Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less
OK, bear with us. One look at the price -- £285 for this all-inclusive Crete holiday -- will probably have you scratching your head, wondering what kind of idiocy makes this qualify for a page that’s supposed to be about deals under £50. But look at it like this -- with 30% off the regular price for this escape to the beachfront Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa, you effectively get flights, accommodation, all meals and drinks for just over £40 per night. So, you see, it’s not so idiotic after all. Or maybe it is -- but only in a good way.
Four awards for Best Musical in London, seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, and recently voted the best British musical of all time by readers of the New Yorker -- at some point, even a confirmed musical-skeptic like this one starts to concede that he really should have seen “Blood Brothers”. Fortunately, he’s now one step closer, thanks to this dinner-and-show deal: top-price tickets plus a 2-course pre-show meal at your choice of six local restaurants, for £29 per person. The seats alone would normally cost up to £60.
Flights don’t often make it onto this particular blog, but this one’s too hard to ignore: £17 to fly from Belfast to Amsterdam with bmibaby. And before you start doing the mental arithmetic, we should probably point out that the price includes a free hold bag as well. Put that in your pipe and…actually, no, well, you get the idea.
Burns Night might have been and gone, but that shouldn’t stop you enjoying a little Scottish sojourn. Not when it’s this cheap anyway -- £34.50 per person for an overnight stay at Friars Carse Hotel, near Dumfries. The offer includes a 3-course dinner, full Scottish breakfast, plus a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates in the room. Not only that -- it’s also a chance to sample the hospitality of a place that the man for whom Burns Night is named counted among his favourites. Robert Burns was regular here once upon a time.
Continuing the literary theme, albeit with something a little more genteel, is this deal for champagne afternoon tea at Ashmount Country House, in the heart of Yorkshire’s Brontë country. This country manor is within strolling distance of the place where Charlotte and Emily lived, wrote and died. For those of you of a less bookish persuasion, we reckon you’ll still be wowed by the idea of champagne, sandwiches and cakes for the equivalent of £9 each.