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Publisher's round-up, 7 August

£139 -- 'Romantic' Cotswolds Getaway w/Fine Dining, Save 40%

  • Take the hottest summer in recent memory and stir in a stunning Cotswolds manor house hotel
  • Add free breakfast, a glass of prosecco and a 3-course dinner in a posh 2-AA-Rosette restaurant (and the AA doesn't just hand those Rosettes out willy nilly)
  • Steam in the hotel's luxurious spa
  • Throw in some sizzling quotes: "impossibly romantic" and "exceptional", says Company; a "stout Cotswold manor in the grand style", says The Times
  • Reduce the price by 40%

Result: A slice of gourmet perfection in the Cotswolds. Serves two for £139 in total

£229 -- Boutique Luxury Venice City Break, Was £429

  • Take three nights at a 5-star boutique hotel on Murano island
  • Spice it up with an authentic setting in a 13th-century former monastery with Venetian canal views
  • Throw in breakfast, a welcome drink and a free water shuttle service to St Mark's Square
  • Add return flights from London Gatwick, Southend, Stansted, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford or Manchester
  • Slice off a hefty £200

Result: A properly boutique luxury getaway to Venice at a fraction of the regular price

£1499 -- 14-Nt South Africa & Mozambique Fly/Cruise

  • Combine a stay in a central Cape Town hotel with an 11-night cruise around South Africa and Mozambique
  • Add a sprinkling of stunning beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and secluded islands
  • Stir in all your meals, plus return flights from London
  • Simmer -- after all, November is summertime in South Africa, so you can expect temperatures to sizzle
  • Cut over £370 off the usual price

Result: An exotic 14-night South African adventure from the comfort of a kitted-out cruiseliner

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 8 August 2013
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Maire Bonheim