Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Where Are The Best All Inclusive Hotels in The World?

A report published by Travel Weekly has found that only one hotel in Europe ranks in the top ten all-inclusive hotels in the world. The report asked the opinion of travel industry professionals which found that they rated the Bahia Principe property in Tenerife 4th best with Baron Resort Sharm el Sheik 3rd best.  Three of the hotels in the top ten were found in Mexico with the El Dorado Seaside Suites voted 1st out of all properties in the world that offer an all-inclusive program. 

The full list is below -

  • 1.         Buccament Bay, St. Vincent
  • 2.           Spice Island, Grenada
  • 3.           Sandals Halcyon Beach, Saint Lucia
  • 4.           Galley Bay, Antigua
  • 5.           Secrets Marama Beach Riviera, Cancun
  • 6.           Heritage Awai Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius
  • 7.           Bahia Principe, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
  • 8.           Baron Resort, Sharm el Sheikh
  • 9.           Sensatori Resort, Mexico
  • 10.           El Dorado Seaside Suites, Mexico

Despite all-inclusive bookings now accounting for around 50% of all holiday bookings, Europe appears to be lacking in its offering compared with long haul destinations such as Mauritius and the Caribbean. This could be due to several reasons – when it comes to luxury hotels it appears that the quality of all-inclusive hotels can be found where the clientele are often American who can be more demanding in terms of service and variety of food and drink. These hotels are also in destinations which are like paradise compared with destinations that are seen as a standard holiday to destinations such as Spain which are particularly popular for UK customers. It also appears that if you are going to spend 5* money, then people would be more likely to spend this in a destination such as Mauritius rather than a short haul flight away.

Should we give some sympathy to European hoteliers as they are up against competition from major exclusive hotel brands such as Sandals, Sensatori and Secrets? They ultimately offer a fantastic all inclusive programs often with several dining options rather than daily buffets and house drinks but it does come at a cost.  It will now be up to European hoteliers to either try and ‘up their game’ in order to catch up or to continue to base their all-inclusive offering at families who are looking to obtain value for money rather than that truly special holiday.

So, do you need to travel to a long-haul holiday destination to find a great all-inclusive hotel?  

No comments:

Post a Comment