Escape the spring blues with a May half-term getaway

Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.

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Get away this May and enjoy the sun while Britain still has none!

The school holidays are the most popular time of year for families and teachers to seek some adventure or relaxation, but you don’t have to travel with kids to enjoy the great deals available. With summer just around the corner (we hope), May half-term is the best time to book a last-minute holiday for some pre-summer sun.

From Trinidad to Thailand, you can explore everything from far-flung beaches to ancient temples and much more. Send the children back to school with fantastic stories to tell.

Some of the best new deals available include (prices accurate at time of writing):

Seven nights for the price of six in Sri Lanka

Green landscapes, wildlife, culture and history – a lot can be learnt from a week in Sri Lanka. Teachers and adventurous families wanting to make the most of their break can escape to an exotic Indian Ocean idyll. Hayes and Jarvis are currently offering seven nights for the price of six at the four star Club Hotel Dolphin, with all-inclusive board basis, from £799 per person (saving up to £169 pp). The offer includes airport transfers and return international flights from London Heathrow with Etihad. Based on departures 28 May 2016.

Explore the Caribbean for less than £1,000 per person

Tobago is much more than unspoiled white sand beaches and shimmering blue waters. With thick tropical rainforests, the island offers over 6,000 species of plants and animals just waiting to be discovered. Hayes and Jarvis is offering seven nights in Tobago, staying at the four-star-plus Magdalena Grand Beach Resort with a complimentary room upgrade and B&B basis from £899 per person (saving up to £147 pp). This offer includes two complimentary rounds of golf, airport transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic. Based on departures 29 May 2016.

New York, Toronto and Niagara Falls from less than £900 per person

Take a bunch of friends to the bright city lights with a multi-stop holiday to the USA and Canada from £899 pp – saving up to £172 pp. The offer includes three nights (room only) at four-star hotel The Hudson in New York City, three nights at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, followed by two nights at the four-star Sheraton on the Falls at Niagara Falls. The offer also includes an internal flight and return international flights from London Heathrow with United Airlines and Air Canada. Based on departures 29 May 2016.

Save £245 per person on temples and beaches in Thailand

Visit Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, check out the floating markets and jump in a tuktuk and take a tour of the food markets in Bangkok, then head south for some of the world’s best beaches in Phuket. This offer is a 10-night adventure to Thailand from £849 per person – saving up to £245 pp. The offer includes two nights for the price of one at the four-star-plus Amari Watergate in Bangkok on a room-only basis, followed by eight nights for the price of four at the four star Patong Beach Hotel in Phuket on a B&B basis. The offer also includes airport transfers and return international flights from London Heathrow with Thai Airways. Based on departures 27 May 2016.

For more information and to book, visit the Hayes and Jarvis website.

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