All-inclusive was once seen as a dirty word within the luxury travel industry. These all-encompassing package holidays were churned out by travel agents and seen as a not so chic way to spend a week. However things have changed and now some of the best resorts in the world offer an extravagant all-inclusive service. Often found in far flung destinations including the Maldives and the Caribbean, these all-inclusive packages offer anything and everything the discerning traveller desires. Whilst Europe has an abundance of all-inclusive hotels, many are still lacking in the quality one would expect from a true five-star experience. Nevertheless there are a handful of hotels that definitely rival their far flung counter parts and these are Europe’s best luxury all inclusive resorts:
Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa
Located in one of Ibiza’s premier locations, Playa d’en Bossa, Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa is the latest addition to the Grand Palladium portfolio. It is situated minutes from the airport and just 5km from Ibiza Town. With a range of all-inclusive resorts across Europe and the Caribbean, the Grand Palladium hotels are notable due to the fantastic offering of food and family facilities.
The resort is comprised of 430 rooms and suites. Collectively with its sister hotel the Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa, they form the largest hotel complex on the island. Guests can enjoy the use of facilities across both of the resorts with six swimming pools and an excess of activities.
The resort is located next to Ses Salinas Nature Reserve, a natural park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a great place to take the kids for an educational day out, with many different types of vegetation and fauna. The park is also home to an incredible population of water birds, so you might even come face to face with a flamingo.
For partygoers the resort is located in one of Ibiza’s liveliest neighbourhoods with the world famous DC10 club just minutes away. DC10 plays host to some of the most famous house and techno DJs on the planet with legendary nights including Circo Loco and Paradise. Ushuaia is also within easy reach, the notorious open air parties are not to be missed.
Refuel at the buffet or one of three à la carte themed restaurants offering Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican fare. Ushuaia and Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza also offer excellent dining options. As the night draws to a close head to you room decorated in a modern, avant-garde style, neutrally furnished with splashes of bright colour. All rooms are equipped with the latest technology. If you are feeling extravagant, treat yourself to a Master Suite featuring a private roof terrace complete with outdoor Jacuzzi and cushioned chill out zone.
Health House Las Dunas
If you need a week to focus entirely on your wellbeing, Health House Las Dunas is the place for you. This all-inclusive hotel and health centre is located a few minutes from Puerto Banus and a 15-minute drive from Marbella old town. It is said to be the best healthcare hotel in the Estepona and Marbella area.
With a specific emphasis on anti-ageing, stress reduction and detox, the professionals at Healthouse have created customisable programmes tailored to each guest’s weight loss goals. A Fitbit is provided at check-in to monitor progress and activity levels.
The hotel’s concept of nutrition is based on a new way to combine gourmet and creative cuisine, with culinary techniques to achieve personal goals. Basque chef, Androni Luis Aduriz, boasts two Michelin stars and is the creator of the hotel’s renowned menus. Each dish is adapted to the individual need of every guest according to recommended calorie consumption. A nutritious and freshly prepared four-course menu is served daily at the Healthouse Restaurant. Whilst a holiday that promotes health and weight loss sounds great, there is a catch! Health House Las Dunas is an alcohol free zone however a selection of healthy, natural cocktails are available.
The rest and rejuvenation theme continues throughout this small but perfectly formed property. Comprised of 55 rooms and suites, the intimate atmosphere creates an ideal setting. The sumptuous rooms are designed for ultimate relaxation with 100% Egyptian cotton and mini bar with special water menu.
The Naturhouse Health & Spa Centre features a snow cabin, caldarium and vitality pool. A range of medical and holistic treatments, combining the best modern and ancestral therapeutic techniques, are performed and overseen by highly trained professionals. Daily activities of yoga and Pilates can also be enjoyed.
Health House Las Dunas offers sunshine, quality cuisine, unbeatable healthcare and sumptuous surroundings. Guests can book for a week or three day express programme.
One of the island’s first hotels, Dimitra Beach, is a contemporary beachfront resort in Agios Fokas. 10 minutes from the centre of Kos, the hotel is located in a 40-acre estate with private stretch of beach. Its sister hotel, Michelangelo Resort, can also be found in the same area.
The hotel was recently renovated in 2016 and now features ice white interiors throughout. There are 256 rooms in total with modern amenities and some added extras including in-bathrooms speakers. Rooms are found in the main building, and bungalows are set amidst lush gardens overlooking the Aegean Sea. Although most of the rooms at Dimitra Beach were refurbished in 2016, the Family Sea View Suites and Deluxe Family Suites 2-bedroom Sea View have not been renovated since 2003.
As well as the obligatory buffet restaurant guests can choose from Italian and Greek fare as well as an à la carte BBQ restaurant. There are also four bars to quench your thirst throughout the day and late into the night.
