Normally in June all the focus is on last-minute availability in the Med but media coverage of the recent spate of flight cancellations has changed that. Even though only a tiny fraction of flights are being affected, many people are keen to avoid short-haul flights to European destinations and that’s led to a surge of interest in long-haul summer holidays. So this week I’ve pulled together the best of the long-haul bargains – along with some unusually enticing deals in the Med. You can also view this email on our website.

 

– Mark Hodson, Editor, 101 Holidays

 
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2nd week free in Mauritius

If you book a week’s all-inclusive at the four-star Jalsa Beach Hotel and Spa in Mauritius, you can get a second week completely free, but room-only. This strikes me as a good deal: you can kick back and relax for a week then spend your second week exploring local places to eat. The deal costs from £1,049 pp and includes flights departing Heathrow in September. The hotel has a spa, restaurant, large pool, lush gardens and water sports on the beach. Details: Mercury Holidays.

 
 

 

38% off Corsica villa with pool

On the gorgeous French island of Corsica, a week’s self-catering at Casa di L’Olivu costs from £649 pp (saving £410 pp) based on four sharing. This two-bedroom villa has a private pool and is close to the towns of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio and superb beaches. The price includes flights departing 3 July and car hire. Details: Corsican Places.

 
 

 

£2,255 off Antarctica adventure

If Antartica is on your to-do list, here’s an offer to consider. Abercrombie & Kent has a saving of £2,255 pp on its 12-night Antarctic Cruise Adventure: A Changing Landscape 2022 which features daily Zodiac excursions and lectures by climate scientist James McClintock. The price in December starts at £10,445 pp excluding flights if you book by 31 July.

 
 

47% off Mark Warner beach club

LATE DEAL: Mark Warner has seven nights half-board at its Lemnos Beach Resort in Greece for just £599 pp (reduced from £1,149 pp). The deal includes flights departing Gatwick on 16 or 23 June plus transfers, tennis and water sports. I visited the resort two years ago and it has a superb location at one end of a stunning beach on the lovely island of Lemnos.

 
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25% off Maldives for couples

How about the Maldives? Seven nights half-board in a garden villa at the small secluded Gangehi Island Resort & Spa costs from £2,290 pp (saving 25%) if you book by 18 June. The price includes flights on Qatar Airways (via Doha) and seaplane transfers, based on travel in October. Details: Sardatur Holidays.

 
 
 

33% off luxury Antigua

Antigua’s Carlisle Bay is one of my favourite hotels in the Caribbean. It’s super-stylish and set on a perfect half-moon beach surrounded by forested hills. If you travel before the end of July, seven nights costs from £2,365 pp including flights and private transfers, with free half-board, 20% off room rates and a free upgrade to a suite. Total saving is worth £1,182 pp. Details: Turquoise Holidays.

       
 
 

36% off all-inclusive Barbados

In Barbados, you can get seven nights all-inclusive at the four-star Sea Breeze Beach House with flights in September and private transfers from £2,049 pp (saving £1,198 pp). I haven’t visited this one myself but it looks stunning with generous grounds and a choice of dining options. Don’t hang about: you’ll need to book by 12 June with Classic Collection.

 
 
 

Free upgrade on Med cruise

If you want to avoid airports altogether, you could join a 14-night cruise to Spain, France & Portugal sailing from Southampton on 2 July on the MSC Cruises Virtuosa. The price of £1,170 pp includes a free upgrade to a balcony cabin plus a premium drinks package and tips included. Details: iglu cruise.

   

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Staycation options

There’s also been a late surge in UK holiday bookings this summer with rental cottages as popular as ever. Oliver’s Travels has 20% off The Breakers Beach House (sleeps 7-11, pictured above) in Sandgate, Kent, and 20% off Seaside Retreat (sleeps 12) in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. i-escape has 25% off midweek stays at Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds while Ramblers Walking Holidays has five nights in the Yorkshire Dales staying on Malham Tarn Nature Reserve reduced from £529 to £485 departing 19 August or 2 September.

 
 
 

15% off value family holiday in France

If you’re looking for a family bargain this summer, Siblu’s holiday parcs are tremendous value and guaranteed child-pleasers. Save 15% at Siblu Village Domaine de Litteau in Normandy, seven nights arriving 20 August now costs from £553 (was £651) for a family of four. Stay in a two-bedroom mobile home with fully-equipped kitchen, lounge, garden and dining furniture. There’s an indoor and outdoor pool complex plus free children’s clubs.

 
 
 

£380 off Cuba twin-centre

Back in the Caribbean, combine the Cuban capital Havana and the beach resort of Varadero on an 11-night trip, Corredores – Playa Vista Azul, departing 7 October from £1,395 pp (saving £380 pp). The price includes four nights B&B at the five-star Palacio de los Corredores in Havana and seven nights all-inclusive at the five-star Playa Vista Azul plus flights and transfers. Details: Cuba Direct.

 
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30% off legendary Jamaica Inn

In Jamaica, you can get 30% off stays at the legendary all-suite Jamaica Inn plus a free room upgrade if you book by 7 July for a minimum of seven nights. From £2,979 pp including Virgin Atlantic flights on selected dates in June, September and October with Tropical Sky.

   
 
 

Luxury Mauritius

In Mauritius, seven nights half-board at the five-star Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa costs from £2,240 pp (saving £478 pp) including flights, private transfers, water sports and land sports. Details: Beachcomber Tours.

       
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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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