Because it offers year-round sunshine, Madeira doesn't really have a low season. That's why we love this deal from Inspired Luxury Escapes, which cuts up to £420 off the regular price for travel this summer, autumn and winter.
With prices starting at £479 per person, the offer includes return flights from five airports, seven nights' half-board accommodation at the 5-star Vidamar Resorts Madeira and a free upgrade to a Superior Ocean View Room. These rooms come with free Wi-Fi, entrance to the spa, a VIP gift and have large balconies overlooking the sea.
The main feature of this deal is Dine Around, which means you can eat at the hotel's main buffet restaurant and once at each of the four speciality restaurants**. You'll be able to enjoy Italian food at Mamma Mia, tapas at Flamenco Tapas Restaurant or Japanese at KOI Sushi***. Sabor a Mar Restaurant***, a meat and fish grill overlooking the sea, is a highlight.
With temperatures rarely dropping below 16ºC, Madeira is popular all year round. And, with travel available on select dates from 1 November-16 December and 3 January-19 March, 2014, from Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick and Manchester, this deal is the perfect winter-sun getaway.
But, if you're looking for something a little hotter, travel in June, July, September and October is available from £69 more per person. All exact departure dates and airports are on the Inspired Luxury Escapes website.
Vidamar Resorts Madeira is a short ride from Funchal's town centre and 500m from the seafront Lido Promenade. The hotel has direct sea access and is surrounded by tropical gardens. Facilities include two children's outdoor pool and two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a health club, a spa, a tennis court and squash courts.
Checked bags are from £35 and transfers from £15 per person, return.