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On the Beach Review | Cheap Package Holiday Deals

In this article, we review On the Beach - one of the UK's largest holiday providers. We look into the benefits of using OTB holiday search, plus the destinations and holiday types available.

Author: Chris R. Wilson - Date: 23 December 2023.

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1. About On the Beach Holidays

On the Beach is a leading UK provider of online package holidays - sending over 1.5 million people abroad each year. On the Beach offers a 'wide range' of affordable holiday deals, including all-inclusive options, family beach deals and last-minute getaways.

You can choose from a wide range of hotels or pick from a range of board options, from self-catering and half board to inclusive deals.

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2. Benefits of using On the Beach holidays.

Some of the benefits we found include:

  • The ease of planning and building package holidays to a wide selection of Europe's top beach destinations.
  • Flight-inclusive package holidays are ATOL-protected.
  • Increased 'choice & flexibility' compared to traditional pre-packaged deals.
  • A good choice of City Break destinations, including Europe's top cultural capitals: Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Prague.

3. What types of Holidays do OnTheBeach have?

There's a wide selection of holidays available, including all-inclusive deals for families, couples and adults only. Accommodation range includes low-key self-catering apartments - through to 5-star luxury properties (and everything in between).

If you fancy partying late, try On the Beach clubbing holidays (with accommodation specifically selected to be close to the party action). For more holiday types, see list below:

  • All-inclusive Holidays.
  • Family Beach Deals.
  • Adults Only Breaks.
  • Cubbing Holidays.
  • Short Stay Holidays.
  • City Breaks.
  • Last Minute Deals.
  • Self-catering Apartment Holidays.
  • Budget Accommodation.

4. Main holiday destinations for Families and Couples

Our review found On the Beach provides 'good value' adult-only and family-friendly holiday deals. They also offer short-stay city breaks to multiple destinations across Europe - and several major capital cities worldwide. Popular beach resort destinations include the Mediterranean classics, such as the Spanish Mainland and Balearic Islands. This year's 'must visit destinations' include sunny Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Majorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Menorca, plus eastern Mediterranean gems - such as the Greek islands, Turkey and Cyprus.

Short Breaks: On the Beach offers 'short stay' beach breaks, plus cities & weekends away. Popular short-break destinations include Barcellona, Lisbon, Dubai, Palma, Dubrovnik, New York, Rome, Marrakech and Malaga.

5. Does On the Beach offer Free Child places?

OnTheBeach is known for providing good value holidays from the start, including good deals for families with children; however, at the time of this review, we could not find a clear free child policy, other than a "Big Kids Go Free" promotion aimed at selected hotels in Turkey (subject to availability, specific date ranges and T&Cs).

6. Does OntheBeach have Discounts & Special Offers?

Deals and Discounts: During our research, we checked the website for low-priced last-minute holidays, and we did find availability displays for last-minute deals - (which is great, especially if you're flexible on dates and destinations). However, if you have a specific destination in mind and/or specific dates you need to travel on, consider booking as early as possible and take advantage of any early booking discounts.

Savings Tips:

  • If you're planning a family holiday, On the Beach has family value deals, including "Toddler-friendly holidays". You can also book today and pay the remaining balance in instalments, with low deposits starting at just £30 per person.
  • We found On the Beach helps you build your holiday by giving you access to a wide range of cheap flights, hotels and transfer suppliers, giving you the potential to save more.
  • Some of the cheapest destinations for family holidays include Turkey, with excellent value-for-money hotels packed with all-day entertainment, waterparks and all-inclusive family offers. Alternatively, the sunny beaches of Majorca and Menorca offer good family fun and savings on package deals.
  • We found On the Beach is not affiliated with any specific airline or hotel chain, allowing for a potentially 'wider selection' of flight and hotel options from different markets.

7. How does On the Beach work?

We found On the Beach offers numerous 'search & book' options, including travel search and build technologies that allow for the easy creation of personalised package holidays. This includes a choice of flights, hotels and transfers, which can be selected from a variety of filter options during the search and booking process.

We found the On the Beach platform easy to use. With the help of advanced search filters, the platform works well to customise holidays to the users' liking. In general, we found the platform provides extra 'choice and flexibility' when compared to standard pre-packaged holidays offered by more traditional tour operators.

Impressive and effective search systems. During our research, we found the variety of 'filter options' worked well to narrow down our own search. A typical search may include:

Input your requirements into the 'Holiday Finder Tool' - including preferred destination, departure date, duration and number of guests - then press search. Next, the 'available to-book' properties are displayed along with various 'search filter' options. Next, select the filters needed to narrow down your requirements. Filter options are subject to change and can include the following:

  • Property Star Rating.
  • Choice of Departure Date Range.
  • Board Selection.
  • Nearby Resorts Options.
  • TripAdvisor Score.
  • Hotel Facility Options.
  • Choice of Flights (inc. number of stops)
  • Holiday Type Selections.

After selecting your preferred filter options, the availability automatically updates to display accommodations that best match your needs. Next, select a property for more detail, including full property description, facility listing, photo gallery, plus any available added options and upgrades - including customising your flights, baggage selection, and possible room upgrades (subject to availability).

Top Tips: You can book On the Beach holidays through numerous online channels such as desktops, mobiles and the OTB app. If you prefer, you can book or enquire by phone. Speaking with an OTB agent is a convenient way to seek help and advice - or guidance during the booking process. To help you choose a suitable holiday provider, check out the Top 4 UK Package Holiday Providers review.

8. Are On the Beach ATOL protected?

With accommodation, return flights and transfers - On the Beach flight-inclusive package holidays are ATOL-protected - click here to find out more about ATOL protection.

9. Top Tips & Long Haul Destinations:

Tips & Destination Guides:

Check out the 'On the Beach' destination guides and travel advice sections; they can help provide information and inspiration for your next holiday adventure.

Long Haul Destinations:

On the Beach offers long-haul destinations, including Dubai, Florida, Cuba, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Goa, Jamaica and Cancun.