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All-inclusive hotels and resorts allow you to relax and unwind without having to make any decisions more taxing than which cocktail to order next. With your meals, drinks, entertainment and accommodation provided in one convenient location, you only need to check in and enjoy your stay. Everything is within easy reach.

Europe has a diverse spectrum of all-inclusive options in locations ranging from the sunny beaches of Spain’s Canary Islands to the snow-capped mountains of the Austrian Alps.

For budget travelers, cheap European all-inclusive resorts can be very cost-effective. There’s no need to pay for anything else once you arrive at your destination, so you know exactly how much your vacation will cost when you book.

Luxury jet-setters looking to splurge are also in luck: There are high-end, all-inclusive resorts with gourmet degustation dinners, knowledgeable sommeliers, creative cocktail programs and 24-hour room service.

From adult-only options to family-friendly properties, here are the best all-inclusive hotels and resorts in Europe.

Dreams Jardín Tropical Resort & Spa

Costa Adeje, Spain



Best for: Families who want a touch of luxury in an otherwise cheap and cheerful destination.

Why stay here: Conveniently located in bustling Costa Adeje on Tenerife, this is one of the most luxurious and beautiful all-inclusive resorts in the Canary Islands.

Dreams Jardin Tropical Resort & Spa on Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s stunning Canary Islands, stands out as soon as it comes into view. Its mix of Mediterranean and North African design is eye-catching. The water features — including a swimming pool spread across several levels, with waterfalls cascading down toward the ocean — create a gorgeous setting for relaxation. Expect to spot a few jealous glances from the general public as they walk past the property.

Like other AMR Collection resorts, the culinary options are abundant at Dreams Jardin Tropical. Guests will find 10 food and beverage outlets serving everything from Spanish tapas to American steakhouse fare and contemporary Italian cuisine. There’s even a mammoth breakfast buffet that rivals those in Las Vegas, offering hundreds of options to start your day.

Other amenities include two kids clubs, a spa with a sauna, a beach club and an open-air gym with sweeping ocean views. Travelers keen on exploring the island can also take advantage of the on-site bike facility, where rentals, storage lockers and more are available.

The accommodations are varied, too. Each of the 419 guest rooms and suites — which feature blue-and-white color schemes and natural elements like wood and bamboo — measures at least 300 square feet and overlooks the property’s pools or the ocean. All are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, minibars and furnished balconies or terraces.

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All-inclusive rates at Dreams Jardin Tropical Resort & Spa start at 378 euros ($398) per night, based on double occupancy.

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Ikos Dassia

Corfu, Greece



Best for: Travelers who like the entertainment, ease and relaxation of an all-inclusive without feeling like they’re staying at an all-inclusive.

Why stay here: Guests can enjoy a 2,000-foot-long beach, and all rooms feature a private balcony or garden.

Overlooking Corfu’s beautiful Ionian coast, the 411-room Ikos Dassia doesn’t feel like your typical megaresort, thanks to its careful and respectful design. The property’s low-rise buildings blend into the surrounding landscape, giving guests the sense that they’re fully immersed in Corfu’s stunning scenery. If they want to leave the resort to go sightseeing, the hotel’s complimentary car service can help.

Rooms and suites feature minibars fully stocked with spirits that are replenished daily; they also have furnished balconies with land or sea views as well as flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Upgrade to a deluxe suite for even more amenities, including high-end Anne Semonin toiletries, a Nespresso machine and access to the exclusive Deluxe Collection Pool. Some deluxe accommodations also come with private pools or gardens.

No matter your accommodation type, you’ll have access to a nearly 2,000-foot stretch of sand lined with fragrant olive and pine trees. Additionally, you can cool off in several indoor and outdoor pools, including some designed specifically for families. Younger guests can hang out at the kids and teens clubs while parents enjoy a spa treatment, partake in a fitness class or sip a drink at one of several bars.

When you’re ready for a bite to eat, sit for a meal at one of eight on-site restaurants serving a range of cuisines, including Greek, Italian, Asian and French. Or, take advantage of the hotel’s Dine Out program, which lets guests eat at select dining venues around Corfu without paying out of pocket.

