B&B trips 'top all-inclusive deals'

Britons booking bed-and-breakfast breaks abroad are getting better deals than those opting for all-inclusive trips, according to a survey.

B&B packages in July and August at popular resorts such as Spain's Costa del Sol are reportedly cheaper than all-inclusive resorts
B&B packages in July and August at popular resorts such as Spain's Costa del Sol are reportedly cheaper than all-inclusive resorts

Those taking seven-night B&B trips to most of the top European resort areas are forking out less than those on week-long all-inclusive deals, the survey from Post Office Travel Money showed.

B&B packages in July and August at popular resorts in Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Portuguese Algarve and on Spain's Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are cheaper than all-inclusive resorts in these areas even when the cost of evening meals and drinks by B&B holidaymakers are calculated.

A week-long B&B break for two in late July 2014 on the Algarve, for example, is more than £300 cheaper than a two-person, seven-night all-inclusive break in the same area.

On the same basis, a B&B trip to Ayia Napia in Cyprus in mid-August 2014 is £342 less expensive than an all-inclusive one.

The survey also found that those visiting European all-inclusive resorts expected less for their money than those on long-haul all-inclusive trips.

The poll found that o nly 20% of European hotels included branded alcohol drinks in their all-inclusive packages and just 15% offered complimentary mini-bars compared with 50% of long-haul hotels for both of these items.

In addition, 80% of long-haul holidaymakers had complimentary internet access, compared with 65% in Europe. And just 20% included a la carte meals in Europe whereas 55% did so in destinations further afield.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "Our research showed that European resorts include far less in their all-inclusive packages so it is important for holidaymakers to budget carefully and do their homework to find out how much meals and other extras might add to their trip."