Holiday Helpline: All-inclusive

Holiday Helpline: All-inclusive

Holiday Helpline: We ask three operators – Airtours, Kuoni and Thomson – to come up with a recommendation and sample price for three clients who have special requests for an all-inclusive honeymoon.

Request 1: Clients A are newlyweds looking for a romantic all-inclusive honeymoon destination, no expense spared.


Area: Athuruga, on Ari Atoll, the Maldives.

Product: a small picturesque island 274 metres long by 263 metres wide. This is a no news, no shoes destination where clients can indulge their Robinson Crusoe fantasies in a beautiful natural setting.

Accessed by seaplane from Thudufishi, accommodation is in spacious cottage-style rooms with thatched roofs. The all-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, water skiing, windsurfing, catamaran and canoe sailing, two excursions and regular evening entertainment.

Price: from £949 per person for seven nights.


Area: Varadero, Cuba.

Product: Cuba combines warm water and wonderful beaches with a memorable taste of Afro-Cuban culture. Stay at the Riu Turquesa, set on a beach dotted with thatched umbrellas, near the resort. The property includes a pool and whirlpool, bars, restaurants and water sports facilities. Deal covers all food and drink, fitness and dance classes, sports facilities and live Cuban shows every night.

Price: honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine, fruit and flowers. Prices from £629 per person based on two adults sharing for seven days


Area: Jamaica.

Product: stay at the Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rhios, a five-star property set on the beach, 300 metres from the resort centre. With three pools and private beach, the all-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, tennis and gym, glass-bottom boat trips and daily evening entertainment. Golf and horse-riding available for an extra charge.

Price: starting at £869 each per week for two adults sharing.

Request 2: Clients B are travelling with two young children and are particularly interested in the childcare facilities offered by the resort.


Area: Mauritius.

Product: stay at Le Coco Beach, a medium-class beach resort set in 80 acres of gardens. The resort gives access to several white sand beaches and secluded coves and offers a Sun Kids Club, for children aged four-11, with a 12hr supervised activity programme.

All-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, a wide range of water sports, tennis and waterskiing tuition, dive trial, tennis and aerobic classes, evening entertainment and kids’ club.

Price: adult prices start at £1,191 per person for seven nights. Up to two children under 12 get a 50% reduction when sharing a room with their parents.


Area: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.

Product: Lanzarote is great for families seeking an action-packed holiday. Stay at the Thomson Superfamily Hotel Lanzarote Bay where Thomson has teamed up with MB Games, Parker, Little Tikes and Mothercare to offer an extensive range of family facilities including playground and soft-play area. Accommodation is in apartments but all-inclusive deal includes all food and drink and a full family entertainments programme.

Price: from £485 per adult per week, £189 per child for a family of four sharing a one-bedroom apartment.


Area: Majorca, Spain.

Product: stay at the Club Hotel Marte in Alcudia and enjoy a wide range of family- friendly facilities close to the shops, restaurants and nightlife.

The beach is seven miles long and the Airtours children’s clubs offer supervised activities for children aged three-15 years of age. Facilities include three swimming pools, go-karting, mini train, adventure playground, mini discos and a range of sporting activities. All-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, fitness sessions, use of sports facilities including horse riding, mini golf, tennis and bicycles.

Price: free child places guaranteed with adults travelling from £389 per person per week.

Request 3: Clients C are a group of friends looking for plenty of daytime activities and a good range of evening entertainment at a relatively low cost.


Area: Cancun, Mexico.

Product: stay at the Blue Bay Village, on the sheltered Bahia de Mujeres beach about 40mins from Cancun airport. This is a lively, medium-class hotel for couples and singles over 18. The all-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, water sports, scuba lesson, full activity programme and regular evening entertainment ranging from themed parties to shows. Set in picturesque gardens, the hotel has its own marina and offers year-round water sports .

Price: seven nights costs from £756 per person.


Area: Sosua, Dominican Republic.

Product: a young and energetic resort that offers a lively, value-for-money holiday. Stay at the Casa Marina Beach, set on one of the best beaches on the north of the island and within easy walking distance of the main resort bars and restaurants. Daily activities include windsurfing, volleyball, aerobics and water polo. Evening activities include nightly entertainment and a calypso disco. All-inclusive deal covers all food and drink, sports facilities and introductory tuition and bike hire.

Price: from £539 per person per week based on two adults sharing.


Area: Costa del Sol, Spain.

Product: the Hotel Gardenia Park in Fuengirola offers everything holidaymakers need for fun in the sun. There is a wide range of sports and leisure activities by day and plenty of lively evening entertainment. The hotel is situated just 50 metres from the sand and shingle Carvajal Playa Beach. The all-inclusive deal covers food and drink, daytime sports activities and nightly entertainment.

Price: cost per adult is from £389 a week, based on two sharing.


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