All-inclusive rates at Ikos Dassia start at 334 euros ($352) per night, based on double occupancy. Keep in mind that the hotel has a five-night minimum for all stays.

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve

Lagos, Portugal



Best for: Families who value affordability and sustainability.

Why stay here: Steps from expansive Meia Praia and four minutes from the historical city of Lagos by car, this Iberostar outpost sits in a prime location for sightseeing.

The 220-room property is home to 13 different accommodation types. Options range from 365-square-foot standard doubles with air conditioning and balconies or terraces to 602-square-foot superior suites with sea views and private pools. This variety ensures that all travelers, especially families, will find a configuration that works for them. There’s more to this Iberostar property than its plentiful sleeping quarters, though.

Seafood lovers can tuck into local Portuguese delicacies like soberio bacalao (salted cod) prepared fresh to order at live cooking stations. Meanwhile, wellness enthusiasts can break a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center or enjoy a treatment at the property’s spa. There are four pools for travelers who’d prefer to spend their vacation lazing in the sun.

Best of all, visitors can rest easy knowing they’re staying at an environmentally conscious property. This beachfront hotel no longer distributes single-use plastics, serves as much sustainably sourced seafood at its restaurant as possible and plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

All-inclusive rates at the Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve start at 208 euros ($219) per night, based on double occupancy.

H10 Rubicon Palace

Lanzarote, Spain



Best for: Families who love water activities.

Why stay here: There’s entertainment for the whole family, as you’ll find everything from eight pools to numerous games and sports to an on-site food truck. Your (small) dog can come with you, too

The H10 Rubicon Palace on Lanzarote is certainly palatial, with almost 600 rooms and suites. All have air conditioning, minibars and flat-screen TVs tuned into international channels. As a bonus, the hotel is also dog-friendly.

During your stay, you’re unlikely to get bored with the food and beverage offerings thanks to the hotel’s 13 dining venues specializing in Italian, Asian and American cuisines. Room service is also available 24 hours a day, and there is a poolside food truck for meals on the go.

Despite lacking direct beach access, the H10 Rubicon Palace provides many ways to enjoy the Canary Islands’ sublime weather year-round. Families can play miniature golf and splash in the three children’s pools (including one with a pirate ship structure with a waterslide); little ones can enjoy the three kids clubs. Older guests can unwind at the five adults-only pools, pamper themselves at the spa, or try on-site activities like dance classes and water aerobics.

All-inclusive rates at the H10 Rubicon Palace start at 250 euros ($263) per night, based on double occupancy.

Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique

Les Mathes, France



Best for: Francophile families that enjoy outdoor adventure.

Why stay here: While the Club Med brand has been around for seven decades, this resort is newly renovated and offers the best of everything French.

Whether you’re indecisive or prefer having multiple options while on vacation, the Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique will appeal to travelers who want a bit of serendipity with their all-inclusive stay. Situated in Les Mathes, France — a coastal community less than two hours northwest of Bordeaux — this Club Med outpost offers a mix of everything you could want while visiting France: phenomenal food, coastal charm and proximity to top-notch vineyards.

The Atlantic restaurant offers local oysters and shellfish dishes as well as French delicacies like croissants and foie gras. A more casual seafood venue called La Belle Epoque is also available. You can even partake in wine-tasting workshops at La Belle Epoque’s wine cellar.

To work off all the gourmet fare and extra pours of vino, sign up for the resort’s beach boot camp or try sailing on nearby Bonne Anse Bay. If you’d rather stay on dry land, grab a bike and traverse 18 miles of mountain biking trails through the sprawling La Coubre forest. Or challenge another guest to a tennis match. A kids club and a children’s pool are also available for those little vacationers.

When you’re ready to retire for the night, expect a serene room with thoughtful amenities. All 392 rooms and suites are mostly white with colorful pops of blue and green — an homage to the surrounding seascape and countryside. In addition to standard features like air conditioning and TVs, they come with little luxuries like heated towel bars in the bathrooms and furnished terraces or balconies.

