Deal 1. A Luxury Break in Tenerife
Families not constrained by the summer holiday travel window can take advantage of Sovereign Luxury Travel's bag of autumn bargains including a whopping saving of £1,170 per family on its deal at the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort in Tenerife. The operator is offering a free night, a free upgrade to half-board, a free child place, a free Thalasso spa entrance per adult and an online booking discount, costing a family of three £2,119 all in, when you book seven nights departing 6 September. The price includes flights from Gatwick and private transfers.
Book: tel. 0844 415 1936; www.sovereign.com
Deal 2. A 7-Night Retreat in the Red Sea
Egypt has suffered a serious knock to its tourism industry since the Arab Spring and there are real bargains to be picked up as operators and in-resort tourism companies bid for your business. Discover Egypt has knocked £136 of its seven-night honeymoon package at the Red Sea resort of El Gouna, now priced £599 per person, and says there are many more savings to be had once in situ. The price, for travel in September, includes return flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with transfers and a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis. Depending on availability, an upgrade to a suite and a candlelit dinner is also thrown in.
Book: tel. 0844 880 0461; www.discoveregypt.co.uk
Deal 3. A Cool Caribbean 7-night Luxury Escape
Elegant Resorts has a tempting seven nights of luxury up for grabs at the high-end Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands for £2,410 per person, which is a saving of £765 each. Sounds pricey? You may change your mind after you have spent a week's utter relaxation in your super luxurious Ocean Cottage, discreetly hidden amongst lush gardens and shaded footpaths which wind along a crescent beach at sun-dappled Virgin Gorda. Ultra five star dining, the last word in spa treatments and complete privacy complete the picture. The price includes flights with British Airways departing 11 October, catamaran and car transfers and is based on two people sharing.
Book: tel. 01244 897538; www.elegantresorts.co.uk
Deal 4. Last-minute Languedoc
If you've been so busy you didn't quite get round to booking anything for the summer, swanky boutique retreat Le Couvent D'Herepian in France's Languedoc region is offering three nights for two, a saving of €275 per couple, for Sunday to Tuesday bookings until 31 August.
The hotel is asking €215 per person for the deal and the price is based on two sharing a suite. This chic former convent in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc sits amongst the Faugères vineyards and has been restored to create an oh-so-sophisticated getaway featuring a vaulted indoor pool, treatment rooms and gorgeous suites.
Book: tel. +33 (0)4 67 11 87 15; www.garrigue-resorts.com
Deal 5. Dales dreaming
You can do as the prime minister bids you this summer and take a staycation to support the economy whilst saving money into the bargain. Natural Retreats is offering 35% off its holidays in the Yorkshire Dales until 4 September which means you can bag a three bedroom residence for seven nights in selected areas for £981.50, based on six sharing. That's a saving of £528.50 per family. The eco-friendly wood and glass homes have all mod cons and are in the tranquil Yorkshire Dales National Park, but just a short trip to pretty Richmond too.
Book: tel. 0844 384 3166; www.naturalretreats.co.uk
Deal 6. 7-night Escape to Morocco
Be ahead of the game and grab a half-term October bargain even before the summer hols are finished. Club Med is offering a whopping £1,310 saving on a trip for a family of four to its three trident Agadir resort in Morocco. Prices for a seven-night holiday from 22 October start at £943 per adult and £696 per child including flights. All food and drink is included in the price. Sitting on the west coast of Morocco, the resort has 9km of beach, kids' clubs for all ages included in the price, tennis and golf academies, aqua fitness, archery and the revamped Club Med Spa by Decleor.
Book: tel. 08453 676767; www.clubmed.co.uk
Deal 7. Get the X-Factor in Barbados
Instead of reading about what the celebs get up to on holiday, why not join them? Luxury operator Carrier has a cracking saving on a seven night stay at the famous Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados, favoured by the likes of Simon Cowell, the Beckhams and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Prices for departure between 12-14 September 12 and booked by the end of August come in at £3,815 per person -- on top of accommodation with breakfast and flights with Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class, that includes a room upgrade, candelit dinner, catamaran cruise and a US$100 spa voucher or round of golf per person. Considering rooms can go for about 3k a night -- that's a steal.
Book: tel. 0161 492 1354; www.carrier.co.uk
Deal 8. Mini cruise to Denmark
If you're looking for a short break that won't break the bank, DFDS Seaways will whisk you and a partner off to Denmark on a two-night mini cruise for an entirely reasonable £80, a 25% saving on regular prices. Departing from Harwich on the Dana Sirena, the price includes a night's sailing -- there's a restaurant, bar and live entertainment to keep you busy - and your en-suite cabin features on demand movies to lull you to sleep. In the morning, wake up in the maritime town of Esbjerg and have a day's exploration before heading back home. Price is based on two sharing and departure must be in August.
Book: tel. 0871 882 0885; www.dfds.co.uk
Deal 9. 14-day Trip to South America
Gap Adventures has a sweet deal going for those looking to travel to South America this autumn. It is offering its Panama Experience 14-day trip for £496 per person, a saving of £223, departing on 13 September. Soak up the rays, enjoy the mountain retreats on the way to the locks of the famous Panama Canal, relax to some reggae beats on Caribbean beaches and throw some shapes in the vibrant night clubs of Panama City. The deal includes 13 nightsÂ? hotel accommodation, local transport, local guides and an excursion to Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Flight not included.
Book: tel. 0844 2722040; www.gapadventures.com
Deal 10. Sizzling Sydney/Gold Coast offer
Austravel has slashed its prices on stays in Australia, New Zealand and stopover destinations and has an array of deals, many 50% off, across October and November when booked in August. We like its Sydney and Gold Coast offer -- five nights at the swanky 4.5 star Radisson Blu Sydney hotel and seven nights at the trendy four star Vibe Hotel on the sunshine-soaked Gold Coast leading in at just £469 per person, a saving of £506 per couple for travel in selected dates in November. Flight not included.
Book: tel. 0800 988 4834; www.austravel.com
Tips & News
Top August Deals for UK Travellers
By Dinah Hatch
Deal 1. A Luxury Break in Tenerife