Stunning islands -- most of which are blessed with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, charming old towns and occasional ancient ruins -- make Greece a popular vacation choice in Europe. Holing up in an all-inclusive resort is one way to maximize the perfect climate, warm hospitality and endless amenities on offer here, while also making your cash stretch further. With that in mind, we put together a list of the best bang-for-your-buck all-inclusives in the Greek Islands, from family-friendly resorts in Crete to adults-only escapes in Rhodes.
Families will appreciate the kid-friendly vibe at Gouves Park Holiday Resort on the island of Crete. Rooms are clean and comfortable, though some are a little more tired than others, and the resort’s extensive entertainment program means children especially will find little time for the room. A water park is well-manned by lifeguards, there are indoor and outdoor play areas and a team of staff dedicated to hosting daily activities is also on offer. The beach is a 10-minute walk away and its beauty generally makes up for its intense popularity. While some guests say the buffet restaurant can get crowded during the peak season, the food is well regarded, particularly given the great value here.
Provided you’re up early, the free sun loungers right on the shore at the beachfront Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa offer the prime spot to enjoy views over the Aegean Sea. If you can’t nab a chair, enjoy the beautiful grounds with gorgeous trim gardens and multiple pools. The all-inclusive option includes buffet meals in the main restaurant as well as snacks and drinks (sodas, wine, beer, and local spirits) throughout the day. Aside from the buffet restaurant, a beachfront taverna serves traditional Greek barbecue fare. A spa with a whirlpool, indoor pool and sauna pampers from head to toe, while activities and entertainment hosted by staff also keep guests occupied.
La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex is a great all-inclusive for guests who want a touch of exclusivity without breaking the bank. Many rooms are clustered around the gorgeous, sprawling pools and higher tier accommodations even come with private pools. An adults-only section is the way to go if you want a quiet stay, but guests with children are equally rewarded thanks to the array of pools, sports facilities, and kids’ club. Three restaurants and multiple bars keep the all-inclusive drinking and dining options interesting and eclectic.
If you wish to see the water from your room, then the accommodations at the modern Mitsis Grand Hotel will suit you perfectly. The spacious rooms come with sea and pool views from balconies. The hotel is also located across the street from the beach and close to the Old Town of Rhodes (day trips can be arranged for guests to farther destinations, too). Guests whose primary concern is eating and drinking will appreciate the range of options here as well -- Chinese, Greek, Italian, and Mexican restaurants, plus cocktails at three separate bars, will help you make the most of your all-inclusive getaway.
Looking for peace, quiet and a secluded vibe? The Grand Bay Beach Resort ticks all the boxes. This adults-only property offers plenty beyond its great all-inclusive packages, which include drinks and snacks throughout the day as well as beachfront dining and a buffet option. Direct access to a beach with crystalline waters is a big draw, as is the fact that the resort is a 10-minute walk from Kolymbari’s calm fishing village. Plus, rooms here are spacious with private terraces or balconies from which to enjoy the spectacular sea views.
Unlike some of the other beachfront properties on this list, Aeolos Beach Resort is nestled on a dramatic hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea. Views are spectacular and while some guests may struggle with the steep footpaths, others will appreciate the charming, lush location. The all-inclusive option at this mid-range property offers excellent value with three restaurants (one a la carte) and four bars in which all food and most drinks are covered. Despite the hillside setting, the hotel has direct access to the sea. However, the on-site facilities, including two pools, a kids’ club, tennis courts and a gym, will certainly keep guests entertained during their stay.
While families and couples will enjoy the attractive Village Heights Golf Resort, golf enthusiasts will find only a well-manicured mini-golf course and a tidy putting green. Spread out in a timeshare-style village, the resort’s pleasant apartments come with sea or mountain views, which vie for attention with the plush 40-inch plasma screens. In addition to daily hosted activities and themed nightly entertainment, amenities include two outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, a game room and a playground. The all-inclusive plan comes with meals and drinks across the main buffet and the traditional Cretan restaurant.
(Editor's note: Oyster.com is an independent hotel review site that does not have any financial arrangement with the individual hotels reviewed.)