ENJOYING some winter sun this side of Christmas looks a forlorn hope thanks to lockdown.
So why not look to the new year to plan that next hard-earned holiday?
To help you get inspired for your next trip we’re kicking off a new series called 21 for 2021 which will run throughout lockdown.
From the best beach villas with pools to the ultimate adventure holidays, we will spend the next month digging out 21 of the best deals on holidays that you can book now for next year.
Kicking off the series, Jacob Lewis looks at 21 beach resorts ranging from Algarve health spas to family-friendly fun in Florida.
IBIZA GRAN HOTEL, IBIZA
THE megaclubs may be closed, but the White Isle still offers year-round sun and stunning hotels, for the more laid-back holidaymaker.
At the 5H Ibiza Gran Hotel guests can lap up super sea views as they relax by the hotel’s artistic outdoor pool, or take time out in the tranquil spa.
Bustling shops, bars and restaurants in Ibiza Town are just 100 metres away, making this hotel the ideal base.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £1,139pp based on two sharing and including 22kg baggage and transfers. See jet2holidays.com.
PINEAPPLE BEACH CLUB, ANTIGUA
FAR from the cruise ships and shopping malls of Antigua’s bustling Caribbean coast is St Philip, the island of Antigua’s most secluded parish.
Here, on tranquil Long Bay Beach, the adults-only 4H Pineapple Beach Club offers a sea-view spa, delicious dining and free non-motorised watersports.
Nearby, visit the becalmed beauty of Half Moon Bay, or marvel at the mighty Atlantic waves erupting through blow-holes at Devil’s Bridge National Park.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £1,697pp including flights departing Heathrow on March 10.
Call 01245 459 906 or see eliteislandholidays.com.
EAST WINDS, ST LUCIA
THIS boutique all-inclusive resort offers 5H luxury in a world-class bay and colourful tropical gardens.
Guests can enjoy a private sunset cruise, try their hand at chocolate- making, and tackle a rum-distillery tour, snorkelling excursion or beachside yoga.
Cottages featuring personalised mini-bars and private, shaded terraces sit in tropical gardens close to the swimming pool, beach, restaurants and bars.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive in a Deluxe Cottage, is from £2,249pp including return flights from Gatwick and private transfers. See sovereign.com.
CONRAD PUNTA DE MITA, MEXICO
HILTON’s first Conrad hotel in Mexico, the Punta de Mita, combines local artwork with luxury amenities for authentic indulgence.
The 5H resort boasts four restaurants, three bars and gourmet coffee roasters.
Active guests at the hotel on the Pacific coastline are spoilt for choice with three pools, a spa and sweat lodge, zip-lining, hiking, horseriding and there’s also an adjacent 18-hole golf course.
Seven nights’ room-only is from £1,606pp including return Heathrow flights at expedia.com.
LA MARQUISE, RHODES
OVERLOOKING the Aegean Sea, this resort is one of the largest hotel complexes in Rhodes, offering old-school charm with modern luxuries and one of the island’s top spas.
With four pools, a huge range of bars and restaurants, families or couples need never leave.
For those eager to explore, the sea is right on your doorstep, and Rhodes Old Town is just minutes away.
Seven nights’ half-board at the 5H resort is from £929pp including Gatwick flights and private transfers. See sovereign.com.
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The sugar-white sands of Macao Beach at the Hard Rock Punta Cana would be perfect for a game of beach volleyball – if only you could tear yourself away from the hotel’s hammocks.
Indulge in a cocktail at the new Beach Club, or on the Bali beds by the Tiki Bar.
Then there’s 11 huge pools, four swim-up bars, a kids’ pool and lazy river to enjoy — as well as the signature Rock Spa, 18-hole golf course and gourmet dining across nine restaurants.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £1,215pp based on two sharing. It includes direct Gatwick flights and transfers based on January, February and March 2021 departures.
To book, see ba.com. For hotel details, see hardrockhotelpuntacana.com.
TUI MAGIC LIFE, FUERTEVENTURA
At the foot of Fuerteventura’s largest mountain, Pico de la Zarza, lies the white sand seafront of Jandia, a beach lover’s dream and the location of TUI Magic Life.
A haven for families of all ages, this resort is close to the quaint old town and harbour of Morro Jable which is great for restaurants and nightspots.
