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If romance is being somewhere away from everything, surrounded by nature, then Pacuare Lodge, deep in the Costa Rican jungle is as romantic as it gets. Arrive by raft and enjoy a private bungalow with your own terrace-view of the lush jungle. Take a suite and you have your own plunge pool too – but at night, every bungalow is candlelit, for perfect romantic ambience. Costa Rica in Style is a 14-night holiday including some of the most exclusive and remote hotels in Costa Rica & two nights at the Pacuare Lodge. The cost is from £3,099 pp and includes flights (London), excursions and transport. Call Sunvil Latin America on 020 8758 4774.
With private Jacuzzis, an award-winning spa and two impressive restaurants, Hotel Convento do Espinheiro in Evora is the perfect retreat for pampering your partner. This former monastery even boasts its own historic chapel, as well as an elegant candlelit restaurant set amidst the cloisters’ stone archways and a 16th century wine cellar. Departing 12 February, four nights’ B&B cost from £628 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick), car hire, and complimentary three-course dinner, half-hour massage and wine-tasting. Please click here for further details of our short break luxury holiday.
Early booking savings of up to 23% on one and two-week stays at the serene four-star Esperides Hotel on the pretty island of Meganissi. Departing in May, one week costs from £632 pp (two sharing) including HB in a sea view room, flights (Gatwick) and transfers (full price was £747 pp). Two weeks cost from £764 pp (full price was £994 pp) on the same basis. Book by 29 February.
The UFO is a must for Sci Fi fans. Suspended high above the forest floor in a secluded spot in Swedish Lapland, it’s accessed via a retractable metal staircase and hatch. Forget alien abductions though and instead fall asleep under the stars or the otherworldly Aurora Borealis (this UFO has a skylight). You’ll also enjoy hearty meals in the cosy 1950s guesthouse and a true get-away-from-it-all break. The three-night Tree House Experience costs from £1,779 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow), transfers, half-board, a winter survival skills course, Northern Lights photography tour and snowmobile excursion.
The hotly-anticipated third series of ‘The Bridge’ is set to air on BBC Four this winter. The longest road and rail bridge in Europe links together two edgy cities – Malmo and Copenhagen – offering a chance to discover Swedish and Danish culture in one heady Scandi hit, with the train between the two taking a mere 15 minutes. Dip into design shops and world-class restaurants in Copenhagen and mix it with Malmo’s revitalised waterfront, medieval centre and laid-back vibe. Four nights’ B&B at the Hotel Master Johan in Malmo cost from £582 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow) and first class rail transfers.
Leave England’s soggy December far behind and head to postcard-perfect Northern Norway, where primary-coloured villages glow beneath snow-sprinkled mountains, glittering fjords stretch out to the horizon and there are thrilling winter activities galore. This five-night trip includes a coastal wildlife safari, mountain hike and incredible Arctic bathing experience – insulated flotation suit is naturally, included. Departing 23 December, Northern Norway at its Most Spectacular costs from £1,616 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick), transfers, mixed-board accommodation and activities.
This fascinating tour allows guests to indulge their winter wonderland fantasies as well as gain an insight into Sami culture. Activities include an exhilarating husky sled excursion, an evening snowmobile expedition in search of the Northern Lights led by a Sami guide and a visit to a Sami family, where participants will learn about the unique culture and lifestyle of Lapland’s indigenous people. The three-night Sami encounters and winter activities tour costs from £1,623 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow), transfers, three nights’ full board and excursions. Call 020 8758 4722.
Two nights in Gothenburg (at the Hotel Elite Park Avenue) followed by one night at Villa Sjotorp, in the peaceful coastal setting of Ljungskile in the unspoiled Bohuslän region. The price of this trip is from £771 pp (two sharing) including three nights’ B&B, eight-course dinner at Villa Sjotorp, airport transfers, two days’ car hire and flights (London).
Aurora and more in Swedish Lapland – from £986 pp with Sunvil Combine the once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe the awe-inspiring aurora borealis with a cosy stay in the pristine wilderness of Swedish Lapland. 150km north of the Arctic Circle, in a remote hamlet, owner-managed Pine Tree Lodge is home to 80 husky dogs and a range of snowy activities. Try an exhilarating snowmobile trip into the frozen surrounds and an exciting dog-sled tour behind a team of panting huskies. The Magical Northern Lights Aurora and Activity tour costs from £986 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), activities and four nights’ full board.Free via Skype
‘Spectre’ hits the big screen on 26 October and is set to showcase the many virtues of Italy’s eternal city. While a parachute landing on Ponte Sisto Bridge (as featured in the film) might not be possible, a wander round the awe-inspiring Roman Forum, people watching from a pavement café and memorable visits to the magnificent Colosseum and Michelangelo’s breath-taking Sistine Chapel are all obligatory. Three nights’ B&B at the family-run Modigliani Hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from Via Veneto, cost from £490 pp (two sharing) including return flights (London). Call Sunvil on 020 8758 4722.
