Savings of more than 50 percent are offered on winter sun getaways as tour operators slash prices to entice tourists to book trips.
With travel rules changing on October 4, making traveling abroad easier than ever, now is the time to make a bargain. If it’s a bit of winter heat you’re looking for, there are plenty to choose from and bargains galore. Here are some of the best …
DON’T MISS MALTA
Winter escape: the Maltese capital of Valletta. Brits planning a winter getaway to Malta need proof of a double jab to enter
Moderate temperatures last into the winter months, making Malta ideal for those seeking warmth, but it is far from suffocating. It was the first EU country to ban people who are not vaccinated.
You will need a double jab test to enter. Masks are still mandatory in public spaces and, although social distancing is not a legal requirement, it is recommended.
DO NOT MISS: Hike to the Blue Grotto through a five-mile scenic loop.
GET AN OFFER: Save £ 190 per person over seven nights at the Intercontinental Malta from £ 488 per person on B&B with flights to Gatwick (olympicholidays.com).
Barbados is a guaranteed winter hotspot that has been on the green list since June
With temperatures reaching 78 ° F (26 ° C) in December, Barbados is a guaranteed winter hotspot that has been on the green list since June. Visitors must submit a negative PCR test to travel, retest, and self-quarantine upon arrival (one day if double-punctured, five days without puncture). Social distancing and masks are still mandatory.
DO NOT MISS: Seafood doesn’t come any fresher than at The Fish Pot overlooking the Northwest Coast (fishpotbarbados.com).
GET AN OFFER: Enjoy an all-inclusive five-star week off at the O2 Beach Club and Spa from £ 2,049 per person, saving £ 1,099 per person, including flights to Heathrow and private transfers (caribtours.co.uk). You must book before September 30.
LOW COST SANTA LUCIA
Soaking up the sun at Sandals’ La Toc resort in ‘Caribbean favorite’ St Lucia
With daily highs of 29c (84f) in our midwinter, St. Lucia is another Caribbean favorite. The entrance is simple; Visitors must have a negative PCR test taken up to five days prior to travel and be screened upon arrival.
DO NOT MISS: Walk under the forest canopy to the top of Gros Piton, one of two cone-shaped peaks (grospiton.com).
GET AN OFFER: Save £ 156 per person over seven nights at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa with flights to Heathrow from £ 1,853 per person all inclusive (virginholidays.co.uk).
WONDERFUL IN MAURITIUS
As of October 1, those who are fully vaccinated will only need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Mauritius (pictured)
Expect daily highs of 28 ° C (82 ° F) in Mauritius during our winter. Starting October 1, those who are fully vaccinated will only need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those who are not vaccinated will need to be quarantined in an approved hotel for 14 days.
DO NOT MISS: Watch playful dolphins and snorkel around La Preneuse reef on a day cruise (jph.mu/dolphin-cruises).
GET AN OFFER: Save up to £ 599 per person over seven nights at the elegant and comfortable Constance Prince Maurice Hotel, now from £ 2,255 per person on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights (abercrombiekent.co.uk).
EVERYONE GOES IN MOROCCO
Save 39 per cent (£ 204 per person) on an all-inclusive seven-night stay at the adults-only TUI BLUE Riu Tikida Garden in Marrakech (pictured)
While you’ll still have some lovely warm days this time of year, you won’t have to share them with the usual tourist hordes, meaning you can wander the souks and medinas in relative peace and quiet. Proof of a double vaccination or a PCR test is required 72 hours before arrival.
DO NOT MISS: A private half-day walking tour includes the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and the Medina markets (getyourguide.co.uk)
GET AN OFFER: Save 39% (£ 204 per person) on a seven-night all-inclusive stay at the adults-only TUI BLUE Riu Tikida Garden in Marrakech, now from £ 322 per person including Gatwick flights and transfers (tui.co.uk).
CYPRUS AT REDUCED PRICE
Cyprus is ideal for those looking for a little sun but don’t want to travel too far.
A four-hour flight from London will find daily highs of 19c (66f). If you are punctured twice, there is no need to perform a PCR test or quarantine on arrival.
DO NOT MISS: Most likely, you have the important archaeological sites in Paphos, including the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and the Tomb of the Kings, all to yourself.
GET AN OFFER: Seven nights at the elegant Annabelle Hotel, Paphos, from £ 495 per person on a bed and breakfast basis, including a 15% savings on accommodation, flights to Gatwick and private transfers (sovereign.com).
MAKE IT MADEIRA
Save £ 300 per person on a seven-night stay in wonderful Madeira, staying at Quinta Da Casa Branca from £ 619 per person in B&B
It is still t-shirt time in Madeira during our winters. The volcanic Atlantic island averages daily highs of 20c (68f) in December, making it ideal for hiking, and a consistently low infection rate.
This is due in part to the strict security measures that still exist; masks must be worn in public (though not on the beach) and social distancing must be maintained. Visitors need a negative PCR test or a vaccination certificate.
DO NOT MISS: To enjoy views of the sea and the city, take the Funchal cable car from the old town to Monte (madeiracablecar.com).
GET AN OFFER: Save £ 300 per person on a seven-night stay at Quinta Da Casa Branca from £ 619 per person on B&B with flights to Gatwick and private transfers (tropicalsky.co.uk).
HOT IN FUERTEVENTURA
Fuerteventura is magical in the winter, and we found a great deal for seven nights starting at £ 474 per person.
Fuerteventura, the closest of the Canary Islands to the African continent, is magical in winter and still warm enough for sunbathing. A pre-trip declaration form and a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination are required to enter.
DO NOT MISS: Spend a day exploring the dunes and crystal clear waters of the Corralejo Natural Park (hellocanaryislands.com).
GET AN OFFER: Seven nights at Alua Suites Fuerteventura with flights to Gatwick and transfers from £ 474 pp (easyjet.com).
Save up to 55% on seven nights at Sofitel Dubai The Palm from £ 939 per person bed and breakfast with flights to Heathrow
Dubai is a guaranteed sizzler with temperatures soaring up to 31 ° C (87 ° F) during our winter. You will need a negative PCR test to enter, as well as to register your data in the Covid-19 DXB app and undergo a thermal test at the airport.
DO NOT MISS: Take a break from the heat at Wild Wadi Water Park (jumeirah.com).
GET AN OFFER: Save up to 55% on seven nights at Sofitel Dubai The Palm from £ 939 per person bed and breakfast with flights to Heathrow (destination2.es).
Winter is the best time to enjoy the normally crowded sands and coves of Papagayo Beach (pictured) in Los Ajaches Natural Park.
Outside of the busy summer months, Lanzarote’s beaches, wineries, and volcanic landscapes are wonderfully peaceful. And the weather reaches highs of 22c (71f). You will need a pre-trip declaration form and proof of a vaccination or negative PCR test.
DO NOT MISS: It is the best time to enjoy the normally crowded sands and coves of Papagayo beach in Los Ajaches Natural Park.
GET AN OFFER: Enjoy seven nights at the family-friendly Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca from £ 974 per person, saving up to £ 220 per person, with Heathrow flights (kuoni.co.uk). You must book before September 30.