Travel Challenge: A half-term family holiday in the sun

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a holiday in the sun for February half- term. Prices are for a family of four (with two children under 12) and require no time out of school.

Olympic Holidays

£2,826: Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Includes flights departing Gatwick on 14 February, transfers and seven nights' all-inclusive accommodation in a family room at the four-star Rehana Sharm Resort. "The Red Sea delivers guaranteed sun – a huge relief after all this snow. Families want to work to a fixed budget and we've seen demand for this sort of holiday increase by up to 30 per cent," says Olympic Holidays' Photis Lambrianides. (0844 576 2386; )

The Holiday Place

£3,099: Varadero, Cuba

Includes flights departing Heathrow 13 February, transfers and seven nights' all-inclusive accommodation in two rooms at the four-star Oasis Brisas Del Caribe resort. "This property offers the ideal family holiday. It occupies an particularly picturesque beachfront location and offers a wide range of facilities. The all-inclusive programme is exceptionally popular – parents will enjoy keeping their cash firmly in their pockets all week," says Chirac Shah of The Holiday Place. (020-7644 1747; )

Club Med

£6,372: Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia

Includes flights departing Heathrow 12 February (10pm), transfers and seven nights' full board accommodation in a club room at the four-star Club Med Cherating Beach resort. "The tropical settings at Club Med Cherating Beach are ideal for those keen to escape the winter chill. And with scheduled activities such as sailing, archery, tennis and circus school available at the resort as well as a number of children's clubs, it is a great place to take your family," says Club Med's Laurent De Chorivit. (08453 676767; )