Why go all-inclusive on your 2014 family holiday?

All-inclusive holidays are a great option for all the family, and they’re getting more popular too. Not only are they great value – including the cost of flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, entertainment and facilities in one easy transaction –  they make travelling stress free (especially with kids!).

There’s always plenty of all-inclusive packages to make the most of all year round, from companies such as Bookable Holidays, whether you’re after a week on the slopes or a jaunt to sunnier climes.

Why go all-inclusive? We list the reasons why it’s a great option for families:

– All-inclusive holidays are incredibly stress free, as all you need to do is get out your bank card once and pay for the entire holiday in one simple click. It also means you don’t have to carry much cash on you once in your destination, which saves a lot of hassle.

– All-inclusive holidays are undoubtedly the cheapest way to travel for families, as when bought separately, meals, accommodation and flight costs can become extortionate.

– Longer-haul destinations that you may have thought to be too expensive to travel to may also now be within budget when going all-inclusive. Your dream Caribbean holiday is well within sight!

– Makes notoriously expensive ski holidays much more affordable. Finding a chalet or hotel, reasonably-priced food, transfers and ski passes can turn into a chore and costs can end up rocketing. With all-inclusive ski holidays, everything is taken care of. Some even include ski passes in the total amount, as well as ski lessons for all standards.

– Once you arrive at the airport in your chosen destination, you’ll likely be greeted by a hotel or resort representative and taken to your accommodation via coach or taxi, which will already be paid for. This saves trying to negotiate public transport in a country which you don’t know well (especially when you don’t know the language!).

– Another benefit of all-inclusive holidays is that meals are taken care of. When booking check what meals you get included. Usually it will state either full or half-board. ‘Full’ means every meal, drink and snack is taken care of; ‘half-board’ implies that either lunch or dinner is included. This is particularly useful for families, as trying to find a local restaurant that can cater for everyone, from toddlers to teens, can prove difficult. It’s even more difficult in exotic countries, when traditional or spicy flavours may not be to everyone’s tastes.

– Amenities from spas to tennis courts are free to use for all-inclusive guests in most all-inclusive resorts. All-inclusive holidays in coastal areas also often include watersports options and a list of excursions to discover the local area in a group. This is ideal for families as you don’t need to worry about which areas are safe, or whether the taxi driver is offering a fair rate to tourists.

– Entertainment is often included, from live music nights to quizzes. Fun for all the family!

– All-inclusive resorts may also have their own dedicated child care services, if adults want a few hours to themselves!