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While you may not think of Europe as a destination for an all-inclusive vacation, there are some surprisingly good options spread across the continent. While it’s a short list when compared to places like the Caribbean, you’ll find options everywhere, from Spain’s Canary Islands to Greece and even the Swiss Alps. These properties include something for everyone, whether you’re looking to spend your days at the beach or on snowy slopes.
Spread across a gorgeous stretch of shoreline south of Cadiz, the Iberostar Royal Andalus offers affordable luxury with a boutique feel. At this budget-friendly all-inclusive, you can enjoy multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a poolside bar, and a kids’ water park. There’s a lavish spa with a Turkish bath, sauna, and a menu of pampering treatments, an outstanding golf course, and a gym, while dining options range from Andalusian fare to fresh seafood. Most of the spacious rooms come with private terraces or balconies that look out over the nearly four-mile-long Barossa Beach, which is often named among the best in the country.
One of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts, Ikos Oceania boasts magnificent sea and mountain views, set along a private bay in Halkidiki where aromatic forests meet soft sandy beaches and glistening turquoise waters. A long list of activities is included from daily excursions into the mountains to kayaking, canoeing, and Greek dancing. There’s a world-renowned spa with an indoor heated pool and hot tub enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of the Aegean for some blissful stress relief too. Plus, enjoy a vast array of dining options, including a buffet and a la carte with everything from Greek and Asian to Italian on the menu. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished terraces for enjoying the view inside and out, along with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars, and coffeemakers.
A luxury all-inclusive that sits at the edge of the Aegean Sea with its own stretch of sandy beach, the Paloma Pasha provides an oasis of tranquility for de-stressing and fun adventures. Guests can enjoy everything from diving and snorkeling to surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and parasailing. If that’s not enough, Pilates and other fitness classes are available too. Afterward, hit the spa to take advantage of the indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, or perhaps a facial, wrap, or massage. There are multiple delicious dining options, including traditional Turkish cuisine, fresh seafood, and a buffet with organic dishes. There are 24/7 bars too, some of which serve organic wine, produced right on the property’s own farms. Rooms include flat-screen TVs. minibars, coffeemakers, and balconies. Upgrade for a terrace with your own hot tub.
An exclusive 5-star spa resort, Atrium Prestige sits on the eastern coast of Rhodes, right on a beautiful beach. One of the top resorts in Greece, it has a full-service spa with an extensive menu of pampering treatments, including facials and massages, along with an indoor pool, sauna, and a health club. Dining and drinking options include a coffee shop, a half-dozen restaurants, a poolside bar, a lounge, and 24-hour room service. Spacious rooms feature hand-painted ceilings and uninterrupted views of the crystal waters and sands below, with standard amenities like free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, minibars, and flat-screen TVs. Some of the upgraded options have private pools, separate bedrooms, and living rooms, or Jacuzzis.
Offering the total escape for families and all types of travelers, Iberostar Selection Anthelia is an excellent value as a more affordable resort with impressive food options that go above and beyond the typical buffet resort fare. Guests can enjoy splashing around in the saltwater pools, boat excursions from Puerto Colon harbor, indulging in Thai-inspired spa treatments, and relaxing in the Finnish sauna. Plus, all rooms feature balconies or terraces with a garden, pool, or sea views, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and Nespresso machines.
There aren’t many all-inclusive ski resorts, but Club Med St. Moritz Roi Soleil, located at the foot of the Bernina Mountain range, will put you in the heart of powdery slopes in the Engadine valley, which has hosted the Winter Olympics and the Ski World Championships multiple times. Plus, ski passes and even lessons are even included with some packages. There are also opportunities for horse-drawn sleigh rides in the snow, while the grounds include a pool and wellness area, a huge lounge/bar, and a theater for evening entertainment. Not surprisingly, dinners feature Swiss fondue among other casual bites. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and sitting areas – some also include mountain views.
Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort offers all-inclusive packages that include impressive meals at three gourmet restaurants, apres-ski mulled wine, and ski day passes. It sits at mountainside and offers an excellent range of wellness facilities, including steam baths, saunas, Jacuzzis, and both indoor and outdoor pools. Massages and beauty treatments are provided too. The signature treatment involving stones and crystals sourced from the local Simme river is a favorite. There are three restaurants on-site as well, while rooms come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and minibars. Some have terraces or balconies with mountain views.
Enjoy the VIP treatment with a stay at Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa. It sits right on Anissaras beach along the north coast of Crete and offers a wide range of opportunities for fun and relaxation. There are five outdoor pools, waterslides, and complimentary pedal boats and canoes for getting out onto the water. Plus, if you want to do some sightseeing, it’s only a 30-minute drive from the Minoan palace of Knossos. Dining options are wide-ranging, with everything from Asian to Italian, while accommodation includes bungalows with classic blues and whites, and many come with magnificent sea views. Some even have private pools.
Located in Palermo, the Grand Palladium Sicilia Resort & Spa sits against a long stretch of coastline with soft sands and a rocky beachfront. It takes all-inclusive to a whole new level with a long list of activities, facilities, and impressive extras. It’s a vast complex with gorgeous indoor and outdoor pools, poolside hammocks, swim-up bars, a kids’ club, a teens’ club, and a water park. Enjoy live shows, games, fitness classes, language lessons, a nightclub for dancing, and more. There are a wealth of dining and drinking venues, including snack, buffet, and international a la carte dishes, while rooms are spacious and include suites that can accommodate up to five.
Overlooking the Bay of Malia on the northern coast of Crete, Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury property along a beautiful sandy beach with comfy loungers and sunbeds. It’s like a Cretan village, with many outdoor pools dotted throughout, including a more tranquil adults-only and a pool just for the kids. The spa has a heated indoor lap pool too, along with a steam room, sauna, and a variety of treatments like anti-aging facials. The all-inclusive package covers several dining options, including the main buffet restaurant, and drinks can be enjoyed at any of the bars. There are a variety of room options, with the Luxury Seafront suites the best of the best, with their own private pools.
Located near the Atlantic coast, Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique offers a memorable beach escape, especially ideal for families. It sits along golden sands and most activities and entertainment are included. There’s an on-site nine-hole golf course, fitness classes, and a variety of water sports that can be enjoyed with lessons and equipment complimentary too. Dining can be enjoyed indoors or out at the Atlantic Restaurant, with a menu of delicious international fare, but there are many dining options along the promenade just steps away. Rooms are located by the sea, nestled in the forest, or by the golf course, and all come with furnished terraces, some with ocean views.
Hotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote is a beachfront resort on long, sandy Pocillos Beach providing an ideal destination for families, with four pools, including two children’s pools and one that has a swim-up bar. There’s a kids’ club, playgrounds, and entertainment for all ages too. While the younger ones play, parents can enjoy treatments at the spa or activities around the adult pool. Dining options include Asian and Mexican and four restaurants while rooms have minifridges, satellite TVs, coffeemakers upon request, and terraces or balconies, some with ocean views. There are family rooms available with one or two bedrooms for those who need more space too.
Olympic Lagoon offers five-star luxury and sits along beautiful golden sands. It’s a paradise for relaxation, entertainment, and gastronomy, known as a great spot for foodies to land with outstanding themed restaurants serving everything from burgers at the American-style diner to traditional Cypriot roast lamb at the main restaurant. The huge outdoor pool area is the popular place to be with five themed lagoon pools facing the sea, including some with waterfall features and massage jets and one that has a massive waterslide. There are arcades, a football pitch, evening concerts, and kids’ clubs to suit various ages. A spa, beauty salon, and gym are all on-site too, while rooms are in two wings, one for adults only, and come with private balconies or terraces with either pool, inland, or side sea views.