Half Board Holidays 2014

Half Board holidays

Half Board Holidays

Booking half-board accommodation means you’ll be provided breakfast and one other meal – usually an evening meal, but some resorts may allow you to substitute this for lunch. Generally speaking, drinks are not included in the price, other than the basics such as a cup of tea or coffee at breakfast.

Larger resorts that offer a wide range of board options (from bed and breakfast to all-inclusive), will generally provide a buffet for both meals for ease of service. Smaller hotels often offer a more personalised a la carte service, with the chance to choose your meal from the menu.

Why Book Half Board

Half board is a great choice for anyone who intends to take an evening meal in their hotel most evenings, because the cost of pre-booked half board is much cheaper than paying ad hoc for a meal every night. Opting for half board also provides a level of flexibility you don’t get with full board or all-inclusive. Lunchtimes are free for you to explore and dine in a restaurant of your choice, so you get a chance to sample some of the local cuisine on offer.

Another thing to be bear in mind is whether you will realistically actually benefit from booking full board rather than half board. While full board does provide an extra meal a day, when on holiday in hot countries, many people find their appetite is much smaller than back in UK. You may find yourself feeling you have to eat all three meals just to get your money’s worth. Half board is a good compromise, as you’re guaranteed two meals a day and you can take the third at a local restaurant when and if you want.

Families with small children often like to book half board accommodation as it allows them to focus on the basics of family holidays: relaxation, the beach, excursions and daytime fun. Booking half board takes away the stress of finding child-friendly restaurants or the problems of dining with tired or sleeping kids. Dining in the hotel generally leads to a more relaxing and hassle-free holiday for parents.

Half board is also a sensible option when your holidays are active, whether you are out on safari or out on the golf course.

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