The resort has separate relaxation and activity pools, restaurants with a kids’ buffet and activities like volleyball, table tennis, archery, cycling and trampolining.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £706pp, based on two sharing including flights departing Gatwick on July 3, 2021.
Book now for one free child place plus save £150 with code CANARIES at tui.co.uk.
KUREDU ISLAND RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES
One of the Maldives’ exclusive “hotel islands”, Kuredu sits in the isolated Lhaviyani Atoll.
The honeymooners’ paradise is divided into three mini resorts and offers a range of diving and snorkelling experiences including a trip to see wild manta rays.
Guests can cycle the half-mile length of the isle on the free rental bikes and explore a wide range of bars, pools and activities including golfing, snorkelling, canoeing and fishing.
Seven nights’ full-board is from £1,899pp based on two sharing including direct Heathrow flights leaving March 21.
Book by November 30 at travelbag.co.uk.
DOUBLETREE MARJAN ISLAND, RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE
Perfect for a slice of winter sun, this 5H Hilton resort sits on the man-made marvel of Marjan Island complete with half a mile of private beach.
Kids will love the outdoor playground and Pirate Boat Aqua Zone, while there’s a choice of indoor and outdoor pools plus 13 dining options.
For retail therapy and dining, Al Hamra Mall’s shopping and entertainment district is nearby, while golfers can get their fix at the Al Hamra Golf Club.
Seven nights’ half-board is from £919pp including Manchester flights on selected dates in June and transfers. Book by December 15 at travelbag.co.uk.
HYATT REGENCY CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA
Take in the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony at this familyfriendly 4H hotel.
Rooms come with kitchenettes and fridges, while there are family favourites and classic American fare on offer at the SHOR Seafood Grill.
For the parents, Tropico Cantina offers Gulf-front views, a Pan Latino menu and happy hour.
The Jolley Trolley tourist bus stops outside for trips to nearby St Petersburg, while iconic Pier 60 is just 400 yards away and Clear- water Marine Aquarium around a mile from the resort.
Seven nights’ room-only is from £699pp based on a family of four sharing including Heathrow flights travelling in September.
Book by December 15 at travelbag.co.uk.
VILALARA LONGEVITY THALASSA & MEDICAL SPA, ALGARVE
For holidaymakers after a new-year detox, this thalassotherapy spa in the Algarve is the perfect tonic to re-energise and rejuvenate.
With 11 hectares of lush gardens and direct access to a golden sand beach, the secluded destination is sure to make the stresses of life fall away.
A fusion of thalassotherapy spa and wellness centre, Vilalara offers everything from detox to weight loss, anti-ageing and fitness programmes.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £1,470pp based on two sharing including flights, a wellness programme and return transfers.
SEASIDE PALM BEACH, GRAN CANARIA
With a strong ’70s design influence, the rooms and suites in this 5H retro resort are decorated in four bright colour schemes.
Set among palm trees beside a UNESCO nature reserve, the hotel offers three onsite restaurants: La Bodega, Esencia, and the main restaurant which serves themed buffets and barbecue nights.
It also boasts an exclusive children’s area, a spa and wellness centre and an outdoor gym.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £990pp based on two adults and one child sharing including Gatwick flights on March 3 and private transfers.
SANDALS NEGRIL BEACH RESORT & SPA, JAMAICA
On the longest and best stretch of Jamaica’s popular Seven-Mile Beach is the 5H Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa.
Close to popular attractions such as Rick’s Cafe and its iconic cliff-jumping point as well as Dunn’s River Falls, there’s plenty to explore in Negril between soaking up Sandal’s trademark Luxury Included experience.
The resort offers seven restaurants and five bars with three outdoor pools to lounge at plus a chic spa, a fitness centre and tennis court.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive in a Caribbean Deluxe room is from £1,799pp based on two sharing including return Gatwick flights and transfers based on selected dates in June.
See sandals.co.uk or call 0800 597 0002.
JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL, DUBAI
With free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark and a range of watersports on offer, a trip to this hotel is perfect for active families.
Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hotel’s own private beach in the Arabian Gulf, while diners are spoilt for choice with 13 restaurants and bars.
