5 August 2016 by Simon Langley
As crowds die down with the blazing heat, late summer and early autumn brings temperate climates to pristine beaches and unspoilt sights. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a collection of our best last minute holiday offers; whether it’s complimentary hotel stay extensions, flight upgrades or simply excellent prices, there are savings to be had across the board. But there’s no point in superb holiday offers without an amazing place to visit. We’ve got everything from South East Asian river cruises to stays in Portuguese palaces.
Save up to £800 per couple
Start by tracing the history of the country’s pilgrim forefathers in Boston’s cobblestone street neighbourhoods before turning to New England’s gorgeous front – Cape Cod. Here, sleepy fishing villages and historic lighthouses dot the beaches of one of America’s best-loved holiday destinations. You’ll then take the ferry over to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, whose dune-backed beaches rank among the region’s most idyllic as high-end restaurants and hotels cater for New York and Boston’s elite. And, with savings of up to £800 per couple, it’s that bit more appealing.
Save up to £300 per couple
Swap boxcars for Amtrak carriages to experience the rural beauty of America’s northeast. You’ll watch as the greenery of the New England coastline gives way to the world’s most recognisable skyline before you follow the Delaware River south to Philadelphia and cross over Chesapeake Bay to reach Washington DC. Of course, along the way you’ll call into some of America’s greatest cities, from two of its oldest in Boston and Philadelphia to its most forward-thinking in New York. You’ll then tread the corridors of power in Washington, home to some of the nation’s most iconic sights.
While you’d be forgiven for expecting Portugal’s finest heritage hotels to set you back a pretty penny, we’ve got a selection of excellent savings on everything from 15th century sea-view forts and 18th century riverside palaces to converted Renaissance convents and national park retreats. Our Pousada Passport offers two people five nights B&B accommodation along with vouchers for meal discounts and further savings if you’re over 55. Knit together quiet corners of the Algarve, hidden wine region valleys and the urban delights of Porto and Lisbon with picturesque self-drives.
Save up to £788 per couple on select autumn dates
Similarly, in spite of the United Arab Emirates’ well-deserved reputation for opulent indulgence, we’ve got savings of up to £788 per couple on stays in an Abu Dhabi landmark hotel. Showcase Arabian grandeur with boat-plied canals that criss-cross elegant accommodation. What’s more, the pools, yoga rooms and spa are fronted by city views over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and its very own kilometre-long beach. No less than five top-class restaurants showcase everything from exquisite Chinese cuisine to delicate French classics; this is by no means a compromise.
Stay for 7 days, pay for 5—plus, save up to 30% on accommodation
This luxury resort enjoys its own private lagoon with plunge pool bungalows providing direct access to a white sand beach, ideal for snorkelling and diving. Unsurprisingly, there’s a full range of watersports – including PADI-certified diving – while the restaurant serves only the best in global produce, flown into the resort daily. It even features the world’s first underwater spa rooms while its restaurants and over-water gym are equally innovative. Our offer? Stay seven days and pay for five, as well as a 10–30% saving on accommodation.
Save up to £2,892 per cabin
As part of our secret cruise sale, our fares are so low we cannot tell you the cruise line; there’s savings of up to £2,892 (45%) per cabin. But trust us, this 8-day luxury cruise is guaranteed 5-star luxury. Start with riverside Basel for Swiss heritage and contemporary design as you wind down the Rhine, stopping at fairytale German towns before arriving into the canal-lined charm of Amsterdam. Along the way, lavish castle banquets, afternoon teas and cycle tours will bring it all to life.
Free flights, plus £800 spending money and choice of bonus offer
As another in our cruise sale, this 13-day luxury offering includes free flights, $800 spending money on-board and more. This time, you’ll start in Amsterdam as you link together some of Europe’s great ports. There’s 14th century Bruges and its medieval gabled buildings, Guernsey’s castles and cliffs, Bordeaux’s ornate cathedrals and vineyard tastings, Bilbao’s artistic dynamism and Lisbon’s terracotta-capped beauty all waiting to be discovered. Then, after Seville’s nearby wine country and sunny disposition you’ll finish with the Gothic and twisted masterpieces of Barcelona.
One free night's stay
But, if it’s more beach relaxation that you’re after, then Hotel Capotaormina’s very own private stretch of white sands is ideal. Set on its own headland, it offers sweeping room views across the Mediterranean and is just five minutes from the historic town of Taormina. As you’d expect, the hotel’s dining options showcase the best in Sicilian culinary traditions, all complemented by yet more spectacular bay views. There’s also a cliff-top pool, gym, Jacuzzi, beauty centre, solarium and, for those looking to explore, a courtesy shuttle bus to Taormina.