Tips and deals of the week: 04/07/2010

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Save 25 per cent in Sardinia

Get seven nights' half board at the four-star Hotel Flamingo in southern Sardinia from £741 per person, including return BA flights.

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Discount DIY Tour de France

Canvas Holidays is offering 40 per cent off multi-centre breaks this summer. For example, a nine-night tour of Brittany costs £788 per family.

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Half-price Barbados

Save 43 per cent on seven nights at The House, Barbados, before 30 September, with return Virgin flights and a daily meal at Daphne's. Price £1,535.

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The website

Looking for a hotel with an interesting history? New site features a variety of properties with an intriguing former life.

The hotel

Now officially open, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is welcoming guests at its complex of 53 individual riads in the medina.

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The app

The search for the next available ferry crossing has now been brought to our fingertips, thanks to a new free iPhone app available at

The luggage

Samsonite is celebrating its centenary by slashing £50 off its Aeris range of suitcases, available for £99 in pink, black and turquoise until stocks run out.