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Black Friday bargain holidays with deals of up to 68% off

Splash of colour: Locals in traditional dress in Mexico, where there are holiday deals to be had

Splash of colour: Locals in traditional dress in Mexico, where there are holiday deals to be had

We can thank the United States for the annual price-slashing ritual that takes place on the last Friday of November — the day after Thanksgiving.

It is meant to represent the day retailers begin to turn a profit, thus going from being ‘in the red’ to being ‘in the black’.

What will happen this year? Travel companies are pinning hopes on this being the big turning point when Britons look ahead to brighter times without lockdowns and travel restrictions — perhaps when Covid vaccines are widely available.

The result? Prices have been cut across the board. 

So, if you are willing to go for it on a trip in 2021, this is the moment.

Make sure to choose an Atol-bonded package holiday, which provides the best protection in the unlikely (but possible) event of a tour operator going bust.

But, for now, stay positive and take a look at this selection of some of the best Black Friday deals for next year and into 2022.

MEXICAN RIVIERA

Mexico's borders are open to British tourists, with no need to provide a Covid-19 test. Pictured is the country's Playa del Carmen beach

Mexico’s borders are open to British tourists, with no need to provide a Covid-19 test. Pictured is the country’s Playa del Carmen beach

SAVE 54%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Barcelo Maya Riviera next October from £999pp, flights included. Book by November 30 (caribbeanwarehouse.co.uk).

SAVE £1,050

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Secrets The Vine Cancun for travel until December 31, 2021, from £1,299pp, flights included. Book by December 15 (tropicalsky.co.uk).

NEED TO KNOW

Mexico’s borders are open to British tourists, with no need to provide a Covid-19 test. Airports will perform temperature checks. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against travel to Mexico, and two weeks’ quarantine is mandatory on return.

BANK ON BARBADOS

Visitors to Barbados must take a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before travel. A second test is needed four or five days after the first. While waiting for results, holidaymakers must remain at their hotel

Visitors to Barbados must take a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before travel. A second test is needed four or five days after the first. While waiting for results, holidaymakers must remain at their hotel 

SAVE 60%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Turtle Beach between January 3, 2021, and January 2, 2022, from £805pp. Book by December 2 and use code BAR60 at eleganthotels.com, which has similar deals on seven other hotels. BA flights from London from £370 return (ba.com).

SAVE 50%

Seven nights’ B&B at the Colony Club for travel in June and September from £1,045pp, flights included. Book by November 30 (dialaflight.com).

NEED TO KNOW

Online immigration form (travelform.gov.bb) must be completed 24 hours before arrival and a negative test 72 hours before travel. A free second test is needed four or five days after the first. While waiting for the result (returned overnight), visitors must remain in their hotel.

CANARIES CALLING  

Travellers to the Canary Islands must provide a negative test within 72 hours of travel. Pictured is Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote

Travellers to the Canary Islands must provide a negative test within 72 hours of travel. Pictured is Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote 

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR…  

SAVE 63%

Stay all-inclusive for seven nights at TUI Magic Life Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, in December from £278pp, flights included (tui.co.uk).

SAVE 55%

Seven nights’ B&B at Saccharum Resort and Spa in Calheta, Madeira, in December from £297pp, flights included (firstchoice.co.uk).

SAVE 35%

Book seven nights’ half- board at Carlisle Bay Resort Antigua in January from £2,599pp, including flights (trailfinders.com).

SAVE 30%

Enjoy a seven night stay, half-board, at VidaMar Resort in Funchal, Madeira, from £514pp, including flights (broadwaytravel.com).

SAVE 35%

Seven nights’ B&B at Seaside Los Jameos Playa in Lanzarote between December 17, 2020, and October 31, 2021, from £489pp, including flights. Book by December 3 (tropicalsky.com).

SAVE 30%

A week’s half-board at Bahia Princess in Tenerife in May from £570pp, including flights (tui.co.uk).

NEED TO KNOW

Travellers to the Canary Islands must provide a negative test within 72 hours of travel, as well as completing the Spanish government’s health form within 48 hours of arrival.

