The Ten Best Last-minute breaks


Gulet cruise in Turkey

Gulet cruise in Turkey

From £455 for seven nights' full board with flights from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester on 30 August

If you can wait until Monday before you set off, you could cruise along the coast of southern Turkey on a traditional Turkish sailing boat. The captain and his crew do all the work, and the chef emerges three times a day to serve a selection of Turkish meals. Anatolian Sky Holidays (08708 504040; www.anatoliansky.co.uk)

Villa in Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain

From £775 for one week's rental of a villa sleeping five, with pool, from 28 August. Flights can be arranged

The town of Pollensa is at the unspoilt northern end of Mallorca. It has a lovely sandy beach with shops and cafés, while the old town, just inland, has masses of charm. Villa Select has a choice of properties that are available from this weekend, so this is a great opportunity to round up a group of friends and find something that's suitable for everyone. Villa Select (01789 764909; www.villaselect.com)

Estalagem Quinta Do Estreito, Madeira, Portugal

From £713 for seven nights' bed and breakfast with flights from Gatwick during August. Small supplement for departures from regional airports

The five-star Estalagem Quinta Do Estreito is in an attractive location on a hillside above a small fishing village. The hotel is ideally placed for walking, visiting the town of Funchal (which is a short drive away) or simply relaxing. Rooms have balconies with a sea view, and the hotel has a swimming-pool, sun terraces and a sauna. Castaways (01737 812255; www.castaways.co.uk)

Casa alle Vacche, near San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

£300 for a self-catering apartment in Tuscany sleeping three, with car hire and flights from Gatwick to Pisa on 28 August

The Casa alle Vacche is one of a number of self-catering properties in Tuscany still available from Crystal Italy. It is in an attractive part of the region and has a double bedroom, a sofa bed in the living area, kitchen, shower and the use of a shared pool. Crystal Italy (0870 888 0263; www.crystalholidays.co.uk)

Topaz Aparthotel, Bugibba, Malta

£408 for seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation, with flights from Heathrow on 25 August

The Topaz Aparthotel is in a wonderful location close to St Paul's Bay, one of the most popular and attractive beaches in Malta. It has extensive facilities, including a pool-side bar, sun terraces and volleyball courts. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés along the seafront promenade, while Sliema, an excellent centre for shopping, boat trips and nightlife, is just around the bay. Malta Direct Travel (0208-561 9079; www.maltadirect.com)

Rex Turtle Beach Hotel, Tobago

£604 for seven nights' room-only accommodation, with scheduled flights from Gatwick on 30 August

This is a good deal to one of the most attractive islands in the Caribbean. All the rooms at the Rex Turtle Beach Hotel have a patio or balcony with ocean views, and there are plenty of water-based activities on offer including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. The hotel has a choice of bars, a coffee shop and restaurants. Virgin Holidays (0870 220 2788; www.virgin.com/holidays)

Merton Hotel, Jersey

Two nights' bed and breakfast for £189 via the fast ferry from Poole or Weymouth to St Helier; £195 with flights from Gatwick

There is plenty at the Merton to keep the whole family occupied, including the Aquadome (with its water slide, water cannons and pool), tennis courts and a fitness centre. Jersey Travel Service (0845 121 4849; www.jerseytravelservice.co.uk)

Orient Palace Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia

£459 for seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation, with flights from Gatwick on 29 August

This five-star hotel is on the seafront in Sousse and is an excellent base for exploring the desert, where scenes from The English Patient were filmed. Sousse has excellent nightlife and the hotel offers a selection of water sports. Cadogan Holidays (02380 828313; www.cadoganholidays.com)

Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

£99 for three nights' self-catering accommodation, from 27 August, in an apartment sleeping four

No longer called holiday camps, Butlins resorts have changed beyond all recognition in recent years and offer excellent value and facilities for a family break. You will be staying in a well-equipped apartment with two bedrooms, and although you will need to pay for food there is no need to spend on anything else: most of the entertainment, the funfair and Splash Waterworld are included in the price. Butlins (0870 242 0870; www.butlinsonline.co.uk)

Aresti Villas, Zakynthos, Greece

£459 for seven nights' self-catering accommodation in a villa sleeping six, car hire and flights from Gatwick on 27 August

Aresti Villas offer top-quality accommodation that's ideal for a family or group of friends. The villa has three bedrooms and a good-sized kitchen and living area. Outside is a shaded terrace, private pool and a children's play area that's shared with other properties. Although the villa is secluded, there is a taverna within easy walking distance. Simply Ionian (0208 541 2202; www.simplytravel.co.uk)

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
scotland decidesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping First Minister up at night?
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Life and Style
techApple has just launched its latest mobile operating software – so what should you do first?
News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmSo what makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes the hobby look 'dysfunctional', they say
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week