Types of meal services at hotels: What does Half Board or Full Board mean?
What is the difference between All Inclusive and Ultra All Inclusive. What does All Inclusive Light mean?
In this article we detail all the types of meal that we find in the description of the hotels when we make reservations.
We find out what Half Board, Full Board means. Also what is the difference between All Inclusive and Ultra All Inclusive or what does All Inclusive Light mean?
Because not everyone is used to these meal services presented by hotels, but also because some websites present the meal services in abbreviated form, we will explain below what each meal service means and what it refers to.
Hotels Meal Types
When we identify this name in the reserved services, we will understand that during the reserved stay, we will not have any meals included.
The Room only mention is equivalent to the no-meal mention. We can also find it presented in the abbreviated form RO.
We find this meal service included in most hotels, but it can be presented on tourist booking sites in various forms.
We can also identify the breakfast service in the description of the types of meals and Bed and breakfast or abbreviated BB.
What the Half Board service includes: When you make a reservation with the Half Board meal type, you should know that it includes two meals.
In most hotels these are usually: breakfast and dinner. However, we can also find hotels that offer breakfast and lunch. It is not mandatory to have breakfast and dinner, depending on the hotel, the two meals may differ.
Depending on the country and hotel, as part of the half-board meal service, we may include certain drinks during meals, such as: water, a glass of wine or soft drinks.
Also, on various booking sites, we can identify the Half Board meal service with other names such as the abbreviation HB.
What the Full Board service includes: When you make a reservation with the Full Board meal type, you should know that it includes three meals.
You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Usually, on the first day of accommodation you will enter with dinner and leave with lunch. Depending on the hotel, you will also have drinks included during meals.
Also, on the reservation sites, we can identify the “Full Board” meal service with other names such as the abbreviation FB.
What the “All Inclusive” meal services include: In the All Inclusive service, you will have the three main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) as well as snacks and drinks between meals.
Practically, the difference between Full Board and All Inclusive is the snacks and drinks between meals, which you can consume anytime and unlimited.
Hotels in the coastal area offer drinks to tourists, including in open areas such as the pool or on the beach. The drinks within the All Inclusive service are, in most cases, local.
Also, on booking sites, we can identify the “All Inclusive” meal service and abbreviate AI.
Ultra All Inclusive
Through this service you will benefit from everything that All Inclusive offers but also international drinks, such as: Coca Cola or international spirits. This is the only difference between All Inclusive and Ultra All Inclusive.
Also, on the booking sites, we can identify the “All Inclusive” meal service and its abbreviated UAI.
All Inclusive light
The difference between All Inclusive light and All Inclusive is given by the fact that for All Inclusive light, drinks will be offered to you only during meals, while in the All Inclusive service, drinks will be offered unlimited even between main meals.
The All Inclusive light meal service is very similar to the Full Board. The difference is that with Full Board drinks are limited during meals, while with All Inclusive light, you have unlimited drinks during meals.
On the booking sites we also find meal services such as: All Inclusive Premium, All Inclusive Gold, All Inclusive Elite, etc.
For all these there are no significant differences compared to those presented above. Certain hotels want to present their meal services in their own style, without using the accepted standard names.
Summary of “Hotels Meal Types”