HOW TO GET A LUXURY HOLIDAY FOR LESS

Not many people associate ‘Luxury Holidays’ with late deals – but we’re about to dispel that myth! You can get a luxury holiday for less…. a lot less in some cases, less than half price if you time it right. Here’s our team’s advice on how to get a luxury holiday for less – looking at top destinations, star ratings, board basis and insider tips on upgrades.

Thoughts of luxury holidays automatically switch to the Maldives or Caribbean. Holidays to these destinations can be at the top end of people’s holiday budgets, but you may find the ever popular Jamaica, Dominican Republic or Maldives can often throw up a gem of a discount when you look eight weeks before travelling.

These kind of deals offer a great luxury holiday bargain because a late deal holiday is the exact same luxury holiday that was on sale a few weeks prior to when we put it on our site. It’s just discounted because it’s now eight weeks until the departure date and there is still availability. You can even see the tour operator and reviews to back this up. Think how smug people can feel enjoying a five star holiday to a luxury destination for less than everyone else who booked early!

Maldives

While the Maldives’ peak season is November to April if you go in August 2013 you can enjoy two weeks all-inclusive for around £4988, compared to £6654 in February 2014 at a resort (Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, North Ari Atoll) that boasts transfer by speedboat or sea plane, a water villa on stilts with stunning ocean views in a private island setting and is an exclusive destination popular with couples and honeymooners.

Similarly, two weeks all-inclusive at the Gran Bahia Principe La Romana, Bayahibe is £1744 if you travel on 13th April 2013 compared to £2916 on 14 Aug 2013, but the luxury is the same whatever you pay – beachside location, white sands, swaying palms, Spa and health club, swim up bar and jetted bathtubs!

Jamaica

Or get jammy in Jamaica by booking late and off-peak, saving £930 on the same luxury holiday at Riu Montego Bay (14 nights all-inclusive) with whirlpool baths, spa, sailing, snorkelling and kayaking

NON-LONG HAUL 

But you don’t have to travel long haul to find a week or two of luxury at affordable prices. Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt have the exotic landscapes, mystique and some excellent five star accommodations that would fall into anyone’s idea of luxury. Whether it’s a beach hotel or spa these North African destinations will tick all the boxes and can boast some amazing discounts.

Take Tunisia for example, summer is classed as peak season and is extremely hot, but as a year round destination if you travel a little earlier, when the weather is still great, the price can be halved. It’s also a non euro destination so is great value for money in resorts. For example, a seven night all-inclusive stay at the five star Riu Imperial Marhaba, Port El Kantaoui is £786 on 10th April 2013 with Latedeals.co.uk, while the same luxury holiday is £1616 on 1st August 2013. The hotel has its own Thalassotherapy Centre with varying treatments, massages, sauna and saltwater pools, whirlpool bath, and an excellent Riu entertainment programme and evening show.

Similarly, another year round destination is Morocco who’s peak season is June to September when temps are at their hottest. Spring and autumn have gorgeous temperatures however. A five star hotel with a private beach, spa and wellness centre and steam room (Riu Palace Agadir) all-inclusive is £1562 if booked late and booked in April, compared to £2446 on 12 August 2013. That’s for 10 nights.

After a hugely successful 2012 thanks to the amazing value it offers, West Africa’s Cape Verde is once again being tipped as THE hot tip for those wanting the luxury of the Caribbean but for less and with a shorter flight time (only a seven-hour flight away).

As it’s still an up and coming destination, there are a plethora of late deal offers to be had on Cape Verde. If you wait until up to eight weeks to book you could get on average 30-35% off the full price of holidays on late deal sites. It offers an eclectic mix of culture reflecting its African, Portuguese and Caribbean influences unlike anywhere else.

And think you can’t get a late deal on a cruise? Think again!

A cruise and stay at Sharm el Sheik and the Tropicana Grand Azure is an excellent example of a late deal luxury holiday for less. Fourteen nights (seven on cruise, seven in hotel) on 4th April 2013 is £1422 but if you book ahead for next year (April 2014) you’re looking at £2718. With this holiday you spend a week at sea cruising the Red Sea, including Sharm el Sheikh, Jordan, Cairo, Luxor, and Hurghada – on a ship with luxurious spa facilities on board then at a hotel with a private beach and four a la carte restaurants.

