THE nation faces a cold, gloomy winter as energy prices soar and the cost of living crisis continues to bite.
But a long winter break somewhere warmer in Europe or beyond could be a real alternative. With prices starting at just £6.75 per person per night, it could save you a fortune on energy bills set to quadruple by January.
From self-catering holidays in sunny Egypt to a luxurious Caribbean cruise that costs less than £76 a night, there’s plenty on offer.
Lisa Minot looks at options for a stay abroad that could save you money by taking you to sunnier climes.
MURCIA, SPAIN – £6.75 pppn, no catering
IF you have your own pad on wheels, the fabulous 77 night offer from the Caravan and Motorhome Club at the La Manga site in Murcia is a marvel.
You’ll get a fully equipped pitch with 6kW of electricity per day and a ferry crossing from Dover to Calais, for just £1,041 in total for two adults based on a stay from 14th January to 25th march.
The club hosts on-site activities as well as a bar, restaurant, tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool.
To book, see caravanclub.co.uk/overseas/spain/la-manga.
EL GOUNA, EGYPT – £6.75 pppn, uncatering
WITH 365 days of sunshine, El Gouna on the eastern coast of Egypt is the perfect place to spend the winter.
In the Downtown Keys area, a studio for two with all utilities costs from £612 per couple per month.
Guests enjoy free access to local swimming pools and a 10% discount at local restaurants and bars.
Two months in a 4-star city center hotel costs from £2,506 per room, or just £20.88 per night.
The resort has golf courses, spas, fitness centers and entertainment. Flights are from £64 per person, one way. See elgouna.com.
COSTA ADEJE, TENERIFE – £71.38pppn, B&B
Treat yourself to real luxury this winter with a long stay at the 5* Hotel Gran Costa Adeje.
Located in an exclusive area of Costa Adeje in Tenerife, it is within walking distance of del Duque beach, high-end shops and restaurants.
The hotel has a tranquil spa, solarium, and three swimming pools including one with a dazzling glass bottom and a rooftop pool.
A 21-night B&B stay costs from £1,499 pp in January, including return British Airways flights from Gatwick.
Book before August 31 on britishairways.com/tenerife.
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – £46.61 pppn, all inclusive
EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED when you book a 21-night stay at the Iberostar Club Palmeraie in Marrakech.
The hotel is close to golf courses and has three swimming pools in landscaped gardens, near a small lake.
Buffet and restaurant food is included, as are drinks at the pool bars and the Moroccan tea room.
Keep in shape with tennis, badminton, archery, spa and wellness centre.
A 21-night all-inclusive break costs from £979 pp, traveling on dates in January, including return flights from Gatwick.
Book before August 31 britishairways.com/marrakech.
FARO, PORTUGAL – £15.07 pppn, independent
Southern Portugal’s mild temperatures make it a favorite for long stays in the winter sun.
And from just £15.07 per person per night you can enjoy the sunshine and facilities of the 4* Labranda Riviera Hotel and Spa on Marfa Bay.
The hotel has three saltwater pools, a spa, fitness center, and indoor pool.
There is a diving school, as well as four restaurants and bars.
A 28-night self-catering stay is from £422 pp, including EasyJet flights from Liverpool on November 3. See easyjet.com or call 0330 365 5000.
CARIBBEAN CRUISE – £73.28pppn, full board
FOR those who prefer not to fly, sail to warmer climes on P&O Cruises’ 35-night voyage on Ventura from Southampton to the Caribbean.
From December 1, you can celebrate Christmas and the New Year in tropical temperatures.
The ship calls at Madeira, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts, the islands British Virgins, in Saint-Martin and the Azores.
Prices start from £2,565 pp, or £73.28 pp, per night, for full board including all your meals, theater performances, afternoon tea and gratuities.
To book, see seascanner.fr.
FUERTEVENTURA – £26.10pppd, independent
WITH year-round sunshine, 150km of beaches and stunning volcanic landscapes, the Canary Island of Fuerteventura is perfect for a long-lasting winter break.
The Origo Mare holiday village of Pierre et Vacances offers houses and apartments built around swimming pools.
On site you will find restaurants and bars, while sports facilities include tennis and mini golf.
A 28-night self-catering stay, arriving on January 7, costs £1,461.78, for a studio for up to three people. See pierreetvacances.com.
Return EasyJet flights from Gatwick from £64 pp.
BENIDORM, SPAIN – £46.51pppd, full board
Just go! Vacations have another great option for those who prefer not to fly.
Its Winter Sun coach trip to Benidorm offers the chance to soak up Spain, but avoids the hassle of the airport.
The 29-day trip departing on January 5 includes round-trip coach travel from England, round-trip ferry crossings, 24 nights at the 3* Pueblo Hotel in Benidorm on full board, plus the option of explore the Costa Blanca with six excursions.
It also includes B&B stays on both legs of the trip. From £1,349pp, based on two sharing – that’s £46.51pp, per day. See justgoholidays.com.
LARNACA, CYPRUS – £26.78 pp half board
FOR a long, warm stay, a 28-day break at the Anmaria Beach Hotel in Larnaca is the perfect way to break up the long winter.
Set in gardens with palm trees near the beach, this 4-star hotel is within walking distance of the center of Ayia Napa.
But you’ll be tempted to stay on-site with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, pool bar, and buffet restaurant.
There is also easy access to shoreline walkways – illuminated at night.
A 28-night, full-board stay is from £750 pp, including flights from Liverpool on November 22, 23kg luggage and transfers.
ALICANTE, SPAIN – £24.50 pppn, independent
Enjoy the Spanish sunshine with holiday park specialist EuroParcs.
It offers winter holidays of up to 12 weeks at Alannia Costa Blanca Resort from £25 per night with swimming pools, entertainment and activities included.
Winter facilities include heated pools, a gym, sauna and steam room, as well as activities such as yoga and tai chi.
You will stay in mobile homes with air conditioning, terrace under pergola and satellite TV.
Gas, electricity and water are included.
See europarcs.com/camping-in-spain/long-stay-holidays or call 01172 897 050.