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Plus, a Barcelona break, winter cruise in the Med, and luxury in Mauritius

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Now Make a break for Barcelona

If Christmas preparations are starting to take their toll, consider a long weekend in Barcelona. Monarch is offering return flights from Gatwick for £69 per person, departing on Friday 12 December and returning on Monday 15 December.

Soon Budget skiing in Bulgaria

Spend Christmas on the slopes at Bansko, Bulgaria. Crystal Ski has a week's B&B at the Lucky Bansko Aparthotel, including Thomson flights from Gatwick on 20 December, for £341 per person. A six-day lift pass and ski hire costs an extra £143 per person.

Later Tempted by Thailand's beaches

Book ahead to be in Thailand next summer. Travelbag is offering nine nights' B&B at the four-star Centara Anda Dhevi and Spa in Ao Nang, near Krabi, for £722 per person. The price includes Etihad flights from Heathrow via Abu Dhabi departing on 2 June.

Deals of the week

Less than £200 Easter in the south of France

British Airways Holidays is offering flights to Marseille over Easter, plus three nights' room only in a central hotel, the Adagio Marseille Vieux Port, for £247. Depart from Heathrow on Good Friday, 3 April, and spend the weekend soaking up the city, before returning on Easter Monday.

Less than £500 A winter cruise of the Med

Set sail on an eight-night Winter Mediterranean Cruise for £399 per person via Virgin Holidays. Depart from Genoa on the MSC Splendida on 4 January and spend a week exploring Rome, Palermo, Tunis, Barcelona and Marseille before arriving back in Genoa. Flights from Gatwick included.

Less than £1,000 A luxury escape to Mauritius

Treat yourself to a luxury break in Mauritius next year. Travelbag is offering return Emirates flights from Heath- row via Dubai, plus seven nights' B&B at the five-star LUX Grand Gaube on the Indian Ocean island's north coast, for £920 per person. The price is based on a 1 June departure.