Feel the sand between your toes in St Lucia this autumn. Travelbag offers a week on the island in October for £699, including B&B at the Hotel Blu on Rodney Bay and Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick (travelbag.co.uk).
Moor for your money
Soak up the ancient sites of the Moorish empire on a cruise with Holland America Line. Departing from Civitavecchia (for Rome) on 7 October, the nine-night cruise calls at Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Gibraltar and Lisbon, finishing in Rotterdam. The price of £349 per person includes full board in an inside cabin, but not flights to Rome or back from Rotterdam (hollandamerica.co.uk).
As the searing summer heat starts to relent, Olympic Holidays is offering a week in Corfu for £285pp. The price includes flights from Gatwick on 10 September and seven nights' rental of a studio at the Olive Tree Apartments in Kavos (olympicholidays.com).
Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal, Palenque, Campeche and Cancun are some of the seductive locations on Virgin Holidays' 15-day Highlights of Mexico tour departing on 3 November. It costs £1,795pp, including flights from Heathrow via Houston, transport and mixed-board accommodation (virginholidaysjourneys.co.uk).