The Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe
Trying to plan a trip to Europe without spending a fortune? All-inclusive resorts are few and far between, but we found seven worthy contenders in must-visit destinations like the Alps, the Greek Islands, and Tuscany. Check in—and bliss out.
Hotel Tannenhof, Austria
With just seven wood-paneled rooms, this welcoming ski retreat—a getaway for society’s elite in its 1920s heyday—feels more like a privately owned chalet than an actual hotel. Even if you don’t ski, it’s the perfect place to get some R&R amid the gorgeous mountain scenery of Austria's Tyrolean Alps. Take a dip in the pool, book a hot stone massage at the spa (which incorporates rocks sourced from South Tyrol), or take advantage of the saunas overlooking the forest before digging into Tyrolean dishes (like sautéed spaetzle with mountain cheeses and fresh chive) at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Ask for a table on the terrace, which overlooks the Terwall mountain range.
Club Med Opio Provence, France
Want to explore Provence’s picturesque lavender fields and olive groves without worrying about expensive meals tabs and hard-to-get reservations? Book a room at this all-inclusive resort, just a 40-minute drive from Nice on France’s glittery Côte d’Azur, and everything is taken care of for you—from all-day dining highlighting regional cuisine (think lavender-infused honey and creamy French cheeses) to an included kid’s club, nightly entertainment, and activities like tennis, archery lessons, and even a flying trapeze school. Guest rooms are simply furnished, but you won't be spending much time inside them, what with all the exploring there is to be done just outside your doorstep. Take a walk to the charming, off-the-radar village of Opio nearby, known for its centifolia roses and olive oil production.
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Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa, Crete, Greece
Dreaming of the Greek Islands? With a stay at this full-service resort in Crete’s capital of Heraklion, you’ll be right on the beach and perfectly positioned to explore the island's ancient sites. Bungalows feature elegant décor in breezy shades of blue and white (many have sea views) while the seven on-site restaurants serve everything from traditional Cretan cuisine to sushi. Five outdoor pools, waterslides, tennis, beach volleyball, and more will keep you occupied on the property, or you can borrow a pedal boat or canoe and get out on the water.
Grecotel White Palace, Crete, Greece
All rooms at this luxurious resort in Crete are sleek and modern, but we suggest requesting one in the Rethymno Wing for exclusive access to the beachfront infinity pool or upgrade to a suite with a private pool. Plenty of honeymooners escape to the property, but you'll also find a fair amount of families, who love combining group-friendly excursions (visits to the nearby Agreco Farm include pressing grapes, making cheese, and visiting its mini-zoo) with adult-centric indulges like treatments at the spa and hammam, yoga classes, and snorkeling in the turquoise sea. After long days in the sun, guests reconvene at the domed lounge bar for cocktails or sparkling wine and stunning sunset views over the Rethymno Riviera.
ClubHotel Riu Guarana, Portugal
If the Algarve region in southern Portugal isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. Although it's more under-the-radar than the beaches of Spain and France, the Algarve impresses with its rocky coastline, bright blue water, fascinating Moorish-influenced culture, and delicious food. If you want to explore the region without spending an arm and a leg, this all-inclusive resort is an excellent option. Balance excursions to the medieval village of Faro and the surrounding towns with time spent chilling out at the spa or unwinding with a drink at the swim-up bar.
Ballyfin Demesne, Ireland
You’ll feel like royalty when you book a stay at this five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Irish countryside—an 1820s family home that has been beautifully restored into a 20-room Regency-style hotel. While the property is not all-inclusive per se, its all-inclusive packages are worthy of the splurge: along with three meals per day, you'll also be treated to pre-dinner drinks, a guided house tour, laundry services, full access to the hotel's gym and pools, and run of the estate's 614 acres. After indulging in a full Irish breakfast, get out and explore the extensive grounds, where you can go boating, fishing, or play croquet all before afternoon tea.
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Adler Thermae Tuscany, Italy
It can be hard to figure out where to stay in Italy, especially if you’re looking for a rare all-inclusive option. That’s where this wellness resort comes in. Nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills about an hour from Siena, Adler Thermae is a great choice for people who’ve already visited Florence and want to relax in the countryside or visit the nearby wineries of Montepulciano and Chianti. Expect superb food and wine, stunning scenery, and spa services that run the gamut from Ayurvedic treatments to thermal water rituals that include—oh yes—wine tastings. After your treatment, spend as much time as you please luxuriating in the indoor and outdoor thermal pools, sauna, or steam bath.
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