The church we could see from our balcony
All Inclusive is a bit of a taboo with me. For a start, I lived in Fuerteventura, an island that relies almost entirely on tourism to keep it alive. Yet all inclusive hotels are taking away trade from the bars and restaurants in town and destroying people's livelihoods, I saw all that happen first hand just a few years ago. Yet, despite my misgivings I was packing my suitcase (yup, I took a suitcase with me) and staying in an All Inclusive hotel. Not only that, I wasn't going for a few days, I was going for a week. To the same place, as in the same town. For a whole week.
What made me take this sort of holiday when usually I backpack and budget everywhere? My beautiful cousin was getting married! She had decided that she wanted to do it somewhere sunny, so off we went to Cyprus. There were 15 of us in total, Roxy (my cousin), her now husband (Craig) and her parents all flew out a week before. The rest of us made our way to Gatwick to join them the following week.
The view from Roxy and Craig's balcony
The Hotel's beach
And we had cocktails on beach.
And beautiful sunsets in the evening
The bride and her bridesmaids
Cyprus is still sunny and warm in November, I'd say the temperature was around 15-20C during the day. We found that most days as long as you were up and out in the sun by 9-9,30 you could get a good morning in the sunshine and then use the afternoons for something else. As we took full advantage of being all inclusive, we mostly used the afternoons for napping before dinner. It was definitely a very relaxing holiday.
Did I enjoy my all inclusive trip? Yeah, of course, it was my cousin's wedding after all! I think it was a really lovely way to celebrate such a special occasion and would do it again for a similar occasion. I think it's nice to keep some things as a treat, and to realise how special it is.