What do you prefer to go as?
I prefer all inclusive since you don't have to worry about money while on holiday since all your drinks and food is free as long as you stay in the hotel
A.I is ok for those like my daughter who only moves between room-pool-bar-restaurant and never puts foot outside the hotel complex
we like the happy medium of H.B we won't cook or wash up on holiday we have breakfast then go out all day, come back shower and dress go to dinner, then depending on the hotel location go for a walk and try out different local bars [don't do British bars and themed bars] if ther are none close we will have a couple of evening drinks at the hotel bar and just chill
We use the hotels as somewhere to sleep and wash etc.
If you decide to stay in the hotel all the time you see nothing of the country you're visiting.
As said above AI are devastating local amenities and if allowed to continue to grow will result in resorts with no restaurants or bars etc, in much the same way that big supermarkets have decimated the high streets at home.
Wizard HT Mod wrote:S.C. is ok for those who wont eat ""foreign food""
I love to try the food of the country that I am staying in, which is the reason that I mostly stay SC if not on a touring holiday. I can then try out all of the different restaurants in the area.
I have stayed a few times HB but do find that although the food in the hotels was tasty with lots of choice there
was very little ethnic dishes to choose from.
I've never stayed AI as I like to be out and about so wouldn't take advantage of what I've paid for.
We have tried AI twice. Once with grandchildren, (in Tunisia) when it was ideal for them (not necessarily for us).
The other time was our very first attempt (SE Asia) and it was not the best experience. The food was OK but we were surrounded by people who didn't want to leave the hotel as they had paid for their food! Some thought that we were weird because we wanted to try out local and further flung places, despite having paid for all our food and drink in the hotel!
We now tend to go B&B as this provides the convenience of a breakfast, early in the day, but allows flexibility to eat out (which we tend to do).
I can honestly say that we now try to avoid hotels that even provide an AI option. The reason for this is that it seems that more and more people (especially Eastern Europeans, but also NW Europeans, appear to do nothing but gorge themselves and get as drunk as skunks as they have "paid" to do so). I also find (possibly excepting some Caribbean destinations) that food in AI hotels tends to be a lower standard and usually "buffet" style. Not to our taste.
The food also seems to be less likely to feature truly local dishes, the menu being tailored to the area from which the majority of guests come.
Every one to their own taste, of course, but in general terms AI is not for us.
but we like the idea of once you have paid for your holiday you don't have to worry about the spending money.
if you run out halfway through the holiday you will always have food and drink available.
also you don't have to worry about walking around with cash on you or worry about losing it while sunbathing on beach etc..
We generally go S/C as I prefer private accommodation, however, I do like BB as you aren't waffling about half the morning going out for brekkie. We've stayed HB too and the only small problem there is that sometimes I can't be bothered getting 'ready' for the evening meal. When staying SC, if we fancy a quiet night in we usually pop and get a take away & chill.
I love Lanzarote, and our choice is a villa with pool. Not really hotel people. We much prefer to be able to do what I want, when we want, and relax during the day without hundreds of other tourists around us. Coffee, fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissant etc for brekkie, a snack for lunch made with some fresh produce, bread etc from the local supermarket, with the obligatory glass of local vino and then a drive out somewhere for dinner in the evening (hubby is tee total so driving not a problem).
The biggest thing for me though, is as has already been said, AI hotels are killing existing resorts and communities, and only the tour operators are making any money out of it. Once the resorts have been emptied of restaurants and shops because of it, the tour operators will pull out without a backward glance, leaving hotels up the creek without the proverbial paddle. The local economies need all the help they can get.
do not cook whilst on holiday, Most people eat out and unfortunatly the cost of food and drink has gone up a lot in Europe,we find that the cost of A/I is cheaper than flight/accom./dining out/drinking etc.
As for the assumption that A/I is killing the local econemy,we land at a local airport (taxes paid),the airport staff and customs people are all local, travel to the resort on a local bus,the hotel staff are local,how many people can you keep employed?
There are a lot of people who go on holiday abroad who drink in the local UK owned bar,drink John Smiths or Strongbow, eat sunday roast with HP sause whilst reading the Sun newspaper,
I think that people should have the choise of the holiday type that they want,as every body has different tastes.
we always go all inclusive, we also eat out and drink out, visit local attractions, use taxis, buses use local excursions.....the list goes on,we certainly support the local economy,
i agree with mobile fitter
i would only holiday in an all inclusive hotel so if there were none available in a town/country i would not be on holiday there.
not all people who go all inclusive stay around the hotel day and night.
not all people who go all inclusive stay around the hotel day and night.
But in that case surely it works out even more expensive.
paying for drinks and food outside when you have already paid for it inside?
del949 most people who go AI dont cabin up in a hotel for their entire holiday
But if we don't feel like going out for a meal then it's a variation on breakfast - what we have always referred to as a 'picky' tea! Some good bread, some olives and olive oil for dipping, some nice ham and cheese, a few tomatoes, bit of salad, a nice sliced avocado, some more fresh fruit etc. one of the delights of going on holiday for me is trying out the local dishes and having a wander round local markets as well. As I said, I don't cook but I do love assembling a meal from a deli counter. And all accompanied by a local wine
I have only done the AI thing once and that was in Cuba and to be honest I disliked it so much that I've never repeated the experience. For me the problem was as much the hotel, purposely chosen because it was one of the smaller ones on offer but still too big for me as it turned out, the other guests and the feeling of isolation from local Cuban life. By the end of my 3 night stay I was stir crazy, I missed being able to go out to local bars and hear good live music, to wander the streets and soak up the local atmosphere, poke around in back corners etc, sit in a cafe and watch the world walk by.
So it is with some trepidation that I have actually booked the next nearest thing. A friend and I after talking about it for a couple of years have just booked a week long cruise of the Norwegian fjords for early next July. It was a bargain price, we have both wanted to visit the fjords for some years and love the idea of the 24 hr daylight at that time of year. But I have warned her that I might be climbing the walls and be ready to jump ship by the time we get to Bergen!
I've not as yet been on an Ocean cruise, don't think I ever will it just doesn't appeal but have been on a couple of river cruises, the Nile and the Yangze, they were both full board. At least you will have some awesome scenery to look at SM, not just water.
Luckily we are all different, what is it they say 'one man's meat is another man's poison' . Long may it stay that way.
Like Sunaddict we like Lanzarote and go SC in a private villa , we only go in the local shops for daily supplies and have a mental note of restaurants we like to dine at , I like the freedom of choosing when and where we eat , but then we will go AI when going to the Caribbean , and we've found that AI there is excellent with a high level of quality and variety of food and drink . Other holidays we will probably book RB and then look to eat at different places each night as we don't really want to dine in the same place every night .
I'm quite happy to pick and choose as I like having a variety over the year , as they say variety is the spice of life .
In the UK we like chocolate box cottages for SC and country house hotels with gourmet food, preferably sourced locally.
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