The five-star Almyra is one of the best hotels in Paphos. This offer includes airport security fast passes and executive lounge at Manchester Airport. The price is based on two adults and a child sharing a room, half-board. Departs Manchester, July 20.
Sovereign (01293 765003; sovereign.com)
The four-star Hotel Flamingo, is in Santa Margherita Di Pula, a family-friendly resort on the southern tip of the island. The price is based on two sharing, full-board. Departs Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol, July 22. would need to book flights to Pisa or Florence. Available Aug 26.
To Tuscany (01212 867782; to-tuscany.com)
Three-bedroom Villa Nilla, sleeping six, features a large outdoor swimming pool in a peaceful rural setting close to the beach. An ideal place from which to explore Sicily’s south coast. Available July 22-29 and Aug 5-12. Flights not included.
Solo Sicily (020 7097 1413; solosicily.com)
Set above Kalkan, The Stone House (sleeps six) has sea views, a pool, a private garden and is a 20-minute drive from Patara Beach. Departs Gatwick, Aug 6. resort of Porto-Vecchio. The price includes a hire car. Departs Heathrow, July 30.
Simpson Travel (020 8003 6557; simpsontravel.com)
San Nikolas Villa (sleeps four) has a private terrace, garden and large pool, situated just behind Barbati Beach and near Barbati village in Corfu. The price includes car hire. Departs Gatwick, July 31. The Alps have plenty to offer in summer as well as winter, especially for active families or those who like to relax by a lake. There is so much accommodation that you will always be able to find something at the last minute.
Lake Garda, Italy
The Bologna Hotel is a three-star option in trafficfree Bardolino on the shores of Lake Garda. The price is based on two sharing a twin or double, B&B. Departs Manchester, Aug 5. We have concentrated on holidays in Europe, but there are plenty more options for those willing to fly further afield. Here’s an example:
The Wyndham Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort is close to all the major parks. This price is for a two-week stay based on two adults and two children sharing a standard room, and includes free tickets to either Gatorland or Boggy Creek. Departs Gatwick, Aug 23.
The five-star Almyra, Paphos, above; the renovated Hickory, Verbier, below right; The Stone House, Kalkan, below; Westin Costa Navarino on the Peloponnese, below left