10 all-inclusive resorts in Europe for winter sun and snow
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Sometimes travel is about eating street food, cooking up a storm at your rental villa, dining at Michelin-star restaurants or sampling a new type of cuisine. Other times, travel is about relaxing at your hotel and letting staff handle everything for you at an all-inclusive, like housekeeping, meals and entertainment.
Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday or a ski-in, ski-out adventure, there’s an all-inclusive in Europe right for you. We’ve rounded some of the best ones to consider for your next sun or snow holiday.
1. Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, Tenerife, Spain
The Canary Islands archipelago is one of Europe’s best destinations for winter sunshine. Visitors can enjoy Spanish rays year-round at the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in Tenerife, which features five pools, five restaurants and six bars.
The property offers a private, luxurious adults-only option at RedLevel and a special family-oriented one — complete with activities and services specifically for kids. For the ultimate flexibility, the hotel also offers bed and breakfast and half-board packages, but note that these don’t include drinks. Double occupancy, half board rates start at €300/£250 per night.
2. LaBranda Riviera, Malta
Relax at this hotel located on the sea in northern Malta, just a quick hop away from the ferry dock for travellers that want to also visit the nearby Maltese island of Gozo. The hotel offers a variety of dining options, a large pool, sun deck and the Elysium Spa.
The Lebranda also provides daily entertainment for both kids and adults. In addition, they work with Dive Vision Malta for guests feeling adventurous that want to explore Malta’s waters. Double occupancy, all-inclusive rates start at €130/£108 per night, and room-only and half-board rates are also available. Minimum night stays may be required on certain dates.
3. Pestana Porto Santo, Portugal
Sun chasers should head to the Portuguese island of Porto Santo in Madeira. Location is everything with it comes to this resort, which sits on the largest stretch of sand on the island, Porto Santo’s nine-kilometre-long beach.
The Pestana Porto Santo features two swimming pools, three restaurants, a spa and 30,000 meters squared of stunning landscaped gardens. The hotel is open seasonally from May to October, so it’s best for anyone wanting a shoulder season getaway. Double occupancy, all-inclusive rates start at €215/£180 per night.
4. Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa, Rhodes, Greece
Snack on pitas and feta or indulge in fine Mediterranean cuisine at the Alila Greece, located on a Blue Flag-awarded Faliraki Beach on the Greek island of Rhodes. This all-inclusive offers amenities like a Kid’s Club, beachfront dining, and a spa.
Some of the 300 rooms and suites come with private pools or jacuzzis, and all of them come with gorgeous views of the mountains or the sea. Double occupancy, all-inclusive rates start at €154/£129 per night.
5. Olympic Lagoon, Cyprus
For those who want the fully immersed all-inclusive experience, the Olympic Lagoon Agia Napa has eight themed restaurants, four themed bars and seven pools, including a lazy river.
Entertainment buffs can enjoy seven different shows, and there are three different kids clubs, including one for teens. But those travelling as a couple can have a more private experience by staying in the adults-only wing or in an adults-only swim-up suite. Double occupancy, all-inclusive rates start at €187/£156 per night.
1. Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, France
If a holiday at 1600 meters up sounds like a dream, the Club Med Grand Massif is the ski-in, ski-out hotel paradise for you. The hotel keeps the kids entertained with activities like a climbing wall and ski lessons so parents can enjoy time on the pistes.
All-inclusive packages include things like all meals, drinks and even ski passes, snowboarding, ski lessons and snowshoeing, too. After a long day on the slopes, adults can enjoy relaxing in the Club Med’s spa and hammam. Double occupancy, all-inclusive room rates start around €1000/£835 per night.
2. Excelsior Dolomites, Italy
With packages for adventure enthusiasts, nature-buffs and those that need to recharge and relax, the Excelsior Hotel has options for any type of traveller. The hotel even offers both family wellness packages and adults-only wellness packages. Families will love the kids club and cinema for additional entertainment, as Excelsior organises strollers, special family bikes and access to a kids adventure park with a treehouse.
Skiers should consider looking into the Winter Active packages, which include activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledging in the Dolomites. 3/4 gourmet board rates (this means all meals and snacks but no alcoholic beverages) start at €164/£137 per person, per night.
3. Northern Lights Village, Finland
For an immersive travel experience under the Aurelius Borealis, visit the Northern Lights Village in Levi, Finland. The glass-roofed, cozy cabins allow for the ultimate viewing experience under the stunning night sky. From husky safaris to reindeer sledding to snowmobiling to simply relaxing in your glass-roofed room to view the colourful lights in the sky, this unique winter snow experience is unlike any other.
A three-night, full board package that includes all meals, guided activities and warm outdoor clothing starts at €2,875/£2401 for two.
4. Alpinresort Sport & Spa, Austria
Stunning in all seasons, the Alpinresort is a skier’s paradise in winter and a hiker’s paradise in summer. With cozy guestrooms, a spa, both indoor and outdoor pools, and ski access in winter, this hotel is ideal for couples or groups of friends travelling together.
Skiers should consider winter packages such as the three-night, short stay package (€856/£715 per person) which includes all meals, all drinks, ski passes, discounts on lessons and board/ski rentals, welcome drinks and complimentary spa access.
5. Alpenhof Murnau, Germany
For those hoping for a cozy getaway that includes activities like wintery morning walks through the Bavarian countryside dotted with snow and warm evenings by the fireplace sipping wine, the Alpenhof Murnau is the hotel for you. The spa offers an ample variety of services and amenities, including a Finnish outdoor sauna, both indoor and outdoor pools and a selection of therapeutic treatments.
Double occupancy, half-board rates start at €279/£233 per night (spa access included).
Europe may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. But the continent actually has a number of options for hotels that offer it all, regardless of if you’re in the market for nature and zen, a snowy getaway or a sunshine beach holiday. So don’t discount Europe when it comes to all-inclusive, because you may just discover a blissful beach resort or charming ski chalet that has everything you need for your next holiday.
(Feature image courtesy of the Pestana Porto Santo/Facebook)
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