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All Inclusive Holidays – What’s Really Included? – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. With the festive season fast approaching, many of you are looking for packages for your holiday over that time and it can get a little confusing as to what’s included in all the different rates.

Room only

This is usually the cheapest option and it just includes a room for the night. The rate is just for the room so it’s regardless of how many occupants. Anything else that you purchase (breakfast, drinks, etc) will be charged to your own account.

Bed and breakfast

This is the most common rate in South Africa and Europe and includes breakfast, coffee, tea, and juice.


This rate is usually found in resorts around the world, particularly in Mauritius and Zanzibar. It includes breakfast and dinner but all extra drinks like soft drinks and alcoholic drinks will be charged to your own account.


This is an alternative to the Half-Board option. It’s operated at resorts which have a lunchtime restaurant. It includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks like soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are charged to your own account.

All inclusive

Your priciest rate is going to be the all inclusive rate. Typically this includes three meals per day plus all your alcoholic drinks and soft drinks. The drinks range is usually pretty generous but will include local soft drinks and local beers, wines and spirits. There may be a time limit which the hotel imposes on ordering alcoholic drinks so just be aware of that when you’re checking in.

Hopefully that clarified for you the different meal options that are included in the packages so that it makes a little bit more sense when you’re looking at the different rates next time.So that’s it from for this week on FAQ Friday. If you have any travel-related questions, please ask them in the comments section below and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.

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