Where would you head to next week, if you could go anywhere in the world? Would you swap the drudgery of the Northern Line for a spa break in Mexico? A day in meetings for a day's kite surfing off the south coast? Al desko for al fresco dining - in an 18th Century farmhouse in the Loire valley?
All these and more are in reach, thanks to a slew of stellar September travel deals and special offers. From a suite sale at Hotel Crillon le Brave in the heart of Provence to 25% off a luxury weekend in Puglia and a £250 discount on a luxury beach retreat to Indonesia, the time is nigh for some truly great holiday bargains. Get clicking in our gallery of September's best deals and special offers, below. That sunbed can't wait forever...
Please note: all offers are subject to availability. Flights and transfers not included unless specifically stated
Main photo: The Naka Island Resort, Thailand
Jersey beach break: three nights for two
From £285 per person, including three nights' accommodation and return flights
Grab three nights for the price of two with Flyjersey.com at the three star Ambassadeur Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beach and about a mile from St Helier, from £285 per person. Offer includes return flights from a choice of over 20 UK departure airports, UK airport parking, car hire and three nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Deal is valid until 24 September 2013. Call 0845 230 3240.
20% off the W Retreat Bali
From £217 per room per night at the W Retreat Bali, including breakfast
Exclusively located in the beachfront enclave of Seminyak, W Retreat Bali has 158 rooms and suites, and 79 villas. The stylish interiors feature vivid design, cutting-edge technology and uniquely modern amenities. Enjoy 20% off bookings made by 15 September 2013, covering stays up until 20 December 2013.
Suite sale at Hotel Crillon le Brave, Provence
From £183 per room per night with breakfast included on a first come, first served sale
Sample some of the finest suites and bedrooms at Crillon le Brave in Provence, with acres of space and stunning views. You must book between 4 and 11 September 2013 to make the most of this first come first served offer, for stays between 13 October and 30 December 2013. Once you have submitted your booking form on crillonlebrave.com, the hotel will confirm whether you have been successful or not within 48 hours. The sooner you book, the better the room you’ll have! Call 0845 319 0412.
£175 for a spa break in Scotland
From £175 per person for an overnight spa break at Archerfield House in Scotland, with suite accomodation and a 60-minute facial or massage
Indulge in an overnight spa break at the picturesque Archerfield House in Scotland, in this exclusive offer from Spabreaks.com. From £175 per person, you get to stay in one of the hotel's luxurious pavilion suites, with a complimentary bottle of wine and breakfast. Enjoy a 60- minute facial or massage treatment and full use of the spa facilities, plus 15% off any other treatments booked during your stay. Call 0800 043 6600.
Seven nights for five at One&Only Maldives
From £2,999 per person for seven nights, including return flights and airport transfers
WEXAS Travel is offering seven nights for the price of five on a free half-board basis at One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives, overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Price includes return international flights with OmanAir from London Heathrow and airport transfers, based on two people sharing. Book by 30 September 2013. Call 0207 838 5892.
Loft apartment in Rome from £93 per night
From £93 per night to stay in a renovated loft apartment in St. Lorenzo, Rome. Minimum two night stay
Book yourself into a charming loft apartment in downtown Rome from just £93 per night, with this beautiful and unique property from airbnb. Based in the centre of the city's St. Lorenzo district with art galleries, shops and craft workshops all in easy reach, the flat comes with French windows overlooking the inner courtyard and rustic vaulted stone architecture.
Save £300 on a Chengdu panda tour
From £2990 per person for a 21 day tour of China including flights, transportation, accommodation, all meals,entrance fees and visa fees
The Magnificent China package from Wendy Wu Tours provides an in-depth look at the best of China with savings of up to £600 per couple. All of China’s iconic sights are covered including the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors and the Giant Buddha in Leshan, plus the treasures of the traditional gardens of Suzhou and the magnificent giant pandas in Chengdu. Departs 29 September 2013 from London Heathrow. Price is fully-inclusive including international flights, domestic transportation, accommodation, all meals, touring with guides, entrance fees and visa fees for EU passport holders. Call 0844 875 2436.
