Fancy an impromptu break from the daily grind? No problem: we’ve scouted out some last-minute treats guaranteed to give you a boost. Choose from city cool in Amsterdam, high culture in Florence or all-out-escapism on the beaches of Thailand.

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.

Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam – £328.50 per person (3 nights, 6-9 November)


Amsterdam in November is chilly but atmospheric – ideal for museum hopping, ice skating and Christmas shopping. ‘Dammers are known for being wonderfully welcoming and, like any great European city, there are plenty of fine restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from.

Lloyd Hotel

Stay: at design-led Lloyd Hotel, home to an impressive restaurant and unique, creatively styled rooms. The hotel is currently offering a long-stay discount which, when booked with their special Prepaid Rate, makes a 3-night stay in a 3-Star Room just £164.50 per person.

Fly: direct from London Heathrow to Amsterdam with British Airways for £129, departing Friday 6 November and returning Monday 9 November.

From the airport: A taxi from the airport costs approximately £35.

Total cost: £328.50 per person.

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Riva Lofts, Florence – £418 per person (4 nights, 21-25 November)


Dodge Florence’s usual crowds by booking an early winter jaunt to the beating heart of Tuscany. It’s home to some of the greatest collections of Renaissance art and sculpture in the world, and the shorter queues and quieter streets are well worth the dip in temperature.

Riva Lofts

Stay: at Riva Lofts, a historic converted mill on the banks of the Arno River. You’ll get free bikes for cycling into town, and plenty of tranquillity when you return. Book the hotel’s Best Non-Refundable Rate and a 4-night stay in a Standard Studio will come to just £301 per person.

Fly: direct from London Gatwick to Florence with Vueling Airlines for £102, departing Saturday 21 November and returning Wednesday 25 November.

From the airport: A taxi from the airport costs approximately £15.

Total cost: £418 per person.

More info: Getting to Florence and other accommodation options

Aleenta Hua Hin, Thailand – £1,377.50 per person (10 nights, 11-21 November)


It may be low season on Thailand’s east coast, but the area rarely gets more than a couple of hours of rain per day, and there are some great deals to be had. Book a ticket and spend your days discovering secluded beaches, snorkelling and diving, taking long-tail boat trips and trekking in the Khao Sam Roi Yot national park.

Aleenta Hua Hin

Stay: at barefoot-chic spa hotel Aleenta Hua Hin, where you can laze on the endless sandy beach, indulge yourself with excellent treatments, and watch the sunset from the intimate open-sided restaurant. The hotel is offering an impressive 40% discount on advance bookings of their Super Value Non-refundable Rate, making a 10-night stay in a luxurious Pool Residence just £800.50 per person.

Fly: direct from London Heathrow to Bangkok with Thai Airways for £467, departing Tuesday 10 November (overnight flight arriving Wednesday 11 November) and returning Saturday 21 November.

From the airport: The hotel offers airport transfers from approximately £110 one way.

Total cost: £1,377.50 per person.

More info: Getting to Thailand and other accommodation options

*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through 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 28 October 2015.