Costa del Sol, Spain

Costa del Sol – Photo by Alexander Boden

If you are looking for a family holiday in the sun without breaking the bank, you don’t have to rough it in some less than brilliant apartment or B&B. Cheap all inclusive holidays are well worth looking into particularly if, like us, you have a pair of ravenous teenagers who tend to eat you out of house and home (not to mention hotel).

There are some very attractive deals to be had in Costa del Sol, Spain, where everything is paid for including flight meals and drinks. The Costa del Sol may conjure up images of lager swilling lads and loud nightclubs but like anywhere, there are parts to avoid and other areas that don’t deserve to be tarred by the same brush.

The fact that the Costa del Sol is a very popular all inclusive destination for the British holidaymaker, shouldn’t necessarily put you off. With its all year round sun and gentle breeze it’s the ideal place to chill out. And then of course you have its sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters which are perfect for sunbathing or just curling up with a good book while the kids enjoy building sandcastles or trying their hand at surfing. There is in fact several surf schools dotted around many of the beaches like Torre Bermeja. And by and large the hotels are of a pretty good standard but you can do some online research and check reviews in advance.

Marbella offers something for everyone. The old town with its ancient city walls and its square flanked by several impressive buildings including its majestic town hall built in 1586, the Mayor’s house and the chapel of Santiago which was built in the 15th century, has a lot of old world charm and is certainly worth exploring. And there’s its famous harbour Puerto Banus where the world’s jet-set park their yachts.

The Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach Hotel is one of many that offer all inclusive deals. This very nicely appointed hotel isn’t overly large and is located one kilometre from Puertu Banus. All of its rooms have air conditioning, large private terraces and satellite TV. You will either have a view of the sea, lush gardens or the attractive pool. And most importantly of all, as far as I’m concerned, the breakfast, lunch and dinner served here is very good Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine; buffet style with an incredible choice of seafood and meat dishes. And the waiting staff are incredibly attentive and friendly. If you fancy a bit of comfort and pampering, you won’t be disappointed. Consider visiting out of season, when the weather here is still pleasant, and you could very well find yourself a very good all inclusive deal.


Alex Pearl is a freelance writer and author of the teen novel, ‘Sleeping with the Blackbirds.’ His royalty goes to Centrepoint, the UK charity for homeless youngsters. Alex also writes this blog:

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