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Cuba: save £350

Head to Cuba this summer with three nights B&B at the Hotel Inglaterra in Havana followed by four nights on the beach at the all-inclusive Melia Peninsula Varadero. It costs from £939 pp (saving £350 pp) including Virgin Atlantic flights departing Heathrow between 18 June and 13 August, and transfers. Book by 31 March with Cuba Direct. Covid promise here.


Escape to the Welsh borders

Can’t wait to get away? You could be cruising the Llangollen Canal next month on Debbie Jane, a beautiful narrowboat that sleeps four in a double bed and two singles. It’s available to hire for a four-night midweek break starting 20, 24 or 27 April and costs from £882 (saving 10%) with Waterways Holidays. See the Covid booking guarantee.


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30% off Alonissos in May

You can get 30% off all dates this year at Paradiso, a gorgeous villa on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It’s ideal for families with a private heated pool, huge lawned garden and table tennis, maid service and air-con. A week’s rental from 17 May costs £1,780 for four guests, or £2,110 for six guests, excluding flights. There’s also good availability in the summer holidays. Book with CV Villas. See their Covid policy.


French Alps under £200 per person

Escape to the French Alps for a blast of fresh mountain air – hiking, mountain biking or just soaking up the sun. Stay in a four-star apartment at La Clé des Cîmes in the resort of Arêches-Beaufort with shared indoor pool and wellness centre plus free wifi. Seven nights based on four sharing costs from £194 pp (was £217 pp) including midweek ferry crossing and arriving 17 July with Peak Retreats. Book by 15 March to get the discount.


15% off France boating holiday

Another option for a family (or group of friends) is a self-drive boating holiday on the rivers and canals of southern France. Boats are available for crews of between two and ten people from bases in Aquitaine or the Canal du Midi with a 15% saving between 17 May and 9 July, and 21 August to 31 October. No previous boating experience is needed. Book by 15 March with Nicols Boating Holidays. Covid update here.

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Save £1,000 in Sardinia

Forte Village Resort in Sardinia is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for families. It’s a beautiful spot and packed with activities and entertainment. Seven nights half board at the four-star Hotel Bouganville costs a total of £5,941 (saving £1,049) for a family of two adults and two children under 12 including flights departing Gatwick on 21 August. Book with Sardatur Holidays. Covid information here.


£500 off luxury Seychelles

Couples who feel they deserve a real treat should consider the Hilton Labriz Seychelles where seven nights B&B in a King Garden Villa costs from £1,589 pp (saving £500 pp) including flights and speedboat transfers with Turquoise Holidays if you book by 31 March. Covid iinfo.


Club Med has opened a new eco-resort in the Seychelles on the private island of Sainte Anne set within a national marine park. Seven nights all-inclusive with flights departing 18 July costs from £2,336 pp (saving £412 pp). Children under six stay free. The Covid cancellation policy is here


Closer to home, Greenhills Country House Hotel on Jersey has three nights for the price of two with full flexibility up to 48 hours before arrival. It’s a haven of peace and quiet and has a restaurant with AA Rosette. See booking terms.


Walk the South Downs Way

A new self-guided walking holiday, South Downs to the Sea, launches on 1 June including stays in two charming inns with outstanding food and a traditional hotel near the quayside in Bosham. The walks are leisurely and your luggage is transported each day to your next accommodation. Six nights B&B costs from £595 pp including taxi transfers, route maps and notes, one dinner and two picnic lunches with Inntravel. See booking terms.


The ever-popular Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel in Shropshire is filling up fast. You can still get dinner, bed and breakfast from £105 pp per night on selected dates. The hotel is offering free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to arrival and no deposit required. See its rebooking policy.


Treat yourselves to Crete

Another option for a well-deserved splurge is Elounda Peninsula on the island of Crete where seven nights B&B in a Peninsula Junior Suite costs £1,701 pp in June including flights and private transfers. The luxury resort has a Six Senses Spa, private beach with water sports, a choice of seven restaurants and five bars. Book with Abercrombie & Kent. See the Covid policy.


On Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, the adult-only Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotel is a relaxing retreat with just 16 rooms, mature walled gardens, swimming pools and secluded corners. Seven nights B&B in October costs from £956 pp including flights and a free upgrade to half-board if you book by 31 March with Cachet Travel. See the Covid policy.



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Gorgeous villa in Croatia

In Croatia, Villa Ena is a beautifully-renovated stone house with private pool and views over the Mirna Valley in Istria near the historic town of Motovun. It sleeps four and is available in June, August and beyond from £770 per week with Oliver’s Travels. See the booking guarantee.


Scotland road trip

In Scotland, McKinlay Kidd has a new self-drive road trip on Scotland’s West Coast 500. The 10-night itinerary takes in the Argyll peninsula, the Mull of Kintyre and part of the West Highlands. It costs from £995 pp in April, October or November, and £1095 pp between May and September, including B&B accommodation and car ferries. See the booking guarantee.


Meanwhile, Peter Sommer Travels says its small-boat gulet cruises are well suited to cope with Covid fears, with outdoor dining, sea swimming, water sports, hiking and sightseeing in small groups. It has a family cruise in the Aegean, and adult departures in Croatia, Turkey and Greece.


Africa in style

Are you yearning to visit Africa? Combine the sensational wildlife of the Masai Mara with Kenya’s tropical coast staying one night at Hemingways Nairobi, four nights all-inclusive at Ol Seki Mara and seven nights half-board at Hemingways Watamu. It costs from £4,600 pp including flights, air and road transfers and conservation entry fees. Valid for stays from 1 June to 19 December with Mahlatini. Covid cancellation policy is here.


The ultimate social bubble?

Or how about a close-up view of Thailand’s elephants in their natural habitat from the comfort of your own fully furnished, transparent Jungle Bubble. Built on a wooden deck above the forest, these luxury pods also allow you to gaze at the night sky. A one-night stay costs around £330 for two people. Details from Selective Asia.


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* Overseas travel is illegal until at least 17 May. See the latest government advice. 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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