Bored with signing for every drink or ice cream?
Then an all-inclusive holiday will fit the bill, whether you’re looking for action, romance or a family break.
Put your wallet away and plan your happy days . . .
BEST FOR ACTION
Go all in: An incredible in-ocean villa in the Maldives
Yoga, pilates, tai chi, tennis, golf, cycling, walking, scuba-diving, spinning and dance classes are all on offer at St Lucia’s BodyHoliday resort. You might expect to need another break afterwards, but you’ll return from the West Indies in tip-top condition.
A daily 50-minute spa treatment is included and a range of wines, international-brand spirits and local beers is free.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £2,140 per person, including flights (01494 678400, turquoiseholidays.co.uk).
Watersports are the order of the day during a stay at Angsana Velavaru Resort in the Maldives. Go snorkelling, windsurfing or wakeboarding for free, then take part in a sunset cruise or night fishing trip (included in packages). The resort has plush overwater and beachside villas.
There are free mini bars, complimentary drinks in the bar from 11am to 11pm (including a choice of 40-plus cocktails) and one lobster dinner is laid on.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £2,065 per person. Flights excluded; they start at about £600 (angsana.com/en/maldives/velavaru).
See leopards, elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles and flying snakes (no less) on game drives while staying at the Chena Huts by Uga Escapes resort next to Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka.
Drives are included every day. International wines and spirits, plus local beers, are available from the bar until 11pm.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £3,499 per person, including flights (020 7293 0226, kuoni.co.uk).
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Seaside Los Jameos Playa is a family-friendly hotel in the resort of Playa de los Pocillos on the south coast of the Canary Island Lanzarote. It has tropical gardens, a children’s pool, a playground, mini golf and volleyball.
As well as all main meals, afternoon tea is provided, and the free poolside bar, serving house wines, beer and some spirits, is open between 11am and 11pm.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £898 per adult and £399 per child under six, with flights included (01425 480400, prestigeholidays.co.uk).
Sunwing Kallithea Beach hotel on the island of Rhodes in Greece offers a Mini Land club for children aged three to seven, as well as activities for teens up to 15. Some of the pools have waterslides and there’s also table tennis, mini golf, football and a toddlers’ pool.
Local beers, house wines and cocktails are available at the bar from 10am to midnight.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive for a family of four from £1,960, with flights included (01733 224808, thomascook.com).
Floodlit tennis courts, a mini football pitch, beach volleyball and squash courts make the five-star King Evelthon Beach Hotel and Resort, in Paphos, Cyprus, a hit with active teenagers.
House wines, local beers and spirits are available in the bar from 4pm to midnight (premium spirits extra).
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £2,232 for a family of four, including flights (020 3870 6844, loveholidays.com).
There’s a brilliant children’s pool with waterslides and fountains at the ultra-swanky Rixos Saadiyat Island resort in Abu Dhabi.
This glitzy palace of a hotel faces a sandy beach and has a kids’ club, tennis, live evening entertainment and a choice of restaurants, including Italian, Turkish and Mediterranean.
For mum and dad, complimentary wine, beer and premium spirits are available from the bar until 2am.
Details: Five nights all-inclusive from £2,865 for a family of three, including flights (01204 208709, destinology.co.uk).
BEST FOR ROMANCE
Summer temperatures rarely dip below 30c at Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The Grand Fiesta Americana resort boasts a beachside location and huge palm-fringed pool, as well as a tennis club. Alcohol — beer, wine and some premium spirits — is served at the bar throughout the day and in the evening.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £941 per person, including flights (020 3636 1931, tui.co.uk).
Taste of the exotic: Pictured is a man selling exotic fruit with beautiful Blue Bay in Mauritius in the background
Set in 70 acres of tranquil, tropical gardens in the south of Mauritius, Shandrani Beachcomber Resort has slick, minimalist rooms, a top-class Clarins spa with saunas and hydrotherapy, plus unlimited champagne after 6pm (wine, beer and spirits are available at other times).
Enjoy great snorkelling in the nearby Blue Bay Marine Park.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £1,835 per person, including flights and free motorised water sports, with the Healthy Holiday Company (020 8968 0501, thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk).
Paradise found: Relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean
On the beach in Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua is regularly named one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean. Candlelit dinners on the sand and sunset catamaran cruises can be arranged.
There are six pools, some with swim-up bars, and 11 restaurants. Drinks include premium spirits such as Bombay Sapphire gin.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive in a premium room with flights, from £1,896 per person (0800 022 3030, sandals.co.uk).
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes enjoyed his stay at Calabash, a 30-suite resort on Grenada, so much he agreed to oversee its restaurant menu. Between meals, relax on the beaches, kayak around coves and enjoy spa treatments.
To top it off, house wines, local beers and international-brand spirits (plus mixers) are complimentary.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £2,995 per person, with flights, (01242 787800, redsavannah.com).
BEST FOR CULTURE
Enjoy the sights of Basel, Strasbourg, Amsterdam and Cologne on a seven-night Rhine cruise on board the comfortable MS Amadeus Silver II.
This is a guided rail and cruise break with trains from London St Pancras to Basel to join the ship, and a return journey on the Eurostar from Amsterdam.
Complimentary wine is served with lunch and dinner.
Details: Seven-night cruise from £2,195 per person (01904 521936, greatrail.com).
Explore the Unesco-listed baroque towns of southeast Sicily — including Noto, Modica and Ragusa — while based at the all-inclusive VOI Marsa Sicla Resort. A hire car is included.
Ossi di Seppia serves free wines, beers and some premium spirits from 10am to 12am.
Details: Seven nights all-inclusive from £732 per person (01202 489040, justsicily.co.uk).
Culture vultures: Pictured above are three traditional geishas in Kyoto
Meet geishas in Kyoto, try wagashi sweet-making in Kanazawa and learn about zazen meditation on an all-inclusive cultural tour of Japan. A selection of alcoholic drinks is free at lunch and dinner.
Details: Twelve-night guided trip from £4,975 per person with InsideJapan; flights are extra, usually about £700 return (0117 244 3380, insidejapantours.com).