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 Lake District or a crowd-free Rome, Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays, selects some of the best holidays you can book right now.

Travel soon and save 40%

Madeira is on the government’s “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.

This autumn is a unique chance to experience Rome without the crowds. Kirker Holidays has 43% off 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.

Best of the Med

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

Turkey has led the way in combating Covid. In the charming resort of Kalkan, the luxury Korsan Suites boast a shared pool and private hot tub. Seven nights B&B in October costs from £742 pp (based on four sharing) including flights and private transfers with Simpson Travel.

Cyprus is firmly on the green list - and is one of the best destinations in the Med for winter sun. However, you’ll need to get a negative test within 72 hours of departure from the UK. Sunvil Holidays has seven nights at the Elysium Hotel in Paphos departing 20 October for £1,234 pp including flights, transfers and free half board. The company is offering our readers 5% off all Cyprus holidays if you book by 31 October 2020 and quote “Good Web Guide”.

In Italy, To Tuscany has 10% off Villa il Sole near Arezzo. It sleeps eight and costs a total of £1,685 per week (was £1,872) between 26 September and 31 October.

Tropical bargains

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.

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 great deal: seven nights in a beach pavilion at LUX* South Ari Atoll costs from £1,499 pp (saving £1,000 pp) with flights, breakfast and seaplane transfers. The offer with Turquoise Holidays is valid for travel until 31 October 2021.

Stretch your legs in the UK

Inntravel has a new independent walking holiday in The Tweed & the Scottish Borders with six nights B&B in four-star accommodation, luggage transported, route maps, three dinners and transfers, from £640 pp.

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

Keen hikers can take a Bronze Navigation and Hill Skills Course with Ramblers Walking Holidays, staying at Hassness Country House 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.

Book ahead with confidence

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.

For winter sun, the five-star W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island has three nights for 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.

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 £2,599 pp including flights.

September 2020


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