The best Greece All Inclusive holidays

Eloise Barker

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With new resorts opening faster than you can say ‘Tzatziki’, Greece is a great holiday destination – especially if you’re looking to book a whole package – with food and drinks included. Create your perfect All Inclusive Greece holiday with British Airways. Here are eight great Greek destinations for your next summer sojourn.


Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, is big and bustling. Luxurious hotels coat the coast and you’ll find miles of beaches in the Halkidiki region.

The lowdown

The city of Thessaloniki is an open-air museum of classical treasures, with Byzantine baths and an ancient agora. Get some panoramic views by climbing the White Tower on the waterfront, then eat Greek in the Ladadika District.

If you’re travelling with kids, a half-day at Waterland makes a refreshing break from resort life. It’s a small but fun water park and you can get a reduced fare if you go in the early evening. In a region known for its sandy shores, visit Kalogria Beach, which has shallow water, a swim-up island, good snorkelling and quiet beach bars.

British Airways flies direct to Thessaloniki from London Gatwick in the summer.

Where to stay: Ikos Oceania

Ikos resorts offer some of the best service and facilities in the area and their All Inclusive packages (rebranded, fittingly, as ‘Infinite Lifestyle’) are very generous. At Ikos Oceania there are four fantastic restaurants with menus devised by Michelin-starred chefs, plus a very good wine cellar. Watch the sunset over Mount Olympus every evening, savoured alongside a cocktail or an expertly-selected glass of wine, and even enjoy WiFi on the beach – which is a massive 350m long.

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Where to stay: Ikos Olivia

Set across 22 stylish acres, Ikos Olivia has plenty of space for families – and its rooms, suites and bungalows are capacious and stylish. With its free kids’ clubs, you can all have some quality time off. Part of the irresistible Ikos chain, Ikos Oliva’s service and attention to detail stand up to scrutiny, and it gets plenty of eager return visitors. Check out the spa and Jacuzzi, or saunter down to your evening’s entertainment – all included.

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  • Have a Roman holiday at the Rotunda of Galerius. Thessaloniki. © Andrei Nekrassov / Alamy Stock Photo.

    A round trip

    This UNESCO-listed Rotunda was commissioned by Roman Emperor Galerius in the 4th century AD. If you go inside, you can see several beautiful mosaics, which were added to the inside walls when the building became a Christian church. Visiting hours are 8:00am to 3:45pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

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The island of Rhodes has beautiful beach resorts and an impressively well-preserved medieval town. It’s a commercial city, busy and big, with archaeological sites at every turn.

The lowdown

Rhodes Town has a castle, the Palace of the Grand Master, which houses a great museum stuffed with archaeological finds from around the island. You can get a little lost in the old town, squeezing through cobbled streets past countless tiny tavernas, but that's the fun of it.

Make the trip to picturesque, rocky ‘Anthony Quinn’ Bay which famously featured in the film ‘The Guns of Navarone’. It’s got good snorkelling – but ideally, you should bring your own gear to escape the beach’s steep rental fee.

British Airways flies direct to Rhodes from London Gatwick and London Heathrow in the summer.

Where to stay: Ixian Grand

All Inclusive is a real pleasure at Ixian Grand, an adults-only hotel. Right on the pebbly beachfront in the small resort of Ixia (most other hotels in the area are across the road from the shore), you’ll soon be busy enjoying afternoon tea, a weekly ‘Greek night’ and the great ambiance at the pool bar. Request a sea view room with a balcony hot tub – so you can bubble away in front of a lovely vista. It’s all just 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Rhodes Town.

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Where to stay: Gennadi Grand Resort

It might have clean, white walls but the brand new Grennadi Grand Resort isn’t just another boring whitewashed Greek hotel. Low-lying and stylish, its minimalist aesthetic is complemented by high tech amenities: like USB ports by the beds for your phone. Life here is low-key and luxurious. The location is great for solace-seekers – the property is based on the quieter, calmer, southern side of the island where it’s often warmer and more sheltered. Make sure you leave time for a day trip to nearby Lindos, which has an acropolis to rival the one at Athens (well, almost).

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  • Wonderfully rugged: enjoy the coastline of Rhodes. © MarcelloLand.

    Go Dodecanese

    The largest island in the Dodecanese, many people pass through Rhodes en-route to smaller islands in the region. But Rhodes itself is definitely worth your time, thanks to its fantastic history and great resorts.

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  • Get sunny seats at Fresco, the beachfront restaurant at Ikos Olivia. © Ikos Resorts.

    Firm favourite

    Guests love the Ikos Olivia. This luxury All Inclusive hotel gets plenty of return visitors year after year. Book in to find out what all the fuss is about.

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  • The streets around the Church of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous at night, Corfu Town. © Rostislavv.

    Night falls

    Spend the evening wandering Corfu Town, and pick your perfect street side spot for dinner.

