• Hannah Stratton

    Full board, half board, All Inclusive – forget brushing up on your Español before you jet off to Spain, choosing your board basis can feel like you’re learning a foreign language. But that’s where we come in. Not to brag, but we know a thing or two about holidays, right down to the nitty gritty board basis details. So, without further ado, here’s the lowdown on the lingo…

    Once you’ve cracked the code, take a look at our best holiday deals.


    1. All Inclusive

    The clue’s in the name when it comes to All Inclusive – everything’s part of the package when you opt for this board basis. When it comes to food, breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken care of. And, your drinks are part of the deal, too. That said, the All Inclusive offering does differ depending on which hotel you pick – things like the types of drinks that are included and whether snacks are offered, for example. You’ll get all the info you need when you look at the First Choice web page for your chosen hotel. Anything marked with an asterisk comes with an extra charge, so you’ll always know where you stand before you book.

    Check out our top All Inclusive deals


    2. Full Board

    The difference between Full Board and All Inclusive is one of the big board basis questions – don’t worry though, the answer’s simple. With Full-Board bookings, drinks aren’t included, but your meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – are part of the package. That’s all there is to it.

    To see our best Full-Board deals, click BOARD and select Full Board

    3. Half Board

    With a Half-Board booking, you’ll get your breakfast and your evening meals included. For lunch, it’s up to you. Going Half Board is the perfect fit for holidaymakers who want to get out and about during the day, but want to make sure that most of their food’s sorted.

    To see our best Half-Board deals, click BOARD and select Half Board


    4. Bed & Breakfast

    Bed & Breakfast keeps things nice and simple. Your breakfast’s included, but that’s it on the meal front. Want to make the most of the restaurants in your holiday hotspot and really get stuck into the local culture? With Bed & Breakfast you’re all set – and there’s no danger of feeling like you’re not getting your money’s worth because you’re missing a meal at your hotel.

    To see our best Bed & Breakfast deals, click BOARD and select Bed & Breakfast



    5. Self Catering

    Whether you’ve got a family of fussy eaters, or you just like to be in full control of your meals, with a Self-Catering stay you’re all set. These rooms come with basic kitchen equipment so you can cook your own meals. Exactly what’s included depends on the hotel – you can get the details on the First Choice web page for the hotel, or by contacting them directly.

    Have a browse of our best Self-Catering deals


    Picked your board basis? Now it’s time to find your holiday.

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