As travel gets progressively easier, and the weather gets worse at home, how do you fancy a bit of sun on your back? If you’re tempted, scroll down to see my pick of this week’s best deals.


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50% off pool villa in Phuket

Get 50% off stays at Banyan Tree Phuket until the end of March. You can visit Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox scheme (test on arrival, stay in hotel for up to 24 hours until you get a negative result). Seven nights B&B based on two sharing a Banyan Pool Villa costs from £1,529 pp including flights and private transfers. The resort has six restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a Sanctuary Spa. Book by 28 February with Inspiring Travel Company.


35% off Gambia winter sun

Head to The Gambia where January promises nine hours of daily sunshine and 31ºC. Seven nights B&B at the lovely Kombo Beach Hotel (I’ve stayed there myself and loved it) costs from £599 pp (saving £330 pp) including flights departing 25 January. Or fly on the 18th for 14 nights and pay £849 pp. Details from The Gambia Experience.

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Save £1,089 on family summer in Mauritius

Treat the family to Mauritius this summer. Seven nights all-inclusive at the five-star Shandrani Beachcomber costs a total of £4,635 (saving £1,089) for two adults and two children under 12, including flights departing 3 August, private transfers, free kids club and free land and water sports. Book by 31 January with Beachcomber Tours.


20% off Canary Islands cruise

Join an 11-night adult-only cruise from Portsmouth to the Canary Islands, Madeira, Spain and Portugal aboard Valiant Lady on her maiden season, departing 4 April. Fares from £1,236 including free port parking, wifi, tips, fitness classes and basic drinks. Details from Iglu Cruise.


25% off Easter skiing in France

Grab a ski bargain at Easter with 25% off newly-built apartments at Les Ecrins d’Auris in Auris en Oisans. Seven nights self-catering from 26 March now costs from £133 pp (was £160 pp) based on five sharing a two-bedroom apartment including return Eurotunnel crossing and FlexiPlus upgrade. Details from Peak Retreats.


25% off stylish Sicily

Relax in Sicily close to the sea with gourmet food, surrounded by vineyards. Get 25% off La Foresteria, a charming countryside hotel in Menfi, from £793 pp including flights, car hire and breakfast. Book by 30 January with Long Travel.


Tour Sri Lanka in March

Join a small-group Highlights of Sri Lanka tour departing 4 March to visit the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, elephants at Yala National Park and the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. The 15-day fully-inclusive tour costs from £3,095 pp (saving £395 pp) with Wendy Wu Tours.


Sunvil has a discount of £250 per person on any new booking to Latin America when booked before 28 February 2022. Valid for travel in 2022. See a sample itinerary in Costa Rica


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Cuba in February

Cox & Kings has an 11-day small group tour, Splendours of Cuba, departing on 27 February, priced from £2,095. The price includes Virgin Atlantic flights, guided sightseeing, air-con transfers and some meals.

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45% off all-inclusive St Lucia

Couples can get up to 45% off Sandals Regency La Toc in Saint Lucia where seven nights all-inclusive in March costs from £1,749 pp including flights, transfers, gourmet dining, water sports and accommodation in a Honeymoon Hideaway Grande Luxe suite. Save an additional £100 with promo code JAN100 when you book by 25 January. Details: Sandals.



Walk the Douro Valley

Join a seven-night walking holiday, Regua & The Rio Douro, following the path of Portugal’s Douro River. From £1,275 pp (was £1,329 pp) in April or May including flights, transfers, breakfast and dinner, wine at dinner and wine and port tasting. Details: Ramblers Walking Holidays.

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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.


Know when you want to travel? Click on a month for my detailed tips: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

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