All-inclusive rates at the Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique start at 474 euros ($499) per night, based on double occupancy. Keep in mind that the resort has a seven-night minimum for all stays.

Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek

Antalya, Turkey



Best for: Golfers and spa enthusiasts.

Why stay here: Travelers who don’t wish to spend every moment of their visit with their vacation companions will find plenty of opportunities for solo fun, including two golf courses, a beach, two pools and a spa.

This beachfront property overlooking the Mediterranean Sea draws inspiration from its location in the Turkish resort city of Antalya. The 183 rooms, suites and villas are housed in buildings with traditional Seljuk architecture (think: towering stone structures with clean lines, grand archways and domed tops).

Accommodations are spacious, measuring at least 409 square feet. In-room amenities include minibars, desks and balconies with views of the hotel gardens, the sea or the two on-site 18-hole golf courses. Bathrooms are particularly well appointed, as they’re outfitted with heated floors and mirrors alongside separate showers and bathtubs.

After a restful night’s sleep, guests can enjoy many activities without setting foot off the resort grounds. Besides teeing off at the championship courses, visitors can dip in the Mediterranean’s clear blue waters or the outdoor pool, which has a swim-up bar. Later, you can sing tunes at the karaoke bar, savor fresh fish with international flavors at Palm Lounge & Bar or grab a snack from the Dome Cafe, among other food and beverage outlets.

One facility you won’t want to miss is the hotel’s spa. It specializes in Ayurvedic treatments using coconut, almond or castor oils enhanced with holistic healing herbs such as turmeric, tulsi, brahmi and rosemary. The treatments benefit the central nervous system, eliminate symptoms of stress and help treat insomnia and headaches.

All-inclusive rates at Kempinski Hotel The Dome start at 247 euros ($260) per night, based on double occupancy. Keep in mind that the hotel has a two-night minimum for all stays.

Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa

Lanzarote, Spain



Best for: Adults who want to mix luxury and convenience with kid-free tranquility.

Why stay here: This adults-only Secrets outpost offers an upscale (and relaxing) setting at a budget-friendly price point.

This adults-only property on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is ideal for travelers craving time away from kids. At Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa, all 335 guest rooms and suites have huge 65-inch smart TVs, minibars, balconies or terraces with garden, mountain or ocean views.

Guests can swim and sunbathe at one of four outdoor pools or visit the spa, where amenities include an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a Scottish shower (where a hot shower is finished with a cold blast of water). Skin treatments are based on four principles: conscious beauty, holistic health, deep relaxation and skin rebirth.

When your stomach starts to rumble, head to one of seven eateries, including an international buffet, two poolside grills and a sushi bar. None of the restaurants require advance reservations, and the all-inclusive package covers all. You can relax knowing you can dine at any venue, including formal spots — like Italian-inspired Portofino and seafood-focused Oceana — without shelling out extra cash.

All-inclusive rates at Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa start at 367 euros ($386) per night, based on double occupancy.

Alpinresort Sport & Spa

Saalbach, Austria



Best for: Mountain sports enthusiasts keen on relaxing and recovering after a long day in the great outdoors.

Why stay here: Just a two-minute walk from the Schattberg X-press ski lift, the resort offers both proximity to local ski fields as well as post-mountain luxury where everything is included.

Open in both winter (mid-December to early April) and summer (mid-June to late September), Alpinresort Sport & Spa presides over a fantastic location.

Because it’s in the heart of Saalbach, an Austrian alpine resort town known for its outdoor activities, the 90-room property is ideal for sports enthusiasts. In winter, you can shred powder on skis or snowboards. In the summer, you can take advantage of countless hiking and mountain biking opportunities. As a bonus, summer guests receive eight free gondola lift rides per stay, making it even easier to get out and explore.

Once you’ve had your fill of outdoor activities, get some shut-eye in the cozy yet modern rooms and suites. Accommodations come outfitted with plush pillows, mood lighting, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, and bathrooms with rain showers or bathtubs.