Save 25% on a luxury weekend at La Sommita, Italy
From £190.50 per person for a three-night weekend break at La Sommita, Italy
La Sommita is located in the historic town of Ostuni in Puglia, eastern Italy. Walk through the narrow flagged alleys past Cycladic-white houses and churchfronts to the Aragonese cathedral at the top; La Sommita is hidden to one side and built around a 16th century palazzo. Book now to save 25% with i-escape, with a three-night weekend break from £190.50 per person or a seven-night stay from £444.50 per person based on two sharing a suite on a bed and breakfast basis. Offer valid between 15 September and 31 October 2013.
Spa getaway in Torquay from £165
From £165 per person, including dinner, bed & breakfast and two spa treatments
Nestled in the heart of Torquay, with spectacular sea views, elegant interiors and award-winning cuisine, The Grand has now extended its four star offering with a new beauty spa. Choose two beauty treatments from the R&R list, grab a complimentary cold glass of fizz and enjoy a three course meal served in the hotel's renowned 1881 restaurant, plus overnight accommodation from £165 per person. Call 0800 005 2244.
£130 discount on a Loire Valley cooking break
From £1,282 per person for a five night break in an 18th century French farmhouse, with 29 hours' gourmet cookery tuition
Enjoy a £130 discount (was £1412) on a decadent cookery holiday set in the walnut groves of the Loire Valley, in this deal from Golearnto.com. Indulge in your passion for gourmet French cuisine as you learn how to cook and plate food to restaurant standards. Includes a six course gourmet dinner each evening and outings to local cider farms and fromageries. Travel dates: 14 September 2013.
25% off Hilton hotels in the Middle East and Africa
Save up to 25% at Hilton hotels across the Middle East and Africa
The Hilton group is running a Great Getaway sale this month on all the hotels in its Middle East and Africa portfolio (including the Hilton Windhoek in Namibia, pictured). Book by 30 September 2013 and save up to 25% on room rates for stays before 4 October 2013.
Luxurious sea view villa in Cornwall: 50% off
From £2,000 to stay in a luxurious, eight-person holiday house with sea views on the Cornish coast
Experience your very own Indian summer with 50% off standard rates at Dreamcatchers, a fabulous Cornish villa that accommodates up to eight people. With a private garden situated 200 yards above the waterside, Dreamcatchers commands magnificent views of the harbour, the headland and out across Falmouth bay to Manacle point and Helford River. Offer valid between Saturday 7 September and Friday 13 September 2013. Call 0845 319 0412.
£860 for a seven night break to St. Lucia
From £860 per person for seven nights at Windjammer Landing in St Lucia, including return flights with Virgin Atlantic
Western & Oriental is offering seven nights from £860 per person at Windjammer Villa Beach Resort, located in St. Lucia's beautiful Labrelotte Bay. Facilities include six swimming pools, an outdoor hot tub and complimentary water sports. Price based on two adults sharing an ocean view room, on a room only basis and includes return flights with Virgin Atlantic. Travel between 1 and 30 September 2013. Book by 26 September 2013. Call 0207 666 1234.
Save £1,300 on a pool villa at Raffles Praslin Seychelles
From £2,698 per person for seven nights in an ocean view pool villa at Raffles Praslin Seychelles, including return flights, inter-island flights and transfers
Raffles Praslin Seychelles has 86 private villas, each with a private plunge pool and a personal Raffles butler. The resort is home to the largest spa in the Seychelles, with direct beach access and expansive panoramas over the Curieuse National Marine Park. Departing on 11 September 2013, Elite Vacations is offering seven nights from £2,698 per person here - a saving £1,300 per couple. Price based on two adults sharing an ocean view pool villa on a B&B basis and includes return economy Etihad Airways flights from London Heathrow, inter-island flights and private transfers. Call 0208 840 0969.
