Now... Grab some winter sun in Mauritius

Depart on 5 December for a week in Mauritius. Western & Oriental's offer on the Indian Ocean island is £1,159pp for seven nights at the Veranda Paul & Virginie resort, with all meals, transfers and Emirates flights from Heathrow via Dubai included.

Soon... Relax and recuperate in Madeira

Just after new year, Sovereign has a week's holiday in Madeira. Depart on 6 January, with Thomson flights from Manchester and a stay at the Pestana Carlton for £649pp. The hotel, has sea views, a pool and a spa near the capital, Funchal.

Later... Cruise to Norway's islands

Hurtigruten has a new 12-day cruise to the Lofoten Islands. It departs from Bergen on 3 March and crosses the Arctic Circle, with stops in Bodo and Saltstraumen, before reaching the remote isles. The price is £1,570pp full board, with hotels and excursions; flights extra.