Last modified on Sunday 18 December 2022
Family Editor at 101 Holidays
Discover some of the best all-inclusive family holidays for 2023 in gorgeous locations that parents, babies, children and teens will love, chosen by a top family travel editor
Want a value-for-money family holiday without a big scary bill at the end? Better book an all-inclusive for 2023 says Amanda Statham, Family Editor at 101 Holidays.
Family holidays can be expensive: Drinks, ice creams, waterparks and inflatable crocodiles soon add up and before you know it you’re over budget and dreading the final bill.
Not so at an all-inclusive resort, where you know what the costs are up front so you can relax by the pool, safe in the knowledge that ordering another glass of wine (or milkshake) isn’t going to break the bank.
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In addition, with the pound currently so weak, an all-inclusive holiday makes even more sense – your exchange rate is locked in when you book. If you’re buying a package, you’re effectively paying the price negotiated before further fluctuations result in your pound buying less.
Here, Amanda reveals 7 great all-inclusive holidays for families that give you all the fun at one easy price.
1. Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauritius
What: Tucked away on a secluded peninsula on the tropical island’s south east coast, this paradise escape is close to the airport (no long boring transfers), overlooks a marine park and has 3 silky sand beaches and family apartments to enjoy.
Why: So much is included, you’ll definitely feel like you’re getting value for money here. And it’s not just the food – though the buffets, five restaurants and picnic basket lunches are excellent – it’s the mini bar stocked with free water, soft drinks and local beer, nine-hole golf, free water sports (including water skiing) and kids club (3-11 years) too.
How much: Seven nights from £4,670, including flights, for a family of 4, based on travel in May 2023 with Beachcomber Tours.
All-inclusive breaks at Gregolimano Club Med include all-day kids clubs from age 4, sailing, flying trapeze and more. Plus kids under 6 can stay free!
2. Club Med Gregolimano, Greece
What: Pine forest one side, a golden beach on the other - Club Med Gregolimano lies in a stunning location on the peaceful, uncrowded Greek island of Evia.
Why: Club Med excels in activities, so a holiday here is going to be endlessly entertaining for the whole family, whether you want to splash around in a pool, have a spa treatment or try out the flying trapeze. The (free) kids’ clubs are some of the best in Europe - think archery, Ninja bootcamp, sailing lessons and tennis classes - plus the resort is being renovated for summer 2023, so expect shiny new suites and facilities.
How much: Seven nights from £4,965, including flights, for a family of 4 based on travel in September 2023 (kids under 6 stay free) with Club Med.
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3. Anthem of the Seas cruise, Spain & France
What: An all-inclusive cruise with children? Yep, this is a thing. Royal Caribbean offers so much family-friendly stuff aboard – basketball court, 4 pools, kids’ clubs, climbing wall, sky-diving simulator, Broadway-style shows, movies under the stars, bumper cars and waterparks – you’ll have to drag the kids off the ship to see La Rochelle, Bilbao and La Coruna.
Why: You don’t have to fly! Simply drive to Southampton, park, step aboard and you’re on holiday. Sorted.
How much: Seven nights from £2,403 for a family of 4 based on travel in July 2023 with Iglu Cruise.
This beautiful resort overlooking the Ionian Sea with a brand new waterpark called Anemelia – or 'carefree'.
4. MarBella Corfu Hotel, Greece
What: Overlooking the Ionian Sea with a backdrop of forested hills and olive groves, this luxurious hotel’s a hit with adults keen to test out the infinity pools, spa and fine dining, and kids, who gravitate towards the waterpark, banana boats and beach.
Why: A hassle-free family holiday is always appealing and MarBella delivers this by the bucketload. Kids want another ice cream? No problem, it’s unlimited! You fancy a spa treatment? No problem, you get a €50 spa credit as part of the package. It’s thoughtfully done.
How much: Seven nights from £3,327 for a family of 4 sharing a family room, or £4,367 for a Junior Suite, in July 2023 with MarBella Collection. Prices exclude flights.
In addidtion to all the family activities, evening babysitting means you can get some time off at Phokaia Beach Resort
5. Phokaia Beach Resort, Turkey
What: Positioned by a secluded beach on the outskirts of Foça with UNESCO World Heritage sites on your doorstep, like Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, this is a splendid choice for a relaxing and educational break.
Why: Family rooms, free childcare (2-17 years), endless kids’ activities, créches, qualified nannies for babies from 4 months old … if you’re a new parent (or any parent for that matter) and need a well-earned break, this is the place. Plus you get more for your buck in Turkey, and the Turkish baths and hammam spa action are an added bonus.
How much: Seven nights from £3,366 for a family of 4 including flights in September 2023 with Mark Warner.
Going to PGL Barton as a family is a bit like attending summer camp together, with loads of fun activities that bring you closer too.
6. PGL Barton Hall, Devon
What: If all-inclusive conjures up images of plastic wristbands and free-flowing lurid cocktails somewhere in the Med then it’s time for a rethink because PGL Holidays offers wholesome, everything included adventure family breaks at special spots like Barton Hall, which has a pool and 46 acres to roam on the outskirts of Torquay.
Why: Alongside accommodation and food, three or four activities a day are also included in the price – think raft building, climbing, archery and zip wires. At night there’s everything from quizzes to campfires to keep your crew entertained until bedtime.
How much: Four nights in a family room, with all activities and meals included, from £1,276 for a family of 4 in May half term 2023 with PGL.
In addition to Pirates Water Park, Beaches Negril has a special needs programme, Xbox 360 lounge, teen nightclub and more.
7. Beaches Negril, Jamaica
What: The Caribbean’s best-known family all-inclusive resorts don’t disappoint, particularly Beaches Negril thanks to its setting on Seven Mile Beach – Jamaica’s heavenly stretch of coast consisting of dazzling white sand lapped by warm turquoise water. It’s a 22-acre kids’ paradise, from the waterpark, Xbox lounge and lazy river to the Sesame Street characters who appear daily around the resort.
Why: If swim-up bars, butler service and high-end restaurants are your vibe, alongside an inventive list of activities for kids to enjoy, you’re going to want to check in here ASAP.
How much: Seven nights from £2,599 per person including flights with Tropical Sky.
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