Late holiday deals in December

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

Looking for late holiday deals in December? This is a month of two halves: if you travel in early December you can expect so great deals on winter sun, particularly to the Caribbean where the high season has not yet started, but the weather is excellent. However, once the Christmas and New Year school holidays begin, prices rise sharply. The Caribbean is very expensive, and skiing is pricey (although not as expensive as at February half term week).

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Boutique Wales: 2-nights-for-1

Stay two nights for the price of one at The Drawing Room in Powys, a charming country house near Bulith Wells with just three double bedrooms, two cosy drawing rooms and a gourmet restaurant. The offer applies until 22 December with two-night stays from £73 pp (was £145 pp). Details: i-escape.

£160 off Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a great choice for winter sun with direct flights from a choice of UK airports. Seven nights B&B at the contemporary four-star Dunas De Sal hotel costs £989 pp (saving £160 pp) including flights departing Gatwick on 2 December, transfers and airport lounge pass. Details: Cape Verde Experience.

33% off winter sun in The Gambia

For budget winter sun, check out The Gambia. Between November 2019 and February 2020, seven nights at the new contemporary-styled African Princess Beach Hotel costs from £799 pp (saving £406 pp) including Gatwick flights and transfers. No children under 12. Details: The Gambia Experience.

26% off luxury Maldives for families

Treat the family to a Maldives holiday in late 2019. Seven nights B&B for a family of four at Kandima Island staying in a Family Sky Studio costs a total of £5,150 (was £6,983) for two adults and two children. The resort has a large kids club, 24-hour games room, water activities and 10 restaurants and bars. Discount available until 23 December 2019. Details: Fleewinter.

25% off luxury pool villa holiday in Bali

Ten nights in a luxury villa with private pool in Bali costs £2,115 pp (saving £737 pp). Spend six nights on the beach at Samaya Seminyak followed by four nights in a pool villa at the Samaya Ubud. The deal runs from 1 September to 5 December, and includes breakfast, flights with Qatar Airways and private transfers. Book by 2 October with Turquoise Holidays.

Up to 50% off holidays in December

Tour operators that regularly have great deals on holidays in December include i-escape.com, Tropical SkyTurquoise HolidaysSovereign Luxury Travel, Hayes & JarvisClassic Collection, Inghams and Santa’s Lapland.