Best Western or Barbados? The best holidays for £1,750, the same price as a quarantine hotel stay

Would you rather spend £1,750 on ten lonely nights locked inside a Novotel next to Heathrow Airport, or on a luxury escape for two in Barbados?

As of today, anyone arriving into England from 33 red-listed countries (or Scotland from all overseas destinations) will have to enter a mandatory ten-day quarantine in a Government-approved hotel – a policy which has been dogged with criticism and delays.

For the privilege, arrivals will need to pay £1,750 and take two tests – on days two and eight after arriving in the UK – before being released into the world on day 11.

But there is another way, of course. That £1,750 could be put towards a slightly more luxurious escape than an airport hotel incarceration.

Here we round up 15 holiday options, for the equivalent price of an individual staying at a quarantine hotel for ten days. (We know which we would prefer.)

Europe and short-haul

Vincci La Plantacion, Tenerife

The Telegraph says: “A quiet, sophisticated hotel focused on personal service and relaxation. Located in the most upmarket area of Costa Adeje with panoramic views across the south-west coast and to the mountains, this is a tranquil retreat in harmonious surroundings.”

Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur 


Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur

  • Operator: Thomas Cook
  • Nights: 10
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and hotel
  • Departs: October 7 2021 (Gatwick)
  • Price: £1,761 for two

Find out more here.

Hotel Le Querce, Ischia, Italy

An island within an island, and surrounded by some of Ischia’s most exclusive villas. From your terrace, you will be spoilt with views of Procida and the imposing Aragonese Castle. It is a Mediterranean-style hotel with an outdoor pool, and the Spiaggia di Cafiero beach just 500 metres away.

Procida, Ischia


Procida, Ischia


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  • Operator: Kuoni
  • Nights: 5
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and accommodation
  • Departs: Select departures in October 2021 (Gatwick)
  • Price: £1,738 for two

Find out more here

Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa, Rhodes, Greece

A luxury hotel located on Rhodes’ southeast coast, near the beachfront resort of Kiotari. It has two outdoor swimming pools, plus a whirlpool and a heated indoor pool. Six restaurants available, including a buffet.

Kiotari beach, Rhodes


Kiotari beach, Rhodes


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  • Operator: Thomas Cook
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and all-inclusive hotel
  • Departs: October 13 2021 (Gatwick)
  • Price: £1,653 for two

Find out more here.

5T Jaz Aquamarine, Hurghada, Egypt

Like pools? This lively resort hotel in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada has 17 of them. It also has a long strip of private beach, a spa and six restaurants.

Hurghada is on Egypt's Red Sea Coast


Hurghada is on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast


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  • Operator: Tui
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and all-inclusive accommodation
  • Departs: October 7 2021 (Gatwick)
  • Price: £1,740 for two

Find out more here.

Daios Cove, Crete, Greece

The Telegraph says: “This family-friendly resort is close to the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga, the last 20th-century leper colony in Europe, which features in Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel, The Island. It has several excellent restaurants, an Anne Semonin spa, and watersports on the resort’s sandy beach.”

Daios Cove


Daios Cove

  • Operator: Scott Dunn
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 4
  • Deal: Flights and all-inclusive accommodation
  • Departs: October
  • Price: £1,700

Find out more here.

4T Hotel La Siesta, Tenerife, Spain

A six-minute walk from a sandy beach, or a two-minute walk from the centre of Playa de las Americas, where you’ll find bars, shops and restaurants. A swimming pool, spa, buffet restaurant, plus family-friendly pampering sessions are available.

Playa de las Americas


Playa de las Americas


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Operator: Tui

Nights: 7

People: 2 (plus one free child)

Deal: Flights and half-board hotel

Departs: October 11 2021 (Manchester)

Price: £1,142 for two

Find out more here.

Anassa, Cyprus

The Telegraph says: “Hotels may vie for being the island’s best, but the Anassa always comes out on top. Given its tranquil location on the fringes of Cyprus’s Akamas National Park, and luxury amenities like a seriously opulent spa and gourmet cuisine, it is easy to see why.”

Anassa Hotel, Cyprus


Anassa Hotel, Cyprus

  • Operator: Scott Dunn
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 4
  • Deal: Flights plus B&B accommodation
  • Departs: Select dates in September
  • Price: £1,800 per person

Find out more here.