MIGHTY MALDIVES

All visitors to the Maldives must present a negative Covid test on arrival taken within 96 hours of departure

All visitors to the Maldives must present a negative Covid test on arrival taken within 96 hours of departure

SAVE 50%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Constance Moofushi for year-round travel from £2,499pp, including flights. Deal available November 27-30 (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).

SAVE £1,000

Or a week’s half-board at Meeru Island Resort and Spa for March 21 to March 28 from £1,799pp, including flights. Book by November 30 (travelbag.com).

NEED TO KNOW

All visitors must present a negative Covid test on arrival taken within 96 hours of departure.There is health screening on arrival and quarantine facilities for any suspected cases.

DASH TO DUBAI

The United Arab Emirates has recently been added to the UK's travel corridor list

The United Arab Emirates has recently been added to the UK’s travel corridor list

SAVE 68%

Seven nights’ half-board at Atlantis, The Palm, in July from £999pp (based on two adults and two children), including flights. (trailfinders.com).

SAVE 50%

Or three nights at Caesars Palace Bluewaters between June 5 and 30, 2021, from £635pp, including flights (dialaflight.com).

NEED TO KNOW

The UAE has recently been added to the UK’s travel corridor list. Visitors will need to present a Covid test taken within 96 hours of arrival or submit to a test at the airport in Dubai.

SUNNY ST LUCIA

Reservations for a Covid-19-certified hotel on St Lucia must be presented at the airport on arrival on the island

Reservations for a Covid-19-certified hotel on St Lucia must be presented at the airport on arrival on the island 

WE DO LOVE A CRUISE…  

There are deals to be had on cruises too, from sailings to the Arctic to river voyages

There are deals to be had on cruises too, from sailings to the Arctic to river voyages 

SAVE 50%

Grab a buy-one-get-one-free deal on selected Arctic and Antarctic cruises in 2021 or 2022 (exodus.co.uk) if booked November 23-30. A seven-night cruise in Spitsbergen, Norway, is from £1,720pp in May 2021.

SAVE £1,300

Seven nights cruising around Italy is from £2,999pp, including flights, transfers and a night in Rome. Book for October 1, 2021 (subject to availability) (trailfinders.com).

SAVE 40%

Cruise eight days along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam on May 2 and 30 from £1,999 pp. Solo supplements also waived. Book by November 23 (uniworld.com).

SAVE £800

Five days along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest on April 26, 2022 from £1,705pp. Book November 27 to December 4 (scenic.co.uk).

SAVE 30%

Book any 2021 NCL Cruise of more than three nights by November 27 to receive a 30 per cent discount. Guests are also free to cancel up to 15 days before departure for a Future Cruise Credit which can be used for sailings until December 31, 2022 (ncl.com).

SAVE 65%

A week’s room-only at Coconut Bay Beach Resort for selected dates until October 26 next year from £1,499pp, flights included (kenwoodtravel.co.uk).

SAVE 50%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa between May and October from £1,099pp, flights included. Book by November 30 (kenwoodtravel.co.uk).

NEED TO KNOW

Visit stlucia.org/en_UK/cms-uk for a selection of 15 other brilliant deals. A negative test taken within seven days of flying is required, plus completing this form: stlucia.org/en_UK/covid-19.

Reservations for a Covid-19-certified hotel (which the above are) must be presented at the airport. Guests can only leave their hotel for activities organised by the accommodation.

GO GREEK 

Only the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos are quarantine-free for those living in England. Pictured is Lindos in Rhodes

Only the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos are quarantine-free for those living in England. Pictured is Lindos in Rhodes 

SAVE 40%

A week’s half-board at MarBella Corfu (marbellacollection.gr) from April until the end of 2021 from £539pp if booked between November 23 and 30. EasyJet (easyjet.com) London to Corfu flights from £47 return.

SAVE 30%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Atlantica Princess Hotel, Rhodes, in May from £606pp, flights included (firstchoice.co.uk).

NEED TO KNOW

A passenger locator form must be completed 24 hours before travel (travel.gov.gr). Only the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos are quarantine-free. Rules for Scotland and Wales can be checked at gov.scot or gov.wales. Facemasks are mandatory in public indoor spaces.