Kos, one of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, has plenty to offer the culture vulture and sun seeker alike. The island is steeped in history and is rich with Greek and Roman landmarks. Those who are after a more relaxing holiday can visit one of Kos’s beautiful beaches or enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Thermes. Kos is also famous for its nightlife, with the liveliest spots being in Kos Town and Karamena where the main strip is aptly named Bar Street!
One of the mostly hotly anticipated openings of 2015, Ikos Olivia followed in the footsteps of its successful sister resort Ikos Oceania. Ikos Olivia has redefined the all-inclusive concept with its Michelin-starred cuisine, ultra luxurious accommodations and emphasis on quality.
45 minutes from the airport, Ikos Olivia is situated on a private beach on the Toroneos Gulf in Halkidiki. The resort is comprised of 142 rooms and junior suites as well as 149 private bungalows, some of which come with private pools and gardens. There are up to 21 room types to choose from however the Deluxe Collection are the most exclusive. These rooms are not only the most luxurious but come with additional benefits including a private beach, pool, bar and concierge service.
The gastronomy at Ikos Olivia is unrivalled with remarkable menus created by Michelin-starred chefs. There are four à la carte restaurants offering Greek, Italian, Asian and French Provencal cuisine. There is also a vast wine cellar boasting an array of high quality international and local wines. With the ‘Dine Out’ scheme guests can enjoy local restaurants, included within the all-inclusive price. There are free taxis to the nearby resort village of Psakoudia, for those that wish to explore.
Ikos Olivia offers plenty for the children with an abundance of clubs and activities. Whilst the kids are being taken care of you can indulge at the Ikos Spa by Anne Semonin, offering a range of treatments from renowned French beauty brand. Additionally there is a couple’s treatment suite, Hammam, fitness studio, hair and nail salon. For the thrill seekers, the water sports station offers complimentary non-motorised watersports. Motorised watersports are available for an additional fee.
From the exceedingly stylish interiors with sumptuous fabrics and furnishings to the international branded spirits and 24-hour room service, Ikos Olivia excels in a high quality all-inclusive service at an affordable price.
Marbella Corfu Hotel
Nestled amongst olive groves on a leafy hillside, the Marbella Corfu Hotel boasts beautiful vistas overlooking the Ionian Sea. 30 minutes from Corfu Town, this recently renovated resort features 384 rooms across nine different levels. The rooms range from standard rooms to junior suites with private plunge pools, and top-floor presidential suites. The minimalist and modern interiors are decorated in neutral, earthy tones and are just as inviting as the hotels outdoor facilities.
A variety of activities are available for those that crave action and adventure. Get up and go travellers, can excite their senses with biking, hiking, kayaking, diving and sailing. The hotel also provides self-guided tours of Corfu. Dotted along the island’s beautiful beaches, you will find chic beach bars with live DJs and tantalising cocktails. Corfu Town is definitely worth a visit, with winding medieval streets and charming boutiques. Although Sidari is also known for its raucous nightlife, it is the incredible wave-worn rock formations that draw visitors to this town.
Marbella Corfu Hotel is suitable for families and couples alike with two pools, a spa and yoga room as well as a playground and water park pool. An American themed diner is the perfect setting for dinner with the kids. The buffet restaurant features an ever changing menu to cater to everyone. Intimate à la carte meals can be enjoyed at the beach side seafood restaurant or poolside Mediterranean eatery.
Michelangelo Resort & Spa
30 minutes from Kos airport, Michelangelo Resort & Spa is situated on 45 acres in a secluded spot on Kos’s eastern shoreline. It is 9km from centre of Kos, where the local culture and lively nightlife is waiting to be explored.
The distinctive feature of this resort is the sensational 160m infinity pool which blends beautifully into the dazzling Aegean Sea on the horizon. One of three pools within the hotel, this is the place to while away the day. Alternatively there is a private, pebbly beach with cool beach bar.
The hotel is of adequate size with 254 rooms and suites; there are four different room types to choose from. The hotel has made use of the astonishing views, as every room is ocean facing and features a furnished balcony. The Premium sea front view rooms also features vistas over the infinity pool. The stylish and modern interiors are comfortable and inviting.
After a day soaking up the sun, head to the Therme Spa, a haven of tranquility combining wellness, pampering and relaxation. Therapies range from thalassotherapy and signature treatments. Alternatively head to the outdoor treatment pavilion to enjoy a massage in the sun. There are also a range of sporting facilities on the property including tennis and volleyball courts.
With themed nights and a variety of dining options the fare is far from monotonous. Greek, Mediterranean and international cuisine are all on offer, from buffet to à la carte restaurants.
Elite Suites by Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes
Part of the Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes, the Elite Suites offer a VIP experience with separate check-in area, executive lounge, exclusive swimming pool and private dining room for breakfast and dinner. The Elite Suites kids are also invited to the Pelican Kids Club.
