From 2nd December, you can travel abroad again, even if you’re in Tier 3.

And with positive news about vaccines and a new test-and-release system, many people are booking next year’s holidays right now.

Travel companies are responding with tempting discounts and generous rebooking policies. Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays, picks the best of the Black Friday deals.

50% off luxury Maldives resort




Constance Moofushi is known as the leading five-star all-inclusive resort in the Maldives. You can get 50% off stays there throughout 2021 in a Black Friday sale. For example, seven nights in August or September in a beach villa or water villa costs from £2,499 pp including international flights, seaplane transfers and all meals and drinks, saving £3,458 per couple. Book between 9am on November 27 and 5pm on November 30 with Turquoise Holidays


Abu Dhabi for £500




Get a blast of Arabian heat with five nights B&B at the four-star beachfront Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi. It costs just £507 pp including flights from Heathrow or Manchester, travelling between 1 May and 30 September. Book by 10 December with Etihad Holidays.


60% off all-inclusive Barbados




April is a wonderful month to be in the Caribbean, and you can get 60% off the all-inclusive four-star Turtle Beach Hotel in Barbados. Two weeks in a Junior Suite departing on 12 April costs from £1,999 pp including Gatwick flights, or £2,199 from Manchester. That’s a saving of £4,280 per couple. Book by 2 December with Classic Collection.


30% off Alonissos in May




Get 30% off the Marpunta Resort on the Greek island of Alonissos, a village-style complex of bungalows with a pool, overlooking a quiet beach. Seven nights full-board costs £1,070 pp (saving £479 pp) including flights departing 21 May and transfers. Book before 28 February with Sunvil.


New Year splurge in Antigua




If you want to splurge on a New Year’s celebration, how about a stay at the gorgeous five-star Carlisle Bay in Antigua. Seven nights in an Ocean Suite departing on 28 December costs from £6,455 pp (saving £2,160 pp) including breakfast, flights and private transfers. Details: Inspiring Travel Company.


Free car hire




If you book a 2021 villa holiday before the end of November, CV Villas will throw in a free hire car worth up to £650. Its Flexi Promise means bookings can be amended for any reason at any point before the final balance is paid.


Crewed yacht in Greece




Fleewinter has 5% off luxury cruises in the Greek islands on a fully crewed private yacht between April and October. Seven nights costs from £1,215 pp if you book before 31 December. The same company has 15% off Rebali Riads on the coast of Morocco, now from £85 per room for two people with breakfast. Flights are not included.


Boating in France


Get 15% off boating holidays in 2021 in France, Holland, Portugal, Germany and Hungary if you book with Nicols by Monday 30 November. Explore tranquil rivers and canals at your own pace. No previous boating experience is needed.


Summer in the Alps




How about the fresh air and glorious wide open spaces of the French Alps next summer? Peak Retreats has amazing deals on self-drive holidays staying in luxury self-catering apartments. Seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc region costs from £183 pp (was £228 pp) including Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus upgrade, based on four sharing, arriving on 3 July. Book by 15 January to pay a deposit of just £100.


30% off luxury France cruise




If you’re planning a big celebration in 2021 – perhaps a birthday or anniversary – you could charter a five-star luxury barge to cruise one of the most beautiful rivers or canals in France. European Waterways is offering 30% off whole boat charters for Black Friday. A six-night cruise for eight passengers costs from £17,150 (saving of £7,350) with gourmet food and wine, excursions, open bar and transfers included.

In the Hebrides, St Hilda Sea Adventures has 10% off whole-boat private charters on selected dates in 2021 if you book before 20 December.


Adults-only Amalfi Coast




Enjoy a short break on Italy’s romantic Amalfi Coast: four nights B&B at the adults-only Casa Angelina costs £1,155 pp (saving £330 pp) including flights departing Heathrow between 11 March and 30 April, private transfers and airport lounge access. Book with Wexas.


10% off Turkey villa with pool




Oliver’s Travels has 10% off stays throughout 2021 at Villa Eda (sleeps 6) in the charming Turkish port of Kalkan. If you book before 31 January, the price starts at £1,257 for a week, equivalent to £30 pp per night.


£500 off Club Med Caribbean




Club Med has fully renovated its luxury all-inclusive resort at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Seven nights departing 3 April (during the Easter Holidays) costs £2,002 pp (saving £500 pp) including flights. You can choose to stay in a beach bungalow or overwater suite with champagne served every day from 6pm. Experiences on offer include snorkelling with manta rays and a sunset lobster barbecue.


The best of Sicily




ExpertoItaly recommends the stunning Donna Carmela Resort in Sicily where seven nights costs £695 pp (saving £300 per couple) including airport transfers between 11 April and 31 October, but excluding August. Flights to Catania are not included.

November 2020