When you need a break from traversing the mountains, you can soak in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Or, treat yourself to a service at the property’s spa, which also houses five saunas and a fitness center. When you’re hungry, you’ll have your pick of Austrian dishes and beverages throughout the day and night.

All-inclusive rates at Alpinresort Sport & Spa start at 322 euros ($339) per night, based on double occupancy.

Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa

Ibiza, Spain



Best for: Best for: Adult groups who enjoy dancing until sunrise to the world’s best electronic music.

Why stay here: Located in the heart of the nightclub capital of Europe (if not the world), this resort allows you to party all night and relax and recover all day.

This upscale Grand Palladium property in Spain’s Balearic Islands is owned by the same hospitality group linked to the nearby Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel (which is known for its world-famous summer pool parties with resident DJs, including David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris and Eric Prydz). As such, you can expect a lively atmosphere when staying at the Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa.

Situated in bustling Playa d’en Bossa, the location is ideal for lovers of quality electronic music, unrivaled people-watching and entertainment from sunrise to sunset (and through to sunrise again).

The resort’s four swimming pools (one with an integrated Jacuzzi) are great places to recover from the night before. Massages are available poolside for an extra charge to help soothe sore dancing feet. There are 11 restaurants and bars available, should you prefer to fill up on gourmet fare or down a drink before a busy night out.

Retreat to one of the property’s 430 guest rooms and suites for some rest. All feature air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and balconies or terraces overlooking the resort grounds or the Mediterranean Sea. Book a seafront-view suite to access a hydromassage hot tub.

All-inclusive rates at the Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa start at 208 euros ($212) per night, based on double occupancy.

Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas

Rhodes, Greece



Best for: Families looking for a luxury beach hotel with a blend of classical Greek and Italian styles.

Why stay here: On the quiet bay of Kalathos Village and close to the picturesque village of Lindos, the sparkling swimming pools and cascading waterfalls great a tropical Greek paradise.

Nestled on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, the Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas offers impeccable service, breathtaking coastal views, and an array of luxurious amenities, including seven outdoor pools. This resort is a haven for those seeking ultimate relaxation and indulgence. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic beach getaway, a rejuvenating spa retreat, or a taste of authentic Greek hospitality, the Atrium Palace has it all.

Standard rooms are spacious and start at 280 square feet; they feature air conditioning, Nespresso coffee machines, and a balcony or terrace that overlooks the lush gardens. For the ultimate indulgence, the resort offers luxurious villas. These private retreats boast up to 1,500 square feet of indoor space and their own swimming pools, sun terraces and gardens. They are elegantly furnished, providing ample space to lounge and a fully equipped kitchenette for added convenience.

From freshly baked pastries to made-to-order omelets, start your day with a sumptuous breakfast buffet at the Symposium Main Restaurant, where an array of international and Greek delicacies await. Everything is included.

Head to the poolside Mesogeos a la carte restaurant for lunch. Here, you can indulge in Mediterranean-inspired dishes, including grilled seafood, fresh salads, and traditional Greek mezes.

Come evening, enjoy Italian fare at Il Gusto a la carte restaurant or opt for Mediterranean and international flavors at Asterias a la carte restaurant. The food is prepared by skilled chefs and features local ingredients.

The on-site AnaGenesis Thalasso Spa provides treatments with pure marine resources, professional make-up solutions and sauna treatments and even has an indoor heated saltwater pool.

All-inclusive rates at Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas start at 294 euros ($309) per night, based on double occupancy.

Rixos Premium Bodrum

Bodrum, Turkey



Best for: Sunseekers and watersports enthusiasts who enjoy being active in the sunshine.

Why stay here: While retaining Turkish traditions and touches from cuisine to spa treatments, this is a sophisticated property in a glamorous destination.

Tucked away amid the glistening Aegean Sea’s turquoise waters and the national parks of Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, this resort is a sanctuary for beach lovers and thrill-seeking water sports enthusiasts. Bodrum is now a glamorous destination renowned for its magnificent beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Guests can unwind by the outdoor pools, soak up the sun on the terraces or enjoy direct access to the pristine beach. The resort’s spa and wellness center offers various treatments, including massages, facials, and traditional Turkish hammam experiences. The resort also provides various sports facilities for those seeking active pursuits, including a fitness center, tennis courts and various water sports activities.

