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Planet Confidential late travel deals

Neil Sowerby seeks out the deals for readers: Italy, Cyprus, Maldives and more

Written by . Published on March 24th 2011.

Planet Confidential late travel deals

Planet Confidential’s recommended late deals available in the week beginning March 21. For more on travel look up the fabulous www.planetconfidential.co.uk

Easter family adventure in Italy – eight days from £854 pp
Families Worldwide has loads of family activity holidays including a fun-packed trip to Italy entitled Up Pompeii! Based in Sorrento, activities include discovering the secrets of Pompeii in a treasure hunt, optional trips to Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius (pictured above) and learning to cook authentic Napoli pizzas. Plus a visit to a working Agriturismo farm to savour local tomatoes, olives, oil and mozzarella. The itinerary also includes the ancient ruins of Pompeii and a boat trip to Capri to see the Blue Grotto. The family adventure departs on April 15 and costs from £854 per child (min age five) and £949 per adult. This includes flights, all transportation, seven nights’ B&B (plus one lunch), activities as detailed on the itinerary and the services of a tour leader. Call 0845 051 4567 (www.familiesworldwide.co.uk).

Elysium, Cyprus from Manchester
Sovereign Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936; www.sovereign.com) is offering a FREE half-board and an online discount for seven nights from £865pp based on two sharing on a half-board basis, departing April 3. Price includes flights from Manchester and all internal transfers. Saving up to £414 per couple.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum, Turkey This fantastic 5 star property situation on its own beautiful bay on the Aegean Coast is offering a special Easter Package for stays between April 15-30. Guests will enjoy a 2 night stay in a sea view room, airport transfers and daily gourmet breakfast available until noon; each guest will get a 50 minute Six Senses Fusion Massage. Each child will receive a 20 minute child massage. Prices start from £191 per person for the two night stay, based on two sharing. To book contact Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay +90 252 3110303 or www.kempinski.com.

There are regular flights to Bodrum from UK airports with Turkish Airways, First Choice, Thomas Cook, Pegasus Airlines and EasyJet.

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Stay seven nights and pay for six, plus receive complimentary transfers and a half board upgrade. ITC Classics (01244 355 527; www.itcclassics.co.uk) is offering seven nights from £2,505 per person based on two adults sharing a Beach Bungalow with Plunge Pool on a half board basis including flights with British Airways & speedboat transfers. Saving up to £830 per person. Valid for travel completed between May 1 and September 30.

Escape the Royal Wedding break to Morocco (10 nights with only 3 days off work)
Fleewinter is offering 10 nights staying at Rebali Riads, a riad-style complex located on the Moroccan coast near to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The complex has a hammam, tennis courts and swimming pools and is only 100 metres from the ocean. Accommodation is B&B, but the on-site staff can prepare meals and deliver them direct to the riads for a small supplement. The break departs on Friday April 22 , returning Monday May 2 (includes three bank holidays) and costs from £440 pp (10 nights for the price of 9), two sharing on a B&B basis. The price also includes return transfers from Marrakech and Fleewinter (flights bookable on request). Call 020 7112 0019 (www.fleewinter.com).

Fun-packed Easter bargain break with Shorefield
Shorefield Holidays is offering 20 per cent off four-night and one-week holidays at selected parks on the south coast. Prices start at £200 for 4 nights in a 4-6 berth Danestream Chalet at the 5-star Shorefield Country Park at Milford on Sea, Hampshire. The price includes WiFi in the club complex, and use of heated indoor pool, saunas, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym, children’s play area, bars, restaurants and ballroom with live evening entertainment. Other attractions (chargeable) in the 100-acre park include floodlit tennis, lake fishing, football (Astroturf pitch) and pétanque. A week at Shorefield Country Park costs from £276 on the same basis. Prices quoted include VAT, are subject to availability and are valid between April 11-22. Some chalets are dog-friendly. Reservations: www.shorefield.co.uk / 01590 648 331.

Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate for Easter
A classic Easter weekend for all the family awaits at one of England’s finest stately homes, Stapleford Park Country House Hotel set in 500 acres of glorious parkland in the Leicestershire countryside. Activities available range from clay-pigeon shooting, archery and falconry to the golf, indoor swimming and spa treatments. Easter is a beautiful time at this member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World with full Easter breakfast and dinners plus egg making and face painting for the children.

The Stapleford Easter package includes overnight accommodation in one of the individually designed bedrooms, full breakfast and dinner for two plus children’s Easter activities. Prices start from £285 per room per one night stay. Valid from April 22-May 2.

Reservations can be made online at www.slh.com, via the free SLH iPhone app.

Your pet dog goes to the West country too
Fido can stay for free in a Helpful Holidays cottage until the end of this year provided his owners make a booking during National Pet Month (April 2- May 2). The West Country self-catering specialists have around 330 places which welcome man’s best friend to come and share some wonderful walks, wide open spaces and golden, sandy beaches. Offer applies to a maximum of two dogs per booking.

Dartmoor holiday homes welcoming pets include The Retreat, a smart timber-clad hideaway for two with hot tub on a 70 acre farm, near Chagford (from £433pw) and Blissmoor, a detached and secluded cottage for eight near Manaton (from £338pw). For a stay on Exmoor Bramble and Hawthorn cottages, near Barbrook sleep four and six from £284pw; just a half-mile from the open moor both have wonderful dog walks from the door.

For details and a brochure call Helpful Holidays on 01647 434063 or look and book online at www.helpfulholidays.com.

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