Luxury all inclusive doesn’t have to mean long haul, these 7 hotels can be reached in under 5 hours.
An all inclusive trip to somewhere warm and sunny, like Mexico, is many people’s idea of a dream come true. Mexico’s 5-star resorts are renowned for serving up the ultimate all inclusive experience. As much as you can eat and drink round the clock, room service, fully-stocked mini-bars, entertainment on-tap, not to mention eye-popping décor and prime beachfront locations – what’s not to love?
But while long-haul holidays are synonymous with guaranteed sun and luxurious resorts, they also mean hefty price tags and a good chunk of your holiday lost on a plane.
You can live the life of all inclusive luxury much closer to home in Antalya on the glamorous Turkish Riviera. For a fraction of the cost and travel time, you’ll get everything you’d find in Mexico and more.
Expect hotels awash with standout features that’ll make you go wow. We’re talking more miniature towns than resorts, with a spoilt-for-choice range of fine dining, premium drinks and seriously pampering service all included as part of your package. All-singing, all-dancing kids’ facilities like supersized waterparks, funfairs and cinemas are pretty standard in these places too.
Holiday A-list style at one of these polished paradise retreats and we bet you’ll never want to leave. Here are just a few of our favourites…
Best for: a fairy-tale feast
This turret-topped wonderland prides itself on offering a magical experience with its ‘Ultimate All Inclusive’ concept. Not only will you be treated to a choice of six themed bars and nine smart eateries, there’s an extra special à la carte the little ones will love. Take a right after the Far Eastern-inspired Oriental Express, and you’ll be welcomed by none other than Snow White and her seven dwarfs to the oh-so cute Toffee Apple restaurant. Pull up a chair under a ruby red apple tree and settle into the adorable woodland scene for an enchanting evening to remember.
Best for: that VIP feeling
You know you’re in for a stylish stay at this palm-lined paradise when you’re handed a cool glass of champagne on arrival. Check-in to your spacious suite and you’ll find a chic space decked out in cool, neutral tones and indulgent fabrics that ooze total luxury. The 5-star treatment continues as this place specialises in those thoughtful little extras that make you feel every inch the VIP. Picture yourself loafing on a plush poolside lounger while attentive waiters cater to your every whim. Cool down with an Absolut vodka on ice and chilled towel without even moving from your seat, and why not have your sunglasses expertly cleaned while you’re at it? That’s the life…
Best for: a non-stop funfest
As soon as you set eyes on the Delphin’s elaborate exterior, you’ll see a pleasure-seeking playground that boasts fun and grandeur in equal measure. And the fun starts at the fair. You’ve got all the classics here including a huge pirate ship and carousel – a sure-fire hit with kids and the young at heart. Don’t forget to check out the view from the top of the Ferris wheel which is sure to leave you in a spin. Oh and the Moscow State Circus swings into town from time to time to steal the show so expect acrobatics aplenty.
Best for: the best buffet ever
The stylish Susesi Luxury Resort is the ideal destination for foodies, with its range of unique restaurants plating up top-class cooking. But it’s the Turquoise Buffet that’s the star of the show. This place isn’t just any old buffet – you can fill your plate with a fine feast of flavours from around the world. Freshly prepared pasta, grilled Turkish kebabs and a side of sushi? You got it. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss the dessert bar. A truly decadent display, these exquisite creations look more like works of art than sweet treats to eat. From delicate handmade chocolates to Turkish delights and pretty pastries, the choice is all yours.
Best for: golfing with the greats
Boasting Turkey’s biggest golf course with a total of 45 holes, it’s no surprise that the Gloria Golf is the perfect place to perfect your swing. Set within a peaceful forest of fragrant pines and lovely lakes, are Gloria Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship greens and the 9-hole Verde course – host to many a professional tournament. If you’re keen to improve your handicap, there’s an academy offering expert lessons, a driving range and technical video analysis of your game. After a round or two on the greens, head to the Club House for a well-deserved G&T amongst the flowers on the charming wooden terrace.
Best for: a regal treat
Step inside this majestic, 650-room hotel and you’ll enter the lobby to end all lobbies. This impressive space has a sky-high ceiling and elegant monochrome theme that runs throughout the chequered floors, sleek glass elevators and even the gloss-white baby grand in the corner. Taking centre stage is the enormous crystal chandelier that dangles above and is nothing short of exquisite. The ceremonial cleaning of this giant jewel is pure theatre. Join hundreds of other guests to watch as the light is lowered to the ground and each crystal is polished to perfection by men in white gloves.
Best for – everything and everyone
This blissful beachfront haven is so good, it tops TripAdvisor’s list of the best 25 all inclusive resorts in Europe. And that’s because it’s cleverly designed to suit everyone, even down to the dedicated adult-only and family-focused areas. While you're lapping up the luxury of the carefully crafted rooms – think wooden floors, velvet bedspreads and plasma TVs – or sinking into a dreamy daybed on the adult-only pier, the kids will be loving the aqua park’s supercharged slides. When you’re feeling peckish, keep an eye out for the fresh fruit carts and traditional Turkish meatballs that make the rounds during the day. And don't worry about dinner, even the fussiest of eaters will find something they like with a choice of 13 restaurants!