What does all inclusive mean

What does all-inclusive mean for you?

When you pay up front for your all-inclusive summer holiday, what does that actually mean? Will you have to buy snacks? Is childcare included? These days the word all-inclusive means different things for different companies, here we explain what Club Med ...

What are all-inclusive holidays? It's a good question and it varies from company to company. With Club Med, you can be assured that from the moment you book, the price you pay will be all-inclusive.

When you book a Club Med all-inclusive holiday, you can choose between a holiday with or without transport. If you opt to include transport, your flight and transfer will be taken care of, but you will need to get yourself to the airport in the UK.

Your meals and snacks all day long are included within the price of your holiday on a Club Med break. That includes authentic, regional dishes – so if you’re flying long-haul to holiday in Thailand, you’ll be able to eat both Thai and Western cuisine. Each resort has multiple restaurants, so you can choose different destinations to eat each night, and there will also be fun nights such as beach BBQs and even chocolate fountains for desserts — at no extra cost. Club Med also offers fine, speciality dining with table-service restaurants. Some Club Med resort menus have been designed by Michelin Star guest chefs — the quality of food is taken very seriously.

If you have any allergies or are following a special diet, Club Med chefs will be able to cater for your requirements – it’s worth flagging this up at the time of booking.

If you fancy a cup of coffee out of restaurant hours, or an aperitif before dinner, these are also included, and they’re branded products. Wine, beer and branded spirits are all included in the price of your holiday, including cocktails and the daily cocktail special prepared by highly trained bartenders. Soft drinks and juices are also included — children can order what they need — in the Club Med Marrakech resort there is even a smoothie bar for the super health-conscious and Club Med Bali has a special ‘kids bar’ where children can order their own mocktails.

Club Med resorts offer an endless choice of sports and activities – from paddle-boarding to kite-surfing, to tennis and sailing. Different resorts will specialise in different activities, so if you want to learn to sail, visit our sailing resorts of Albion (Mauritius), Kani (Maldives), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Gregolimano (Greece) for your dream holiday. Or if you’re mad on golf, Club Med has the perfect list of destinations to suit you – Opio en Provence (France) and Bali (Indonesia) specifically have golf courses included on site, but if you fancy playing a course outside a Club Med resort that is not included, staff will arrange it for you.

In Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Opio en Provence, Club Med has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to offer “Creactive”. In Punta Cana, that’s artistic and acrobatic activities for adults and children alike; in France a dedicated playground with more than 25 activities for all the family — including high bungee, double flying trapeze, trampoline and juggling.

But what you can guarantee at every Club Med resort is that all-inclusive means just that; you won’t be paying any extra for sporting activities.

Evenings are not left out on a Club Med all-inclusive holiday, with a huge range of entertainment on offer between different resorts. That can include live bands and DJs, fancy-dress and themed nights, kids/family shows and even acrobatic performances. At no extra cost.

Club Med all-inclusive family holidays offer childcare for little ones as young as four years to teenagers up to 17 years – but what is included, what is offered and the times childcare is available differs from resort to resort, so if you have a family, check at the time of booking.

What is unique about Club Med report kids’ clubs, is that they run all day from 9am to 5.30pm, and again in the evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm, with lots of different supervised sports and activities tailored specifically to the age of your child. Just enrol your little (and not-so-little) ones at the beginning of your time away and relax and enjoy time along with your partner or time as a family – it’s all very flexible.

All-inclusive holidays with Club Med means that Wi-Fi will be free, and tips and local taxes will also be included in the price of your holiday so you don’t need to worry about carrying spare change to tip after every meal. There are on-site photographers to capture your special holiday moments, and we won’t charge you for sunbeds or beach towels either, as they are both included.

What won't be included

Some childcare (see above) and items like nappies, toiletries, first-aid kits and medical care, plus any clothing you’ve forgotten to bring won’t be included on your holiday. Spa treatments won’t be included, unless you have booked a specific package, and any spending outside the Club Med resort is also extra. So, if you book an excursion, that will be extra, and if you fancy a stroll to the local shop for an ice cream, you’ll need some spending money.

If all-inclusive sounds like the holiday for you, why not explore some of the destinations that Club Med offers.

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