1 If you're a breakfast lover, and hate waiting to eat in the mornings, half board holidays make it easy - breakfast is served every morning in the hotel. You'll start the day right!
2 If you love trying local cuisine, all inclusive holidays are definitely not for you. Half board will make sure you can get two meals of the day without any stress, where the third will allow you tuck into delicious delights outside.
3Half board saves you a lot of money on food - that's never a bad thing.
A half board holiday means that not only will you be jetting off somewhere rather lovely, you'll be provided with accommodation, breakfast and one other main meal while you're there.
When on holiday it's most commonly your evening meal that's included, that way you're free to explore outside the resort during the day. It's great value as you can fill up on breakfast, and then return to a hearty meal - you only need to pay for a light lunch to keep you going!
Because half board holidays encourage you to leave the resort, this rate suits many European beach resorts, where there's so much history and culture nearby - which you simply wouldn't want to miss out on. Imagine exploring ancient ruins in Paphos, the narrow alleys of Dubrovnik Old Town, and a day trip to the crystal-clear Blue Lagoon in Malta. And then having your dinner ready to go once you get back to your hotel! It's like being back at school, but instead of parents cooking you dinner, it's professional chefs.
Why We're Half Board Fans
It's All About Balance
We think holidays should be easy. With breakfast and one other meal taken care of by your hotel, a half board trip is definitely that! But half board is better than all inclusive if you also want to explore nearby without worrying that you're missing out on a meal time you've already paid for. And sometimes trying out the local restaurants and bars is half the fun of a holiday. We think holidays with half board offer the best of both - great local food for lunch and the convenience of always knowing where you can eat breakfast and dinner.
No Fuss Mealtimes
A half board rate includes two meals per day. You'll start with breakfast, setting you up for the day ahead without even needing to leave your hotel. Then either lunch or dinner will be included, depending on the resort. It's common for meals to be buffet style - which gives you the greatest amount of flexibility. Just take as much (or as little) as you want, come back for seconds, and try a whole range of local dishes.
Half Board Variations
Not All Rates are the Same
In some resorts you'll get breakfast and lunch, rather than breakfast and dinner, in your half board rate.
Half board usually doesn't include drinks with your meals, or any snacks in-between meals. However we have come across some exceptions - look out for half board plus rates if you'd like your holiday to come with some of these little extras.
Entertainment may be laid on at the resort to accompany your evening meal, but this is dependent on resort policy.
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