Five nights’ half-board starts at £1,199pp based on two sharing including Heathrow flights.
See bestattravel.co.uk or call 0203 993 9029.
THE AJMAN HOTEL, SHARJAH
Boasting a prime spot on one of the UAE’s only natural beaches, this 5H hotel offers ten bars and restaurants, a wellness spa, swimming pool and kids’ pool.
Quieter than the neighbouring Emirate of Dubai, Sharjah still offers plenty of attractions, from shopping to cultural sites.
While The Ajman has plenty of watersports options, from jet-skiing to surfing and sailing.
Five nights’ all-inclusive is from £749pp based on two adults sharing a Superior Sea View Room including London flights.
Available on selected dates between between May 1 and July 15, 2021.
Book at valueaddedtravel.com or call 020 3519 2630.
For info, see hotelajman.com.
LANGSTONE QUAYS RESORT, HAYLING ISLAND, HANTS
Guests at this 4H spa hotel will find an ideal chillout spot any time of year. Located in Chichester Harbour, it is nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Hayling Island, just minutes from Portsmouth.
Relax at the resort’s health suite, The Club, where facilities include a large indoor swimming pool, poolside loungers, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room plus gym and free weights area.
Dine with views over the stunning harbour and, in summer months, enjoy a range of water sports.
Seven nights’ in a room for two starts from £332.50pp.
See langstonequays.co.uk to check availability.
OCEAN TWO RESORT AND RESIDENCES, BARBADOS
Whether to nap in your room, or on the memory-foam sun lounger is all you need to worry about at Ocean Two in Barbados.
Ideal for swimming and snorkelling, this affordable luxury stay on Barbados’s south coast boasts two swimming pools, a swim-up bar, cocktail bar, restaurant, an adults-only rooftop panorama deck, plus water sports on offer.
But you needn’t lift a finger unless you want to at the 4.5H resort’s pool or waterfront as beach ambassadors offer a drinks service to your sunlounger.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £911pp based on two adults sharing including direct flights from Heathrow and transfers.
See ba.com/oceantwo or call 0344 493 0124. Hotel info at oceantwobarbados.com.
ST MORITZ HOTEL, CORNWALL
Perched on the cliffs between the renowned surfer hangouts of Polzeath and Daymer Bay, you’ll find St Moritz.
The art deco building provides the perfect base to explore while also offering fantastic in-resort experiences including a Cowshed spa, two pools, tennis courts and two restaurants.
The hotel is family-friendly with kids’ club, Mini Moritz, to entertain the children during the busy summer months.
Covid permitting, they usually run activities from coast exploring to cake decorating and movie nights.
Seven nights’ room-only is from £280pp, based on two sharing. For more info, see stmoritzhotel.co.uk.
IKOS DASSIA, CORFU
FROM small touches like the free minibar restocked daily to the stunning location on a 600m-long exclusive beach, it’s no wonder that Ikos Dassia has won so many awards.
The Corfu luxury resort boasts Michelin-starred menus and has six à la carte restaurants plus a renowned Dine Out experience, introducing you to the best local restaurants.
Guests can explore the island on a bike or at sea, join everything from a yoga to tennis session, or even try a Greek dance class.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive in a superior room with inland view is from £699pp based on two sharing including return flights in April and 24-hour room service. See broadwaytravel.com.
CHATUR PLAYA REAL, TENERIFE
Designed with families in mind, this resort comes complete with a computer corner, games room and Irish bar to keep the parents happy.
There are three pools for adults and a separate kids’ pool plus a gym, tennis court, wellness centre and entertainment programme.
While it’s a short walk to the beach, holidays are a steal at this laidback all-inclusive resort, which includes one à la carte meal per person per stay.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £349pp based on two sharing including flights and transfers. See travelzoo.com.
MANATHAI KHAO LAK, THAILAND
Between a backdrop of lush mountains and swaying coconut palms on Banksak beach, this resort could be the perfect romantic retreat.
Just an hour north of Phuket, Khao Lak offers peaceful escapism surrounded by natural beauty including three national parks, mangroves and jungle to explore.
All rooms feature spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and plush bathrooms.
Seven nights’ B&B in a deluxe garden room at the 5H hotel is from £689pp including flights departing on May 5. See kenwoodtravel.co.uk.
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