As I’m sure you can all remember, the run up to Easter was full of families and couples all scrabbling for a great last minute deal so they wouldn’t have to spend the start of spring, or even another second in England’s failing climate. If like me, this made you green with envy and the long Easter weekend seem all that much more like an icy blur, then here is the silver lining; and three fantastic excuses to escape the country in the next two months…


First silver lining – low season hotel and airfare rates. With no school holidays coming up until summer, most hotels will be bringing out lots of offers in order to fill what is usually a quiet period, depending on which destination you choose. Team that up with a great airfare and you’ve got yourself a luxury holiday for less! There are hundreds of destinations where May to July are the best months to travel in terms of fantastic weather and exciting events! The Middle East and Caribbean boast particularly impressive weather this time of year – perfect for that ultimate summer escape.


Secondly – no disruptions! As we know, most of the young families have just got back from their sunshine break, leaving all the pools and beaches relatively splash-free and perfect for relaxing peacefully with a good book whilst topping up your tan.


And third – more opportunities for upgrades and hotel specials. As the hotels prepare for another busy period during the peak summer months, many are likely to be at low capacity. There are two bonuses here;

1.)    A more peaceful and romantic environment

2.)    It may be a slight bit easier to acquire some added value extras from the hotel.


Now for the three fantastic excuses to escape!


Sri Lanka – The Fortress Resort & Spa *****

7 nights from £889pp

Added Value – 2 FREE nights plus FREE room upgrade to Ocean View

Book between 12 – 22 April 2013 and receive a FREE upgrade to Half Board

When should I travel? 01 May – 14 July 2013



A country with a rich and diverse history and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean, with some absolutely remarkable tourist attractions.  From Hindu temples and ancient Buddhist statues and monasteries to wildlife sanctuaries, botanical gardens, stunning waterfalls and endless mountain range; Sri Lanka is a truly extraordinary destination ripe for exploration.

A fantastic base to centre your exploration around is the luxurious Fortress Resort & Spa, renowned for its great ambience. A luxury combination of Portuguese and Dutch styles with echoes of Old Ceylon, the hotel is fashioned in the style of a powerful fortress, rising up next to the beautiful beach. Sunbathe and relax all day by the chic poolside or the beach for a more natural environment.

Enclosed within the resort’s walls are beautiful vibrant gardens, with sheltering hammocks, day beds and stunning water features and the rooms and suites at the hotel are a delight. Book with letsgo2 and you’ll receive a complimentary room upgrade to an Ocean View Room! With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and beyond, and an open plan bathroom and a split level living area, you’ll really get the best for your buck on your luxury Sri Lanka holiday.


Barbados – Couples Barbados ****+

7 nights All Inclusive from £1079pp

Added Value – Save 40% plus £500 discount per couple! Book by 30 Apr 2013

When should I travel? 15 June – 31 Oct 2013

The brand new Couples Barbados is set on the beautiful white sands of Maxwell Beach, on the stunning south coast of Barbados. This all inclusive resort is ideal for couples of all ages due its romantic reputation (it’s an adult only hotel) and its luxurious ambience, combining elegant natural settings with sophistication and first class service and amenities.

Couples Barbados is set in a fantastic location within walking distance to St Lawrence Gap, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, and just a 15 minute drive from the Capital of Bridgetown and Grantley Adams International Airport. As you’re set in the heart of the Caribbean, there will never be a dull moment!

Perfect for relaxing or taking advantage of the many activities on offer, guests have access to a wide range of water and land sports during their Caribbean holiday. The resort also features an impressive selection of bars and restaurants with an a la carte dinner. Seafood fans will be treated to the freshest catch of the day at the Dover Grill, and in true Caribbean style, a cocktail party is hosted weekly.

To add to extraordinary experiences, guests are often visited by the famous Barbados Green Monkeys, who I’m told like to snack on the fruit trees and bamboo. Watch those fingers!


Dubai – Jumeirah Beach Hotel *****

5 nights Bed & Breakfast from £899pp

Added value – Save up to 30% plus FREE transfers in this exclusive offer!

When should I travel? 01 May – 10 July 2013

Jumeirah Beach Hotel is the perfect base to explore the vibrant city of Dubai. Also nicknamed Dynamic Dubai, it has definitely emerged as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the last few years. This comes as no surprise, as Dubai is without a doubt a destination of the 21st Century; the fastest growing city in the United Arab Emirates and home to the tallest building in the world, Dubai screams glamour, which is arguably one of its best selling points.

Probably one of the most iconic hotels in the Middle East, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s design is as recognisable as the Burj al Arab and is equally famed for its exceptional value and service and well as the vast opportunities for a truly remarkable stay. Jumeirah Hotels in Dubai also offer an incredible Half Board meal plan so that you can dine in over 46 restaurants across the Jumeirah Beach area!

For the fun-loving travellers, all guests at Jumeirah Beach Hotel can enjoy unlimited access into the ‘Wild Wadi Water Park with its fabulous wave pools and water slides including the tallest, fastest slide outside North America propelling you up to speeds of 88kph!

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel really does offer guests in Dubai a 1st class service with plenty to keep even the most demanding people entertained.


For details on any of these luxury holiday packages or for any other destination enquiries, please visit the letsgo2 website or to speak to a Destination Specialist, call 020 8329 2600.


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