Going to Lanzarote? Choosing All Inclusive or Villa

villa2-300x225-3118288If you go to Lanzarote then you will find this to be a great place to stay whether you are looking for an action packed adventure holiday (it’s got a desert and caves) or whether you want to just relax and chill out. A lot of people however will likely opt for the second option when going to Lanzarote which is well known as a great holiday resort for tourists.

To this end you have a number of different ways you can choose to holiday – the most common being to stay in a self-catering hotel, to hire a villa, or to go to an all-inclusive resort. There are strengths and weaknesses of each, and here we will look at those to help you decide which is best for you. Deciding on which of these is the best for you is paramount if you want to make the most of your stay, and particularly if you do want a relaxing holiday where you intend to spend a lot of time inside the accommodation.

Below are the strengths and weaknesses of villas versus all-inclusive resorts. A ‘standard’ hotel is perhaps the half-way house between the two so if neither of these options seems to appeal that may then be the option for you.

All Inclusive

Of course the major benefit of all-inclusive resorts is the fact that they are so relaxing and so easy for you. You won’t have to go anywhere for food, and you’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep. You can get up in the morning, walk down to the pool, get a cold beer, and then enjoy relaxing in the hot tub for a while or have a swim in the pool or a bathe in the sun… it’s ideal for really relaxing. At the same time this will also help you to save money – and though you’ll pay a little more upfront of course for this all inclusive package, you will find you will need only a fraction of the spending money you otherwise would have and you can get everything you need for free – or at least paid in advance.

The downside comes if you are a real traveller and you really want to explore the island. If you want to try out the different bars, and if you want to go out clubbing; or if you want to eat in the local restaurants and trek across the desert. You can still do all that in an all-inclusive resort, but it will of course take away a little from the financial advantages of having paid for all of your drinks and food in advance. This option the is perhaps best for those looking for a truly relaxing holiday rather than one where they plan to go out every night.


Villas in some ways are the opposite of all-inclusive resorts. Here nothing is included, but you are completely free to come and go as you please with no curfew. You’ll find though that you still save a lot of money this way, as you will be able to go out for a local shop and as you’ll be able to store food in the fridge and cook it as necessary. In some ways this is the best way to get an authentic feel for what it’s like to live in the country, but you can still be a part of all the activities if you choose a villa in a tourist area that’s near the clubs, bars and other facilities.

While villas have plenty of advantages, and particularly for large groups who can make big savings, they do mean you are left to do everything yourself. You’ll find excursions through your travel agents, but you’ll still need to find the way places, to make your own food and to go out and buy your own drinks. There’s a little more maintenance involved here then which in some ways can make it a little less like a conventional holiday.

The above guest post is written by Henry Stew, an avid traveller. He loves to travel and explore new destinations. He highly recommends Lanzarote1.com, online solution providers for all accommodation and holiday needs in Lanzarote.

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