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5 Last-Minute Summer Holidays for the Spontaneous Traveller

It’s not too late to find the summer holiday escape of your dreams

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Whether you’re looking for a family getaway with minimal planning required or a couples retreat to escape the school holidays crowds, it’s not too late to find the perfect last-minute summer holiday. You could even save some money by booking late, too.

Last-Minute Summer Holidays Deals

Last-Minute Family-Friendly Summer Holidays

Country Kids, France

Country Kids, France

The ultimate family escape, Country Kids is an intimate farm break in the South of France. You will become part of the family for a week (or two), with kids mucking in on the farm with the daily morning egg collection and animal feeding, and a host of activity options for adults and children. The kids club is second to none, there is even a weekly camping trip for older children so parents can enjoy a real break. Most families book next year’s break shortly after returning (even tying in with new friends they’ve made), so make the most of last-minute summer availability while you can.

BOOK:  7 nights self-catering package (Easter to May half term and last two weeks of September) starts at €3,950, 7 nights Absolutely Everything Included package (May half term to mid-September) starts at €7,550.

Almyra, Cyprus

Almyra, Cyprus

For some last-minute short-haul summer sun, hop across to Cyprus and check the whole family into Almyra. With indoor and outdoor pools, creative children’s menus, rock climbing, mountain biking, pony treks, fishing trips, diving lessons, tennis coaching and sailing excursions, there’s something to keep all ages entertained. New parents can take advantage of the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service, providing all manner of baby gear to pre-order to ensure a seamless (and lighter) travel experience.

BOOK: Inspiring Travel Company offers a seven-night stay at Almyra from £4,225 per family. Based on two adults and two children sharing two Interconnecting Inland View Rooms on a half-board basis, including return economy class flights from London Gatwick and private transfers. Saving up to £1,245 per family. Valid for travel completed by 31 October 2019. Price based on 18 August 2019 departure.

Summer Staycations for all the Family

Last-Minute Summer Holidays for Adults

Sala Samui, Thailand

Sala Samui

Whether it’s a last-minute honeymoon (the wedding planning can get in the way) or simply a romantic couples summer holiday you’re looking for, Sala Samui is a peaceful retreat located on a quiet stretch of beach in Choeng Mon in the north-east of Koh Samui. With easy access to the bars and nightlife of Chaweng Beach or the restaurants at the quaint Bo Phut Fishermans Village, there’s something for everyone.

BOOK: Seven nights in a Sala Pool Villa B&B from £1,995 per person including return international flights and private transfers

Bwindi Lodge & Kyambura Lodge, Uganda

Volcanoes Safaris

Volcanoes Safaris

Join Volcanoes Safaris African ecoluxe safari this summer. Bwindi Lodge in Uganda is set on the boundaries of the Impenetrable Forest, steps away from Buhoma village, with eight luxury lodges. It’s the perfect place from which to visit Uganda’s mountain gorillas. Meanwhile, Kyambura Lodge, set in a renovated coffee store, offers the expansive Queen Elizabeth National Park. Home to a ‘lost’ family of chimps, visitors can enjoy intimate visits them as well as enjoying game drives in the national park and boat cruises along the Kazinga Channel.

BOOK: Book the ‘7 Day Bwindi and Kyamabura ‘ package and enjoy 3 nights at Bwindi Lodge, 3 nights at Kyambura Lodge on full board, with rates starting from $5125 per person (approx. £3,995pp).

Fes, Morocco

The Weekender: Fez


Spend a day exploring the local medina and tanneries in Morocco’s lesser-known city of Fes this summer, staying at the luxurious Riad Fès or checking out the cooler hilltop at Hotel Sahrai. The latter is home to the only Givenchy spa in Africa, so the perfect place to relax after a hectic few days of city exploration.

BOOK: Rooms at Riad Fès start from £190 ( and rooms at Hotel Sahrai start from £160 (

Read our Weekender Guide to Fes