Value for Valentine’s
We all know that you’re going to pay a premium when you travel to traditional romantic destinations like Paris and Venice. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches where should we be heading for the best-value romantic getaway?
With the pound week against the euro, getting out of the Eurozone is a good idea. The streets of Marrakech are heady, atmospheric and bustling, but even the cheapest traditional riads offer an oasis of calm, full of character, and many have roof-top sun terraces and private Turkish baths. Out of the city you’ll find even more luxurious retreats; it’s worth looking into a tranquil resort in the stunning Atlas Mountains. Flights to Marrakech on dealchecker.
Similarly Turkey offers great value for money for UK visitors, especially as many tour operators are increasing capacity to Turkish destinations this year. In Istanbul explore enchanting ruins and spectacular mosques before taking a sunset cruise along the Bosphorus River that divides the city. Flights to Istanbul on dealchecker.
If tropical beaches, calm turquoise waters and gently swaying palm trees are your idea of a romantic destination then you’ll find the best value beach retreats by heading to Thailand. Prices have been slashed even on the most luxurious resorts compared to last year, and because of its popularity with backpackers there are plenty of budget accommodation options. Flights to Bangkok on dealchecker.
Want to stick to Europe? This week The Times came up with a list of the best hostels for couples – so if you are heading on a European city break you can at least save a packet on your accommodation.
Here in the UK there’s no end of country hotels offering romantic getaways. This week we found Superbreak offering a good variety of Valentine’s weekends at hotels across the UK. It’s not too late to book! (Plus by sticking to the UK you avoid airports – a combination of queues, security searches and a lack of natural lighting do not equal a romantic start to any holiday!)