With water parks, activities and sports, kids’ clubs, spas and themed events, all-inclusive hotels really do tick a lot of boxes. But when tummies rumble, they can have a bit of a reputation for serving stereotypical food. Did you come to Spain for a soggy burger and wilted fries? No thanks.
We think when you’re on holiday you shouldn’t have to compensate on a thing, so here’s our peek into all-inclusive hotels that get the sports and activities right, and the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks spot on – cheers!
Marconfort Benidorm Suites – Benidorm, Spain
This Benidorm hotel really knows how to do all-inclusive in style, with ‘show cooking corner’, themed nights and a huge range of drinks, from milkshakes to cocktails. At show cooking corner, watch your dinner cooked right before your eyes, and kiddies will go wild for the free ice cream in the summer. Plus, enjoy four themed dinners a week, and relish traditional Asian, Indian, Italian and Mexican delicacies all in the comfort of Spain. The hotel also offers Hindu cuisine in their brand new Khas Mahal restaurant, plus a chance to enjoy a drink in the jazz and blues club.
Especially great for: Themed nights – try something different with a venture into new cuisines. Plus you can keep the kids happy with free ice cream!
Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace – Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
This beautifully designed 4* hotel is not your average all-inclusive shindig. With seven restaurants, one café and two bars, this hotel spoils its guests with choice. All-inclusive holidays at this hotel include one visit to an à la carte restaurant per stay, absolutely free. So get dolled up and enjoy Italian at La Dolce Vita, Asian at Sakura, prime cuts at the Steakhouse or show cooking at Tabaiba. The hotel’s all-inclusive restaurant Janubio offers show cooking, a boulangerie and themed dinners. You can even eat out on the terrace for a candlelit dinner a deux.
Especially great for: Eating al fresco, by the pool or on the terrace.
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa – Whitehouse, Jamaica
If guaranteed beach-front rooms opening onto a Caribbean oasis, with unlimited scuba diving wasn’t enough, this hotel also does cracking food. This hotel goes all-out for all-inclusive, with unlimited dining in seven restaurants and six bars. Sample Italian, Asian, French, Caribbean and local cuisine, all accompanied by Mondavi wines. For something extra special, you can even have a candlelit dinner on the beach, with your own dedicated wine waiter – fancy!
Especially great for: The choice! Sample a new restaurant every night.
Soreda Hotel, Qawra, Malta
This 4* hotel gets rave reviews for its all-inclusive dining options. Not only is there a good choice of Mediterranean cuisine done well, they put on themed Maltese nights, Sunday feasts and Saturday dinner dances. In fact, the food is so well-renowned some locals even pop in for a bite now and then.
Especially great for: Simple, delicious food of the region.
Valentin Imperial Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
This 5* adults-only retreat is not just a relaxation haven, it prides itself on delicious local cuisine. Choose from nine restaurants, serving Italian, Indonesian, French, Mexican, and Japanese delicacies. The restaurants even have dress codes, so you won’t be put off your dinner by the couple next door’s hairy toes.
Especially great for: Relaxing in the poolside bar, which serves drinks until 2am.