Greek All Inclusive Vacation

A Greek all inclusive vacation can mean different things depending on which property you choose. One might be an all inclusive resort in Greece that includes everything from alcoholic beverages to paragliding, while another might include only half board (breakfast and dinner). Some package vacations include round-trip flights from your home country, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation between different cities, and some sightseeing tours. Additionally, some all inclusive Greek holidays offer a veritable menu of items that you can choose to have included for varying fees—called the a la carte system.

Club Med and Sandals were the pioneers in providing resorts where you paid a fixed price based on the length of your stay, and basically did not have to spend another cent. While Sandals has properties only on Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Antigua, and the Bahamas, Club Med has grown to nearly 80 resorts around the world, including two in Greece. One (the Gregolimano) is on the island of Evia, snuggled up against the eastern coast of the mainland north of Athens. This island is close enough to the mainland that it is connected by two bridges, meaning you can easily drive there. The other Club Med property (the Athenia) is on the mainland only about fifteen miles north of Athens. You probably once thought of an adult all inclusive Greece vacation when you heard the words Club Med. While the resort still caters to adults, it has added many features to cater to families with children. Both Club Med properties offer structured and supervised programs for children, all meals, airport transfers, three meals daily, and free drinks and snacks (you must pay extra for certain more expensive types of alcohol) throughout the day. There are also numerous activities, from water skiing to bocce ball that are offered at no extra cost. This is typical of an all inclusive resort in Greece that is of an international four star or higher standard.

You will find options if you seek an adult all inclusive Greece resort just about everywhere, but do look carefully as some allow only couples. The four-star Latino Beach on the island of Rhodes provides three meals daily and a variety of beach and poolside activities. Many of the tamer activities are free, but the more adventurous ones (like paragliding and water skiing) are available at an additional fee. The island of Mykonos is one of the most gay-friendly vacation destinations in Europe, and you will find many resorts there that cater to gay and lesbian families with children as well as for adults only. The deluxe Club Mykonos on the west coast of the island is an adult all inclusive Greece resort catering to gay men, and offers both a la carte and all inclusive options. It has accommodation in one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas and offers beaches, swimming pools, and a variety of activities.

For cheap all inclusive holidays to Greek Islands you will probably be better served if you look for a locally owned and operated property. Some of these offer unusual character and insight into the history of the Greek islands. A good example of this kind of Greek all inclusive vacation can be found at the Arolithos Cretan Village near the city of Heraklion (or Iraklio) on the island of Crete, which provides three meals daily in one of two restaurants, traditional Greek entertainment, and charming old style rooms and suites—some with fireplaces and balconies with lovely views of the surrounding hills and countryside. What is quite unique about this all inclusive resort in Greece is that it is a faithful reconstruction of a traditional Cretan village from the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and enclosed in stone walls. It consists of an entire small town filled with working handcraft shops and artisans, a rural history museum, a traditional bakery, jewelry and silversmilth workshops, and even an operating church where you can attend local weddings and other local events. There is a small swimming pool, a café and bar, snack shop, and large central square where dinner is served during the warm summer weather. For transportation, you really need a car rental. The Arolithos will arrange to collect you at the airport or ferry port, but you will need your own vehicle to get to the island's beaches and explore on your own.

Also on Crete are the Terra Maris and Creta Maris, luxury Greek all inclusive vacation properties on the beach near Hernonissos (or Chersonissos) offering full American breakfast, buffet lunch, a full sit-down dinner, and complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks throughout the day. Many of the services and things to do here are included in the price of the room, including a supervised children's club, several water activities, and sun beds (note that you must pay extra for sunbeds at many places in Greece).

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