Calling all lovebirds, now is the time to leave the fickle UK weather behind and dip your toes in little romance in these intimate holiday destinations where a pint rings in at the price of a London latte.
Affordable self-catering options and short-haul Europe flights for a quick trip across the Channel can often save couples from splashing out on far-flung all-inclusive resorts, without sacrificing that luxury feeling. From short urban escapes to cultural capitals to beach holidays built for sun lounging, upgrading date night to indulgent candlelit and al fresco sunset dinners won’t break the bank at these destinations.
Here’s our selection of full board bargains and adult-only hotspots for less than £350pp that are sure to steal your hearts.
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Best for: All-inclusive resorts
Antalya, Turkey’s glamorous tourism capital, sits on the southwestern Mediterranean coast, a gateway to the Turkish Riviera. Bordered by the natural beauty of the forest-clad Taurus Mountains, authentic hammams, al fresco restaurants and luxe all-inclusive resorts flank the miles of golden sand beaches, a romantic backdrop for a loved-up break. Scenic views over Tahtali Mountain from the Tunektepe Cable Cars – with panoramic summit restaurant – are ideal for a date night, or head into Kaleici, the romantic stone-walled old quarter, for echoes of Antalya’s Roman port past and Hadrian’s Gate landmark.
Affordable Antalya cuts costs with an extensive public transport system, hearty cheap eats from fragrant street food stands and the best attractions come for free: sprawling beaches and azure waters that beg for you to dip your toe in – it’s no surprise UK tourists are flocking here.
Where to stay
Adults-only Diamond Elite Hotel & Spa wellness hotel sits near the historic town of Side, just 250m from Halk Beach. Comfortable terraced rooms greet couples hoping to spend days lying by lagoon pools, and there’s also a hammam spa and nights dining at the three on-site Mediterranean restaurants.