Plus backpacker tours of Haiti, a Broadchurch fan trip, and the ultimate – OK, ridiculous – Valentine’s package
Fancy a trip to South Africa? Our readers’ photo competition is back, with a grand prize (for the year’s best image) of an 11-night trip to KwaZula-Natal, worth £7,000, with Africa & Beyond. Each month a theme will be set and the winning images will go on display at the Guardian’s offices in London. If you’ve ever thought, “Hmm, that would make a nice shot,” now’s the time to press the shutter.
New family ski operator Nukids is offering packages to Tignes, in the French Alps, in the Easter holidays. The company hopes to encourage single parents, unconventional families and those on a budget to try skiing.
• From £1,450 for four, including a week in an apartment, six-day lift passes and transfers, but not flights, 5-12 April, nukids.co.uk
A China-based company known for its tours of North Korea is now taking backpackers to Haiti. Young Pioneer Tours says it will show visitors the reality of an impoverished country that is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of 2010, but will also take in the beautiful Caribbean beaches, the architecture of Port-au-Prince and hiking on the island’s central plateau.
• From €795 for six nights, including guesthouses, homestays and most meals, but not flights. The tour, from 6-12 May, starts and finishes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, youngpioneertours.com
Find a gorgeous place to stay in up-and-coming Montenegro with i-escape’s new collection of properties. There’s a beach resort (doubles from £166), a boutique hotel in Kotor old town (doubles from £133) and stone cottages in a hill village (two bedrooms from £64 a night).
Hooked on Broadchurch last year? A weekend for fans of the whodunnit drama includes a five-hour tour of some of the Dorset locations, watching the whole series in two fanathon screenings, plus quizzes and competitions. It will tide you over until series two starts later in the year.
• £199 including coach travel and most meals, accommodation extra, 1-2 March, wegottickets.com
Way to go
Indonesia has launched its first official UK tourist website, with summaries of the main islands (not all of them– there are more than 17,000) plus information about attractions, culture and cuisine. And from 29 May it will also be easier to get to, with the UK’s only non-stop flight to Jakarta flying from Gatwick with Garuda Indonesia.
Fat bikes – with 4.8-inch tyres – began life in Alaska in the 1870s, for riding on snow. They’ve since migrated to some of the world’s hottest regions, where holidaymakers ride them across sand dunes for a workout in a spectacular setting. The Qasr Al Sarab desert resort in Abu Dhabi has just become the first hotel in the Middle East to offer the activity.
• £29 for a two-hour session, qasralsarab.anantara.com
Butlins’ new Just for Tots term-time short breaks for families with pre-school children include meals designed by toddler nutrionist Annabel Karmel, activity sessions and pushchair walks, bedtime stories and shows with TV characters, and a pool party.
• Four nights from £48pp, under-twos free, at Butlins Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness, April to September, butlins.com
Want to be sure your marriage proposal is accepted? Show the depth of your love with an engagement Valentine’s package at London’s Metropolitan hotel. It includes a night in a suite, a helicopter tour of London, a trip in the London Eye’s “cupid capsule” – and a honeymoon in Miami and the Turks and Caicos. Who wouldn’t say yes to that?
• £12,000 for two, comohotels.com/metropolitanlondon
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