Christmas usually means different things for different people, ranging between a much looked-forward festive time spent with family, to a stressful, last-minute struggle to get everything and everyone together.
But what better way to turn the situation around – and avoid any unnecessary stress – than to go on holiday to avoid it all?
All-inclusive hotels can take all the thought and worry out of the holiday season, meaning you can sit back and enjoy while all the cooking and cleaning is taken care of.
Longer-haul destinations such as Cancun or St Lucia provide a week of festive bliss spent on a sun-drenched coast, while closer to home you can visit Turkey or Cyprus for a dose of sun alongside historical charm.
The only choice you have to make is where to go – we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best all-inclusive Christmas breaks.
The Yucatan Peninsula’s most well-known destination is a popular long-haul all-inclusive choice throughout the year, thanks to an abundance of things to see, a lively atmosphere and excellent weather. Even in December you can expect average daily highs of 30C, so it’s an ideal destination for relaxing on the white sands and azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, and you can make the most of all-inclusive drinks deals before exploring the town and the Hotel Zone party area in the evenings.
The area surrounding Cancun is one of exceptional natural beauty, so venturing further out of your resort is a good idea. The beaches and Mayan ruins of places like Tulum and Chichen Itza are some of the most famed in Mexico, while natural sites including cenotes (limestone sinkholes) and the vast Mesoamerican Barrier Reef offer plenty of swimming and diving possibilities.
Thomas Cook provides several packages to resorts in Cancun, such as the Royal Solaris. This beachfront resort has a large pool and terrace area, with five different restaurants offering both a la carte and buffet options. Rooms are stylish and spacious, and many offer sweeping views of the coast.
From £2,184pp including seven nights’…