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In booking a holiday most of us tend to first decide upon the destination, then think about the board option we prefer. Self-catering and all-inclusive are two of the most popular options as each offers significant benefits. So could an all-inclusive holiday work for you?

All-inclusive holiday

Convenient and easy

One of the main advantages of going all-inclusive is that once your holiday is booked, you don't need to worry about how you will cater for your group whilst you are away. It makes it much easier to budget as you pay all the costs up-front and there is no need to set aside money each day for food and drink. There is usually a huge selection of food on offer so there should be something to suit even the fussiest of eaters. If you are after a low-stress, discount holiday, all-inclusive offers the ultimate in convenience. It can work out to be extremely cost-effective for families with young children, with all the ice lollies or soft drinks they could wish for already included in the price. Even better, they can usually get these themselves from the refreshment concessions so you do not need to worry about them losing your precious holiday money! All-inclusive breaks are also ideal if you don't like the idea of carrying cash with you; other than the occasional "extra", tips or excursions you simply won't need any.

All-inclusive holidays: A social experience

Self-catering may be flexible but by its very nature can mean that you don't really get the chance to mingle with other people. If you like your space then this is of course fine but if you prefer the company of others then all-inclusive may be more up your street. Meal times give you the chance to meet with other families, which can be especially beneficial if you have children. All-inclusive packages tend to be popular in larger hotels. These venues usually have a busy schedule of entertainment, which can be great if you like to be where the action is. From kids’ clubs and fitness classes during the day to local music performances and children’s discos in the evening, there is always plenty going on.

Any downsides?

If you have any specific dietary requirements then these may be easier to meet on a self-catering break. All-inclusive packages usually include alcohol but these will very often be local beers, wines and spirits. If you want imported drinks then you may incur an additional charge. Think too about how often you will eat in the hotel. If you tend to dine out in local restaurants then all-inclusive may not be the best value option as you will effectively be paying twice for your meal. Otherwise, convenient, easy and simple to budget for, an all-inclusive holiday can be a fabulous option for families and couples.

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