The Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana is the ideal introduction to the Caribbean, with white sand, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters providing an idyllic backdrop to an all-inclusive holiday full of unique experiences. The resort of Club Med Punta Cana has everything for the first-timer: a fantastic location, gourmet cuisine, plenty of watersports, entertainment, a wellness spa, and a range of accommodation from the cost-conscious to the ultimate in luxury. There’s even a thrilling circus school, with acrobatic activities inspired by the famous Cirque du Soleil.
The best destinations for your first time at an all-inclusive resort
If you’re looking for sun, sea and as many activities as you can handle, Club Med have some of the best all-inclusive holidays in the world. Whether it’s the Caribbean, the Portuguese coast or the paradise island of Bali you’re dreaming of, all you need to do is pick the destination and let Club Med take care of the rest.
The Maldives have a special place in the hearts of many families, drawn to its long powder-white beaches and turquoise waters ideal for snorkelling. Traditionally a honeymoon destination, Club Med is one of the first holiday companies to make this idyllic group of islands family friendly, with its all-inclusive Kani resort giving your children the chance to take part in cooking, face painting and coral propagation, learning about these fascinating islands as they enjoy the activities and make new friends in the kids clubs. For an even more premium holiday experience, families with children from 12 years old can stay at the award-winning Club Med Finohlu Villas.
One of Europe’s leading countries for beach and sports holidays is perfect for an all-inclusive break – especially if you’ve never tried one before. Famed for its golf courses and tennis academies, Portugal is a sports-lover’s paradise – with the recently renovated Club Med Da Balaia resort also offering a Zen Zone for adults only to relax while the kids enjoy all the included activities such as watersports, archery and even a trapeze school. Add the convenience of a short haul flight, the nearby Praia da Oura beach access, and a Cinq Mondes wellness spa and you have the complete all-inclusive experience for the entire family.
Club Med have a number of fully inclusive resorts in Morocco, but one of the finest is Marrakech La Palmeraie. Set in the country’s oldest palm grove, this atmospheric resort will transport you to another world, with landscaped gardens, beautiful architecture and fine food making your holiday a unique and memorable experience. With everything from sports and activities to kids clubs and spa treatments ready and available, having a great time couldn’t be easier. And if you want a really indulgent experience, try the Le Riad 5 Tridents Exclusive space, a brand new private area designed to bring you the ultimate in luxury.
Unique among the best all-inclusive holiday destinations, Sicily offers a thrilling combination of luxurious beaches, thousands of years of history and a volcano that dominates this small Italian island. As well as a fascinating study in geology, Sicily also offers some of Europe’s finest hotels, including the Club Med Cefalù resort. Cefalù has just undergone a major refurbishment and is now the first 5 Tridents Exclusive Collection Club Med resort in Europe. Overlooking the stunning Cefalù Bay, the resort features private villas, electric surfboarding, food created by one of the finest chefs in Italy, personalised excursions, and free champagne from 6pm every day.
The Club Med beach resort on Bali is the ideal place to experience this magical island, with the spirit and culture of Indonesia coming together at this exotic and rejuvenating all-inclusive resort. Whether you’re lying under a palm tree on the beach or enjoying a Balinese treatment in the spa, any stress is quickly forgotten and all you have to worry about is which restaurant you’ll be eating at in the evening. If you prefer something more active, the resort features golf, archery and fitness schools. For less adventurous relaxation, some guests prefer to seek inner peace with the free yoga lessons, while others head to the adult-only Zen Pool and Mandara Spa.
Greece is still one of the most popular destinations for all-inclusive holidays, and the Club Med resort of Gregolimano has everything you need for a hassle-free beach break. Located on the Island of Evia, Gregolimano has a strong family focus, with the resort nestling in a luscious forest next the Aegean Sea. Kids will have a whale of a time, learning to play tennis (from four years old) and water ski (from eight years old). The kids clubs have a huge range of activities for them to enjoy, as well as a host of Greek Gods to learn about – knowledge they can put to good use on a family excursion to the island’s ancient ruins.
If it’s a premium experience you’re after for your first all-inclusive holiday, you can’t go far wrong with Mauritius. The island in the Indian Ocean is perfect for families keen to experience a tropical holiday with everything from fine food to watersports, all ready whenever you are. Now reopened after major renovation, the Club Med resort of La Pointe aux Canonniers is the perfect combination of relaxation and activity, with four stunning pools complementing the fine sand beach and a new family area with a pool with water slides and cannons, a family bar serving mocktails as well as children size sunloungers. For a more tranquil experience, the new spa and Zen Zone provides a serene area for adults, with an infinity pool, zen bar and calm beach space. Later on, sit back on one of the chairs at the beach bar and take in the full beauty of the sunset – that’s included too!