Plus a new carrier on the Gatwick-Rome route

Late escapes

Anyone who held their nerve in the hope of a bargain for a five-star family beach resort for half term can claim their reward. With less than a week to go, Mark Warner ( has cut the price of the final week of the season at its flagship Levante Beach Resort in Rhodes. A family of four pays £1,001pp (slightly less for couples). Families who booked two months ago paid £400 more. The price includes BA flights from Heathrow, half board and many activities.

Powder puff

Powder White ( is offering two weeks in a fully catered ski chalet for just £50 a night – though this does not include flights, ski passes or equipment hire. A 14-night stay at Chalet Aqualina in Val d'Isere costs £699pp, arriving on 6 December. Early season deals are also available in St Anton, Verbier, Val d'Isere, Courchevel and Méribel.

Golden brown

Enjoy some winter sun in Tobago. Golden Holidays ( is offering a week at the four-star Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort for £719pp, based on two sharing. The price includes Monarch charter flights from Gatwick (with 30kg luggage), transfers and breakfast, and applies to departures on 29 October or 5, 12 or 19 November.

Italian connections

The entry of Norwegian ( on the Gatwick-Rome route has helped ease fares to the Italian capital to ridiculous levels. Tickets are available for £75 return (flying out on 27 November, back on 1 December). Norwegian serves Rome's main airport, Fiumicino.