Base rooms feature comfortable king-size or twin beds, a private balcony or terrace with garden or pool views, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower or bathtub. They have modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The family suites are ideal for groups traveling together, as there are separate bedrooms along with a combined living area to enjoy your vacation together.

Rixos Premium Bodrum offers a wide range of cuisine, including authentic Italian at O’Olico, Japanese teppanyaki at Umi restaurant and fresh seafood from the Aegean Sea at Kalamata restaurant. For those craving a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine, guests at the international Turquoise restaurant can indulge in traditional dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and time-honored recipes; options range from savory kebabs and mezes to richly flavored stews and aromatic desserts.

All-inclusive rates at Rixos Premium Bodrum start at 283 euros ($300) per night, based on double occupancy.

Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort

Bolzano, Italy



Best for: Adults who want to mix exploration in the fresh mountain air with sumptuous pampering.

Why stay here: With one of the largest and most impressive wellness areas in the region and easy access to plenty of mountain activities, this resort is ideal for active, health-conscious travelers.

If you’re visiting northern Italy, consider a stay at Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort. All 65 rooms and suites here have king-size beds plus balconies or terraces, so you can take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains even as you relax in bed.

A highlight of this Alpine resort is its wellness facilities. Within the property’s Sky Spa complex, you’ll find an outdoor infinity pool and an indoor pool (both of which are heated), several saunas, an inhalation grotto (with carefully heated air filled with finely dissolved Himalayan salt to aid circulation) and an aromatic steam bath, among other amenities. Plus, you can indulge in several treatments ranging from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures.

Families will love taking advantage of the kids clubs — one of which has a cinema for watching age-appropriate movies. The all-inclusive package covers activities in these clubs, archery lessons in summer and the use of sleds in winter.

Since guests typically come and go during their stays, food is offered buffet-style throughout the day. At night, the culinary offerings shift to gourmet four-course dinners with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and low-calorie options available.

All-inclusive rates at Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort start at 330 euros ($347) per night, based on double occupancy.

Titanic Mardan Palace

Antalya, Turkey



Best for: Families who want a huge resort to explore.

Why stay here: The massive size of the property’s swimming pool is something you have to see to believe.

With 560 impressive rooms, this Turkish resort is more like a small town than a hotel. There are plenty of amenities to cater to the 1,000-plus guests who can stay there at a time. Some include a family-friendly water park, a 104,000-square-foot main pool and a private stretch of sand measuring nearly 108,000 square feet.

The resort even offers VIP helicopter transfers with seating for up to six passengers if you want to splurge on a memorable sightseeing opportunity.

Unsurprisingly, dining options are abundant. Guests can choose from 14 different venues, such as restaurants specializing in Turkish, Greek, Indian, Italian and Asian fare. Grab-and-go spots with snacks like pastries, ice cream and fruit are also available.

Regarding accommodations, rooms and suites here look much like what you’d expect to find in a Turkish palace. Fabrics with ornate patterns and rich colors cover the beds and windows; gold light fixtures and other accessories add an extra touch of upscale elegance. Standard amenities include minibars, smart TVs, desks and furnished balconies overlooking the resort grounds, main pool or the Mediterranean Sea.

All-inclusive rates at Titanic Mardan Palace start at 218 euros ($229) per night, based on double occupancy. The resort has a three-night minimum for all stays.

TUI BLUE Palazzo Del Mare

Kos, Greece



Best for: Adults who want to relax without ever having the leave the property.

Why stay here: This resort has one of the longest and most impressive swimming pools you will find anywhere in the Mediterranean.

Wait until you see the swimming pool at this luxury adults-only resort on the Greek island of Kos.

The 500-foot-long crystal clear pool is one of the longest and most spectacular pools you will find anywhere in the Mediterranean, and many guest rooms enjoy direct access to the pool from their private terrace. All guest rooms are at least 280 square feet with daily housekeeping and turndown service.

