Bargain seekers should be on high alert, at this time of year there are an incredible amount of holidays out there that have been slashed to supremely low prices. This week, we bring you week-long stays in restored mansions along the coast of Madeira and beachy nights in an adults-only, Jamaican paradise, room keys to which have never been more affordable.
Summer is just on the horizon, and there’s no time like the present to snatch up a swoon-worthy deal. With hundreds of pounds off, the savings are, needless to say, pretty epic.
7 nights, from Manchester, All Inclusive – £327 savings
This four-star hotel is tucked into an apt location along Tenerife’s western coast and features views of the towering Los Gigantes cliffs, as well as the ocean, which is only a 10-minute stroll away. There are three swimming pools onsite, including a large, lagoon-style spot with Balinese beds not far off, as well as facilities for group games like football, mini golf, plus a bowling alley and ropes course.
Playa de La Arena is one of Tenerife’s smaller towns, and it tends to take life on the quieter side. Days here are spent lounging on the shores, embarking on boat cruises along the coast and drifting between boutiques. La Arena’s waters are a hotspot for scuba diving and snorkelling, as you can suit up and swim past underwater volcanic formations.
7 nights, from Birmingham, Half Board – £287 savings
At the Grand Hotel Flora, holidaygoers are treated to chic surroundings off the vibrant Corso Italia, an avenue where you’ll find the best restaurants and shopping. The Grand Hotel Flora features a large pool, as well as garden-side and rooftop sunbathing spots. This deal will get you a buffet breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, and with the Corso Italia just outside, you’re never far from a local pizzeria that’ll do more than fine for lunch and dinner.
The beach at the Marina Grande is only a 20-minute walk from the hotel – there, you’ll find boat tours and cruises out to the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia, as well as views of Mount Vesuvius. Sorrento is lined with cobbled streets, beautiful churches and cathedrals and shops boasting the lemon liqueur limoncello, which the town is known for inventing, and not to be missed.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, Self Catering – £253 savings
For Greek holidays at your own pace, the Stema 2 in Sidari provide all the amenities you’ll need to settle comfortably into the Mediterranean lifestyle. For seven nights, you’ll be treated to accommodation with kitchen facilities, plus a new bar area that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at an extra price.
The apartments feature a large pool, though Sidari Beach is only a five-minute walk away. There’s also the Sidari Water and Fun Park, where you can lounge around the poolside for free, or purchase a ticket and whiz down the slides. When you aren’t whipping up your own meal, there is a host of Greek tavernas and cafes dotted around town as well, plus a lively nightlife scene filled with cocktails along the coast.
7 nights, from Birmingham, Bed and Breakfast – £397 savings
This gorgeous, four-star hotel is located within a restored hillside mansion that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It’s nestled amid sub-tropical gardens, and features a breathtaking interior in the Madeiran style, with Persian rugs and antique furniture. You’ll have your pick of two a la carte restaurants boasting Madeiran and Portuguese meals, plus a heated indoor pool.
The hotel is just beside the Laurissilva Forest, a World Heritage Site, as well as a cable car service that’ll take you into downtown Funchal. It’s the capital of Madeira, but takes life on the slow side, with glasses of its sweet, namesake wine, hikes through the nearby mountains and coffees at cool, Portuguese cafes.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, All Inclusive – £314 savings
The Gran Bahia in Jamaica is a universe of its own – an adults-only universe, that is. It comes equipped with three massive pools and five restaurants whose cuisines range from Italian to Japanese to a steakhouse. To top it all off, the hotel is also treated to its very own private beach where turtles have been known to nest.
Along the coast, you can soak up the sun, hop aboard a catamaran or set out for some sailing lessons. The surrounding area of Runaway Bay is packed with natural sites, from the Green Grotto Caves to miles and miles of white-sand coast. It’s also home to one of the island’s most popular 18-hole golf courses, where you can work on your swing while you work on your tan.