Verdura Resort, Sicily, Italy

The Telegraph says: “The best spa in Sicily sprawls across 4,000 modernist metres in this luxury hotel on the little-visited south coast. There are also two 18-hole golf courses. West of the charming baroque town of Sciacca, it’s ideally placed for visiting two of Sicily’s most impressive Greek temple complexes: Agrigento and Selinunte.”

Sample the wonders of Sicily


Sample the wonders of Sicily


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Operator: Scott Dunn

Nights: 7

People: 4

Deal: Flights and half-board accommodation

Departs: Select dates in October (Heathrow)

Price: £1,750 per person

Find out more here.

Les Fermdes de Marie, Megeve, French Alps

The Telegraph says: “Peace, perfect peace, is one of the au naturel joys of this exclusive Alpine hamlet in upmarket Megève. Alpine-chic rooms languish in vintage chalets, seasonal dining blends traditional Savoyard dishes with French classics, and the luxurious Pure Altitude spa is heaven after a day’s skiing or hiking.”

Skiing in the Alps near Megeve


Skiing in the Alps near Megeve


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  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: B&B accommodation
  • Departs: Winter 2021
  • Price: £1,610 per room

Find out more here.

Caribbean and long-haul

Coconut Court Beach, Barbados

Telegraph says: “This is one of the best-value hotels in Barbados – low-season rates in particular can be a bargain. You get a lot for your money: highlights include a lovely palm-dotted beach, a scenic beach bar, a big pool, and good-sized, decently-equipped bedrooms with a sea view.”

Coconut Court, Barbados


Coconut Court, Barbados

Operator: Thomas Cook

Nights: 10 

People: 2

Deal: Flights and hotel

Departs: November 21 2021 (Heathrow)

Price: £1,827

Find out more here.

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho, Vietnam

Situated on a secluded peninsula in the Phu Yen province, this resort opened on December 1 2020. It takes its name from the coral reef bay it overlooks. The 71 villas, some with private pools, are inspired by traditional Vietnamese dwellings. Miles of untouched coastline lie at your fingertips, plus hiking, boat trips and cycling along a network of trails.

Paradise awaits in Vietnam


Paradise awaits in Vietnam


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  • Operator: Red Savannah
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 4
  • Deal: Flights and 2-bedroom villa (Heathrow)
  • Departs: September 1 2021
  • Price: £1,998/person, £1,542 for each child under 12

Find out more here.

Keyonna Beach Resort, Antigua

The Telegraph says: “Keyonna Beach hotel sits on a quiet beach at Johnson’s Point, on Antigua’s southwestern tip. It is an intimate boutique-style hotel with 12 rooms, all with balconies and furnished in a simple rustic style by local craftsmen. Each room has unfussy, traditional Caribbean décor with four-poster beds and handmade furniture.”

Johnson's Point, Antigua


Johnson’s Point, Antigua


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  • Operator: Kuoni
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and all-inclusive hotel (Gatwick)
  • Departs: Select departures in November 2021
  • Price: £1,749/person

Find out more here

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

The Telegraph says: “Jamaica Inn beholds a winning mix of old-school elegance and modern comforts, and is an exquisitely composed child-free hotel set beside a superb small beach. Its 55 rooms lie within enchanting tropical grounds with a croquet lawn, waterside spa and genial, long-serving staff.”

Jamaica Inn


Jamaica Inn

  • Operator: Elegant Resorts
  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: Flights and hotel
  • Departs: December 5 2021 (Heathrow)
  • Price: £1,720/person

Find out more here.

UK

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Dorset, England

The Telegraph says: “While some hotels opt for a contemporary boutique overhaul, Summer Lodge remains staunchly committed to classic countryside luxury in the beautiful Dorset hills. Welcoming rooms encourage relaxation – aided by a fine spa offering – and seasonal cuisine is bolstered by a world-class sommelier’s spot-on pairings.”

Summer Lodge Hotel in Dorset


Summer Lodge Hotel in Dorset

  • Nights: 7
  • People: 2
  • Deal: B&B basis
  • Departs: October Price: £1,405 per couple

Find out more here.

The Lanesborough, London, England

Telegraph says: “This mercilessly resplendent and highly polished neoclassical mansion overlooking Hyde Park dazzles with gold-leaf embellishment, ornamental frosting, and a down-to-earth charm that effuses the feel of a private residence. All rooms come with butlers, and Michelin-starred Céleste and the spa are worth a visit alone.””

The Lanesborough, London


The Lanesborough, London

Nights: One night

People: 2

Deal: Two treatments, etiquette lessons, floral arranging class and afternoon tea

Departs: September

Price: £1,693

Find out more here.

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