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H O L I D AY T Y P E S


HIGH ROLLERS


Whether it’s living the high life for less or a blow-the-budget break, Sam Lewis reviews the latest luxury options


THE FAMILY OPTION SHERATON ALGARVE PINE CLIFFS, PORTUGAL


A glitzy new spa awaits repeat visitors at this resort in Albufeira, set on an idyllic clifop location, just 35 minutes’ drive from Faro. Service is top notch without a whiff of stuffiness and there’s a sweeping golden beach — accessed via a liſt down a cliff. Stay in a standard room or sleek suite, all scatered around expansive landscaped gardens with several pools. Some have kitchens, allowing families to self-cater, but with superb restaurants overlooking the sea and pool, there’s no need to liſt a finger. Those with itchy feet can head to the tennis centre to brush up on their backhand, while the kids’ club keeps the litle ones amused. Play: The resort only has a 9-hole, but this course has a great test for any level with the par-3 6th hole, Devil’s Parlour, which requires a challenging tee shot over the edge of the cliffs. Sample package: Classic Collection offers one week from £3,293 for a family of four sharing a two-bedroom ocean-view residence on a B&B basis, including return flights and private transfers (from April 2017). Nine holes of golf from £30 per person. classic-collection.co.uk pinecliffs.com


THE BLOW-OUT OPTION THE GRENADINES AND THE BAHAMAS


This 10-day trip not only includes luxury accommodation and gourmet dinners, but also a private jet flight from Barbados to Bahamas and limousine transfers on land. Guests also take to the seas on a catamaran to the stunning island of Mustique and can spend a day sailing around the Out Islands in the Bahamas. Activities include snorkelling with manta rays, diving with dolphins and deep-sea fishing with plenty of time to relax by the pool or beach. Play: Golf on Canouan course, designed by Jim Fazio, and the Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club golf course on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Sample price: Inclusive of private jet flights, the experience is listed at £24,495 per person. albatrossclub.com


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IMAGE: SHERATON ALGARVE


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