Sunvil offers 35% savings (was £681 pp – save £232 pp) on a week-long stay at the spacious Afrodite Apartments in the pretty village of Kalives, North West Crete. There’s a lovely pool set in the garden to the rear of the apartments, and the sandy beach is just a three-minute walk away. The village, with its tree-shaded square, cafés, tavernas and attractive church, is a 10-minute walk. The Venetian capital of Chania is just half an hour away by bus. Departing 22 September, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £449 pp (two sharing) including flights (Manchester) and transfers.
Sunvil offers 23% savings (was £664 pp – save £155 pp) on a week’s stay at the Kaminakia Apartments in northern Kefalonia. The simple but well-kept apartments, each with large private balcony, enjoy a peaceful location and tremendous views, and are a delightful 10 minutes’ walk above the sea from Fiscardo harbour and two excellent beaches. There is also a large swimming pool. Departing 19 September, seven nights’ self-catering accommodation now costs from £509 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays offers 28% savings (was £701 pp – save £192 pp) on a week-long stay at the Sotiris Apartments in Myrina, on the unspoilt island of Lemnos. With luscious gardens, the spacious apartments are well-equipped and occupy a great location. Take a three-minute walk to popular Riha Nera beach, offering sunbeds and a beach bar, or stroll for ten minutes to reach a handful of tavernas. A little further afield lies a scenic harbour with a range of cafés, restaurants and shops tucked away in little lanes. Departing 27 August, seven nights’ self-catering accommodation now costs £509 pp (two sharing a studio) including flights (Gatwick), and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays offers 11% savings (was £657 pp – save £67 pp) on a week-long stay at the Elena Apartments, in a peaceful location just 15 minutes' walk from the pretty seaside town of Parga. Housed around a large freshwater pool, which has a children’s area and pool bar, each apartment boasts a twin bedroom (with a/c), living room, kitchenette and balcony. Pedalo or swim in the bay from the town beach, or walk over the headland to Valtos beach in about 20 minutes. Departing 23 August, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £590 pp (family of four sharing a one-bedroom apartment), including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays offers 14% savings (was £802 pp – save £113 pp) on a week-long stay at the chic Kyparissa Apartments, positioned above Kioni’s harbour on the island’s unspoilt north-east coast. Each apartment boasts private sea-view terraces, and family-run restaurants and white-pebbled beaches are dotted around the bay. Ithaca offers beautiful scenery and myths galore - was the little-explored island really the fabled land of Homer’s Odysseus? Departing 15 August, seven nights’ self-catering accommodation now costs £689 pp (four sharing a two-bedroom apartment) including flights (Manchester) and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays offers 24% savings (was £695 pp – save £161 pp) on a week-long stay at the Mimayia Apartments in the delightful village of Paleochora, SW Crete, with its laid-back atmosphere, kilometre-long golden beach and wide range of tavernas and cafés. Inland, there’s wonderful walking amidst the olive trees to small hilltop churches overlooking the sea. Departing 4 August, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £534 pp (four sharing a one-bedroom apartment) including flights (Manchester) and transfers. Departing Gatwick, the price is from £568 pp (was £650 pp – save £82 pp) on the same basis.
7 nts, Crete, £503 pp – Save 23% Sunvil Holidays offers 23% savings (was £650 pp – save £146 pp) on a week-long stay at the George Studios in the delightful village of Paleochora, South West Crete, with its laid-back atmosphere, kilometre-long golden beach and wide range of tavernas and cafés. Inland, there’s wonderful walking amidst the olive trees to small hilltop churches overlooking the sea. Departing 28 July, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £503 pp (four sharing a one-bedroom apartment) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays offers 30% savings (was £838 pp – save £249 pp) on a week-long stay at the peaceful Ismini Hotel, ideally located on the edge of Ammouliani’s only village. Small and perfectly formed, this pretty isle measures just 4.5 sq km and boasts a string of Caribbean-like sandy beaches with shallow waters. Departing 31 July, seven nights’ B&B now costs just £589 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Save up to 31% (was £676 – save £207) on a week-long stay at the peaceful Magdalena Studios set in country surroundings between the coast road and the sea on the sophisticated, compact island of Skiathos. Next door is an inviting swimming pool with bar, which Magdalena guests are welcome to use, and there are two fine sandy beaches and a handful of tavernas just five minutes’ walk away. Departing 17 July, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £469 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers. Prices from £589 pp (was £720 pp – save £131 pp) departing Manchester on the same basis.
Sunvil Holidays offers 40% savings (was £679 pp – save £270 pp) on a relaxing week-long stay at the Lourdas Beach Apartments in South Kefalonia, perfectly positioned just steps away from the long sandy beach, which shelves gently into the sea. There is a magnificent freshwater infinity pool and the apartments are just a few minutes’ walk from a selection of authentic beachfront tavernas. Departing 11 July, seven nights’ self-catering costs from £409 pp (two sharing) including flights (Manchester) and transfers. Departing Gatwick, the price is from £489 pp on the same basis (was £634 pp – save £145 pp).