When do you think you’ll next be lying under a tropical sun, or dining al fresco in the Med? It could be sooner than you imagine. Whether you dream of the Maldives, the Lakes or a crowd-free Rome, here are some of the best holidays to book right now.


– Mark Hodson, Editor, 101 Holidays

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41% off five-star Madeira

Madeira is on the “green list” if you live in England or Wales, and perfect for winter sun. Inspired Luxury Escapes has seven nights at the five-star VidaMar Resort from just £399, saving up to 41% including flights from the UK, half board with dine around and a free room upgrade. That price is available on dates in November, December and January.

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43% off luxury Rome break

This autumn is a unique chance to experience Rome without the crowds. Kirker Holidays has a sensational offer at the luxury Hotel d’Inghilterra during September and October. Three nights B&B costs from £673 pp (saving £525 pp) including British Airways flights, private car transfers, tickets to the Vatican Museums and a concierge service.


Dream villa in Skopelos

Are you yearning to swim in a warm sea? How about your own private pool? GIC has seven nights at Thalassa Vista on the Greek island of Skopelos (on the green list) with flights departing Gatwick on 25 September. The price based on six sharing is £651 pp (saving £156 pp).

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Villa deals in Italy

CV Villas has some last-minute deals in Italy including 20% off Masseria del Faro in Puglia which sleeps six: the week beginning 26 September costs a total of £1,414 (was £1,768) excluding flights and car hire. Meanwhile, To Tuscany has 10% off Villa il Sole (pictured) near Arezzo. It sleeps eight and costs a total of £1,685 per week (was £1,872) between 26 September and 31 October.


62% off luxury Barbados

Like many Caribbean islands, Barbados has handled the pandemic remarkably well. Although autumn is the low season, this could be a wonderful time to visit. The Inspiring Travel Company has huge savings at the gorgeous Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Between 1 November and 13 December, seven nights B&B in a Luxury Oceanfront room costs from £1,629 pp (saving £2,695 pp) including flights and private car transfers.


£1,000 off Maldives in 2021

The Maldives is another dreamy long-haul option. Although currently not on the government’s green list, the Maldives have recorded just 29 deaths, and 40 island resorts have re-opened. You can book for next year and grab a deal: seven nights in a beach pavilion at LUX* South Ari Atoll from £1,499 pp (saving £1,000 pp) with flights, breakfast and seaplane transfers. The offer with Turquoise Holidays is valid until 31 October 2021.

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30% off Dordogne villa

If you’re prepared to risk France – or happy to quarantine for 14 days – Oliver’s Travels has a stunning house in the Dordogne with 30% off for the rest of the summer season. Villa Shambhala sleeps eight and costs from £1,116 a week. If travel restrictions apply, you can change dates at no extra charge.


Walking in Scotland

If you feel more comfortable holidaying in the UK, Inntravel has a new independent walking holiday in The Tweed & the Scottish Borders (pictured above) with six nights B&B in four-star accommodation, luggage transported, route maps, three dinners and transfers, from £640 pp.


Hiking skills in the Lakes

Keen hikers can take a Bronze Navigation and Hill Skills Course with Ramblers Walking Holidays at Hassness Country House (pictured above) in the Lake District. It costs from £299 including all meals, tuition and equipment, with a £30 single-room supplement. Spaces are available in November and if courses need to be cancelled, they can be rebooked at no charge next March, May or November.


20% off Shropshire breaks

The lovely Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel in the Shropshire Hills has 20% off all stays in November and December; from £97 pp per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.


Stay safe in the Alps

Peak Retreats, which offers self-drive holidays in the Alps, has a low deposit of £100 on summer 2021. And if you book by 31 October, you can change dates for free up to 31 March 2021. It also has flexible booking terms on its winter ski holidays.


Abu Dhabi in style

Grab a burst of Gulf sunshine at the five-star W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island where three nights costs just £620 pp including flights, free upgrade to half board and free access to Yas Beach Club. The offer is available between 14 December 2020 and 30 September 2021 with Etihad Holidays. Call 0345 600 8118 for details.


Book ahead for China cruise

Cruise holidays look unlikely to restart before 2021 but you can grab a bargain if you book ahead. Iglu Cruise has a 24-night Asia cruise in October 2021 on Royal Caribbean’s flagship Voyager of the Seas, including a 12-night land tour of China with Wendy Wu Tours plus ports of call in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore from just £2,599 including flights.


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* Most companies quote prices from London airports, but often other departure airports are available. You can sometimes book without flights, and arrange your own. All packages including flights are ATOL protected. Ask the tour operator for details.
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101 holiday ideas

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