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Afresh lookat all-inclusives

Tour operators have had a surge in demand for all-inclusive holidays.., and they're saying holidays are a lot better

than they used to be, with free ice cream and cappuccinos, and gourmet meals. Even the gin in your G&T will be

a good brand, rather than the local brew. So, if you're on a set budget, a package can offer great value.

What's included?

Choosing all-inclusive can be a

smart way of ensuring you don't

go over your holiday budget,

as you'll already have paid for

everything that you need before

you arrive. The tour

operators will

usually claim

that 'just

about'

everything is

included. But it

pays to do your

homework

properly before

you book,

just so you know exactly what's

included - and what isn't.

FOOD Three meals a day are

usually included, but does that

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mean you'll have a gourmet

dining experience or simply the

opportunity for three daily visits

to the buffet? Find out first as the

latter could soon prove repetitive!

DRINKS There are often time

limits on the 'free' drink option.

In many cases, also, the range of

'free' drinks can be restricted to

whatever happens to be available

at the bar - and that could be a

very disappointing selection.

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

This is where surprise extra

charges can hurt a bit. For

example, a resort may offer free

use of its tennis or squash courts,

but you may well pay to hire

the rackets. In particular, check

which water sports are included,

and also how you book them.

If you've paid for it...

Online travel agent sunshine.co.uk

carried out a study of 1,154 Brits

who went on all-inclusive holidays

abroad in 2009 and has revealed

that just under 40% felt they

didn't make the most of services

or facilities. Most meals and drinks

were included, but under half ate

breakfast, lunch and dinner in

their hotel each day, with the rest

eating elsewhere for a change of

scene. Almost half said they

thought it was only food and drink

they could get free during their

stay and over a quarter didn't want

to ask staff what was included.

68% were more comfortable

booking all-inclusive in case they

ran out of money. 83% said they

would book all-inclusive again.

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What's on offer?

Under £600

Direct Holidays (0871 664 7985,

directholidays.co.uk) offers an all-inclusive

week at the end of August in San Agustin,

Gran Canaria, for £439 pp, including flights.

You'll stay at the Mirador Atlantico Hotel in

Playa Amadores.

First Choice (firstchoice.co.uk) has seven

nights at Seaside Hotels Sandy Beach, Gran

Canaria, from £480 per person for two adults

sharing a twin room, on an all-inclusive basis.

Includes return flights from London Gatwick

with Thomson Airways, departing 19 June

2010 and return transfers.

Thomson (thomson.co.uk) will get you

to Gran Canaria for an all-inclusive week at

the end of August for £544 per person.

Flights are from Luton and you'll stay at the

3T IFA I nterclub Atlantic.

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£.600-£1,000

Travel City Direct (0844 557 6965;

travelcitydirect.com) offers a 'Flex Plus' plan

to get a semi all-inclusive deal in Orlando for an

extra £149 pp. Includes eight breakfasts, six

meals, unlimited soft drinks, tea, coffee, shopping

vouchers, late check-out, overnight excursion

to Daytona Beach, plus preferred room upgrade.

From £699, with return flights from Gatwick.

Depart 6 October and buy a Flex Plus plan and you'll

pay i699 pp based on two adults and two

children (3-9), sharing at Quality Inn Plaza,

but you will also get an exclusive free

ticket to SeaWorld & Aquatica and Busch

Gardens. Book by 30 June 2010 and

quote essentials mag.

Hayes & Jarvis (0871 664 0246;

hayesandjarvis.com) offers six nights at Costa

Rica's 4-star Allegro Papagayo on Manzanillo

beach, from £899 pp including flights.

Virgin Holidays 10844 557 3859; virgin

holidays.co.uk has five nights at the Hilton Ras

Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, Dubai, from £891,

for two adults sharing, departing 21-27 July.

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£.1,000+

Key2 Holidays

(020 7963 6663;

key2holidays.co.uk)

offers 14 nights at

Half Moon resort

in Montego Bay,

Jamaica, from

£2,819 pp. Price is

based on two sharing

Ati,

Settiig" up the

beach barbecue at

Half Moon resort

a superior room, including return flights f rot,

Gatwick, private transfers, resort representation,

breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks at hotel bars,

champagne on arrival, bikes, tennis, badminton.

Half Moon is offering a complimentary

one-category room upgrade exclusively to

essentials readers; for new bookings for

stays between 1 June and 31 October,

subject to availability. Quote essentials.

The Best of Morocco (08450 264 585;

realmorocco.com) has ClubHotel Riu Tikida

Palmeraie with two pools, kids' playground,

wellness centre, tennis. Seven nights from

£1,085 pp incl flights from London, transfers.

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inclusive holidays for

rAll-- .,:single travellers

, The

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singles specialist tour operator,

You (0800 567 7393; justyou.cauk), is

featuring an all-inclusive programme for the

first time this summer. Ten top destinations,

including Kusadasi, Halkidiki, Bulgaria, Sharm

' el Sheikh, Kenya and Mauritius are on offer.

Prices start from £602 per person.

Friendship Travel (0871 200 2035;

friendshiptravel.com), another singles

specialist, offers a week from £625 at the

2-star Era Hotel, a simple, all-inclusive hotel

that's situated

between

Oludeniz and

Hisaronu in

Turkey. The price

includes flights

from Gatwick,

transfers and

sole occupancy

of a double room.

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The Bulgarian town

of Nessebar on the

Black Sea coast


ur tour operator or

agent before you go

What Is included

all-inclusive

to avokl

barrassment

ce you get

there.

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Top ten all-inclusives

TripAdvisor recently

announced its

top ten all-inclusive

resorts, as

nominated by more than 20 million

traveller reviews:

1 Drowsy Water Ranch, Colorado

the perfect

1 (drowsywatercom)

escape for a luxury taste of the Wild West.

The Caves, Negri!, Jamaica

uslandoutpost comithe_caves).

Garonga Safari Camp, Makalali

Game Reserve, South Africa

(garonga.corn).

A Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico

(clubmed.us

Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun

(leblancsparesort.com).

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton,

G5Le Sri Lanka (teatrails.com).

7 Dunton Hot Spring, Dolores,

/ Colorado (duntonhotsprings.com).

Nukubati Island Resort, Fiji

(nukubati.com).

in East Winds Inn, St Lucia

leastwinds.com).

Mopan River Resort, Belize

10

(mopanr)verresort.corn)

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