Best places to holiday in the UK

July 15, 2016
Eden Project

Teletext homepage screengrabWith 26 million subscribers worldwide, Travelzoo is a major player in the sphere of travel deals. Its best feature is its Top 20 deals section - the 20 best deals its researchers can find, carefully checked out for accuracy and availability, and emailled out each week to subscribers. These deals cover city breaks, resort packages, cruises and hotel stays, and each is written up in impressive detail, with the saving, the dates of travel and why Travelzoo thinks the deal is so good clearly spelt out. Also worth perusing, and registering for, are "Local Deals": heavily discounted and persuasively described hotel breaks and activity and spa sessions in regional parts of the UK, for which you purchase redeemable vouchers.

Couple walking along cobblestone streetThe iconic, dot-com boom website is still very much alive and kicking. You can find deals on pretty much any travel-related booking (not just last-minute ones). The website is particularly good for discounted sun-and-sand packages and for hotel stays. Big savings can be had by booking one of its many Top Secret Hotels deals, for which you need to be willing to take the risk of not knowing the name of the property until you've paid, Also good for theatre deals.

Woman playing with beach ball in waterTeletext shines...but more information on why deals are singled out as 'staff favourites' would be good

Another household name, and part of the same company as the Daily Mail, Teletext Holidays is a good bet if you want a massive choice of often bargain, mainstream packages. The website has good search options - you can bring up deals to a specific resort in, say, Majorca. More information on why certain holiday deals are singled out as staff favourites would be useful.

The best known of the so-called "daily deals" websites. It comes in two parts. There are deals on offer - usually just for a day or two - for meals, activities and spa and beauty treatments oriented to some 60 UK cities and regions. (Some of these deals can be excellent: I recently purchased steak and chips for four, plus a bottle of house wine, for just £29 at a good local restaurant.) Then there are the Groupon Getaways deals, offering a small but enticing selection of UK breaks, city and sun trips, and "experiences" - anything from a stay in the Lake District to a week in Sardinia and a Himalayan trek. Each deal is carefully described, and the promised saving

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