January sales: Travelbite’s pick of travel deals

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 10:26 AM

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Are you in need of a holiday?

If you're looking for a holiday bargain – now is the time to book, when you can make the most of a host of great January offers. Here's our pick!

UK breaks

Downton-style escape
Fancy a stay in a Scottish Castle? The ‘Servant’s Quarters’ of the stately Torrisdale Castle, run by the same family for over a 100 years, have been converted into a spacious three bedroom apartment – complete with its own secret room. Just refurbished and beautifully equipped, the Castle offers amazing views across the gardens, over to the Isle of Arran.  By Summer, the apartment will also have its own hot tub and wood burning sauna for guests to enjoy. Plus, The Kintyre Way actually passes through the estate, making it perfect for walkers and cyclists. Book before January 31st and save 15% on stays in an historic Scottish castle in July and August 2014. The offer means that a week in the Servant’s Quarters apartment will cost from £765 in July and August, reduced from £900.  For further information or to book visit www.watersidebreaks.co.uk or call 01252 339020.


Spa retreat in Soma Bay
A getaway that rejuvenates the mind and soul is a great way to start the New Year (see our pick of healthy holidays here). One such retreat, La Résidence des Cascades, is situated in pretty Soma Bay, Egypt. Recognised as the best spa in Egypt and one of the largest in the world, The Cascades Spa & Thalasso, Soma Bay is offering an exclusive detox and relaxation package to ‘indulge the senses’ and cure the inevitable fatigue following the festive season. Tailored for guests to wind down throughout the New Year, the Total Luxury Spa Package includes seven nights stay in the exclusive La Résidence des Cascades, three days of spa treatments including a Reflexology Massage, Hydrotherapy Bath and Seaweed Scrub at the Cascades Spa & Thalasso and the opportunity indulge in the relaxation Soma Bay has on offer, from £750pp. The offer is available until April 30th 2014. For more information or to book visit www.somabayspa.com.

Arabian nights in Dubai
Why not jet off for some exotic winter sunshine this January and stay at the five-star Atlantis The Palm hotel. Virgin Holidays is offering three nights at the hotel, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow direct to Dubai, accommodation on a half board basis with airport transfers included, for £829pp, saving up to £603pp. The price is per person based on two adults travelling, sharing a deluxe room and departure on January 23rd 2014. For more information or to book visit 

Explore Turkey on a Turkish gulet cruise
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the traditional gulet Semercioglu IV  this May with Anatolian Holidays. The cruise follows the Fethiye to Marmaris route, calling at pretty bays and islands, with highlights including Cleopatra’s Bay and Baths, the marina at Gocek, and an optional visit to Dalyan and its famous mud baths. When booked by January 31st, the seven night cruise aboard the deluxe gulet Semercioglu IV has been reduced to £649pp (departing Manchester on May 5th). The price is based on two sharing an en suite cabin and includes return flights, transfers and accommodation for seven nights on full board basis. For more information or to book visit www.anatoliansky.co.uk.

Long haul

South Africa: Cape Town, safari and Garden Route
Set off on a self-drive tour of South Africa with Rainbow Tours, which is offering up to £520 off a fantastic 12 night holiday to South Africa, taking in four popular Cape destinations, the Garden Route and Winelands, safari and Cape Town. The itinerary includes four nights at the Four Rosmead a boutique hotel in Oranjezicht, on the slopes of Table Mountain, followed by two nights in the Winelands, in the heart of historic Stellenbosch at the River Manor Country House & Spa. Travel the Garden Route and spend three nights soaking up the scenery at the Hog Hollow Country Lodge, in a private reserve on the edge of the Tsitsikamma Forest, before heading to the award-winning private Shamwari Game Reserve, that is home to five different ecosystems, to spend three nights on safari, staying at the Long Lee Manor. The holiday is reduced to £2,360 per person for travel between May and July 2014, when booked by January 31st. For more information or to book visit Rainbow Tours’ website.

14 nights in Fairytale Florida
Offering fairy-tale magic and theme park thrills at the world-famous Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, enjoy a 14-night stay in Orlando, Florida staying at a four-star, Disney-area villa from only £575 per person with Cheapflights.co.uk. The price includes return flights from London, accommodation at a Disney-area villa and a Kids Eat Free dining card. The offer is valid on selected dates from January 7th to March 28th 2014. Departures from other UK airports are available at a supplement including Glasgow for an additional £17pp, Edinburgh for an additional £20pp and Jersey for an additional £45pp. For more information or to book this travel deal, visit www.Cheapflights.co.uk to compare prices.


25% off in Val Thorens with Pierre & Vacances
The Residence Les Temples du Soleil in Val Thorens is perfectly situated next to the pistes of the Three Valleys Ski Area. The Residence also has a fitness area, a mini-market, ski shop and bar. Savings are available across all the apartment sizes, ranging from four-person studios to two-bedroom apartments sleeping up to seven. Prices arriving on January 18th start from £639, down from £852, for a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to five. For more information or to book visit www.pierreetvacances.co.uk or call 0870 0267 145.

50% off at the five-star Westin in Whistler
Situated in one of the best locations in North America's number one ski resort, the five-star Westin Resort and Spa is right next to the Whistler Gondola and ski school meeting point, offering all you could hope for from a luxury ski hotel. For stays of eight nights or more in March and April save an incredible 50% if you book by January 31st . Stay 12 nights in a deluxe studio suite, with prices starting from £1,589 per person, saving a massive £770 per person and including Air Transat flights from London Gatwick plus return transfers. For more information or to book visit  www.skisafari.com or call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060.

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