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 oceanfront Pestana Casino Park Hotel. Half board is included (breakfast and dinner daily), as are flights, return transfers and 20kg of baggage.
This deal also include a special extra for Travelzoo subscribers: a complimentary dinner and cabaret show at the hotel's casino (worth £50 per person) -- this show includes classic American musical songs, hit Las Vegas productions and covers of popular tunes by acts such as Tina Turner and Robbie Williams.
The hotel has a good choice of restaurants including 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.
Other hotel amenities include a lagoon-style 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, a poolbar and a cocktail bar with live music on most evenings. The resort is in Funchal, a few minutes' walk from the centre.
This offer is valid for departure from London Gatwick on 10, 17 December; it's £130 more to travel on 7, 14, 21, 28 January, 2013. Depart from Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Glasgow for a supplement of £20.
In addition to being a year-round sunshine hotspot, Madeira is an archipelago of eye-catching landscapes, 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.