How to get a luxury holiday for less

We do advocate a late deal site like ours (Latedeals.co.uk) for getting a luxury holiday for less, but also do your homework to find out where is in season and where the season is just beginning/ending, book outside of school holidays if possible; night flights are cheaper and do consider travelling from any UK departure airport as you can often save hundreds of pounds this way.

Is there a better board basis in terms of getting a luxury holiday for a bargain? Our advice is to compare the cost of a self catering holiday to that of an All Inclusive in the same resort. Work out the difference in price and decide whether you would spend that much a day on eating and drinking. Larger families will benefit from all inclusive, and they are, of course, more relaxing as you don’t have to think about where to go for dinner but if you’re heading to a non-euro countries eating out can be good value – so you can spend more on activities. There will be more luxury destinations than ever to choose from this year – and at bargain prices, too.

AVOID A WASHOUT THIS YEAR … JET OFF FOR SOME FESTIVAL FUN IN THE SUN

When it comes to music festivals, we’ve all experienced the traditional Great British ‘festival washout’ standing in a muddy field in wellies and waterproofs, facing the prospect of a sleepless night in a wet sleeping bag. And with the high cost of tickets, many canny British festival fans are now looking further afield for their annual festival fix rather than be put off the experience altogether.

We’re finding that more people are now combining their summer holiday with a European festival so not only do they get a sunshine fix, but they avoid the hefty UK festival ticket prices, with some summer gigs in the UK working out more expensive than a week-long break in Europe.

A weekend ticket for Glastonbury 2013, due for resale next week, costs £205 while T in the Park, Bestival and V are all nearing the £200 mark – and that’s for entry only. When you add food, drink and other extras, the total spend of a festival goer easily exceeds £300. According to the Association of Independent Festivals, the total spend of a festival goer in 2010 was £346 including ticket, with those attending Camp Bestival the biggest spenders with an average of £532 average per person.

So we’ve picked out five early summer festivals that you can combine with a Latedeals.co.uk holiday! 

Primavera Sound 2013 from 22nd to 26th May – Barcelona’s beach-side Parc del Forum auditorium hosts an eclectic line up over three days including Blur, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Animal Collective and Band of Horses. Prices start from 55 EUROs, and if you want to make a holiday of it, you can enjoy a week in the Costa Dorada beforehand for around £250 pp*.

Further afield in Portugal, enjoy Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 in Porto from 20th May to 2nd June, with a similar line up, and prices from 45 EUROs, with a seven night break coming in around £296 pp.

Rock in Roma 2013, takes place annually at the Hippodrome Capannelle, and kicks off on 29th May with over a month of daily performances from Italian and international groups including Green Day, The Killers and Artic Mondays. Gig prices start from 33 EUROs, plus an additional £298 pp for a week’s stay.

For some sun, sea and serious dance music on the Turkish Riviera, there’s the Sun Splash Festival from the 2nd to 9th June. Turkey’s ‘Biggest Little Festival’. SunSplash Antalya is a boutique music festival that combines style, travel and dance music. Prices start at £40 a day, and a week’s holiday nearby comes in at only £278 pp.

Although later in the summer, this is one to mark in your diary as it’s a hidden gem. From 8th to 11th August, Mand’Stock is a festival in the Italian Alps with amazing food from local farmers, local wine, local beer, and heaps of great music on three stages. Plus you get to experience activities such as rock climbing and skateboarding, all for only £50 (early bird booking) for a four-day stay. And why rush off when you can get a week’s late deal for around £500 pp.

There are some great festivals to choose from across Europe at a fraction of the cost, so why stand in an overcrowded, muddy field when you can bask in beautiful sunshine in Barcelona.

Spring Bank Holiday And Whit Week Half Term Deals

 

There’s only around a month to go until Spring Bank Holiday (27 May) – also known as Whitsun or Whit Monday in the United Kingdom – so it’s a perfect time to get booking a last minute bargain holiday. And with Latedeals.co.uk, there’s some great savings on all inclusive and self caterings breaks.

