Not quite ready to wave goodbye to summer? Make yours stretch that bit longer with our pick of last chance summer escapes. From the sandy shores of Santorini to the craggy Sicilian coast, we’ve teamed up with travel gurus Eden to bring you the best end-of-summer breaks, guaranteed to keep your tan topped up until winter…
BEST AFFORDABLE HOTELS
This fabulous all-inclusive five-star resort is seriously one to watch, boasting an idyllic private beach, private and shared pools, a great choice of bars and restaurants – both in the resort and nearby – and incredible kids' and teens' facilities.
Prices from £225 per room per night, on All Inclusive
This family-run slice of heaven is ideal for an independent holiday with all the facilities of a deluxe resort. Whether you choose one of the 18 pool villas or 10 luxury suites at this beautiful boutique resort, you’ll find maximum comfort, oodles of space and stylish décor.
Prices from £265 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
The ultimate in deluxe resorts, The Romanos oozes extravagance. Luxe details shine: think exquisite linen, lavish furnishings, fabulous marble bathrooms and, in some of the suites, the dreamiest plunge and private infinity pools. For a culture fix, the ancient world is on your doorstep, with the Palace of Nestor; and UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby including Olympia, Mystras, and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae.
Prices from £265 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Stylish and relaxing, fashionable yet unpretentious, Almyra is a chic cutting-edge five-star family seafront hotel set in an enviable location right next to the beach. Within walking distance of the main stretch of shops, the castle is also nearby, as well as the house of Dionysos with its Roman mosaics, three golf courses and many other attractions in and around the Paphos area, to keep you occupied during your sunny summer break.
Prices from £250 per room per night, on Half Board
The Romanos’s family-friendly sister, The Westin, is in the same dreamy destination – next to the Ionian Sea coastline of The Dunes Beach – and is inspired by old Messinian mansions. The surrounding village-style setting features an Ancient Grecian-style amphitheatre, where you can catch an array of dazzling live performances, as well as a number of boutiques, cafés and bars to explore. Boasting everything from beautiful beaches, thrilling watersports and outdoor activities, this is the ideal spot to relax, recharge and soak up the glorious ancient views.
Prices from £285 per room per night, on Half Board
This vast, 395-acre dusky-pink palace hotel and villa complex sprawls across Tenerife's Guía de Isora coast. The Ritz-Carlton Abama is the perfect spot for ‘get-away-from-it-all’ pleasure seekers: take in the breathtaking Volcanic views and enjoy sun-kissed days of pure relaxation on the secluded golden-sand beach, which can be reached by the funicular.
Prices from £240 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
BEST MID-RANGE HOTELS
For sensational sporting and pampering facilities in breathtaking natural surroundings, Verdura ticks every box on your holiday wish list. Hugging the shoreline of Sicily's exquisite Southern Coast, the hotel boasts a gorgeous mix of striking modern architecture and carefully-restored buildings, reflecting the colours and textures of the island. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from; two championship golf courses; one of Europe's largest spas; pristine indoor and outdoor pools; and a tennis centre with six floodlit tennis courts.
Prices from £375 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Steeped in charm, Grace Mykonos is one of the most sought-after hotels in the area. A boutique bolthole that whispers style and sophistication throughout. Many of the suites come with their own temperature-controlled plunge pool, but the communal pool more than makes up for those that don’t. The main restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine, and the beautiful Agios Stefanos beach, protected from the wind, is just a short walk away.
Prices from £345 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Part of the family-owned Sani Resort, the sprawling Porto Sani is a luxurious getaway for the body and mind. Enjoy a rejuvenating retreat with refreshingly spacious suites, a selection of gently heated lagoon-style pools, a blissful spa and conveniently location near the Sani Marina, glittering with majestic yachts and with a vibrant village vibe. The four-mile beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun, and although this is a self-contained resort, it never feels overcrowded thanks to the acres of land it sits within.
Prices from £305 per room per night, on Half Board
BEST LUXURY HOTELS
Tucked away on the edge of the picturesque village of Deià, sheltered by the mountains of Mallorca’s peaceful northwest coast, this heavenly hideaway has long attracted creative minds and writers alike, as a place of contemplation and creativity. A glorious setting with hidden beaches, azure waters and craggy coastal drops, there are a myriad of ways to explore this beautiful island. From bike rides to mountain hikes to languid vineyard tours, learn about Mallorcan art, soak up the scenery on a sunset cruise and relax in the most stunning surroundings.
Prices from £600 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Sister hotel to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, set on the exquisite Bay of Mazzarò, Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's gorgeous gardens and private beach are a magnificent playground for the entire family. There’s a Kids' Club to keep little ones entertained, and if you want to get out and about, take the complimentary daily boat tour or the private shuttle to the lively centre of pretty Taormina.
Prices from £455 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
The epitome of modern Mediterranean style, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is one of Marbella’s best-loved resorts, and having just undergone a recent multi-million-Euro renovation, it oozes style and glamour. As well as lush, sub-tropical landscaped gardens, you have the glorious Mediterranean Sea on your doorstep, and a balmy temperature to boot.
Prices from £465 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Surrounded by lush gardens, towering pine trees, white sandy beaches and crystalline waters, Danai Beach Resort is a little slice of Greek heaven in a gorgeous beachside setting. Each of the Deluxe Suites and Villas (some with private pools) come stacked with personality: dotted with unique pieces of art, billowing silks, light, breezy décor and oodles of space, whilst the secluded stretch of beach, with sumptuous day beds, atmospheric tents and a host of watersports, provides the perfect space for a little R&R. Inside the resort, a glittering pool, fitness room, tennis court and the exclusive St. Barth Spa await, as do dance and painting classes.
Prices from £400 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast
Famed for its out-of-this-world sunsets and glorious beaches, Santorini is a globetrotter’s dream, with stunning clifftop landscapes and glimmering sun-soaked seas. Canaves Oia is arguably one of the most enchanting hotels in the area – transformed from 17th-century wine caves into the epitome of boutique chic. Its towering location means guests get front row seats to those dreamy Caldera sunsets, then there’s the delicious food, a soulful spa, turquoise pools and an array of bespoke experiences – private dining, relaxation therapies, sailing and wine-tastings to name a few – that screams romance from every angle. Just gorgeous.
Prices from £500 per room per night, on Bed & Breakfast