If you tire of the enormous main pool, guests at TUI Blue Palazzo Del Mare can enjoy direct access to the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea; the property provides sun loungers, umbrellas and waiter service. For an additional fee, the resort will organize windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and scuba diving.

The vibe here is peaceful, relaxing and sophisticated.

Nightly entertainment includes live musical performances, themed dance shows and a large outdoor cinema showing Hollywood classics. While there is only one restaurant on the property, the cuisine changes daily, with nightly themed dinners including Italian, Mexican, Asian and Greek.

While the property has everything you need, the nearby Kos Old Town has traditional architecture (even a castle), Roman ruins and cobbled streets to wander through, framed by blooming bougainvillea plants. Duck into a local taverna for a traditional gyros and a cold Greek beer. Head up to Zia for a spectacular sunset view before returning to the resort.

All-inclusive rates at TUI Blue Palazzo Del Mare start at 302 euros ($318) per night, based on double occupancy. This resort has a five-night minimum for all stays.

Zoëtry Mallorca

Mallorca, Spain



Best for: Couples in search of both historical architecture as well as modern luxury.

Why stay here: Set in a traditional Mallorcan-style farmhouse with a historic church and windmill, this property is full of old-world charm.

Zoetry Mallorca, in the dreamy Balearic Islands, is made for twosomes seeking a romantic getaway. Though it’s a bit removed from the island’s beautiful beaches, the former farmhouse wows with its traditional stone structures, which feature charming details like large arches and ivy-covered facades.

You’ll find 90 rooms and suites overlooking the countryside inside the spectacular character-filled property. The design of the accommodations matches the old-world exterior of the hotel, with each room type varying slightly in its appearance. For example, some rooms feature four-poster beds draped in white linens, while others have ornate chandeliers and decorative stone fireplaces original to the farmhouse. All come with modern essentials like minibars, coffee makers and flat-screen TVs.

Dining options aren’t as abundant here as at mega all-inclusive resorts. Still, the two on-site restaurants serve plenty of tasty dishes to keep you full throughout your stay, with alfresco dining under the Balearic sky. Rather than lining up at a stereotypical buffet, you can savor fresh Mediterranean-influenced dishes sourced from the hotel’s garden and local markets. Should you crave more variety, a third venue with fusion fare is also on the way.

Other amenities include two outdoor pools, a private running track and a fitness center. Also, the on-site Pure Spa draws inspiration from the five senses and houses facilities like eucalyptus-scented Turkish baths and ice fountains.

Related: This is how you do a luxury all-inclusive: Zoetry Mallorca, bookable with Hyatt points

All-inclusive rates at Zoetry Mallorca start at 383 euros ($349) per night, based on double occupancy.

Creta Maris Resort

Crete, Greece



Best for: Families keen on staying active during the day and being entertained at night.

Why stay here: You will be hard-pressed to find more on-site facilities and entertainment for the whole family at any other all-inclusive resort in Greece. Even guests staying longer than a week are unlikely to experience everything this huge property has to offer.

There is an astonishing number of facilities at this megaresort on Crete. There are 16 different swimming pools, a private beach, a spa, one of the largest open-air movie theaters in Europe and outdoor sports courts (for everything from tennis to basketball to miniature golf) — all under the Mediterranean sun.

Food and beverage options are plentiful, too. You’ll have your pick of a dozen eateries, including Pithos Restaurant, which specializes in organic Cretan cuisine. Estia Restaurant, a Mediterranean-influenced buffet, also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The resort is also introducing a couple of new establishments in 2023 that will serve seafood and Cretan barbecue. All these venues come in addition to 10 bars offering caffeinated beverages, frozen poolside concoctions and more.

Accommodations are abundant. The 680 rooms, suites and villas are decorated in white with pops of color in the throw pillows, artwork and other decorative items. Additionally, they are equipped with air conditioning, minibars that get restocked weekly, coffee makers and 50-inch smart TVs.

All-inclusive rates at Creta Maris Resort start at 228 euros ($240) per night, based on double occupancy.

