If summer was a damp squib, why not get away for some hot weather in September or October. Here’s my pick of the best deals in Amber and Green List destinations with discounts of up to 50%.


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Relax in the South of France

Vintage Travel has some great prices on luxury villas with pools on the Cote D’Azur of France, including the beautiful Villa Peymeinade which sleeps eight and has a stunning location within a 30-minute drive of the beach. It costs a total of £980 for the week beginning 25 September.


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53% off last-minute Corfu

Last-minute deal: head to Corfu where seven nights B&B at Kalami Bay costs just £459 pp (was £832pp) including flights from Gatwick departing 12 September and transfers. Based on two sharing. Details from Sunvil.


40% off Italy beach holiday

Italy dropped its quarantine requirement for UK visitors from the end of August, and there are some cracking deals in September. Seven nights half-board at the four-star Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions in Puglia costs £721 pp (saving £484 pp) including flights departing 25 September and transfers. The hotel has panoramic cliff-top views and was fully renovated in 2018. Details from Sardatur Holidays.


10% off Puglia villa

If you like the idea of Puglia, but prefer self-catering, check out Trulli dei Pini, a gorgeous villa that sleeps eight with traditional architecture and a large solar-heated pool. A week’s rental starting 25 September costs a total of £1,506 (was £1,674) including maid service and welcome pack. Flights can be arranged. Details from CV Villas.

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50% off Italy river cruise

Wexas has up to 50% off a luxury river cruise out of Venice in September and October. The seven-night cruise includes tours of Bologna, Ferrara, Chioggia and the Venetian Islands. It costs from £1,745 pp including flights, transfers, excursions, unlimited drinks, farm-to-table dining and UK airport lounge access. Book by 10 September with Wexas.



30% off couples resort in Corfu

Get 30% off rooms for two at the MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, an adults-only resort on the south-east coast of Corfu. Now from €141 per night with breakfast and a whole range of free add-ons.


Luxury Mallorca deal

Mallorca is a wonderful island for an autumn break and Kirker Holidays has four nights for the price of three at the exquisite new luxury hotel Castell Son Claret, a converted fortress surrounded by landscaped gardens. It costs £878 pp for Sunday arrivals between 10 October and 15 November including flights, private transfers and breakfast.

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Discover the beauty of Malta

Cox & Kings has a new tour, Spotlight on Malta, with a focus on the island’s fascinating history. Seven days costs from £1,395 pp including flights, tours of cities, historical sites and the island of Gozo plus meals, entrance fees, etc. Save up to £100 if you book by 10 September.


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30% off Tuscany villas

Oliver’s Travels has discounts on villas with pools in Italy and France including Villa Martino (sleeps 10) in Tuscany, a beautifully renovated 19th-century farmhouse near Arezzo. Seven nights costs from £2,823 (saving £1,209) in September including welcome hamper, dinner on arrival and maid service.


If you fancy some hiking, Ramblers Walking Holidays has a seven-night trip exploring the lush countryside, mountains and beaches of Portugal’s Emerald Coast. It departs 16 October and costs £1,029 including half-board, flights, transfers and walking guides.



10% off luxury river barge

For all-out indulgence, how about a six-night cruise on a luxury hotel barge with just eight passengers. The Anjodi sails on France’s Canal du Midi with gourmet meals, daily excursions with private tour guide, en-suite cabins, open bar, spa pool and bicycle use. From £2,961 pp (saving £329 pp) in September and October. Details from European Waterways.


Caribbean deals

Sandals has some great deals on its luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean – just what many of us need right now! For example, seven nights in Green-List Antigua at Sandals Grande Antigua, voted the Caribbean’s most romantic resort, costs from £1,639pp in September, saving 45%, including flights, transfers, water sports, scuba diving and many more extras.


Barefoot Traveller has a great price for Amber-List St Lucia where seven nights B&B at the four-star Harbor Club in Rodney Bay costs just £1,055 pp including flights and transfers if you book before 30 November.

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* Most companies quote prices from London airports, but often other departure airports are available. All packages including flights are ATOL protected. Ask the tour operator for details.


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