For some, Spain evokes images of winding cobblestone streets lined with ancient churches, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars, and world-class museums. For others, it’s a top destination for a fun, affordable, and sun-soaked beach vacation. The country’s 3,000-plus miles of coastline draw plenty of international travelers every year (in 2017, Spain became the world’s second-most visited country after France, with an estimated 82 million visitors). And many who visit choose to opt for an all-inclusive resort. Whether you’re planning a trip with the kids or a quiet, romantic getaway, keep reading to discover our top picks for all-inclusive resorts that offer the best value for your money.
Families and couples seeking a fun, stress-free all-inclusive vacation by the sea need not look further than TUI Magic Life Fuerteventura. With direct access to a gorgeous beach, six beautiful pools, wonderful food, and an impressive entertainment program that includes dozens of daily fitness activities plus live music and guided mountain bike tours, this property is in a league of its own when it comes to all-inclusives in Fuerteventura. Rooms are split into family and adults-only areas, and all are large and sunny, with balconies, minibars stocked with free water and sodas (suites offer beer as well), and free Wi-Fi. The resort was partly renovated in 2018 — including most bathrooms, the lobby, gym, and pools — making this an even more attractive option with the same reasonable rates as before.
This 398-room property stands out among its competitors in the area — not only for its stylish, large rooms with excellent amenities, but also for the myriad features on offer. While the standard all-inclusive package covers all food and local drinks, Wi-Fi, outdoor parking, and all on-site activities, the upgraded plan offers excellent perks such as unlimited in-room Nespresso coffee, premium-brand drinks, a la carte dinners, free minibar items, and discounts at the spa. The resort caters to both couples and families, with separate adults-only areas, including a pool, bar, and restaurant. Kid-friendly amenities include kids’ and teens’ clubs, a game room with arcade machines, and a playground. Those seeking a fully child-free vacation may want to compare rates at the gorgeous H10 Timanfaya Palace, which offers an excellent 24-hour all-inclusive package that covers top-shelf liquor, 30 minutes of mini-golf, and free use of the tennis courts.
Part of a five-hotel complex located a 10-minute walk from the beach and the city center, the upscale Protur Sa Coma Playa Hotel & Spa is one of the best resorts in this price range in Majorca. Its comprehensive package covers the usual buffet meals, drinks, and snacks, as well as an outstanding array of perks, like late breakfast, afternoon coffee and cake, non-alcoholic minibar drinks, unlimited a la carte dinners, and Wi-Fi, among others. Guests also get access to all of the complex’s amenities, which include indoor and outdoor pools, a gym with a sauna, a kids’ club, and a variety of sports facilities, such as a driving range, a rock-climbing wall, and 18 tennis courts. Rooms are contemporary and clean, and come with heated towel racks, robes, and pillow menus; some also have swim-up access and/or separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers.
Set on a two-and-a-half-acre peninsula between two small black-sand beaches, the upscale Roca Nivaria GH stands out for its well-equipped rooms, gorgeous pools (including a heated saltwater option), and extensive wellness and fitness facilities. Food is excellent in all restaurants, which include a buffet, a poolside eatery with bar service, and two a la carte spots that are covered by the all-inclusive package. Although the atmosphere is rarely loud or hectic, this is a great option for those traveling with kids, as it features kids’ and babies’ clubs (for little ones as young as 10 months) plus a heated kiddy pool.
Though there are more luxurious hotels in the area, Barcelo Cabo de Gata has much more going for it than some of its more expensive competitors. For starters, it’s situated along a beautiful promenade, within walking distance to several beaches. Guests get access to multiple pools, including a heated outdoor option and a kiddy splash pool, plus an extensive spa with massages, salon services, a hydrotherapy area, and a gym. A fun entertainment program is available seasonally, as is a cute kids’ club for children up to 12 years old. Excellent buffet meals, snacks, drinks, pool towels, Wi-Fi, outdoor parking, and all activities are covered by the all-inclusive package.
Located a 10-minute walk from the beach and nightlife, Hotel Servatur Waikiki is an above-average mid-range option in Playa del Ingles. While the main pool is large and lively, with plenty going on during the day, there is also a separate water park with waterslides and an adults-only area for those seeking some peace and quiet. Though there’s only one main restaurant and a pool bar with small bites, food gets great reviews from previous guests. Perks covered in the all-inclusive package include Wi-Fi, parking, regular shuttle service to the beach, and an extensive entertainment program for all ages. Rooms are another standout feature here. They’re contemporary, clean, and cheerful, with sofa beds, furnished balconies, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and updated bathrooms with walk-in showers.
If you’re after a fun, lively vacation with the kids, Magic Natura has you covered. Rates at this attractive Polynesian-themed resort cover access to the adjacent Aqua Natura water park and Terra Natura zoo, as well as name-brand drinks, solid buffet and a la carte meals, snacks, Wi-Fi, on-site parking, and shuttle service to Benidorm and the beach. All-inclusive packages with non-alcoholic drinks are also available. You’ll also find multiple pools, a kids’ club, spa, and sports facilities. All 249 rooms are cute stand-alone bungalows with terraces (some have outdoor hot tubs) and basic cooking facilities, which is a nice perk for those traveling with young children.
Although there are cheaper all-inclusive properties in Lloret de Mar and the surrounding beach towns, most are dated and basic, offering just an average value. The family-friendly Evenia Olympic Palace, however, has a fresh, contemporary feel throughout. Given that it’s a 12-minute walk from the beach, the hotel has reasonable rates while still offering easy enough access to restaurants, bars, shops, and the sea. Its 167 rooms are cheerful, spotless, and spacious — each can fit at least four adults. Plus, accommodations come with microwaves, mini-fridges, balconies, and air-conditioning. Though the free shuttle to the beach is a great perk, the resort’s sprawling pools, water park, daily entertainment program, kids’ club, and varied dining options keep guests of all ages busy on-site during the day and into the night. The all-inclusive package covers all meals, local drinks, snacks, and Wi-Fi.
Head on your next all-inclusive vacation like a pro with your very own tumbler. The bartenders will be impressed.
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