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02/05/2013 at 15:09
Who here goes on them? I've only been on one before pre-children and it was adult's only. I'm looking at holidays this year and originally wanted a private villa with pool but because of the outrageous prices and the fact we've got a lot going on this summer I'm now looking at all inclusive in cala d'or, Majorca. The hotels have kids discos and entertainment and I just hope it doesnt attract a load of chavvy Brits
Is it still worth going all inclusive if we eat out a bit as well? The prices don't differ a huge deal but I like the idea of free ice creams and free booze (well not free but you what I mean). And snacks as well so that N can just eat whenever he likes. The only alternative is that I spend more hours searching for a nice apartment and then have to think about shopping when we are there. I'm torn. Sell AI to me!
02/05/2013 at 15:15
Yeah me, love em! I love a decent AI but prefer further afield to Europe. Europe sadly they are full of chavvy brits Mind you saying that further afield are full of chavvy Russians, American's or rude Candians so no difference!
Seriously for us with kids and as people who like a beer you can't beat AI. Leave the kids to it at the disco of an evenig - they always end up making friends so the days by the pool they are occupied too.
I have great reviews about cala d'or so I'd seriously consider it if i were you.
02/05/2013 at 15:17
I've only been AI when it's been me and MrDD before, but we are going AI this year - can't really tell you much about it until we get back, but it was a good deal and means we don't have the dilemma of finding somewhere to eat every day! They haven't been particularly chavvy when we've been before, although never really looked at the kids entertainment bit before but they've been fine in the half board hotels we've gone to.
We've always eaten out for the odd meal too, it does get a bit boring if it's the same buffet every night even thought they do tend to do different things each night, although I know there are a couple of a la carte restaurants at the hotel we're going to that are also included - but we'll still go to some of the Greek tavernas when we're there.
02/05/2013 at 15:20
Oh you definitely have to go out and eat and explore. I don't understand how people can stayed couped up in the hotel for a week never mind 2. The food always gets boring so I tend to fill up at breakfast, order from the bar after lunch (jacket, sandwich, salad rather than hot buffet in the restaurant) then we go out to eat and have afew drinks after the disco.
02/05/2013 at 15:29
I've only ever done AI once, that was on a girly holiday when i was 21. For us it was worth it, we could get plastered in the hotel before we went out of an evening dancing.
I've never done one as a family, but i can see the appeal when the kids are older and wanting lots of pop and snacks. I don't really drink a huge amount so wouldn't drink loads of alcohol, but in most cases soft drinks are dearer than booze on holidays.
I do quite like the freedom of SC, i love being able to go to different restaurants each night and trying different meals.
02/05/2013 at 15:33
Ever since I have had L we have went AI. Just think how much you would spend on drinks, ice creams and snacks throughout the day, if you are like us about 50 euro per day averaging it out. Then your breakfast and lunch if you stay around about the complex, another 50 eueos. So I reckon that is saving us 1000 euros for couple of hundred quid more. We always have dinner out a few times as well. Well worth it IMO. There is always kids entertainment as well. We still make sure that we go to a hotel with a fridge in it though, so we can have stuff in the room x
02/05/2013 at 17:10
Ok sounds like it could be a good idea then, I know N would appreciate being around other children, I'll just have to see past the potential chavs! We would definitely be going out and about as we're not able to sit round the pool all day without getting bored. H will easily be persuaded by the unlimited beer I reckon!
02/05/2013 at 17:11
It really won't be as awful as you think.
02/05/2013 at 17:20
No it won't, I think it's just because I had my heart set on having some privacy this year in a villa with pool but there definitely advantages to not having to think about much when we're there.
02/05/2013 at 17:49
I went AI to morrocco with L (he was 10 months) the evening meal didnt start till 7 so that was his bed time so we had to give him a really big lunch with veg etc but the snack bar opened between 3.30-7 so he had to have burgers/pizza but it was only a week and his lunches were good and sometimes we were out so ended up buying him other stuff too.
Have been to adults only AI which was just bliss...won't be having one of those holidays again for years
02/05/2013 at 17:55
That's probably what N will end up doing food wise as he eats at 5 usually and hopefully he can stay up a bit later without turning into a horror!
03/05/2013 at 07:18
Booked hoorah! H didn't need any persuading because he's fed up with me banging on about a holiday
03/05/2013 at 08:19
I don't know if I should reply seeing that you've booked!
We just did our first AI in Europe after only ever being in 5* adult only places and omfg it was terrible food wise, by day 3 we ate out every single meal. That said we aren't big drinkers, perhaps the booze would have made it worth it.. It was also very, erm, chivvy "Brits abroad" and the two nights we did eat in, found we didn't have a meal as such, but a kind of pick and nix of random bits.. Chicken, few chips, few tacos, slice of pizza... Would, I guess have suited us if e were older and weaned as we'd have fed her there then gone out later for our dinner. So my advice is, go expecting little and you might be pleasantly surprised, but also make sure you've some back up cash incase it's bad. While eating out we noticed soooo many AI wrist bands AI people eating out. A local cafe lady explained food prices have shot up in Spain and the AI places therefore are buying the cheapest items they can.. Personally I go on hols to be spoilt not eat basic food, more basic than at home. My mom was also with us but different hotel and found the same, in fact she lived off of cake and ice cream most tea times as that was all that was edible.. Anyway, that's my very honest advice.
03/05/2013 at 08:31
Oh dear LM! Well I'm not expecting the food to be amazing because it never is in these types of hotels, I think we'll just do breakfast and lunch then eat out in the evening as we love tapas. Or have a big lunch out then the evening meal isn't so important. The hotel we're going to has quite good reviews mostly but then you don't know the type who are reviewing it
03/05/2013 at 08:40
Yes lunch was the best meal of the day for us in the hotel because it was too long since yesterday's tea to "recycle" any left overs so was all fresh etc. Breakfast was ok too, obviously everything tastes different but it was edible. However H missed his freshly prepared omelette and me my nice English bacon so we ate out then too *fatties*.
Either way its totally what you make of it, we had a brilliant time and lots and lots of giggles were had over the state of the food.. Especially my mom who literally had five cakes and two ice creams one tea time, I looked forward to her updates haha.
03/05/2013 at 08:43
Haha your poor mum. I get really grumpy if something goes terribly wrong with food but here the food is crap so we're more used to it now. In fact it will probably be a treat!
03/05/2013 at 09:03
Lm I went to Dominican Republic and it sounds very similar! They also opened the doors to the public at the weekend so it was a free for all, a local was in the pool eating a baguette! O and there was the all stars (thought h was going to punch one of them) as its their job to get you to join in activities and my h was asleep on a lounger and they lifted him up and threw him in the pool! Ud be sitting eating at night and they would drag u up to dance my mil and fil absolutely loved it, at one point I was asking the rep for flights home
Morrocco was fine though just the late teas for L but other than that it was fine x
03/05/2013 at 09:05
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