All about the ‘all-amusive’: Booking.com reveals some of the top destinations that offer something for everyone
Modern life is busy. Many of us are often stretched for time - whether at work, scheduling catch ups with friends, or simply finding time for ourselves. When it comes to our vacation days there is a desire to be as time-efficient as possible to make the most of this time away. It’s no surprise then that Booking.com, the digital travel leader connecting travelers with the widest choice of unique places to stay, a range of must-do travel experiences and seamless transport options, predicted that 2020 will see a rise in travelers exploring the ‘all-amusive’, and visiting destinations that offer an array of enriching experiences and attractions that are all in one place.
Booking.com research found that over 60% of US travelers would like to go on one long trip to a place that has all their favorite activities and sights close together, and 67% agree that efficiency is key – claiming they would choose a destination that offers all their favorite activities and sights near each other to maximize time away. To help with 2020 travel planning, Booking.com has tapped into data and endorsements across its 155,000 destinations in 227 countries and territories across the globe to identify places that offer those all-amusive experiences, enabling travelers to get the most out of their next trip**.
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Affectionately known by some as the “hostess city,” Savannah not only offers something for every traveler but does so with a smile. This ‘all-amusive’ city is steeped in southern charm and offers something for everyone. For history lovers, Savannah boasts a rich heritage as one of the United States’ oldest planned cities. Travelers can learn more about the city’s past with a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery or explore the 22 historic squares in downtown on a walking tour. Film-lovers can enjoy taking a seat in well-known bench in Chippewa Square where Tom Hanks previously sat as part of an iconic movie moment. For travelers seeking a more restful stint on their vacation, nearby Tybee Island offers five beach options to enjoy. As a top foodie destination, travelers can indulge in local delicacies such as pecan pralines and even visit Ghost Coast Distillery to learn about prohibition era and the art of crafting the local vodka.
Where to stay: As charming as the surrounding city, the Foley House Inn offers bed and board in the heart of Savannah. This quaint Inn is well-located in the historic district, with each room reflecting the history of the building and decorated to compliment the time and theme of its historic period. Those drawn to Savannah for its edible delicacies can indulge further with the complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, afternoon sweets and tea, and evening Wine & Hors D’oeuvres on offer.
The capital of the Okinawa Prefecture, Naha is a bustling city amongst an archipelago of 160 islands and is home to treasured historical sites including the World Heritage Site, Shurijo Castle Park and the Kinjo Stone-paved Road in Shuri. Nature lovers can soak up the serenity of Fukushūen, a Chinese-style garden created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the ‘sister city’ relationship between Naha and Fuzhou in China. As a metropolis, Naha is also the perfect spot for city-strollers and souvenir shoppers, with Kokusai Dori home to tourist stores, bars, cafes, clothing stores and restaurants. The nearby First Makishi Public Market is also perfect for travelers looking to stock up on everything from seafood to souvenirs.
Where to stay: The Kitchen Hostel Ao is the perfect base to explore both Naha’s bustling shopping street as well as its more serene Naminoue Beach. This hostel boasts capsule style beds in air-conditioned rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and a shared lounge. Travelers looking to maximize their ‘all-amusive’ escape can make use of the property’s 24-hour check-in and arrive at a time that best suits their time-efficient planning!
An eclectic capital city, Montevideo is a place of many styles - from art deco and neoclassical buildings nestled amongst the skyscrapers in the historic downtown, to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco, juxtaposed against the coast’s bustling industrial port. For travelers though, this juxtaposition makes the city the perfect ‘all-amusive’ destination. The historic district of Ciudad Vieja is the ideal setting for a tranquil stroll in the daytime amongst the pedestrian walkways, patios and cafes. As the sun sets, Ciudad Vieja comes to life with bars for night owls to enjoy. Culture-loving travelers can embark on a walking tour of the city’s vibrant street art amongst Parque Rodo and Cordon. The Port Market is next on the itinerary for hungry history-lovers, with the building’s iron pillars and timber roof dating back to the 1800s. Here, visitors can indulge in carnivorous treats including pamplonas and matambres.
