As the days get shorter and winter’s grip approaches, it’s an ideal time to think about your next holiday.

Perhaps you fancy a villa with a private pool overlooking the Mediterranean, or that long-haul adventure you’ve been dreaming about for so long. Here, Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays, selects some of the best holidays to book now for Christmas, New Year and 2022.

Long-Haul Luxury

Treat yourselves to Mauritius next year, where seven nights all-inclusive at the five star Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa costs from £1,640 per person (saving £320 pp) including flights in June and private transfers. The resort is close to the Blue Bay Marine Park and has six restaurants, land and water sports and 70 acres of gardens. Details from Beachcomber Tours.

The Maldives are one of the best-selling destinations for 2022. If you can’t wait until then, I’ve tracked down a great deal with up to 40% off a luxury escape to Six Senses Laamu departing this month. Seven nights now cost from £2,939 pp including flights, speedboat transfers and B&B accommodation in a Lagoon Water Villa. That’s a saving of over £3,000 per couple. Book with Turquoise Holidays.

Winter Sun

How about a week of post-Christmas sunshine in Tenerife? Seven nights B&B at the five-star Bahia Del Duque costs from £1,399 pp (saving £195 pp) including flights departing Gatwick on 5 January. You must book by 30 November with Classic Collection quoting reference 1693073.

The Gambia is a great option for winter sun, with flights taking less than 6 hours. The African Princess Beach Hotel is for adults only and has swim-up guest rooms. Seven nights B&B costs from £949 pp (saving £250 pp) including flights departing Gatwick on 18 January. Other dates are available. Details from The Gambia Experience.

Keen to get back to America? Wexas has a 2-for-1 offer on the America Queen Steamboat Cruise sailing down the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans. A 13-day trip including seven nights on the boat, two nights in Memphis and two in New Orleans costs from £2,380 pp (saving £1,170 pp) including flights. Book by 27 December for travel in 2021.

Now that we can travel freely again to the Dominican Republic, how about a week of indulgence at Club Med Punta Cana, which offers white sand beaches, water sports and a Zen Oasis with adults-only pool, spa and smoothie & cocktail bar. Seven nights all-inclusive from £1,567 pp (saving £277 pp) including Gatwick flights departing 5 March and transfers. Children under 6 stay free.

Christmas and New Year

Guest can save up to 45% off the cost of festive accommodation with Sandals Resorts, plus an extra 5% off on selected travel dates when they book for seven-nights or more by 30th November 2021. The Sandals Resorts Booking Bonus also offers additional savings of up to £700 per booking. All offers are based on selected departure dates, resorts and room categories and must be booked by 30th November 2021. All Sandals Resorts are adults-only all-inclusive resorts and offer unlimited fine dining at up to 16 gourmet restaurants per resort, unlimited premium spirits, complimentary land and watersports (including up to two free Scuba dives per day for PADI certified divers), free wifi, resort transfers and more.

A hiking holiday could be an inspired way to see in the New Year. Ramblers Walking Holidays has a short break to Loxton & the Mendips including walking some of Cheddar Gorge and a gala dinner and dance on New Year’s Eve. Three nights half-board costs £445.

Cruise in to 2022 with this seven-night New Year Northern Pearls on the MSC Magnifica visits France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It sails from Southampton on 28 December; inside cabins start at just £749 pp, and balcony cabins from £899 pp, both including tips. Details: Iglu Cruise.

Cornwall is beautiful in winter: bracing coastal walks and no crowds. The Sands Resort is perfect for families and has a fabulous offer at Twixmas and New Year from just £60 per adult per night. It has an indoor pool, spa, children’s activities, baby listening and arts and crafts club.

Spring and Summer in the Med

Lay on the luxury next Easter with a stay at the iconic five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. Seven nights B&B costs from £1,849 pp including flights departing Gatwick on 11 April and private transfers. Travel with The Inspiring Travel Company.

In the lovely resort of Kalkan on the Turkish coast, Villa Bir (sleeps 6) has a private pool and sun terrace on a hillside overlooking the bay. It also has access to a large pool, restaurant and bar at the nearby hotel. There’s a 10% discount on all stays in 2022 if you book before 1 January. Weekly rental rates start from £1,548 (saving £172) with Oliver’s Travels.

Visit the birthplace of western civilisation on a 12-day Cox & Kings group tour, The Heart of Ancient Greece, which departs on 6 May 2022. With stays in four-star and five-star hotels, it includes the classical sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, along with wine tasting, olive oil tasting and a truffle hunt. From £2,395 (saving £100) if you book by 25 November.

Holidays Afloat

Boating holidays are going to be big next year – here’s an idea in the Norfolk Broads. Olympic Light (sleeps 6) is an elite-class cruiser with mod cons including a satellite tracking dome to receive Freesat TV channels. Rental costs in spring start at £733, saving 5%. You’ll save an additional 5% if you book and pay in full. Details: Waterways Holidays.

Book a family boating holiday in Europe next summer and save 5% if you’re travelling with one child and 10% with two children. Nicols has a huge choice of boats in France, along with options in Portugal, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. No previous boating experience is needed. Prices start from £923 for a week on a boat sleeping up to six.

At the luxury end of the market, European Waterways offers exclusive cruises on five-star hotel barges in Europe. It has six nights aboard the 12-passenger Panache sailing in Holland from 27 March. It includes a tour of the Keukenhof Gardens and a visit to the Aalsmeer flower auction and costs from £3,771 pp (saving £419 pp) if you book by 10 January.

By Mark Hodson
November 2021