Soak up the winter sun in Morocco and catch a last minute deal.
You can save £250 on a week’s luxury trip to Morocco by booking through Travelzest’s Best of Morocco (0800 171 2151 www.travelzest.com), reports the Telegraph. They are offering seven nights for the price of five at the former palace, Relais & Châteaux L’Heure Bleue riad, part of the Essaouira medina, classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The palace offers all the comforts of a five-star hotel and includes a hammam, spa, solarium and rooftop pool and terrace, with panoramic views of the historic Portuguese town of Essaouira and the port. The hotel's French chef produces gourmet fusion cuisine. Numerous nearby activities include golf, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, sailing, surfing, kite surfing and camel rides. The holiday costs £1,005 per person and includes a return flight from London, private transfers and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Alternatively, those in search of adventure might like to spend Christmas on a guided trek in Morocco with Walks Worldwide (0845 301 4737; www.walksworldwide.com). The Sahro Winter Sun trek starts in Marrakech, with trekkers walking through the Jebel Sahro region between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. The walk departs on the 24th of December and nine days cost from £434 per person. The price includes transfers, eight nights’ accommodation, most meals and a guide. Flights are not included.