Holiday gift ideas for all budgets
While we may have had a whole year to suss out thoughtful gifts for our nearest and dearest, with Christmas day now fast approaching, do you find yourself in the situation where suddenly every idea seems to fail before it begins?
Thankfully, the world is bigger than our local department store and one present that’s always going to bring a smile to the recipient’s face is a holiday. What could be better than the gift of a trip that’s all taken care of, which offers a chance to relax or explore, linger by the beach or a city café, all with your glorious company too, no doubt.
To help prompt a few ideas the Flexicover team has put together a 100% independent guide to getaways, from the economical to the fancy, to suit every budget.
On a budget
It’s a special talent to give budget-based presents without looking like price was the primary factor. That’s why we’re particularly taken with Carden Park Hotel’s deals. Based in Cheshire, this luxury golf and spa hotel has a range of activities for guests, if the dreamy rooms and the inviting lounge wasn’t enough to keep them occupied. You’d never believe that the hotel’s offers include a dinner, breakfast and overnight stay for £120 – meaning the only extra cost for a relaxing night away are the drinks. If that’s a little pricey, try a day of indulgent pampering in the spa for £99 for two, which includes a treatment, a balanced lunch, light refreshments, and a glass of Carden’s homemade sparkling wine to top off the lavish day.
Not too dear
Bonne Paris has lots to tempt the traveller and currently there are some great deals available. Book early with Eurostar and a return from King’s Cross to Paris is £58, which is excellent value considering its central location and ease of use. Paris’s thriving foodie scene mean it’s worth an annual visit; this year’s new highlights include The Fish Club (refocused after serving ceviche only) and the delicious pasta boutique of Passerini, where an exquisite three course lunch is £28. Stay at Hotel de la Mare for a high-quality, low-price option – it’s £50 a night and nestled in the heart of Belleville.
For excellent holidays without the price tag you’d expect, Krakow in Poland provides great value for money. Flights are cheap (expect to pay around £50 return from a low-cost carrier) and good quality, four-star hotels cost around the same per night. It means a break for two costs £250 for three-nights, which is a nice amount of time to soak in the culture of this fascinating city, take a vodka tour and perhaps pay your respects at Auschwitz. As it’s an all-year round destination, it makes for a perfect January trip.
An indulgent break
Hold the purse strings a little looser and the options multiply, but excellent deals will still make your holiday gift go further - some could even take you across the Atlantic. If transatlantic flights call for premium carriers, British Airways has a range of holidays that don’t compromise on quality, such as a five-night stay in Boston for £645. Your lucky recipient will stay at The Godfrey Hotel, a popular four-star hotel in the heart of the city. From here, take a visit to Harvard, catch the Red Sox in action, find out all about the Boston Tea Party or simply soak in the English influence of this beautiful US city.
If money is no object head away from the northern hemisphere’s chilly winter and step into sunshine instead. South Africa is perfect for that - and with its abundance of watersports, rich history, distinct culture, world-famous vineyards and enviable beaches, it’s ideal for a broad range of travellers. For £1,145 per person, grab the Louis Vuitton luggage and step on a Virgin Atlantic plane to Cape Town. Here, you’ll enjoy a five-night stay at the uber-chic 15 on Orange, a boutique hotel whose outdoor pool looks out towards Table Mountain. It will make the chilly, dark nights of the UK seem a lifetime away – and isn’t that the best gift one could possibly give?
So whatever your holiday plans are for the coming months, it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
Please be aware that Flexicover has no links, responsibility or control over the deals included in this article and as such they are subject to availability and may change from the description given.