Friday, 31 July 2015

Great Late Deals

There’s still time to escape on one of these great late deals

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Late summer is a glorious time to visit Italy’s magnificent lakes – there are fewer crowds, the ferries are less busy and you can still bask in some lovely sunshine. Book with Kirker Holidays and stay at the four-star deluxe Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore, for five nights for the price of four between 23 August to 17 October. The famous gardens of Isola Bella are a short ferry ride away and the Villa Taranto gardens are within walking distance.

From £899 per person, based on two sharing (saving up to £115 per person, including flights from Heathrow to Milan, private transfers, room with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes and the services of the Kirker Concierge to book opera tickets, expert local guides or a table for dinner: 020-7593 2283,

If you enjoy the great outdoors, book a Discover The World’s seven-night Hidden Fjords Fly Drive, featuring beautiful Norwegian scenery, quaint towns and charming hotels. Visit lesser-known destinations as well as the popular towns of Geiranger and Flam, the Briksdalsbreen Glacier, Jostedalsbreen National Park and Sognefjord.

From £1,266 per person, based on two sharing a double/twin room, with three nights on a B&B basis and four nights half board. Includes return flights between Gatwick and Bergen and eight days car hire. Go before 30 September and receive a free Garmin Nüvi satnav, worth £100 – yours to keep: 01737-214291,

If you adore sunny Portugal, head for an ancient hilltop hideaway on the Spanish border with i-escape. The village of Marialva, at the eastern end of the Beira province, is home to the granite cottages and quirky eco houses of Casas do Coro. The self-catering cottages have kitchens of course, but breakfast is included so that’s one meal taken care of.

Seven nights from £396, which includes a five-nightsfor- the-price-of-four exclusive i-escape offer, based on two adults sharing Suite of Refugio das Fragas in July/August. Plus, i-escape will provide a bottle of wine as a thank you:

For those seeking a wellness break combining yoga, spa and meditation, with a touch of the East but without the long-haul flight, try the 14-bedroom boutique hotel Shanti Som. The luxurious residence is tucked away in the Spanish hills around half-an-hour’s drive north of Marbella and a 45-minute drive from Malaga airport.

Seven nights in August from £1,150 per person, based on two sharing a Premium Room half board, including return flights from the UK and private airport transfers: 020-8968 0501,

Save £500 on an in:spa retreat in France or Spain, which combines a gourmet detox diet with exercise, yoga, meditation and relaxation. There are two seven-night trips; one from 2 to 8 August at the Chateau Robernier in Provence, close to St Tropez; or from 13 to 20 August at the Hotel Monasterio in Spain.

Both retreats cost from £1,645 (was £1,895) per person, based on two sharing a Standard Double on an allinclusive basis, including yoga classes and fitness activities, a cookery lesson, two massages, a nutrition consultation and a training session: 020-3235 0120

Join a 14-night journey to the sunny Canary Islands, from £999 per person. The P&O Cruises’ holiday on the new flagship Britannia (B522), from 25 September, includes fullboard meals, afternoon tea and round-the-clock entertainment. Departs from and returns to Southampton; ports of call are the Azores, Madeira, Santa Cruz, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon and Vigo. The Britannia has four pools, 13 places to eat and £1m-worth of artwork. 

0843-373 0111,

Treat yourself to a Caribbean holiday with some friends. The privately owned Paradise Beach Nevis (formerly the Villas Paradiso), on the island’s west coast, has undergone a major refurbishment. The resort has seven villas, each with a plunge pool, outdoor marble shower and a private garden, plus well-equipped kitchen and a grilling deck for al-fresco dining. There is also a wide range of restaurants nearby. Activities from kayaking and deep-sea fishing to horse riding, diving and golf, can be arranged.

One week’s room-only stay in September or October costs from £1,399 per person, based on four sharing a twobedroom garden villa. Includes BA flights to St Kitts and transfers: 020-3824 8444,

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Prices were correct at the time of going to press.

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