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Sizzling Kos is Greece’s third largest Dodecanese island, and lies just a few miles offshore of the Turkish city of Bodrum. Thousand-year-old columns lie strewn, Ozymandias-like, across the island – and sandy beaches hide behind every headland.

The lowdown

Paradise Beach is one of the island’s most popular beaches, but shuffle along the coast a little way to Therma and you’ll find an even more interesting shoreline sight. Here there’s a natural hot spring, which usually has a small crowd of bathers tentatively easing themselves into the water.

The lively nightlife at Kardamena and the charming tavernas in Kos Town should provide your evening’s entertainment. Kos Town is also the site of an ancient plane tree where Hippocrates supposedly taught the world’s first modern doctors.

British Airways flies direct to Kos from London Gatwick during the summer.

Where to stay: Ikos Aria

Newly-opened for summer 2019, the stunning Ikos Aria will tempt visitors with five pools, seven à-la-carte restaurants and nine bars – all in an immaculate beachfront setting. It’s yet another Ikos resort on this list – but given it’s one of the most exciting openings of 2019, it can’t really be missed. It’s over twice the size of Ikos Olivia, at 47 acres – and its dine-out programme features local restaurants so you can roam even further afield, too, in search of a delicious meal.

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Where to stay: Grecotel Royal Park

The quiet northern coast of Kos is a bit breezier than the south and it’s here on the edge of a wavelet-lapped sandy beach that you’ll find Grecotel Royal Park, a fun All Inclusive hotel that offers all manner of water sports – including popular windsurfing sessions. In spring, wild sea daffodils blow along the beachfront, adding to the serene scene. If Wordsworth went on a package holiday… this is where he’d come. Grecotel resorts have plenty of kids’ activities, and even supply new parents with baby gear, so you don’t have to lug your own buggy around.

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  • Sunset over the main pool at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas. © Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas.

    To infinity

    Look out over the private cove from the main pool at Daios Cove. Facing west, you’ll always get the best of Crete’s sunsets.

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Beautiful Corfu is a well-trodden tourist destination for a good reason. Corfiots enjoy Greece’s greenest island and the capital’s old town has UNESCO World Heritage status.

The lowdown

If you’re seeking shade in the midday heat in Corfu Town, wander the tree-lined British cemetery and look out for rare orchids and free-roaming tortoises among the headstones. If you fancy popping into a museum, the archaeological museum reopened in late 2017, and showcases a monstrous 2,500 year old relief of Medusa.

Corfu is one of the best Greek islands for families, and if your children tire of the old town in Corfu, hop in a taxi. Man Repos beach is 2km away and Glyfada beach, one of the island’s most popular, is a 20 minute drive.

British Airways flies to Corfu from Gatwick in the summer.

Where to stay: Ikos Dassia

With your children in expert hands at the kids’ club at Ikos Dassia, there’s nothing for it but to drink wine. The cellar at this luxury resort has 300 bottles of Greek and international wine on stock – it would be rude to pass up a glass. There are seven restaurants on site and the usual high levels of Ikos service, all enjoyed as part of Ikos resorts’ trademark All Inclusive 'Infinite Lifestyle' concept.

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Where to stay: Grecotel LUX.ME Daphnila Bay

Leafy hillside gives way to a private beach, bougainvillea-strewn pergolas and limpid pools at the pretty Grecotel LUX.ME Daphnila Bay. This beautiful area of Corfu encompasses two other Grecotel properties, and a handy boat services allows you to visit all three during your stay. The All Inclusive plan at the hotel features a la carte dining at some charming nearby restaurants – but you will need to book your table in advance. Otherwise, simply slip down to the beach restaurant and bar for home-made pizzas and some sunshine.

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  • Antisamos beach, Kefalonia. © Iosif Lucian Bolca.

    Room for two

    The white pebble beach at Antisamos draws a big crowd, as it was one of the filming locations for Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

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  • Delicious dining at the Aldemar Olympian Village Hotel. © ALDEMAR RESORTS.

    Dinner date

    Alongside the buffet restaurants, All Inclusive guests at the Aldemar Olympian Village Hotel can enjoy a visit to one of two a la carte restaurants during their stay. Be sure to book ahead.

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  • The North Entrance of the Palace at Knossos, Crete. © Nellmac.

    Ancient wonder

    The Palace at Knossos was one of the most remarkable ancient buildings ever built. Legend has it that it was the site of the minotaur’s labyrinth.

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Crete is a massive island, served by two gateways: Heraklion and Chania. Among astonishing archaeological finds and great towns, you’ll find a serene selection of resorts offering guests the good life.

The lowdown

Heraklion is a great gateway for those seeking Crete’s fanciest resorts. Crete’s capital is also home to the historically fascinatingly Palace of Knossos and has a mind-blowing display of ancient artefacts in its archaeological museum.