CUBA LIBRE!  

Visitors must apply for a tourist card from the Cuban embassy if they want to travel there

Visitors must apply for a tourist card from the Cuban embassy if they want to travel there

SAVE £365

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Ocean Vista Azul in February from £1,042pp, flights included (firstchoice.co.uk).

SAVE £319

Or seven nights’ all-inclusive at Royalton Hicacos in January from £1,027pp, flights included (tui.co.uk).

NEED TO KNOW

Visitors must apply for a tourist card from the Cuban embassy (misiones.minrex.gob.cu/en/united-kingdom). A health declaration form must be completed and testing (costs U.S. $30, or £23) on arrival, with results back within 48 hours.

MADEIRA TIPPLE

Holidaymakers to Madeira, pictured, can save up to 45 per cent on a seven-night all-inclusive package next March

Holidaymakers to Madeira, pictured, can save up to 45 per cent on a seven-night all-inclusive package next March 

SAVE 45%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Hotel Riu Palace Madeira in March from £545pp, flights included (firstchoice.co.uk).

SAVE 36%

Five nights’ half-board at the Vine Hotel in Funchal until October 31 from £424pp (travelzoo.com). BA (ba.com) London to Funchal from £94 return.

NEED TO KNOW

Visitors require a negative test within 72 hours of arrival or a test on arrival at the airport (the results of which should be available within a day).

SEYCHELLES SOJOURN

For those wanting to visit the Seychelles, a negative test is required, taken within 48 hours of arrival. Five days of isolation is required at an authorised hotel

For those wanting to visit the Seychelles, a negative test is required, taken within 48 hours of arrival. Five days of isolation is required at an authorised hotel

SAVE 40%

Seven nights’ half-board at the beautiful resort of Constance Ephelia, for travel until December next year, is from £1,549pp. Flights are included (awayholidays.co.uk).

SAVE £650

Seven nights’ B&B at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa until June 30, 2021, from £1,499pp, flights included. Book by November 30 (tropicalsky.com).

NEED TO KNOW

A negative test is required, taken within 48 hours of arrival. Five days of isolation is required at an authorised hotel. A second test is conducted on the fifth day and results take up to 24 hours. While isolating (waiting for the results) guests can use pools, private beaches and eat in the restaurant of their hotel.

JAMAICA BOUND

Infection rates are low, but Jamaica, pictured, is still not on the travel corridor list. Returning travellers will have to quarantine for two weeks

Infection rates are low, but Jamaica, pictured, is still not on the travel corridor list. Returning travellers will have to quarantine for two weeks

SAVE 45%

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Couples Swept Away until October 31 from £2,015pp, flights included (caribtours.co.uk).

SAVE 40%

Seven nights’ room-only at Jamaica Inn until August 31, 2021, from £1,675pp, flights included. Book before November 30 (elegantresorts.com).

NEED TO KNOW

All travellers must complete a travel authorisation document before checking in for a flight. This includes a health risk assessment and possible need for testing ten days prior to travel. Infection rates are low, but Jamaica is still not on the travel corridor list. Returning travellers will have to quarantine for two weeks.

ON THE HOME FRONT…  

ROOMS FOR £25

Travelodge (travelodge.co.uk) is offering rooms for £25 or less for stays from January 1 to September 12 next year. Lower fares will be released on Black Friday (November 27) and are subject to availability.

SAVE 44%

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Ickworth, a National Trust estate in Suffolk, is from £129. Book for selected dates Sunday-Thursday until May 21 (travelzoo.com).

SAVE 40%

Cofton Holidays (coftonholidays.co.uk) is offering 40 per cent off all bookings across its range of holiday homes in Devon for stays between January 4 and April 2. Book by November 30.

SAVE 30%

Haven Holidays (haven.com) has 30 per cent off bookings at Haven Seashore, Haven Wild Duck and its park in Caister- on-Sea. A four-night stay is from £249 for six. Book for selected dates in 2021.

SAVE 30%

Rooms at the St James Taj Hotel (stjamescourthotel.co.uk), a short walk from Buckingham Palace, are now from £140 a night until August 31 if booked by December 1.


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