This bank holiday week is one of the most popular times outside of the main school summer holidays to dust off the bikinis and speedos and jet off to some much needed sun, sea and sand. In addition to the bank holiday (27 May), most schools are off for a week’s holiday – some have two weeks.  Plus most short haul and European destinations have warmed up nicely – and sunshine is aplenty.

ALL INCLUSIVE DEALS*

All Inclusive Bulgaria for £375 – save 39%

For a winning combination of the finest beaches, rich culture and amazing value, spend a week in the Bourgas Region, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria for only £375 pp. The price includes an all inclusive stay at the four-star Hotel RIU Helios on Sunny Beach, and return flights from Manchester on 27th May.

Exotic Morocco for £400 – £205 off

Experience the heart and soul of exotic Morocco and save 34% on seven nights, all inclusive, at the three-star Caribbean Village Agador in Agadir for only £400 pp.  The price includes return flights from Manchester on 27th May.

Zante for £407 – save 34%

Spend a sunny week at the three-star Aparthotel Tsilivi Admirals in Tsilivi, staying all inclusive for £407 pp – saving £205 off the original price tag of £612. The price includes return flights from Gatwick on 23rd May.

Five-Star Gran Canaria for £666 – save 26%

With its spectacular coastline and guaranteed hot sunshine, head to Gran Canaria this May and enjoy a five-star all inclusive experience at the Tabaiba Princess Maspalomas in Gran Canaria for £666 pp. The price includes return flights from Manchester on 25th May.

SELF CATERING DEALS*

Corfu for £428 – £200 off

Spend seven nights self catering at the three-star Socrates Apartments in the beautiful beach resort of Sidari for £428 pp. The price includes return flights from Gatwick on 24th May.

Salou, Costa Dorada for £358 – save 42%

Jet off to Spain’s Gold coast, for a week’s self catering break at the three-star Best Michelangelo for £358 pp. The price includes return flights from Manchester on 26th May.

Check out our great deals at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 916 5173.

*Prices were correct at Monday 22.04.13. All deals are subject to availability and are based on two people sharing.

 

Master Your Golfing Skills with a Holiday to Turkey

Did the 2013 Masters championships earlier this month have you practising your swing like Angel Cabrera, putting like Tiger Woods, chipping like Jason Day or maybe you are a young budding star of the future like Tianlang Guan?  There is a great round up of the moments and shots that defined Aprils Masters on Golf Digest.

So if the Masters has put you are in the mood for 18 holes in the sunshine then let us tell you how you can find championship courses that are closer to home than Augusta and at much lower prices.

References to our feathered friends are synonymous with golf – there’s the birdie, the eagle and the albatross and joining the winged elite is now Turkey. OK, this isn’t an on course achievement but it is one for the country of Turkey which is the rising star of golf holiday hotspots.

A new survey of golf tour operators* reveals that Turkey is now the fourth most popular golf travel destination after Spain, Portugal and Scotland. The survey highlighted the importance of package price to customers, so it is no coincidence that the extra value for money a non-Euro currency offers has highlighted Turkey to the price savvy golfing consumers.

The quality of the golf courses remains extremely important and Turkey’s course credentials are in no doubt with the Turkish Golf Open making its debut hosting the penultimate event on the European Tour in November 2013. Turkey is an emerging and ideal destination without compromising high quality golf courses with courses designed by famous names like Feherty, Montgomerie and Faldo.

Turkey offers more than just golf, it is a country with terrific history, cultural diversity and its sunshine drenched weather makes Turkey extremely desirable. Development has focussed around Belek making the Mediterranean coastline near Antalya a golf holiday destination of international repute with high quality resorts, hotels and golf courses all extending a very warm welcome to visitors.

Turkey has serious international golfing credibility at great prices making sure that a golf holiday in Turkey will be an amazing experience at amazing value.

For more information read our guide to holidays in Turkey.

*Source: survey compiled by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice. The survey, questioned more than 110 golf tour operators from 38 countries on their results in 2012.

Image credit, Antalya Golf Course: gotourturkey.com, golfers at the Masters Golf Digest

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