Once known as a "go-to destination for the mature traveller", Madeira is now also a hotspot for "the young and the chic", according to The Daily Telegraph. Visit the Portuguese island for £399 per person with this luxury offer from Voyager Travel Direct, saving up to 50%.
Accommodation is for seven nights at the 5-star Pestana Casino Park Hotel, a property with a large lagoon-like pool and an oceanfront location. Half board is included (breakfast and dinner daily), as are flights, return transfers and 20kg of baggage.
This deal is a great opportunity to get some pre (or post) Christmas sun and you'll find a good choice of restaurants to dine at; these include The Panoramic Restaurant where an international buffet breakfast is served, the Sunset Restaurant offering a full à la carte menu, and the open air Dockside Pool Restaurant & Bar.
Designed by the world famous modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, the hotel features a large outdoor heated swimming pool, an indoor pool, a spa, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, a gym, a massage parlour, a library and games room, a beauty salon, tennis courts, 3 restaurants, a poolbar and a cocktail bar with live music on most evenings.
Within the same complex there is a gambling casino with a traditional gaming room, a slot machines room, a large restaurant featuring floor shows and a night club. The resort is just a few minutes walk to the island's capital of Funchal -- an area plentiful in bars, shops and restaurants.
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This offer is available for departure from London Gatwick on 3, 10, 17 December; it's £150 more to travel on 7, 14, 21, 28 January, 2013. Depart from Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands & Glasgow for a supplement of £20.
Book by 29 November.
In addition to being a year-round sunshine favourite, Madeira is an archipelago of raw natural beauty, with jagged, chalky cliffs, black-sand beaches and imposing mountain ranges. The island is famous for its Levada walks -- picturesque trails along the mini, open canals used for dispersing water to the island's parched southern regions.