Deal 1: Marrakech, Morocco
There are some very good deals to be had right now at the Riad El Fenn, Richard Branson's sister Vanessa's luxurious Marrakech complex which offers a spa and hammam, private screening room, roof-top putting green and three swimming pools.
The Riad is offering four nights half board for €625 (£545.50) per person based on two sharing and the price includes daily mint tea and cakes, a day in the Atlas mountains with a guide, meals and tea at the nearby restaurant Tamadot, two hours of spa treatment/hammam and private airport transfers. There's also the chance of a free room upgrade, subject to availability.
Book: tel. tel. 00 212 524 44 1210; www.riadelfenn.com
Deal 2: Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Seychelles is the destination du jour with Wills and Kate having chosen the Indian Ocean archipelago for their four grand a night villa honeymoon. But newly weds who fancy a bit of the same can spend much less. Seasons is offering seven nights at a villa with private pool in Desroches for £3,795 per person based on a couple sharing, that's with 40% off the price built in for the bride, which saves £815 per person. The price includes flights and transfers, all-inclusive accommodation in a Beach Suite, a 30-minute massage for two and a private candle-lit dinner.
Book: tel. tel. 01244 202 000; www.seasons.co.uk
Deal 3: Grenada
Families looking for good kids' facilities, an exotic location and a reduced price tag -- despite being only two days before the schools break up for summer -- should check out Tropical Sky's latest offer at the Grenadian by Rex Resorts in Tamarind Bay. The operator is offering a seven-night package for a family of four for £3,596, saving £240 per adult, for departures on July 20. The price of the stay at this beautifully landscaped resort featuring kids clubs, children's swimming pool, loads of watersports, tennis, table-tennis, restaurants and bars includes flights with Monarch from Gatwick airport, accommodation on an all-inclusive basis, taxes, transfers and surcharges.
Book: tel. tel. 0844 332 9349; www.tropicalsky.co.uk
Deal 4: Hampshire, UK
Posh country house getaway Rhinefield House in the New Forest is offering excellent deals for couples who fancy a dash of midweek luxury. Built in 1887, the Tudor/Gothic styled hotel will package up a three-night stay between Monday and Friday for £149 per room per night, a 30% saving, and for this you get your room, full traditional breakfast each morning and a three-course dinner on two of the nights, one in the Armada restaurant and one night in the Brasserie restaurant. Stay must be completed by June 30. To get this deal call 0845 458 0905 and quote the promotion code RHISUM11. See the hotel at www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
Book: tel. tel. 0845 458 0905; www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
Deal 5: Thailand
Kuoni is holding its Holidays For Under £1000 promotion right now with some truly glamorous weeks away on offer to far flung locations. Try this for size: seven nights at the all-inclusive Hawksbill in Antigua departing September 30 from London Gatwick for £954 per person including flights. That's a £360 per person saving -- but you must book online to get it. The hotel has an impressive four beaches (one being "clothes optional"), oceanfront pool, free water sports, tennis and spa plus you can taking cookery classes or learn the art of mixology. Garden bungalows look out directly onto the beach.
Book: tel. 0844 488 0136; www.kuoni.co.uk
Deal 6: Norway
MSC Cruises is looking to recoup some lost revenue after its ship MSC Opera had to drop two cruises after an engine issue. As a result there are some great deals to be snatched up, including the ship's Southampton sailing to Amsterdam, Oslo, Stavanger, Flaam and Bergen which departs June 20. Inside cabin prices lead in at £549 per person, saving £450, while outside cabins are £699 per person, saving £530.
MSC Opera is smaller than the rest of the fleet, carrying 2000 passengers. Facilities include two pools, two spa baths, a theatre, nightclub, casino, library, beauty salon, gym, jogging track, solarium and plenty of restaurants and bars.
Book: tel. 0844 5611955; www.msccruises.co.uk
Deal 6: Faroe Islands
Sunvil Discovery is marking the launch of Faroese flag carrier Atlantic Airways' twice weekly summer schedule from London Stansted to the Faroe Islands with good deals during the peak season school holiday period. A seven-night break at a hotel on a bed and breakfast basis in the Faroe Islands' capital Tórshavn starts at £780 departing August 11, 15, 18 and 22. That's a saving of £278 per person.
This Atlantic archipelago, ideal for nature lovers, walkers and twitchers, with amazing birdlife and breathtaking scenery, is just two hours' flight from London. Yet it feels like you've discovered a wonderful secret getaway -- it's been named the world's most unspoilt islands by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Book: tel. 020 8758 4722; www.flyfaroe.com
Deal 7: Austrian Alps
You'll be hard pushed to bag a deal as cheap as this one for your family summer hols. Keycamp is offering seven nights from July 1 in a Vista mobile home at its brand new parc Bella Austria in the Alps for just £404 all in -- including the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. That's a saving of £353.50. With gorgeous views, chocolate box scenery and miles of space and fresh air, a family of two adults and up to four children can be accommodated in this deal. Nearby are the pretty Krimmi Falls and the outdoors lovers' nirvana Solktaler Nature Park.
Book: tel. 0844 406 0319; www.keycamp.co.uk
Deal 8: Cyprus
Sovereign Luxury Travel is mixing up all sorts of discounts and offers to create some very attractive bargains for this summer. A family of three will save £764 by booking seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel in Cyprus departing July 28 at a total of £1999. This deal includes a free child flight and a 20% discount but must be booked online. The price includes flights from Manchester and private transfers.
Book: tel. 0844 415 1984; www.sovereign.com
Tips & News
Top Deals for UK Travellers for June 8, 2011
By Dinah Hatch
Deal 1: Marrakech, Morocco