6 incredible hotels with surprising extras



We all came back from vacation spending a lot more than we originally planned or could really afford. If you are determined to do better next time, it pays to book the type of hotel where meals and activities are included in the price, in order to minimize unforeseen extras. We found six places that fit the bill perfectly …

Photo credit: Ikos Aria

Ikos Resorts is a small group of luxury hotels in Greece with a proven track record in Halkidiki and Corfu. Now he’s brought his award-winning formula to the Dodecanese Islands, where the brand new Ikos Aria, his fourth property, has just opened on the southwest coast of Kos. Rooms are super chic, with a pale color scheme, smart TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in light. When it comes to food and drink, there are seven bars and eight restaurants to choose from, half of which have menus designed by Michelin-starred chefs. Best of all, they’re included in the room rate, as are in-room minibars (stocked daily), kids’ clubs (ages 4-17), and a wide range of activities, including yoga, paddleboarding and canoeing. Heck, they even offer the loan of a Mini for a day, so you can explore the island without paying extra for car rental. Rooms start at around £ 144 a night with a minimum stay of 5 nights during the summer months.

Photo credit: Labranda Targa Club Aqua Parc

Most tourists to Marrakech spend their time exploring the city’s bustling street life and haggling for exotic souvenirs in the maze of alleys that make up the central souks. But if all you really want to do is soak up the sun, you can just settle into Hotel Labranda Targa on the northwestern outskirts of town and spend a day or two doing nothing more. demanding that you slouch on a lounge chair between two swims. one of the four swimming pools. Kids have their own playground, kids’ club, and freshwater pool with slides, and an entertainment team keeps guests entertained throughout the day. Rooms are fairly basic but also very affordable, with rates starting at £ 60 per night in June (including meals, drinks and some activities). And if you decide to head into town, there is a free shuttle bus to take you there.

Photo credit: Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife

If you are traveling with young children, they will be happy little bunnies at this recently opened family resort on the south coast of Tenerife. Not only do they have varied play areas, kids’ clubs filled with age-appropriate games, crafts and activities, plus their own dedicated water park and paddling pool, there’s even a castle of fairy tale and a giant Dragon Tree, with a light show at night. Parents are also likely to be quite happy, given that everything is included in the price, along with meals, snacks, various activities, and a few lavish evening shows. This fantastic themed hotel is apparently based on the story of Papimber and the Gardens of the Hesperides. No, we have no idea who or what Papimber is – but it all sounds like great fun. Rooms cost around £ 185 a night.

Photo credit: La Syntopia

Rethymno’s attractive combination of a charming old town, a harbor lined with tavernas, and a long sandy beach makes it an understandable favorite with visitors to Crete. This year it has given itself a great place to stay with the opening of The Syntopia, located just off the coast on the eastern outskirts of town. Designed to offer an alternative to the island’s classic hotels, this adults-only resort promises a barefoot luxury hippie-chic vibe and clearly caters to a sociable, Instagram-savvy clientele. The decor incorporates a lot of wood, wicker and stone; there are sleek daybeds, palm trees, and a teepee dotted with cushions by the pool; and entertainment options include live music, weekly poolside parties, an outdoor cinema, and an occasional event program that includes cheese making and raki tasting. Most facilities, as well as food and drink, are included in your room rate and while there is an additional charge for spa treatments, you get a 15-minute in-house massage. Rooms cost around £ 104 a night.

Photo credit: Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort

Turkey’s turquoise coast experienced a real boom in popularity last year and this is expected to continue this summer. This is at least in part due to the fact that a favorable exchange rate makes the country more affordable for UK travelers, but it also helps the fact that Turkey’s beautiful coastline in southern Turkey is littered with ever-growing numbers. chic accommodation options. Among them is the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort, set on a large, well-maintained plot with plenty of facilities including nine restaurants, even more bars and 10 swimming pools, some with slides to keep the kids busy when they’re not having fun. not in children’s clubs. Meals, drinks and snacks are included in the price, minibars are filled daily. And best of all, you don’t have to pay extra for many on-site activities, such as archery, fitness classes, sauna, and some water sports. Rooms cost around £ 141 a night.

Photo credit: Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel

It is a half hour drive from Madeira Airport to the Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel, which is directly on the pebbly beach of Praia Formosa. Leave your window open at night and you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the pebbles. A giant kingfisher mural adorns one end of the building, and the simply furnished rooms (from £ 104 a night) have large windows opening onto balconies and pops of tropical color in the upholstery. All rooms come with a kitchenette – which you may never use, as meals and drinks are included in the room rate. No need to worry about missing a meal if you’re going out for a day either – they’ll kindly give you a packed lunch to take with you. Free facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and games room. If you want to get to the center of Funchal, the hotel offers a free shuttle service until the early evening.

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All flights and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at the time of writing on May 28, 2019.



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