Deals of the week: Hand Picked Hotels, Malta, Morocco


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Rural retreat

Hand Picked Hotels has today launched a promotion across its group of 18 luxury retreats dotted throughout the British Isles. The deal includes an overnight stay, breakfast and dinner with a glass of champagne and canapés for £145 per couple. It is being offered for stays taken between 1 February and 18 March; properties range from the 18th-century Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex to Crathorne Hall Hotel, a country manor house overlooking the Yorkshire Moors.

Maltese breeze

Archers Direct has a five-night breakin Malta for £319 per person. It includes half-board accommodation at the Plaza Hotel in Sliema, with easyJet flights from Gatwick on 12 February and transfers. Located on the island's north-east coast, Sliema offers a host of cafes and restaurants along its colourful harbourfront. The hotel boasts an indoor pool, as well as an outdoor rooftop pool that overlooks Balluta Bay. The island's capital, Valletta, is also a short drive away.


Magical Morocco

Explore has a two-week "Imperial Cities and Desert" tour of Morocco, which scales the sands of the Sahara, the slopes of the High Atlas and the rocky depths of the Todra Gorge. The package also includes visits to seductive cities such as Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Essaouira and Marrakech. It includes accommodation with breakfast throughout, plus Royal Air Maroc flights from Heathrow to Casablanca on 22 April, and transfers throughout, for £995 per person.