It’s not too late to book a holiday in August. 101 Holidays rounds up some great deals.

If you’re standing on the sidelines, still undecided, or maybe you’ve been away but fancy another cheeky break, here are some of the best available deals, selected by Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays. Mark has also included some autumn sun deals including two-for-one hotel stays in Italy.

VILLAS IN THE MED





50% off Puglia Villa


In the gorgeous region of Puglia in southern Italy, Trulli la Pietrina (sleeps 6) is a beautifully-restored villa near the whitewashed town of Ostuni. It has a large pool, covered terrace, outdoor dining area and roof terrace with panoramic views. A week’s rental from 27 August costs £1,898 (saving £1,898). Book with Oliver’s Travels.

40% off last-minute Greece


Head to the tranquil island of Alonissos where seven nights self-catering at Mega Nero Cottages costs £809 pp (saving £538 pp), including flights departing Gatwick on 12 August and transfers. The cottage has its own private pool, spacious living area and shaded terrace with stunning views down to the bay and tavernas and a beach nearby. Book with Sunvil.

27% off Greek villa for four


Also in Alonissos, Villa Selene (sleeps 4) is available for a week from 12 August. It costs £1,108 pp (saving £410 pp) including flights and car hire. The modern hillside villa has private gardens, sunset views and is close to Megalos Mourtias beach, the port of Patitiri and the narrow streets of the Old Town. Book with GIC The Villa Collection.

Blow the budget in Sitges


If you want to splurge, you could rent Villa de los Leones, a fabulous 1920s mansion in Sitges, near Barcelona. It’s one of the most luxurious villas in the region with a 10m private pool and elegant gardens just 200m from the beach. It sleeps 14 in seven bedrooms and costs €11,200 (reduced from €14,950) from 27 August. Details from Sitges Hills Villas.


HOTELS IN THE MED





Families can save £2,950 in Sardinia


If you’re looking for a luxury last-minute family summer holiday, how about the amazing Forte Village in Sardinia – with everything from a Real Madrid Football Academy to a Children’s Wonderland. A week departing 23 August for a family of four sharing a Deluxe Family Bungalow costs a total of £6,065 (saving £2,950) including breakfast, flights, private transfers and €200 resort credit. Available from The Inspiring Travel Company.


Two for One in Puglia Hotels


Sardatur Holidays has a great offer in September and October with two people staying for the price of one at three superb resort hotels – the Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions, Borgobianco Resort & Spa and Hotel Marinagri. Prices start at £1,094 for two, including B&B or half-board, flights and transfers.


UK



Stay at a watermill in Dorset


The Mill (sleeps 6) is a lovingly-restored historic watermill in Dorset countryside with a large garden and even its own zipwire near the beach at West Bay. Seven nights rental from 20 August costs £1,495 (saving £100) including bedding and towels. Available from Bridport Cottages.



Hike in the Dales


Ramblers Walking Holidays has a five-night group trip to the Yorkshire Dales, departing on 2 September, which costs £485 pp (was £529 pp). You’ll visit three natural wonders: Malham Cove, where scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were filmed, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall. The price includes full-board at simple hostel-like accommodation and all transport necessary for the walking programme.


OTHER IDEAS



Scandi Cruise Upgrade


Join a 14-night Scandinavian cruise sailing from Southampton on 10 September and get a free balcony upgrade and free inclusive drinks. The cruise on the MSC Virtuosa visits Visby in Sweden, Tallinn, Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Skagen in Denmark. Prices from £939 pp. Book with Iglucruise.

The Gambia for £599


Book a pre-Christmas winter sun break in The Gambia where seven nights B&B at the Holiday Beach Club costs just £599 pp (saving £206 pp) including flights departing Gatwick on 6 December and transfers. Book with The Gambia Experience.



Luxury hotel barge cruise in France


Join a luxury hotel barge cruise aboard the 12-passenger Panache in Alsace & Lorraine in September. Seven nights costs £4,365 pp (saving £485) including gourmet meals aboard and ashore, regional wines, champagne welcome, open bar, all excursions and local transfers. Book by 31 August with European Waterways.

Twin-centre Morocco


Fleewinter has an exciting 7-night twin-centre holiday in Morocco staying at the Rebali Riads on the beach at Essaouira, then moving to the Atlas Mountains and a stay at Olinto, a luxury retreat. The holiday costs £1,300 pp including B&B and private transfers, excluding flights, during September.

August 2022