Different board basis definitions

which board basis is right for you?

Self Catering (SC)

Want to eat breakfast at midday? Do the kids eat dinner at 5pm but you prefer to wait until they are in bed? Self catering offers you the flexibility to come and go as you please and to set your own holiday timetable.

No meals are included in the cost of a self catering holiday but you will be provided with basic kitchen facilities in your accommodation, such as a cooker, kettle and microwave.

This board basis is also perfect for those who have a pickier appetite or miss their home comforts while away. It also suits those with a small budget as you can buy food at supermarkets cheaply and cook for yourself.

You will find lots of ideas of places to eat HERE

Bed and Breakfast (B&B)

For those who like to start the day with a good hearty breakfast but don't want to be fixed to certain prearranged times for the rest of their meals, B&B is a great option.

Most hotels offer a buffet breakfast so you can pile your plate high to keep your energy up until lunch time - this is particularly good for couples and groups.

Half Board (HB)

Breakfast and dinner are both included in the price, meaning that any food or drink outside of meal times will cost you extra.

HB suits those who plan on venturing out during the day. Perhaps you want to book lots of daytime excursions to explore the local area or further afield?

This means you can fill up on breakfast before you leave, grab lunch when you're out, and come back knowing you won't have to worry about cooking dinner or finding somewhere to eat when you return as the hotel will have it covered.

Full Board (FB)

Full Board means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals are included in the price but any drinks or snacks outside of these meal times will cost you extra.

This package is perfect for those who are happy spending the day lounging by the pool at the hotel but don't want to be restricted to what the hotel has to offer in the evening - perfect if you prefer to experience the surrounding nightlife after dinner.

All Inclusive (AI)

This means all your meals and locally produced drinks - both soft and alcoholic - are included in the holiday price. Usually there is a cut-off time in the evening, which will vary depending on the hotel, but it usually 11pm or midnight.

All Inclusive is fantastic for families as there's no need to worry about all those little extras in-between meal times adding up. Ice creams and snacks are sometimes included too.

As pretty much everything is included in the package price, this is the best type of board basis for those who do not plan to venture far from the hotel/resort they are staying in, or who don't want to worry about carrying cash around while on holiday. But, you've always got the opportunity to eat-out away from the resort if you choose to. You may also be entitled to water sports and other activities which you would usually expect to pay for.

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What board basis do you prefer and why? comment below.


0 # Terry Kilty 2019-10-16 23:46
Self catering. What’s the point of being in the hotel all the time?!
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0 # christine price 2019-10-16 23:43
Half board, you can swap dinner for lunch if you like at most hotels. we go half board, very rare make breakfast, out for brunch, dinner at night, enough for us.

We did buy lunch in hotel one day, it was only 6 eu each and that is with a drink as well, cheaper than outside x
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0 # Tracy Ann 2019-10-16 15:42
It all depends if its a long or short stay, I like room only, as you still get all the benefits of the hotel ie clean towels and your beds made etc but if the price is right I will go for B&B. Not a great fan of AI only because I like to eat when I am hungry and not a specific times, but this option is great for families.
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0 # Kerry Webster 2019-10-16 15:29
Self catering, 100%. We stayed at the Teralta, spotlessly clean, and the also have a restaurant that does a buffet, never tried it tho , but you can get meals out so cheap , and some of the wine you buy from the supermarket over there , even the cheapest is excellent. ???
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0 # Colin Young 2019-10-16 15:25
I'm a convert to all inclusive, it depends if you like a good drink or not. I have a drink in the hotel , a few during the day and a good few at night but, I also go out every night. If you have kids then definitely go all inclusive. I'm going back out in November and the deal I got was great, £499 for 2 of us all inclusive from Monday to Friday, 4 nights. The difference between bed & breakfast and all inclusive was £26 , that's not per day, that's for the 4 nights, even if you only have a couple of drinks each per day and a few meals in the hotel you are quid in
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0 # Hazel Edgar 2019-10-16 14:38
Self/Catering all the way...
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0 # Karina Burnett 2019-10-16 14:19
We do self catering all the time now. Wasn't worth the money AI as out all the time x
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