Warm afternoons and chilly evenings in the UK have got us wondering just what to make of this flip-flopping weather. Just how late in the year can we get away with wearing no tights, and is it really time to pull out the winter coat?
We’ll make this easy – when in doubt, choose both. Much like the weather, this week’s holiday deals feature a little bit of this and a little bit of that, from snow-bound getaways in Lapland to beach escapes in Cuba. You can thank us later.
Levantelux Apartments, Spain
These simple Self Catering apartments put you right in the heart of crowd-favourite Benidorm, just a short jaunt from the resort’s outrageous nightlife scene, restaurants and Levante Beach.
These apartments are simple in set-up and offer everything you need to keep you going on your Spanish holiday, from a snack bar serving light bites to a large pool and sun terrace. But rowdy Benidorm won’t let you forget it’s just on the other side of your hotel’s grounds, riling holidaymakers up with endless stretches of beaches, waterparks and bottomless pints.
Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain
Clubhotel Riu Bachata, Dominican Republic
Beachy escapes don’t get much finer than those at this 4* stunner, found just up the coast from Puerto Plata. The ClubHotel Riu Bachata is set directly on Maimon Bay just footsteps from the palm-lined beach, and with the watersports on offer here, you’ll find it difficult to tear yourself away from the shores. But the hotel’s massive lagoon-style pools, swim-up bar, array of restaurants and live music scene will do their best to vie for your attention.
Clubhotel Riu Bachata
Bahia Maimon, Caribbean, Dominican Republic
Pestana Cayo Coco, Cuba
The Pestana Cayo Coco is what waterfront dreams are made of. Cloaked in four peaceful pools and decked with four stars, this tropical hotel looks pretty gorgeous in the sunshine and is tucked right along a private white sand beach. You’ll never want to leave. And with three a la carte restaurants, a slew of sports and watersports, plus evening entertainment and four bars, you won’t have to.
Pestana Cayo Coco
Cayo Coco, Caribbean, Cuba
Sokos Vaakuna Hotel, Lapland, Finland
The chill in the air is very welcome at this snow-bound hotel, wedged right in the middle of Rovaniemi. The rooms here are sleek in decor, not that you’ll be spending much time indoors with the Santa Park, Christmas-themed fun and ski slopes at Ounasvaara within reach. But should you want to cosy up in your hotel, the two restaurants dishing up French and Tex Mex cuisine, nightclub and bar will keep you warm.
Sokos Vaakuna Hotel
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Cabin Hotel, Iceland
The Cabin Hotel is modest in size but it’s the location that more than makes up for it. Just a 15-minute walk from the main shopping centre – complete with museums, boutiques and restaurants – and Reykjavik’s waterfront closer still, this hotel will keep you well-connected to the sights and sounds of Iceland’s heart.
When it isn’t time for lazing in Reykjavik’s famous thermal pools or gaping up at the northern lights, the Cabin Hotel also offers a simple restaurant, bar and teeny souvenir shop to keep you covered.
Hot or cold – which did you choose? Let us know in the comments below.