Located in Rhodes, the largest Dodecanese island, the hotel is surrounded by greenery overlooking Ixia bay. An intimate oceanfront setting ideal for couples and honeymooners, this luxury boutique hotel offers all suite accommodation. Some suites come with private Jacuzzis or pools for an added touch of romance. Expect an array of luxury amenities including a pillow menu as well as electronically controlled curtains and lighting.
Most of the Elite Suites facilities are shared with Amathus Beach Hotel, including the spa that is said to be the best in the Dodecanese. The fantastic wellness centre also features a fully equipped gym.
The medieval masterpiece of Rhodes Town is just 4km away. A trip to the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site is highly advisable and something for the whole family to enjoy. The hotel also offers private yacht and island excursions.
There are three restaurants and three bars, however the interior of Varkorla Tavern is for the exclusive use of Elite Suites guests. The resort is also within walking distance to local restaurants and bars for those wishing to explore the area.
Titanic Deluxe Hotel
Comprised of 594 rooms the Titanic Deluxe Hotel could easily be compared to a cruise ship due to its size and abundance of facilities. All needs are catered for at this monumental resort.
The hotel’s location in Belek in Antalya is unrivalled, situated between a pine forest, the Besgoz River and the Mediterranean Sea. A paradise for nature lovers, the river is famous for its blue crabs and 109 species of bird also reside within the area.
The activities are endless with archery, air riffle shooting and karaoke to name a few. There is also a large outdoor show space, nightclub, games room and bowling alley. That is just for the adults! The kids club offers ballet, gymnastics and even science rooms for curious critters.
For those wishing to kick back and relax, there are 11 swimming pools as well as an aqua park with four slides. The colossal hotel would not be complete without a state-of-the-art wellness centre. The BeFine SPA offers an unforgettable experience combining traditional techniques from the Far East with conventional Ottoman methods. There are treatment rooms as well as a variety of pools, an ice grotto and adventure showers.
There is a buffet restaurant and four à la carte eateries to chose from including Italian and sea food options. You can also indulge in a romantic meal for two on a private boat on the Besgoz River or in a candle lit cabana by the pool.
Titanic Deluxe Hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites as well as private villas. Each accommodation features views of the ocean, forest, river, mountains or golf course. The rooms are designed in a contemporary style with accents of bright blue.
Maxx Royal Kemer
This brand new resort is located 6km from the centre of Kemer, and 60km from Antalya Airport. Whilst the Maxx Royal Kemer still offers an abundance of activities and amenities expected within an all-inclusive resort, it is the super sleek design and gourmet cuisine that sets it apart from the rest.
The hotel boasts six swimming pools, a water park and private beach with a kids’ only bay. After dark discover the nightclub or games room. Expert mixologists hold residence in the Jay Lounge where guests can enjoy live music and specially prepared cocktails. At Tangerine Beach Club, dance the night away and snack on sushi as world famous DJs take to the decks.
One of the highlights at Maxx Royal Kemer is the variety and quality of the cuisine. Each of the seven restaurants offers à la carte dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner, overseen by Michelin-starred chefs from around the world. There is also a chocolatier and patisserie serving a variety of cakes, desserts and ice cream all included in the rate as well as premium drinks, cocktails and freshly squeezed fruit juice.
The Maxx Royal Kemer impresses both inside and out, this design-led hotel is elegant and opulent offering utter extravagance in each of its rooms and suites. Every room features a balcony, hot tub and pillow menu. As you soak in the views, you may see one of the many mountain goats that can be found roaming the grounds. As if this resort was not remarkable enough, coming face to face with the local nature is an added bonus.
Arrive in style to this alpine retreat located in St Anton am Arlberg, with the Audi Quattro chauffeur service which collects guests from the airport. By far the smallest hotel on the list, Hotel Tannenhof is comprised of just 7 suites. The hotel was originally built in the 1920’s where it became the place for the social elite to mingle after a day on the slopes. It was reformed to its former glory in 2011 and blends traditional Tyrolean materials with modern design.
Each suite has been individually styled with a unique colour palette and statement furniture. The timeless design is incredibly cosy and inviting with wood panelling and roaring open fires. The vast suites come complete with dressing rooms, an in-room music system, free-standing bathtubs and an all-inclusive mini bar as well as balcony to take in the breathtaking mountain views.
The area is famous for skiing and snowboarding, playing host to many professional championships. There are also plenty of hiking trails to explore as well as the local chocolate box village. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel spa offers a deeply personalized service with in-depth consultation with your therapist adapting to individual wants and needs. Guests can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor sauna, 15m swimming pool and hammam as well as private yoga classes.
The gourmet cuisine is definitely high on the agenda at Hotel Tannenhof. Three Toques chef James Baron focus on local delicacies and organic products. Start the day with breakfast in the privacy of your suite, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea after a day hitting the slopes and savour a nine-course tasting menu for dinner. 24-hour room service is also available.