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Great getaways: from skiing in California to Sweden's scenic coastal spots


Stateside ski

Ski Independence has a 10-night break to Mammoth – California's highest ski resort – for £1,213pp. Departing on 20 March, the deal includes BA flights from Heathrow, car hire, a night at the Marriot in LA and the rest at the Mammoth Mountain Inn, both room only. Tire of ploughing the slopes and the outdoor playground of Yosemite is an hour's drive away (ski-i.com).

Dutch delight

Take the slow train to one of Europe's most appealing cities on a short break with Railbookers. The offer includes Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels, with connecting tickets to Amsterdam for two nights' B&B at the stylish Vondel Hotel, with tickets to the Rijksmuseum included, for £279pp. The deal is valid for Sunday to Thursday departures in March, July and August (railbookers.com).

Balearic bliss

On 23 May, there's a four-night escape to one of Mallorca's smartest hotels for £1,345pp. The deal with Virgin Holidays + Hip Hotels includes BA flights and B&B at La Residencia – a luxurious Orient Express hotel set amid olive groves near the hilltop village of Deià – with private transfers (vhiphotels.co.uk).

Swede dreams

Inntravel has the chance to combine two of western Sweden's most scenic coastal spots on week-long trips this summer for £1,195pp. Valid for departures between 14 June and 19 July, the holiday spends time in the Koster Islands and the fishing village of Fjallbacka, with six nights' B&B, five dinners, a day's bike hire and transfers by bus, rail and ferry. Flights extra (inntravel.co.uk).