If the less-than-impressive British summer has left you feeling as flat as a pancake, Select Resorts has a mixture of excellent deals that will warm your heart this winter.
In Barbados, the two-bedroom Cassia Heights villas are located on the exclusive Royal Westmoreland Golf Resort and overlook the fairway. The split-level living area opens up through large bay windows to a delightful wooden deck. The properties are set within beautifully kept tropical gardens and are just a stroll away from the Clubhouse and the Sanctuary. The resort facilities include floodlit tennis courts, a gym, communal pool and a Kid’s Club which is open at peak times during the year. Prices start from £201 per night.
Another great option on Barbados is the two-bedroom Tradewinds apartment opposite Mullins Beach, with excellent ocean views, especially from the master bedroom. The apartment is air-conditioned and open-plan, with a fully fitted kitchen and spacious living and dining areas which open onto a terrace fitted with a minibar and refrigerator. The terrace overlooks the landscaped gardens and communal pool, beyond which is the Caribbean Sea. Nearby Beacon Hill is ideal for swimming, water sports and long, leisurely walks. Prices start from £219 per night.
Closer to home, there is a great selection of two-bedroom lakeside village apartments in Quinta do Lago in Portugal. This is an exclusive residential estate set in 800 hectares of pine forest at the southern tip of Portugal. The resort is bordered on its south-eastern boundaries by the Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of 23 protected areas in Portugal. There are four magnificent golf courses, tennis, swimming, windsurfing on the lake, sailing, fishing, horse riding and beach combing. The resort boasts numerous restaurants as well as a vibrant nightlife. Quinta do Lago has its own shopping centre, modelled on London’s Covent Garden and is a 15-minute drive from Faro International Airport. Prices start from as little as £430 per week / £61 per night from January 2009.
For bookings contact 01202 786490 / www.selectresorts.co.uk