£154 for a two-night Viennese coffee break
From £154 per person for a two-night stay at the Radisson Blu Palais Hotel in Vienna with a coffee tasting experience at Café Landtmann
The Radisson Blu Palais Hotel in Vienna is offering guests two nights' accommodation in a standard room with a breakfast buffet, free mini bar and coffee tasting with homemade pastries at the legendary Café Landtmann (pictured). Price includes late check-out and free wi-fi, plus a book on Viennese coffee.
Spa break to Mexico: save £484
From £1,119 per person for a seven night stay at Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, Mexico with British Airways flights and private transfers
The Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, Mexico is a hacienda-style hotel located on one of the most unique beaches in the Riviera Maya. Travel between 12 – 31 October 2013 and stay seven nights in a deluxe garden view room for only £1,119 per person (a saving of £484 per person) with Western & Oriental. Price is based on two people sharing on an all inclusive basis and includes British Airways flights and private transfers. Call 0207 666 1234.
20% off an island retreat in Phuket
From £208 per night, including breakfast, wi-fi and speedboat transfers
To celebrate the end of summer, The Naka Island Resort is offering last minute travellers 20% off on bookings made before September 15 2013. Set among the island’s stunning white-fringed beaches with its shady coconut groves, and the Andaman Sea, the new Naka Island is the only resort on the private island of Koh Naka Yai, just off Phuket.
Kite Surfing Break in Rye from £249
From £249 per person for a kite surfing course and overnight accommodation and meals at The Gallivant, Rye
The Gallivant in Rye is the perfect base to get into the fastest growing extreme sport on the planet. Complete novice or learner, its highly experienced BKSA instructors will tailor the course to your experience and skill level. From £249 per person, book onto a one day "taster" kite surfing course with all equipment provided, plus overnight accommodation, a three course a la carte dinner and Gallivant breakfast. Call 01797 225 057.
Save 30% at Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka
From £576 per person for a seven night stay at Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka
Enjoy a seven night stay with i-escape at Sri Lanka's Kahanda Kanda resort, now just £576 per person (was £822) based on two sharing a tea/garden suite on a bed and breakfast basis for travel before 31 September 2013. Perched on a ridge overlooking Koggala Lake and surrounded by 12 acres of a working tea estate, this luxurious retreat has amazing views on display at every turn, from the infinity pool to open-sided dining pavilions.
Tropical hideaway in Brazil from £91 per night
From £91 per night for a minimum 10 night stay for 12 people at a luxury villa on Ilha Grande, Brazil
A Brazilian paradise awaits at this idyllic airbnb property off the coast of Angra Dos Reis on Brazil's idyllic Ilha Grande. There are two houses connected by a bridge and six bedrooms and bathrooms, accommodating a total of 12 guests. The villa's interior design is exquisite, with panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding flora and fauna.
50% off a suite at the Renaissance Shanghai
From £83 per person per night; 50% off for two consecutive nights in one of the hotel’s suites
To celebrate the launch of the Room With A View exhibition at Heathrow, the Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel is offering 50% off the best available rate for two consecutive nights in one of the hotel’s suites. Located in downtown Shanghai near the famous Yu Garden and Old Town, the hotel is just minutes away from the Bund, Xintiandi and other tourist attractions. Call +8621 2321 8826.
£878 for a five star break to Istanbul
From £878 per person for a three night break at the Marti Istanbul Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, including return flights and private transfers
The Marti Istanbul Hotel is the coolest in town, created by feted designer Zeynep Fadillioglu. This year they have opened a roof top bar overlooking the skyline of Istanbul and there are hot tubs, should you fancy it. Classic Collection Holidays is offering three nights here from £878 per person (or four nights from £975 per person) this September. Price based on two adults sharing a classic room on a bed & breakfast basis and includes return flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul and private transfers. Call 0800 294 9315.
