Travel tips: French château for less


Get more than 20 per cent off stays of four nights or more at the stunning Château Les Carrasses in the South of France this Easter. With 28 chic self-catering apartments, the château also has a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts and a kids’ club. Easter activities include art classes and private cookery classes, both for an additional fee. Four nights in a two-bedroom apartment costs from £610, saving £150 (0845 6868067,

Gut retreat in Menorca
If you like the philosophy of losing weight and improving your health and sleep by paying more attention to the condition of your intestines, book yourself on to one of these seven-night retreats in Menorca with Jeannette Hyde, author of the Gut Makeover (Quercus Books, £14.99). They’re not cheap — from £4,500pp for a week without flights — but that does include all food, drink, accommodation in a plush villa, gut consultation and discussions, four Pilates sessions and two massages (

Live safari experience
Not sure a safari holiday is for you? Get a feel for it on a virtual safari with a link to a live game-drive at South Africa’s Sabi Sands game reserve, with the chance to see the big five. The virtual safari is part of the On Track Safaris stand at Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show, sponsored by The Times. Held in Olympia, London from February 4-7, the show has hundreds of travel companies to consult, experts to meet and a free travel health clinic for advice on vaccinations and malaria. Times readers can get two complimentary tickets at using the code DE6R (a £1.50 booking fee per ticket applies).

Glamping in the Midnight Sun
Lie on a king-size bed under a glass-roofed dome to take in the northern lights in winter and the legendary midnight sun in the summer at the first official glamping destination in Finland and northern Scandinavia. There’s a sauna 50m away and summer activities include fishing and canoeing on the lake. Prices start from £1,055pp including flights and transfers, three nights in an Aurora Dome and two nights in a wilderness hotel on a B&B basis (020 7666 1293,

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