Travel challenge

A last-minute dose of winter sun in Madeira

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. This week: a last-minute dose of winter sun in Madeira. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each package includes a week's accommodation and flights in December.

Thomson - £387

Includes Thomson flights from Gatwick on 2 December, transfers and B&B at the Pestana Carlton Hotel. "Madeira's fantastic hotels and short flight time, make it the perfect choice for some last-minute winter sun," says Mark Hall (0871 230 2555; thomson.co.uk).

Thomas Cook - £269

Includes Thomas Cook flights from Manchester on 9 December, transfers and half board at the Four View Oasis. "Located in tranquil Canico de Baixo, this hotel offers superb sea views and free buses to Funchal," says Chris Banham (0844 412 5970; thomascook.com).

lastminute.com - £339

Includes Monarch flights from Gatwick on 6 December and B&B at the Pestana Casino Park. Transfers extra. "This package offers incredible value at a hotel that's perched on a cliff with views over Funchal bay," says Alexander Berman (0800 083 400; lastminute.com).

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