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Great getaways: Irish Valentine's hop, Madeira, slope of to the Austrian Tyrol and Tanzanian treat

Love actually

You don't have to travel far (or spend a fortune) to show someone you care this Valentine's. Irish Ferries Holidays is offering a two-night hop, with a car crossing, departing on either 13 or 14 February and B&B at the four-star Killashee House Hotel & Spa, an hour's drive from Dublin, near the town of Naas in County Kildare, for £198 per person (irishferries.com/holidays).

Island life

Spring is the perfect time to be in Madeira, when the climate is benign and the beaches are blissfully quiet. Book ahead and Classic Collection will take you there on 1 March for £599 per person, including a week's stay at the elegant Quinta Bela Sao Tiago, hotel with breakfast, private transfers and easyJet flights from Gatwick to Funchal (classic-collection.co.uk).

Slope off

Ski the dramatic slopes of the Austrian Tyrol using the scenic village of St Christoph as your base. Inghams is offering a week-long stay at its Chalet Hotel there for £699 per person, including all meals, transfers and Monarch flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck on 9 February. The hotel has open fires, an indoor pool and ski-in, ski-out facilities (inghams.co.uk).

Tanzanian treat

Indulge in a dose of exotic luxury with an escape to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. Turquoise Holidays has a week's stay at the Breezes Beach Club & Spa on the east coast for £1,259 per person, including half-board, transfers and Kenya Airways flights from Heathrow via Nairobi on 30 April. The hotel has a dive centre, spa and a host of dining options and beachside bars to sample. Book by 28 February (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).

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