Updated January 8, 2021
(Published December 28, 2019)
Picture yourself by the pool. It’s 28C and you’re sipping your second ice-cold beer – or was it your third? No worries, it’s all paid for anyway. As you wonder what's for dinner (a meal you won't have to prepare yourself, by the way), you congratulate yourself quietly: what a good decision it was to go all-inclusive this year.
If you like the sound of that, you’re not alone: all-inclusive is more popular than ever, and it’s surprisingly affordable to boot – if you know where to go. So, we’ve crunched the numbers at TravelSupermarket HQ to reveal the top ten cheapest all-inclusive destinations for summer 2021.
*Please note: The Covid-19 situation is fast moving, and things can change quickly. Before booking your trip, check the FCDO advice and make sure you're comfortable with the T&Cs of your holiday operator.
If you’re craving a bit of that famous Greek hospitality after a year at home, we’ve got some good news: you can find all-inclusive holidays to Corfu from London for under £250pp this summer.
The Ionian starlet has one of the most enviable coastlines in the region, with a long, luscious shore punctuated with beach after beach. Inland, olive and cypress trees blanket mountains and the resorts’ buzz give way to remote villages and a rural way of life.
You’ll find some of the best deals at the well-established resorts, such as Sidari and Corfu Town, throughout out the summer. But, Corfu’s wide range of accommodation means that you’ll find reasonable all-inclusive holidays on most parts of the island. At the time of writing, May has some of the cheapest deals.
After spending much of the summer without strict Covid-19 quarantine requirements, Turkey has gained some new fans. And the incredible value of sterling against the lira is certainly a bonus.
In 2021, the Bodrum district is offering some irresistible deals. A true jewel of the Aegean, expect glistening twin bays, a marvellous castle and stylish nightlife here, as well as multiple brilliant beaches – Gumbet, Akyarlar and Bitez, to name a few – and impressive historical clout (it is home to the remains of Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the ancient wonders of the world).
Nearby Antalya also has some great value all-inclusive holiday deals. It’s here you’ll find pretty Kleopatra Beach (named after the Egyptian queen who is said to have swam here), sunny Mediterranean weather and plenty of history at places such as the imposing 13th-century Alanya Castle.
Spain’s sunny Costa Brava is always a good bet for an all-inclusive break. Besides the cheap prices (you can find deals for under £250pp), its wealth of long, Blue Flag beaches and the reliable weather make it a firm favourite for Brits. From May through to September, you’re pretty much guaranteed a warm Mediterranean climate and plenty of sunshine.
But there’s more to the Costa Brava than sun, sea and sand; you’ll find exciting cities (medieval Girona is crammed with museums, churches, restaurants and bars), mouth-watering Catalan seafood, and some of the wildest coastline in Spain.
Popular places to stay along the Costa Brava include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Cadaques and Blanes. Calella also has some cheap all-inclusive deals for summer 2021.
Another tourism winner during the summer of the “new normal” is Crete. And it’s a destination to look to again if you’re after an affordable break in 2021.
Cheap all-inclusive holiday deals can be found across the island but you’ll find especially low prices in Malia. It’s best known for its pulsating nightlife and glorious beaches, but the resort has its fair share of culture and history, too – nearby Minoan ruins date back to 2000 BC – and in recent years, the resort town has made a concerted effort to shift its legendary party reputation in favour of calmer, quieter holidays.
Other cheap resorts in Crete include laid-back Analipsi, family-friendly Gouves and traditional Piskopiano, which is just five minutes from the lively beaches of Hersonissos.
Spain’s sparkling White Coast is a classic summer destination for more than one reason. Sun-drenched beaches lapped by the Med, laid-back resorts perfect for families, legendary nightlife, shopping, restaurants and even a little luxury – holidays here have got the lot.
For great all-inclusive deals in Costa Blanca, it has to be Benidorm in 2021. With two long beaches and well-established resorts ranging from the wallet-friendly to the utterly opulent, you won’t want for choice in this package holiday mecca.
The regions other popular resorts include Alicante and Calpe, although if you’re after a budget deal outside Benidorm, you may be better off choosing a self-catering stay.
A classic strip of Spanish coastline, the Costa Dorada offers excellent value for money; in 2021, all-inclusive deals can be picked up from as little as £250.
Family-friendly Salou, a mainstay on the Costa Dorada, has the beaches, the water sports and the weather you’d expect of a popular Spanish resort. If you fancy seeing Salou’s coastline beyond the beach, a coastal path spans for 6.5km from Pilons to Cape Salou taking in secluded beaches and craggy coves along the way.
For days out, Nearby PortAventura World offers Ferrari Land and water park fun, making it ideal for a break with the kids, too. Other popular places to stay include chilled Cambrils, lively Sitges and, of course, Catalan capital Barcelona.
All-inclusive holidays to Majorca are as little as £230pp from London this May – as if you really needed another reason to visit this Balearic beauty.
Great value all-inclusive deals and good weather come standard in Majorca, and there’s plenty of choice if you’re just looking for a pool to flop next to for a week. May or late September see the best deals, and you’ll be able to avoid usual summer crowds.
Not sure where to stay? It can be a tough decision: Majorca has as much variety in its towns as it does its hotels. Magaluf favours the party crowd, while Cala d’Or and Cala Millor are better for those seeking a bit of quiet. Port de Pollença and Alcudia are great for families.
With compelling package prices, great beaches and plenty to do, the Canaries continue to be a great value destination. And in 2021, all-inclusive summer packages are among the cheapest out there. Of the archipelago’s main islands, Lanzarote has some of the best deals at the moment, with popular resorts including Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise all offering competitive prices.
Of course, Tenerife will also remain a favourite next year – in terms of both range and price. Package holiday stalwart Puerto de la Cruz has some of the most affordable deals, but if you’re looking for a break from the crowds, why not take a chance on one of Tenerife’s quieter towns?
With bustling Malaga and Alicante just a few hours’ drive away, it’s a wonder this quiet slice of Spanish coast has remained relatively off the radar. Word has it that the region basks in even more sunshine than its neighbours do – and in 2021, it’s set to have even better all-inclusive holiday prices according to TravelSupermarket data.
Roquetas de Mar and nearby Aguadulce are some of the top resorts in the area, with all you could want out of a package break, including long stretches of sandy beaches, plenty of opportunities to shop up a storm, golf courses, and activities for kids and outdoorsy types. Mojácar, about an hour’s drive north, is known for its whitewashed houses perched high on a mountain and its seven kilometres of beach below.
Spain’s Costa del Sol is a stalwart of cheap all-inclusive package breaks, and 2021 is set to be no different. Torremolinos and Fuengirola are surfacing deals on the lower end of the scale, with prices coming in at under £330pp for 7 nights in May.
Prefer to get off the beaten track? It may not be your first pick for a crowd-free break Spain’s ‘Sunshine Coast’ has a few hidden gems worth leaving your resort for. Hire a car and discover the Costa del Sol’s secret side in between your days by the pool.
*Please note: The research looked at all price searches via TravelSupermarket from November 11 to January 7, 2021 for 7 night holidays departing between May 1 and September 30, 2021. The cheapest all-inclusive countries and resorts were based on the median all-inclusive price across the whole of that summer period.
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