (if you want to, that is). All-inclusive has become the modern, hassle-free holiday of choice. It takes away the worry and time of having to choose where to eat and how much it is going to cost. Holidaymakers, especially families, love not having to venture far and having the basics that they need close by and already budgeted for”.
Here are the top ten destinations for the best value summer 2020 (departing between 1st May to 30th September 2020) all-inclusive holidays from the UK, according to TravelSupermarket data looking at millions of all-inclusive package holiday prices across the market.
- Costa Brava, Spain
This coast line is back in favour, with cheap prices, Blue Flag beaches, fun outdoor activities, exciting cities including Girona and Barcelona for day trips and some of the wildest coastline in Spain. Popular places to stay include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Blanes.
Amaraigua Hotel, Malgrat de Mar, 3*. Depart Stansted, Luton or Gatwick on 10 May for seven nights for two from £243pp (reduced from £400pp)
H TOP Calella Palace & Spa, Calella, 4*. Depart 18 August from Birmingham for seven nights for two adults and two school-age children from £348pp
- Central Dalmatia, Croatia
Expect to hear friends or work colleagues talk about this region around Split this year; following increased interest last year, holidays to the region are predicted to rise. Despite a decent exchange rate with the Croatian kuna, in-town prices aren’t always cheap, so going all-inclusive holidays can offer good value. Between its idyllic islands and charming medieval towns, this pretty chunk of Croatian coastline has plenty to keep you busy.
Holiday Village Sagitta, Brela, 3* all-inclusive. Depart Gatwick on 28 July for seven nights for two adults and two school-age children from £461pp (reduced from £525pp)
Or depart 9 May from Manchester for seven nights for two and stay at the same hotel from £336pp (reduced from £517pp)
- Costa Dorada, Spain
Another classic strip of Spanish coastline offering excellent value for money, all-inclusive deals to this coastline are 11% cheaper than they were in 2019, if searching May to September package holiday prices across the market via TravelSupermarket. For days out, PortAventura World near Salou offers Ferrari Land and water park fun. Other popular places to stay include chilled Cambrils.
Villamarina Club Hotel, Salou, 3*. Depart Newcastle on 12 May for seven nights for two from £333pp (reduced from £503pp)
Jaime 1 Hotel, Salou, 3*. Depart Bristol or Cardiff on 28 July for seven nights for two adults and two children from £382pp (reduced from £476pp)
Although Tunisia is slightly pricier than last year, compared to other all-inclusive hotspots, holidays here are still a steal in 2020. Purpose-built resort Port el Kantaoui ticks all the fuss-free holiday boxes and, for those after a side of history with their beach break, Hammamet is closer to the capital (Tunis) and the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage.
Nour Palace Resort & Thalasso Mahdia, 5*. Depart Manchester on 6 May for seven nights for two from £333p (reduced from £450pp)
Palmyra Aquapark Kantaoui, Port el Kantaoui,4*. Depart Heathrow on 4 August for seven nights, with the price based on two adults and two children, from £365pp
if you’re looking for a pool to flop next to for a week, there’s plenty of choice here. Go early June or late September to get the best deals and avoid the crowds. Magaluf favours the party crowd, while Cala d’Or and Cala Millor are better for those seeking a bit of quiet. Port de Pollença and Alcudia are great for families.
Piñero Bahia de Palma, El Arena, 3*. Depart East Midlands on 5 May for seven nights for two from £283pp
Club Santa Ponsa, Santa Ponsa, 3*. Depart Newcastle or Leeds on 27 July for seven nights for two adults and two school-age children from £401pp
- Black Sea, Bulgaria
Let’s face it, Bulgaria is incredibly cheap anyway, so all options are good value here. The resort of Sunny Beach has a 6-mile beachfront and plenty of nightlife, whilst Nesebar down the road is quieter and have a lovely cobbled historic old town.
Hotel Calypso, Nesebar, 3*. Depart 18 May from Luton for seven nights for two from £217pp (reduced from £291pp)
Komplex Aquamarine, Sunny Beach, 4*. Depart 30 July from Luton for seven nights, based on two adults and two school-age children, from £458pp
- Turkey (various resorts)
While prices currently remain largely the same for this summer as last, Turkey’s overall value still sees it rank highly. Wherever you plump for, you can expect long wide beaches, clear water and plenty of culture and history. Resorts such as Alanya, Lara, Side, Belek and Kemer in the Antalya region offer great value. But the Bodrum area, with its glistening twin bays, castle and stylish nightlife and beaches such as Gumbet and Bitez is also a strong and popular choice. As are the resorts of Marmaris, Fethiye and Oludeniz.
Kusadasi Golf & Spa Resort, 4*. Depart 22 August from Gatwick for seven nights, based on two adults and two children, from £464pp (reduced from £562pp)
- The Canary Islands
Fuerteventura offers the lowest average prices, which is great news for beach lovers: Lonely Planet reckons the island has the best in the Canaries. You can choose between 150km of beach to plonk yourself on, from sheltered bays for the kids to splash in, wild waters for windsurfing or crowd-free sands to stroll along. Like its other island siblings, Fuerteventura is blessed with sunshine across the year, so it is worth also looking at prices in April or October. Corralejo and Jandia are among the most popular resorts on the island.
LABRANDA Bahia de Lobos. Corralejo, 4*. Depart Luton or Stansted on 21 April for seven nights for two from £340pp 8b&b
LABRANDA Aloe Club, Corralejo, 3*. Depart Luton on 25 July for seven nights, based on two adults and two school-age children travelling together, from £409pp
Like Bulgaria and Turkey, Morocco is outside the eurozone and the cost of living is low, meaning not only the holiday prices but also any extras such as souvenirs and activities should be well-priced.
Kenzi Europa Hotel, Agadir, Depart Stansted or Gatwick on 21 April for seven nights for two from £342pp
Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Marrakech, 5*. Depart 22 August from Manchester for seven nights for two adults and two school-age children from £496pp (reduced from £708pp)
Madeira has shot up the great-value all-inclusive holiday list in 2020, jumping some 44 spots to make our top ten for the summer ahead. In fact, all-inclusive deals are a whopping 18.9% cheaper on TravelSupermarket compared to last year.
Pestana Ocean Bay Hotel, Funchal, 4*. Depart 18 September from Gatwick for seven nights for two from £432pp
Or depart Heathrow or Gatwick on 20, 21 or 22 August, based on two adults and two children, and stay at the same hotel, from £544pp (reduced from £740pp)
*All deal pricing above is accurate as of 09.01.2020. Prices are subject to change. Deals are subject to the partners’ T&Cs.
Research based on all price searches made via TravelSupermarket between 18/11 to 23/12 in 2019 and 2020 for summer holidays 1st May to 30th September for 2019 and 2020