Great Getaways
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Great Getaways

Enjoy an extended break away from Britain with a long-stay holiday

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Cold, dark Britain makes you want to run away for a few weeks until spring has sprung. Book one of these great getaways and you can do just that.


America As You Like It is offering a three-week holiday in Florida in February and March, from £2,070 per person. That includes return flights on British Airways from Gatwick to Tampa, 21 days’ fully inclusive economy car hire and 21 nights’ room-only accommodation at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, Sarasota, featuring a gorgeous white beach lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Prices are subject to availability and based on two sharing.

020-8742 8299,

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Thomson has two superb options for those seeking an extended getaway. There’s a 21-night trip to Tenerife, staying at the 4T-rated Thomson Platinum Hotel Guayarmina Princess on a half-board basis, from £1,568 per person, or 21 nights in Cyprus, staying at the 4T+ Thomson à la carte Hotel Alexander the Great Beach, also half-board, from £1,092 per person. Prices are based on two adults sharing and include flights from Gatwick.

0871-230 2555,


Don’t miss the chance to sail to St Helena on one of the last working Royal Mail Ships before the island’s first airport opens in 2016. Discover The World’s 20-to-22-day Discover St Helena trip includes one night pre- and post-trip in Cape Town, a return voyage from Cape Town to St Helena on the RMS St Helena (with all meals), three nights’ B&B at the Town House, Jamestown, and fi ve nights’ B&B at the Farm Lodge, rural St Helena – with one dinner, six days’ car rental, a 4WD excursion and a half-day wildlife cruise. Prices start from £3,619 per person, excluding international flights.



Experience the remarkable beauty of both Burma, aka Myanmar, and neighbouring Laos by combining a sevennight cruise on the Ayeyarwady River from Bagan to Yangon with three nights at the Belmond Governor’s Residence (in a Garden View Room) and three nights at the Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos (in a Garden View Junior Suite). You can add more time depending on how much you have to spare. Prices start from £4,965 per person, including a one-way internal flight between Yangon and Bagan, a half-day sightseeing tour in Yangon, transfers to and from each hotel, breakfast at each hotel and table d’hôte meals on board Belmond Orcaella. International flights are extra.

0845-077 2222,

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Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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