Where to stay: For a chic city stay, travelers will love the Design Apart in Montevideo’s city center. This self-catering place to stay sleeps four and offers all the mod-cons needed in a home-from-home, with flat-screen satellite TVs, iPod docks and complete kitchen facilities. The location is tipped as a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, culture and old town exploring.
This sometimes-overlooked nostalgic British seaside town is rated by Booking.com travelers as an all-amusive destination for its beaches and abundance of activities. History-buffs can learn all about the Yorkshire town’s history at Scarborough Castle or explore the fascinating exhibitions - from fossils, to skeletons from the Bronze Age at the Rotunda Museum. Closer to the coast, visitors can soak up their surroundings while taking a ride on Britain's most historic seaside miniature railway or climb aboard one of Scarborough’s two running funiculars (cliff railways). Along the seafront, foodie-focused travelers can indulge in award-winning ice-cream or enjoy local seafood caught daily on trips from the thriving harbor, including crabs and lobsters. For adventure-loving travelers, the Sky Trail Adventure has a bridge and beam course, or water babies can make a splash at Alpamere Waterpark. This year will even see the Tour De Yorkshire pass through Scarborough, making it the perfect time for sport fans to visit.
Where to stay: For travelers looking for unparalleled views, the Harbourside Apartments is the perfect pick. These 4-star apartments boast designer kitchens and spacious living rooms for travelers to make themselves at home in South Bay. For beach lovers, there’s even a free day pass for a beach chalet in the North Bay Beach Chalets included with your stay.
This once sleepy coastal town is now a popular tourist metropolis for those wanting to experience its bustling old town’s rich heritage and explore its unspoiled beaches. Budva is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic, with its Old Town dating back 2,500 years. Travelers can walk the city walls, explore the Citadela and visit Church of Sveti Ivan– a monumental basilica. Those that prefer a slower-paced vacation can enjoy Budva’s Sveti Stefan and Sveti Nikola Islands. These island resorts are not only home to beautiful beaches, but also an array of wildlife including deer, rabbits, and birds. For night-owls, Budva is also home to a number of clubs and discos along Slovenska beach where tourists and locals alike can dance the night away.
Where to stay: Perfect for those keen to soak up the breathtaking scenery of Budva, the Guest House Villa Jovana boasts a balcony and terrace with panoramic views of the coast and nearby mountains. The guest house is great for those keen to feel the sand between their toes at multiple spots, with Mogren and Slovenska beach nearby.
Now the fifth highest populated city in Turkey, Atalya’s rich history and prime coastal location appeal to travelers looking for that all-ammusive escape. Located on Anatolia's southwest coast surrounded by the Taurus Mountains, this sweeping landscape is described as the “gateway to the Turquoise Coast.” Beyond its blue water beaches, this destination is also home to the running waters of the Düden waterfalls and river. Architecture lovers can marvel at Hadrian’s Gate which honors the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited the city in the year 130 or visit the historical site of Kaleiçi and marvel at the creakily dilapidated Ottoman-era architecture. Nature lovers can explore the nearby Koprulu Canyon National Park which is perfect for hikers or even those who prefer opting for a slower pace to give them ample moments to take in the Mediterranean scenery.
Where to stay: Trend Suites is a great place to stay for travelers looking for a bit of everything. The self-catering suites include a balcony, seating area and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a stovetop. Outside there’s a garden, terrace and pool to enjoy. For outdoorsy travelers, there are complementary bikes on offer for exploring, even if it's only as far as to the nearby beach (450 yards or 1,350 feet).
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 22,000 respondents were polled (including 1,000 each from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, Brazil, India, US, UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Korea; and 500 each from New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel). Respondents completed an online survey between 9th August to 28th August 2019.
**Methodology: Global list created by grouped endorsements according to the top most cited requirements that travelers want to see when planning their 2020 trip. Each destination had to have an above average amount of endorsements in each of these categories, and were then sorted by the total amount of endorsements across all categories.