Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less...
Two nights at a 4-star hotel in the Algarve? For two people? For the equivalent of £44.50 per person? It’s hard to find a fault with this deal -- particularly when you consider that it includes a room with a sea view, free bike hire on one day, a 30-minute massage each, access to the spa and 20% off additional spa treatments booked.
Are you the type who joins a gym every January, stops going in February, but doesn’t cancel your membership until August? This time around, do yourself a favour and grab a 10-class package at the Revitalise studio in Brighton instead – for £29, you can mix and match any classes you like from their range of Power Plate, Pilates and yoga options. That’s 80% cheaper than normal which, frankly, is bordering on absurd. Valid until 20 January.
£37.50 per head for a 5-course Michelin-starred dinner with champagne, cooked by two chefs described as “geniuses” by pottymouth chef Gordon Ramsay: this is a one-off opportunity to bag a bargain at Casamia in Bristol, the winner of 2010’s Channel 4 series, “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant”. The only downside? There’s a limit of 500 vouchers available and they’re selling very quickly indeed. Be quick or be sorry.
What can you buy for £2 these days? A Sunday paper? The smallest coffee on the Starbucks menu? Alternatively, you could buy a National Express coach seat from Leeds to Manchester as part of its £2-and-up sale. These fares are valid for travel until 22 January, 2012, on more than 1000 routes. Other highlights include London-to-Cardiff seats from £5.50 each way.
At two pence shy of £50, this last deal only just sneaks into this week’s blog. It’s a good one though: return flights to Zagreb in Croatia for £49.98 with easyJet. That's up to 35% less than travel on other dates, with good availability in February and March, 2012. If you’re really lucky, you might catch Chris Rea performing at the Bocarski Dom on 16 February, 2012. And if that doesn’t float your boat, you could head to the Croatian Natural History Museum for a look at the most extensive collection of Neanderthal remains found at any one site. Or you could just marvel at the fact that Slavoljub Penkala, the inventor of the hot-water bottle and the ballpoint pen, hailed from this fair city. Several of us booked these flights the second we saw them.