Yes, holidays are for splurging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a steal or two along the way. This week sees incredible cuts on holidays to waterfronts laden with Renaissance architecture, chic luxury resorts and a hotel in which a certain cartoon mouse – his first name is Mickey – lives just down the road.
So go ahead and treat yourself to a list of this week’s top holiday deals – because we believe the splurging should be done at the hotel buffet, not when you’re booking.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, Self Catering – £497 savings
The apartments at Caretta’s Nest are highly sought out for their rustic, countryside feel and close proximity to Kaminia Beach, where turtles have been known to nest. Each of the apartments feature bedrooms, a lounge and a kitchenette, and have easy access to the villa’s pool, where you’ll find sunloungers and umbrellas.
Caretta’s Nest is located within the coastal town of Skala, which enjoys a relaxing beach scene made lively by horseback riding clubs, boat tours and watersports. There’s also the Blue Caves – a famed patch of beautiful blue water enclosed by rock formations only reachable by a special cruise. And though Caretta’s Nest is Self Catering, you’re never far from Greek tavernas and cocktail bars tucked along the waterfront.
7 nights, from London Luton, All Inclusive – £365 savings
These four-star accommodations will be your chic home away from home, with jaw-droppingly stylish interiors – think crystal chandeliers and Chesterfield-style sofas – a massive swimming pool and a buffet restaurant. What’s more, it’s only steps from the shores of Sunny Beach, as well as plenty of bars and restaurants.
Sunny Beach is arguably the most popular resort in Bulgaria, boasting white sand beaches filtering out to the Black Sea and a variety of watersports zipping out on the waves. The Diamant Residence is also only a five-minute drive from Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – an ancient, though still thriving, city-museum.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, All Inclusive – £290 savings
The Roc Golf Trinidad offers all the makings of a classic Spanish holiday vacation – a sunny location, a buffet restaurant and daily entertainment. It also comes equipped with two large pools and overlooks the sea, which means the only question left is where to lay your towel.
Tucked along Spain’s southern coast, Roquetas de Mar is a fishing town, though, judging by the cafes, pubs and restaurants, you’d never know it. Cutting along its coast is a tapas bar-lined promenade while just outside the resort is the Punta Entinas Sabinar Natural Park, where you can get in touch with the local flora and fauna.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, Room Only – £298 savings
The Coco Key Hotel is accommodation and a fun park all rolled into one – take the lift downstairs and you’ll be met with a full-blown waterpark, equipped with waterslides, three swimming pools and an outdoor food court. And if that’s not enough, the hotel also offers a free shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld!
Orlando, Florida needs no introduction – its ground zero for world class theme parks, with Walt Disney World Resort and its four parks plus a string of waterparks, the roller coasters at Universal Orlando and the amazing animal shows at SeaWorld. Even if you aren’t travelling with little ones, it’s still an action-packed destination. You can swap the mouse ears for cajun cuisine, hot air balloon rides and premium outlet shopping and do just fine.
7 nights, from London Gatwick, Half Board – £381 savings
The Belvedere Hotel and Resort is located right along the coast, and you won’t forget it – many of the rooms feature sea views, and the hotel’s restaurant directly overlooks the pebbled, Blue Flag beach, which is only steps away. The Belvedere boasts a large, outdoor pool lined with sunloungers, as well as watersport rentals to take down to the beach.
Holidays in Vrsar are spent wandering through the village’s gorgeous old quarters, steeped in Renaissance architecture and stone buildings. The waterfront is also a popular point, as that’s where a good number of restaurants are located, along with 18 uninhabited islands that are ripe for exploring.