Two night break on the Isle of Wight for £125
From £125 per person for a two night break at Luccombe Hall or Luccombe Manor on the Isle of Wight with dinner on both nights and return ferry travel
Save £134 on standard rates with a break on Isle of Wight's east coast at Luccombe Hall or Luccombe Manor in Shanklin, a former fishing hamlet overlooking the English Channel. This offer from the Deal Experts at Travelzoo includes two nights' accommodation in a standard room with full English breakfast, evening dinner both nights, return car ferry travel from Southampton, tea and cake on the day of your choice and a bottle of wine (for bookings made online). Guests will also receive a spa e-voucher to use at the nearby Melville Hall Hotel. Valid for Sunday-Thursday stays until 3 November 2013.
Four nights for three in Llandudno, Wales
From £235 per person for a four night break, on a bed and breakfast basis
The four star Imperial Hotel in Llandudno, North Wales has four nights’ accommodation for the price of three until the end of September 2013, based on two people sharing a double room on a bed and breakfast basis – a saving of £155 per couple. This award-winning Victorian hotel is situated on the Llandudno seafront promenade with views across the bay to the Great Orme and Little Orme headlands. Call 01492 877466 and quote "four for three."
Antigua room with plunge pool from £104 per night
From £104 per room per night for a deluxe room with plunge pool at the Sugar Ridge Hotel, Antigua
Secret Escapes is offering up to 50% off its best available rates at luxury boutique bolthole the Sugar Ridge Hotel in Antigua, with deluxe rooms containing their own plunge pools going on sale from £104 per night. For check-in dates next week (10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 September 2013). Book by 7 September 2013.
10% off a painting holiday in Cadiz, Spain
From £677 per person for seven nights' accommodation in an Andalucían townhouse with four hours' painting tuition per day
Immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of the Andalucían countryside on this painting holiday based in an 18th Century converted inn, drawing from the landscapes of the Alcornocales Natural Park. Make a 10% saving with this discount from golearnto.com, including accommodation, training, equipment, all meals and transport for excursions. Travel dates: 14 September 2013.
Save £79 on rooms at No. Ten Manchester Street
From £215 for a standard deluxe room at No. Ten Manchester Street, London
No. Ten Manchester Street, a peaceful bolt-hole in the heart of Marylebone, London is just moments from The Wallace Collection and in celebration of the latest exhibition - The Discovery of Paris: Watercolours by Early Nineteenth-Century British Artists – it is offering a 27% (£79) saving on standard deluxe room rates until 15 September 2013. To book, call the hotel on 0207 3175 900 and quote The Wallace Collection. Rates are based on two sharing, including VAT.
£399 for a luxury shopping break at Café Royal, London
From £399 per room, per night at the Café Royal hotel, London, including a Regent Street VIP shopping card with concessions at nearby stores
Book a Weekend Indulgence package to stay on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night at Café Royal hotel in London's West End from £399 per room, per night (including all taxes and based on double occupancy). This includes a bottle of chilled champagne in-room on arrival, a Regent Street VIP shopping card providing concessionary prices at Liberty’s, Penhaligon, Reiss and Tommy Hilfiger, traditional English breakfast in the Ten Room and Sunday late checkout at 4pm. Call 020 7406 3322.
Save £250 on a beach break to Lombok
From £1,071 per person for a seven night beach break to Lombok, Indonesia, including flights
Fly with Garuda Indonesia from London Heathrow or Manchester to Lombok, Indonesia for a seven night stay at boutique hotel Qunci Villas. This exclusive deal from Ethos Travel comes with a garden view room, including breakfast, and is based on two people sharing for bookings before 30 September 2013. Call 020 7284 1888 and quote "Lombok Beach Break."
Swedish beach chic with 20% spa and food discount
From £71 per room per night to stay at the Falkenberg Strandbad, Sweden, with a 20% discount in the hotel's spa and restaurant
Save up to 46% off the supplier's online rate with accommodation from £71 per night in a standard double room at Falkenberg Strandbad, a chic beachfront retreat in Sweden. Includes a buffet breakfast and 20% discounts in the hotel restaurant and spa. Available for select dates in September, book by 15 September 2013.