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What Is the Difference Between Half Board and All-Inclusive?

“When you’re booking a holiday, one of the main decisions you need to make is whether to opt for all-inclusive, half-board or self-catering”

While self-catering is pretty self-explanatory, there can be a lot of confusion over half-board and all-inclusive options…

  • What Is the Difference Between Half Board and All-Inclusive?

    When you’re booking a holiday, one of the main decisions you need to make is whether to opt for all-inclusive, half-board or self-catering. While self-catering is pretty self-explanatory, there can be a lot of confusion over half-board and all-inclusive options.

    If you’re struggling to determine which board type is right for you, below we’ll reveal some of the main differences between half board and all-inclusive holidays.

    All-Inclusive holidays

    All-inclusive holidays tend to be a popular choice for families. All of your meals will be included within the holiday price. You’ll also typically receive free local drinks, along with free use of a snack bar at many resorts. Some even include the cost of entertainment on-site too.

    When you consider how much is included in the cost, it’s easy to see why all-inclusive holidays are becoming extremely popular. Allowing you to set a more accurate budget for the trip, you’ll only really need to worry about spending money.

    At one time, all-inclusive holidays were pretty limited. However, these days you’ll find most resorts have a variety of dining options, ensuring you don’t feel too restricted. As all-inclusive packages do tend to vary quite significantly, it’s worth taking the time to compare the different options in order to choose the best one for you.

    Browse our full all-inclusive holidays collection today.

    Half board holidays

    With half-board holidays, they tend to include breakfast and dinner. It’s down to you to find your own lunch. Drinks also tend to be sold separately, though there are some half board options which have them included in the cost.

    These types of breaks are ideal for those looking to enjoy some of the local delicacies in the destination, as well as for those looking to save money. You can easily create your own budget-friendly lunches, such as preparing a picnic to enjoy on the beach.

    Enjoying breakfast and dinner at the hotel is really convenient and it gives you great flexibility compared to all-inclusive. However, it is important to compare your options as like all-inclusive packages, half board holidays do vary between hotels.

    Choosing the right option for you

    If you want to get the most out of your holiday, you’re going to need to make sure you’re choosing the right board option for you. Without adequate planning, you could end up paying far more than you need to, as well as find yourself more restricted than you want to be.

    If you’re travelling with the family, all-inclusive holidays do tend to be the most affordable choice. They include everything, so you’ll only need a little extra money for spending throughout the holiday. They’re also more convenient, which really reduces the stress of a family getaway. If you’re heading off on a couple’s holiday however, you might find half board, or even self-catering a better option. This allows you to explore a little more and enjoy more intimate dining options.  

    As well as budget, you’ll want to take into account variety. All-inclusive holidays do offer more choice than they used to, but you still won’t get to try a lot of the more authentic local foods. So, think about how experimental you want to be with your cuisine. If you do want to sample local delicacies, half board could be the better option.

    What type of holiday do you prefer to take? Let us know in the comments below…

Author: Charlotte Brenner

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