In need of a simple summer jaunt? No problem; just take your pick. We’ve found a lavish London apart-hotel, a calming Cretan agrotourismo and a lazy Lanzarote hideaway – all with August availability.
No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing.
No 5 Maddox Street, London – £398.50 per person (3 nights, 14-17 August)
Summer is a great time to be in the capital. London has a wealth of open-air markets, day festivals, alfresco exhibitions and street parades at this time of year, plus endless pub gardens to rest weary feet.
Stay: in one of No 5 Maddox Street’s chic and discreet apartment-suites. Set in Mayfair, so perfectly placed for exploring central London, they offer hotel-style luxuries with all the convenience of private kitchens and spacious living rooms. Our exclusive 7-day advance purchase rate makes a 3-night accommodation-only stay in a 1-Bedroom Executive Suite £398.50 per person, including taxes.
Eleonas, Crete – £553 per person (5 nights, 25-30 August)
Minoan palaces, Venetian harbours, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, tiny coves and bustling beaches – not only is Crete the largest island in the Greece, it’s also one of the most stunningly scenic and historically rich.
Stay: at mountain-side agrotourismo Eleonas. Hidden from the tourist crowds and set against a stunning backdrop of dramatic rocky peaks, its clutch of pastel-painted cottages share a tranquil pool and a great little taverna. A 5-night B&B stay in a Stone Cottage comes to £228.50 per person, including taxes.
Fly: from Glasgow International to Crete Heraklion with Jet2 for £274 per person, departing Tuesday 25 August and returning Sunday 30 August.
From the airport: car hire through Rhino starts from £100.10.
Casa El Morro, Lanzarote – £688 per person (7 nights, 14-21 August)
Travel the interior of Lanzarote and you’ll think you’ve washed up on the set of Star Wars – the landscape’s striking beauty never fails to impress. For a chilled summer break, we love visiting the spectacular Timanfaya National Park, La Geria vineyards and beaches of Papagayo and Playa Quemada.
Stay: in one of Casa El Morro’s rustic self-catering suites. Out in the gardens, Balinese beds beckon, yoga sessions are held regularly, and the sweet smell of incense adds to the chilled atmosphere. A 7-night B&B stay in Isidora comes to £342.50 per person, including taxes.
Fly: from London Stansted to Lanzarote with Ryanair for £306, departing Friday 14 August and returning Friday 21 August.
From the airport: car hire through Rhino starts from £79.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 29 July 2015.