Holiday bonanza! Black Friday deals galore, from half-price Maldives offers to super savings in Sri Lanka, here's our …


Holiday bonanza! Black Friday deals galore, from half-price Maldives offers to super savings in Sri Lanka, here’s our pick of the best bargains

  • Black Friday has now been a fixture for eight years in the UK 
  • For the entire week, until Monday, there are a range of travel bargains
  • Book a camping trip, a dose of winter sun or a spectacular cruise at cut prices




Sharpen those elbows: Black Friday[1] is nearly here and travellers looking to snap up a holiday bargain are in luck.

There are hefty discounts and many companies are keeping the deal window open until Cyber Monday (November 26th) and beyond. Here are some of the best breaks on offer: 

HALF PRICE MALDIVES: Holidays has chopped 50 per cent off seven-night breaks for families at the swish Six Senses Laamu resort in the Maldives on stays between April and September next year. On sale from 9am on Friday until 5pm on Monday, holidays now cost £5,895 per family (two adults and two children) including free half-board and free transfers ([2], 01494 678 400).

Turquoise: Surf and snorkel at half price at the Six Senses Resort on Laamu, the Maldives

CUT-PRICE CAMPING: A week-long break next May at the beach-side Escale St Gilles campsite in Brittany, staying in a pre-erected tent, has been cut to just £98 (usually priced at up to £567) with Canvas Holidays. Available from Black Friday to Tuesday 27th November, the offer is accommodation only and must be taken before May 24 2019 ([3], 0345 268 0827).

CORNISH MINI-BREAK: Five-star holiday village Retallack Resort, in Cornwall, has snipped 20 per cent off all its 2019 holidays in luxury lodge and apartment accommodation. A four-night break booked between Black Friday and November 30 using offer code BLACKFRIDAY20 now costs £415, down from £519 ([4], 03333 700 555).

SRI LANKA SAVINGS: Treat yourself to Sri Lanka’s west coast in December and save 50 per cent on a three bedroom private riverside villa with Fleewinter. 

Flee Winter’s three bedroom Apsara Villa is close to Bentota Beach on Sri Lanka’s west coast

A week’s stay before December 15 now costs from £1,050pp (based on four people sharing), including flights, transfers, use of a private chef and a cookery lesson. Book on Black Friday only ([5], 020 7112 0019).

SPRING SAIL-AWAY: DFDS has cut prices on mini-cruises from Newcastle to Amsterdam, offering 66 per cent off sailings before March 31, with two nights on board and five hours in Amsterdam. 

Available from 8am on Friday until 5pm on Monday, deals start from just £30pp, based on two sharing an ensuite cabin ([6], 0871 522 9955).

Mini-cruise: Dash around Amsterdam as you stop off in the Dutch capital

TUCK INTO TURKEY: Opening for the first time during winter, the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort and Spa, on south-west Turkey’s sizzling Turquoise Coast, has 15 per cent off holidays booked between Black Friday and November 30. 

A one-week all-inclusive stay starts at £542pp, including return flights from London Gatwick ([7]).

What are you waiting for? 

Sizzling!  The Hilton Dalaman is open now for the first time during winter

ABU DHABI DEAL: Book by November 30 and save 40 per cent on a stay at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas in Abu Dhabi. 

Best At Travel is offering a five-night holiday in a classic room on a half-board basis from £1,199pp. 

Price includes flights with Etihad from Heathrow (Scottish flights also available). Travel between January 10 and March 31, and book between Friday and November 30 ([8], 020 3811 5629).

Rooms at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas in Abu Dhabi are 40 per cent off

FLORIDA’S A STEAL: Theme park specialist Ocean Florida has slashed prices on a week’s stay at the three-star Champions World Resort in Kissimmee. 

Based on four people sharing a standard room, the price is £319pp including BA flights from Gatwick, departing September 12, 2019. Available at 9am on Friday, ([9], 020 7939 7775).

FESTIVE FRANCE: Hit the French Alps for Yuletide and save £120pp if you book on Black Friday. Ski Beat has weeklong stays at Chalet Bouquetin in Plan Peisey, close to La Plagne, departing December 22. 

At £799pp (was £919pp), prices include flights from London and Manchester, transfers, full-board and Christmas dinner ([10], 01273 855 100).

Save £120pp on stays at Chalet Bouquetin, perched high in the French Alps 

LONDON CALLING: See London in a whole new light.

You can ride a penny farthing around Trafalgar Square, sip tea on a classic Routemaster or go behind the scenes of the Old Bailey. 

MakeMyDay – a curated collection of urban adventures – is offering 25 per cent off tours and experiences booked from Black Friday to Sunday ([11]).

New perspective: Get a fresh take on the London experience with Make My Day

AFFORDABLE FJORDS Sail north for a bargain; Celebrity Cruises has a 50 per cent discount for second passengers booking Norway cruises for travel in April 2019. 

A weeklong Fjords trip from Southampton on the Celebrity Silhouette now costs £1,110pp based on two people sharing an Ocean View Stateroom. 

Book between Friday and Monday ([12], 0800 441 4054).

Sail Norway’s spectacular fjords with Celebrity Cruises for half price

FIVE-STAR CITIES: Luxury hotel brand Corinthia Hotels has up to 40 per cent off its properties. Destinations include St Petersburg, Lisbon and Budapest, with a double room at the Corinthia Hotel in the Hungarian capital now costing from £97 a night. Rates are available from Thursday until next Tuesday. Travel before April 30 2019 ([13]).

RIVER REDUCTIONS: Emerald Waterways is promising guests who book a 2019 European river cruise free drinks for the duration of their sailing, plus big savings on eight-night cruises. 

A whirl around the Danube from Budapest to Munich costs £1,495pp, down from £2,245pp. Flights are not included. Book between Black Friday and November 30 ([14], 0808 115 6269).

Enjoy free drinks with Emerald Waterways as you cruise the Danube



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