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France



Best for: Beginner skiers looking to enjoy a classic ski-in, ski-out vacation in the French Alps.

Why stay here: You’ll enjoy all the conveniences of a megaresort from a highly regarded hospitality brand.

Sitting almost 6,000 feet above sea level in southeastern France, the 433-room Club Med Les Arcs Panorama earns its name from the spectacular views it offers of the Les Arcs ski area. Bourg-Saint-Maurice’s mountain is ideal for people learning to ski, so many come to this Club Med outpost to try a new sport. The apres ski scene and hospitality of this true mountain town also attract visitors.

The resort’s all-inclusive rates include all meals and drinks, kids club access (for guests between the ages of 4 and 17), lift passes, locker service and lessons. Yoga classes for adults and children are also available, and there’s a heated indoor pool for year-round enjoyment.

After working up an appetite on the slopes, The White Stone restaurant serves both local bites and dishes with international flavors; the restaurant has a large terrace and multiple dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, so you’ll have incredible views of the mountains no matter where you sit.

There’s also a lounge with a wine cellar and bar, the casual L’Arolla bar and an indoor-outdoor lounge only accessible to guests staying in Exclusive Collection Space accommodations.

Rooms and suites at the Club Med Les Arcs Panorama feature traditional mountain-style decor with a contemporary twist. For example, you’ll find pine wood accents, white walls (one of which has a faint silver tree mural), bold pink or yellow pillows, throw blankets and curtains. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs and desks. Upgraded Exclusive Collection Space suites include access to a private ski storage area and concierge services.

All-inclusive rates at the Club Med Les Arcs Panorama start at 469 euros ($491) per night, based on double occupancy. The resort has a seven-night minimum for all stays in summer.

Best credit cards for booking hotels in Europe

There are more than a dozen excellent travel rewards credit cards out there for hotel stays. The right one(s) for you will depend on if you’re loyal to a particular program or chain, whether you want premium perks, and if you value benefits like annual free nights, automatic elite status and lucrative earning rates.

Here are three great credit cards to use for booking stays across a variety of hotel chains and independent properties while still enjoying money-saving features and high-end benefits.

The Platinum Card® from American Express


Earning rates: This card earns 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly with the airlines or through the Amex Travel portal (on up to $500,000 of airfare purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar). Plus, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel. All other purchases earn 1 point per dollar. Remember, Amex points transfer to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio, to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 ratio and to Choice Privileges at a 1:1 ratio, and there are sometimes transfer bonuses.

Benefits: This card is absolutely packed with perks, but among the travel-related ones you’ll want to maximize, including some hotel-specific benefits, are:

*Enrollment is required for select benefits.

Annual fee: $695 (see rates and fees).

Read our review of the Amex Platinum card.

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card


Earning rates: Earn an unlimited 10 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, 5 miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel and an unlimited 2 miles per dollar on all other purchases.

Benefits: Cardholders get $300 back in credits annually for bookings made through Capital One Travel, plus 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary, starting on your first anniversary (worth $100 toward travel). Through the Capital One Premier Collection, cardmembers can enjoy free breakfast, on-property credits and room upgrades (if available) on stays at participating properties booked through Capital One Travel. They also receive up to $100 in statement credits for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.

Annual fee: $395 (see rates and fees).

Read our review of the Capital One Venture X.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card


Earning rates: This card accrues 5 points per dollar on travel booked through the Chase travel portal, on Lyft purchases (through March 2025) and on Peloton equipment and accessory purchases of $150 or more (through March 2025, with a limit of 25,000 bonus points). It also racks up 3 points per dollar on dining, select streaming services and online grocery store purchases (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs); 2 points per dollar on all travel not booked through the Chase travel portal; and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Benefits: Cardholders receive a $50 statement credit on hotel stays purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal upon opening the card and each following cardmember anniversary. They also receive a 10% bonus based on their total spending during the account anniversary year at a rate of 1 point for each $10 spent. This card also has some of the best travel protections in the industry, including trip cancellation insurance, trip delay insurance and primary rental car coverage, among other policies.

Annual fee: $95.

Read our review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, click here.

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