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Winter Sun Vacation: The best bargain deals from the Caribbean to Greece


Face masks, temperature tests, endless shapes, Covid tests, "approved" accommodations, travel corridors, quarantines … the world of travel is confusing.

Still, there is a silver lining: cheap holiday prices. There are many offers, especially in the Caribbean, many of which are quarantine-free.

However, for your peace of mind, book an ATOL-bound vacation package that offers the best protection in the unlikely (but possible) event that a tour operator goes broke. Here are some of the best winter sun deals.

DISTANCE

Make it to the Maldives

To get to the Maldives shown, holidaymakers must present a negative Covid test on arrival within 96 hours of departure

Save 50 percent – Seven nights at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa in April from £ 1,599 per person (with a deposit of £ 99 per person) including flights (travelzoo.co.uk).

Save £ 850 – Or seven nights with half board at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort in December from £ 1,699 per person including flights (trailfinders.com).

HAVE TO KNOW

Must present a negative Covid test upon arrival within 96 hours of departure. On arrival, health checks are carried out with quarantines for each suspected case. It is now a UK travel corridor so no 14 day quarantine is required on return. Face masks in public are mandatory. It is worth checking the resort rules before making a booking.

Lush St. Lucia

SAVE 51 PER CENT – One week all-inclusive at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa when traveling by January 2, 2022 from £ 1,279 per person including flights. Must be booked by October 31st (tropicalsky.com).

SAVE £ 746 – or seven nights at the Mystique St Lucia by Royalton in November from £ 760 per person including flights (firstchoice.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

A negative test, performed within seven days of flight, is required. This form must also be completed: stlucia.org/en_UK/covid-19. Reservations for a Covid-19 certified hotel (see above) must be presented at the airport. You can only leave your hotel for activities organized by the property.

AHOY ANTIGUA!

Guests vacationing in Antigua (pictured) are allowed to leave the hotel, but face masks are required in public areas

Guests on vacation in Antigua (pictured) are allowed to leave the hotel, but face masks are required in public areas

Save £ 3,075pp – A week's half board on Jumby Bay Island in December costs from £ 2,339 per person including flights (elegantresorts.co.uk).

SAVE 35 PER CENT – Or seven nights with breakfast at the Blue Waters Resort & Spa until January 6th from £ 1,739 per person including flights (caribtours.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

A negative test taken within seven days of flight is required and a health declaration form completed. Visitors are monitored for 14 days and further testing could cost £ 76. You can leave the hotel, but face masks are required in public areas.

BACK TO BARBADOS!

Save 70 percent – Seven nights with breakfast at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in November from £ 1,775 per person including flights. Must be booked by October 31st (elegantresorts.co.uk).

Save £ 750pp – Or one week room only in Bougainvillea Barbados through December 31, 2021 from £ 1,049 per person including flights. Must be booked by October 31st (tropicalsky.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

The online immigration form (travelform.gov.bb) must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival and a negative test 72 hours prior to departure. A free second test is required four or five days after the first. While you wait for the result, visitors have to stay in their hotel.

HOT IN SEYCHELLES

In the Seychelles pictured, face masks are required in shops, public transport and outdoors

In the Seychelles pictured, face masks are required in shops, on public transport and outdoors

SAVE 45 PERCENT – Seven nights with breakfast at H Resort Beau Vallon Beach for selected dates November to April 17th from £ 1,869 per person including flights (caribtours.co.uk).

Save 20 percent – Or a week long B&B at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino in January from £ 955 per person including flights. (awayholidays.co.uk)

HAVE TO KNOW

A negative test must be performed within 48 hours of arrival. Visitors must isolate at their hotel for five days before a second test on the fifth day (results last 24 hours). Guests are free to roam their hotels while in isolation. Face masks are required in shops, on public transport, and outdoors.

JOY OF JAMAICA

SAVE 35 PER CENT – One week B&B at Sandy Haven Resort, Montego Bay, from £ 1,069 per person in March including flights. Must be booked by October 28th with an additional £ 125 per person for bookings made before Wednesday (ba.com).

Save 34 percent – Or seven nights all-inclusive at Excellence Oyster Bay from GBP 2,009 per person for travel up to December 31, 2022, including flights. Book by October 31st (xclusivity.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

All travelers must complete a travel authorization form prior to check-in. Face masks must be worn at your resort's discretion. As this is not a UK travel corridor, you will need to quarantine it upon return.

SHORT DISTANCES

SPANISH SUNSHINE

Spain is not a UK travel corridor, so there is a repatriation quarantine. However, the Canary Islands are now free from quarantine. Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote is shown

Spain is not a UK travel corridor, so there is a repatriation quarantine. However, the Canary Islands are now free from quarantine. Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote is shown

Save 59 percent – Seven nights with breakfast at the H10 Rubicon Palace Lanzarote in December from £ 533 per person including flights (jet2.com).

Save 56 percent – Or four nights of self-catering in the Esmeralda Suites Apartments Costa Blanca in November from GBP 293 per person including flight (tui.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

A form must be filled out 48 hours before departure at spth.gob.es. As this is not a UK travel corridor, a return quarantine is in place. Masks for public indoor and outdoor use, however restrictions vary. The Canary Islands are now free from quarantine.

