The shocking truth about all-inclusive holidays revealed – and they're not as cheap as you think

All-inclusive holidays are more expensive than B&B breaks where holidaymakers eat out every day.

A study found two-thirds of families spend more on food and drink already paid for by heading out to eat or choosing more expensive items from the menu and bar.

According to the research seven out of ten destinations worked out cheaper for families booking just bed and breakfast compared with all-in versions in the same region.

Popular hotspots including Spain, Turkey, Crete and Portugal all worked out more expensive for all-inclusive bookings as families paid extra for cocktails, branded drinks, snacks and meals out.

B&B’s could be cheaper than an all-inclusive (Photo: Lonely Planet Images)

Malta had the biggest savings for those deciding between a week long all-inclusive break or bed and breakfast for a family of four, with a difference of £642.

The survey found the cost of the holiday plus extras away from the hotel was a hefty 34% more expensive at £2,554 compared with £1,908 at a B&B in Sliema.

And it costa packet on the Costa del Sol where a week in sun totalled £2,044 for an all-in while savvy families on a B&B trip paid £1,579, including meals and drinks.

Portugal’s Algarve also cost 11% more for an all-inclusive at £1,784 while a B&B was £1,607.

Brits can save a lot of money if they book a B&B (Photo: Moment RF)

Out of ten top summer destinations in Europe, only three were cheaper for all-inclusive breaks -Majorca, Turkey and Crete.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “All Inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular with families because of the potential to control spending.

However, holidaymakers should also be aware our report reveals that spending on top of paid-for packages is on the increase.

“Since most families will pay for extras on their all-inclusive holidays it is important to carry enough foreign cash to the cover all eventualities.”

You can make big savings on your holidays if you book smart (Photo: Hemis.fr RM)

How they compare – total price with food, drink and extras

  • Sliema, Malta All inclusive, £2,554.31 B&B, £1,908.18
  • Costa del Sol, Spain All inclusive,m£2,044.31 B&B, £1,579.35
  • C0sta Blanca, Spain All inclusive, £2,135.31 B&B, £1,790.92
  • Sorrento, Italy All inclusive, £2,413.31 B&B, £2,142.67
  • Algarve, Portugal All inclusive, £1,784 B&B, £1,607.64
  • Sunny Beach, Bulgaria All inclusive, £2,025.31 B&B, £1.936.35
  • Paphos, Cyprus All inclusive, £2,431.31 B&B, £2,372.36
  • Crete, Greece All inclusive, £1,801.31 B&B, £1,945.58
  • Majorca, Spain All inclusive, £1,871.31 B&B, £2,108.82
  • Marmaris, Turkey All inclusive, £1,500.31 B&B, £1,691.25

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