If you head to the Chania side of the island, visit the Samarian gorge. It draws travellers from around Crete in summer. It’s perfect as a long day trip with older children. The 18km crack runs deep through Crete, descending steeply downhill from Xyloskalo and criss-crossing the river by way of sun-bleached wooden bridges. Eventually, the trail ends on the sizzling beach. Give yourself time to swim before catching a lift by ferry.

British Airways flies direct to Heraklion from London Gatwick and direct to Chania from London Heathrow during the summer.

Where to stay: Grecotel White Palace

Not for nothing is this All Inclusive resort named the White Palace: its pale-toned rooms offer soothing refuges and cooling spaces away from the hot Greek sun. You’ll find it in Rethymno Riviera – on sand and pebble coast where turtle hatchlings scrabble down the beach to the sea and where coral-coloured sunsets slip down a treat every evening. Meet for daily water polo sessions, and enjoy the generous buffet. Fly in to Heraklion and transfer from here.

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Where to stay: Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

You’ll find Daios Cove Resort couched in a scenic olive grove, a perfect crescent of private beach at its feet. A golf cart will whizz you up to your room and, once you’re happily ensconced, you’ll find some lovely perks included. There’s free 24-hour room service, a complimentary mini bar, signature cocktails and six restaurants, including a Greek Taverna with fish fresh off the boat. Fly in to Heraklion to make the one-hour transfer to Daios Cove.

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Where to stay: Grecotel Club Marine Palace

Kids’ eyes will widen at the Marine Palace Aquapark, featuring towering tangles of slides, evening entertainment and discos. Book ahead for the restaurants, sling on a kaftan for the beach barbecue, or enjoy wandering the charming streets in the nearby town of Panormos. There are multiple pools to splash around in, and some of the best scuba diving in Crete is nearby, courtesy of The Atlantis Diving Centre. You can fly into either Heraklion or Chania – the resort is roughly equidistant from both airports.

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You can discover the quiet side of mainland Greece by flying into Kalamata. From here the great wide stretches of beach on Peloponnese peninsula await.

The lowdown

Once you’ve flown into Kalamata, you can choose to head west or east. In the east are swanky resorts within easy reach of Athens, whilst west is quieter, with white sand beaches. The ancient cities of Olympia and Corinth are worth exploring, as are the contents of the region’s wine cellars. And, yes, olives are always on the menu.

Why not combine a trip to Kalamata with a stay in Zante (a short ferry-hop from the coastal town of Killini), or drive up to Athens – for a capital end to your trip.

Where to stay: Aldemar Olympian Village Hotel

Under two hours’ drive from Kalamata airport, you’ll find Olympia – once the site of the first Olympic games, and now host to Aldemar Olympian Village Hotel – a sprawling property that comes with a very lively animation team. Choose a bungalow and you’ll get access to a quiet shared pool, as well as the main pools. But the real winner at this hotel is its Blue Flag beach. The Peloponnese Peninsula is well known for having some of the best beaches in Greece – and Aldemar’s is up there.

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The southernmost Ionian island is Insta-famous for Navagio Beach – a dramatic wedge of sand under towering cliffs, complete with its own dramatic shipwreck.

The lowdown

Avoid the brash hedonism of Laganas, Zante's main resort town, and instead head to the Vasilikos peninsula for quieter beaches – including Porto Azzuro. Loggerhead turtles can be found chilling in the island’s National Marine Park on the southern side of the island, whilst, if you want to take your own perfect picture of Navagio beach, you’ll need to drive to the viewing platform on the north end of the island – go early for a crowd-free scene.

Where to stay: Lesante Blu

This luxurious adult-only resort is comprised of suites, each with direct sea views of the striking Ionian Sea. Spend sunny days lazing on the beach or book pampering treatments at the hotel’s spa. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at water sports. Once you worked up an appetite, you can stay in for a bite to eat, dining at the poolside restaurant or one of the other on-site restaurants.

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Set in the Ionian island chain, and Greece’s sixth largest island, Kefalonia is generally crowd-free – and it’s captivatingly beautiful.

The lowdown

There are plenty of beautiful areas to choose from on this spacious Greek escape. Myrtos Beach is widely considered one of the most beautiful in Greece, whilst you might spot turtles on Potamaki Beach. Fans of the 2001 film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ will want to head to Antisamos Beach – where they won’t be alone in admiring places where scenes from the stirring film were shot.

If it’s a taste of town life that you’re after, then Poros Kefalonia, Skala and Argostoli will all willingly oblige. Thanks to the efforts of friendly locals and the rustic charm of plastic-tabled tavernas, Kefalonia’s traditional towns are worth leaving the beach for.

Where to stay: Apostolata Island Resort & SPA

Set in south Kefalonia, Apostolata Island Resort & SPA is perched on a cliff, but a rocky path directs you down to the sea shore to swim. Nearby Skala has an enormous beach, and a shuttle service potters down throughout the day to deposit guests. Grab a homemade pizza on your return.

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