PORTUGAL PRIMED

Save 33 percent – All inclusive nights at the Pestana Royal Hotel Funchal in November from £ 531 per person including flights (travelupermarket.com).

Save 34 percent – Or seven nights with half board at the VidarMar Resort in January from £ 408 per person including flights (broadwaytravel.com).

HAVE TO KNOW

A negative test is required prior to arrival for Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores. Mainland Portugal no UK travel corridor. In Madeira, face masks must be worn in public.

GREEK TREATMENT

To enter Greece, travelers must complete a passenger search form 24 hours prior to departure. The island of Kos is shown

To enter Greece, travelers must complete a passenger search form 24 hours prior to departure. The island of Kos is shown

Save 40 percent – Seven nights all inclusive at the Blue Lagoon Resort on Kos in November from £ 595 per person including flights (tui.co.uk).

Save 30 percent – Or an all-inclusive week at TUI BLUE Atlantica Aegean Blue Rhodes in November from £ 526 per person including flights (firstchoice.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

A passenger search form must be completed 24 hours prior to departure (travel.gov.gr). Rules for Scotland and Wales: gov.scot or gov.wales. Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces.

Cyprus for everyone

Save 37 percent – One week all inclusive at the Royal Apollonia in Limassol in November from £ 737 per person including flights (firstchoice.co.uk).

Save 30 percent – Or seven nights at the Louis Sofianna Resort in Paphos in November from £ 423 per person including flights (tui.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

Evidence of a negative test must be provided within 72 hours prior to departure and a Cyprus flight passport form must be completed 24 hours prior to departure (cyprusflightpass.gov.cy). Face masks must be worn in closed public spaces.

DOM REP OPEN

In the Dominican Republic shown, you may need to do a Covid test upon arrival if you declare symptoms yourself

In the Dominican Republic shown, you may need to do a Covid test upon arrival if you declare symptoms yourself

SAVE 55 PER CENT – Seven nights at Ocean El Faro El Beso from £ 899 per person including flight. Book by October 31 for travel by December 23 (caribbeanwarehouse.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

You may need to have a Covid test on arrival if you declare symptoms yourself. Quarantine on return for 14 days.

FRENCH FANTASTY

Save 53 percent – Overnight stays at the Hotel West End in Nice cost from £ 35 per person for selected dates through March. A two night trip including flights costs from £ 118 per person (travelzoo.com).

HAVE TO KNOW

Travelers are required to complete a symptom-free declaration upon arrival. Quarantine on return for 14 days.

EVERYTHING GOES MEXICO

Vacationers to Mexico must have their temperature checked upon arrival. When they return to the UK, they must be quarantined for 14 days. The resort of Cancun is shown

Vacationers to Mexico must have their temperature checked upon arrival. When they return to the UK, they must be quarantined for 14 days. The resort of Cancun is shown

Save 52 percent – Seven nights all inclusive at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa through December 31st from £ 1,079 per person including flights. Book by October 31st (tropicalsky.com).

HAVE TO KNOW

Temperature control upon arrival. Quarantine on return for 14 days.

AND DUBAI?

SAVE 60 PERCENT – Seven nights with breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai from £ 672 per person including flights on January 27th (awayholidays.co.uk).

HAVE TO KNOW

Covid-19 test required within 96 hours of travel. Those deemed at risk are required to take a second test upon arrival. Quarantine on return for 14 days.

LATEST COVID COUNTRY GUIDE: Where to and where to avoid it

MALDIVES

The honeymoon islands can now be enjoyed without quarantine as they will be added to the list of UK travel corridors tomorrow. If you are traveling to the Maldives through a hub like Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi, you will need to quarantine another 14 days when you return to the UK. So a direct BA flight is the answer.

GREECE

Mykonos, Greece's most glamorous party island, will be added to the list of UK travel corridors tomorrow.

CYPRUS

The number of cases has risen, reaching 111 cases per 100,000 yesterday – up from 30 a week ago. The majority of tourists who tested positive on arrival are British. It remains quarantine-free.

GERMANY

Starting last night, British tourists entering Germany must be quarantined for 14 days and provide evidence of a negative test upon arrival. German officials said the country faced a "very serious" situation this week as cases hit 11,287 a day, a record high. Berlin is preparing for a second ban.

FRANCE

France is still on the UK's quarantine list. Almost 70 percent of the French population currently has a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

France is still on the UK's quarantine list. Almost 70 percent of the French population currently has a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Almost 70 percent of the French population is currently under a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. after the government more than doubled the regions covered by the measure. On Monday, the number of Covid patients in the intensive care unit exceeded 2,000.

SWEDEN

The country, which preferred herd immunity to lockdown, has eased restrictions on high-risk groups, despite the country seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. Sweden remains quarantine-free for British tourists.

CARIBBEAN

Many islands such as St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are open. However, tourists must isolate themselves at a certified resort for part of their stay. Antigua is free from quarantine.

DENMARK

It will be added to the UK travel list tomorrow. But British tourists are currently banned.

BY HARRIET SIME

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