As a cold and costly winter stretches before us, it’s important to remember that summer will eventually return, promising warm ocean breezes, bright-coloured cocktails and barefoot days in the sand. And though it all may seem like a faraway dream right now, easyJet is helping to bring the dream closer to reality.

More than an air carrier, easyJet offers convenient package holidays at affordable prices, bundling accommodation, airfare (with 23kg luggage allowance) and private transfers into one attractive deal – made all the more tempting by their ongoing winter sale that lets you save up to £300 on summer escapes and book with just a £60 deposit per person.

Holidaymakers can take their pick among thousands of hotels in top locations across Europe, including a number of luxurious resorts that elevate the guest experience from sublime to supreme with spacious rooms, gourmet cuisine, thoughtful service and more. To sample the selection, take a look at some of the first-class hotels in their repertoire:

Grecotel LUX Me White Palace – Crete, Greece

Nestled along the northern shore of one of Greece’s most captivating island destinations, this uber-cool resort draws a particularly stylish crowd from all corners of the continent. A dazzling white colour palette evokes effortless Greco luxury while ceding the limelight to the azure, cerulean and cobalt blues that reveal themselves at every turn, from the 1km stretch of serene private beach to the 21 swimming pools dotted about the grounds – some communal, some reserved for the more exclusive room categories, such as the swim-up suites.

But don’t plan on spending too much time afloat: entertainment abounds both night and day, for guests of all ages – from athletic pursuits (water polo, ping pong, yoga) to water sports (jet skiing, SUP, snorkelling, diving), games (darts, boccia, board games), horseback riding, mountain biking and a full programme of kid-friendly fun. Need a break from it all? Retreat to the Hippie Wellness spa for a stint in the sauna or a massage. Fuelling all these good times is a varied culinary programme spanning five à la carte restaurants, a buffet locale and three venues for sipping the night away in paradise.

MAXX Royal Belek Golf Resort  – Belek, Turkey

For some, holiday is all about staking a claim on a lounger in the sand, spending indolent days drifting in and out of consciousness between dips in the waves and sips of a cocktail. No? Doesn’t sound much like you? Then head for this vacation mecca on Turkey’s southern coast.

True to its name, the resort features an extensive golf complex baptised by tee time legend Colin Montgomerie, but it doesn’t stop there – you’ll also find a Professional Tennis academy with several courts and courses for all ages, as well as world-class football fields and gyms equipped for CrossFit and TRX workouts. Classic holiday activities, like water sports, yoga and Pilates, are available, too. 

For more carefree fun, look to the gaming arcade, the bowling alley or the Aqua Park with its many thrilling slides; it’s a favourite among pint-sized guests, as are the Dinoland, Adventure Park and the various age-appropriate clubhouses offering chaperoned games and activities. A dizzying array of à la carte restaurants, fine dining venues, bars, lounges and even an on-site chocolatier provide exquisite nourishment to ensure you can make the most of every moment.

Angsana – Corfu, Greece

Choose your holiday ‘fits carefully: this chic resort is always Instagram-ready. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the clear waters of Benitses Bay, the views are impressive from every angle, whether at the al fresco infinity pool with its unique oval form, the relaxing spa with its room-height windows, or the Vertigo rooftop bar with its wraparound ocean-view terrace. 

We recommend putting the phone down occasionally, however, to fully appreciate the range of activities on offer, like striking yoga poses in an open-sided pavilion, cycling among the scenic nature, or simply relaxing on the private beach with a drink and a snack from the beach bar. Further repose can be had in the award-winning Angsana spa that blends organic, therapeutic Greek ingredients with Asian wellness techniques.

At mealtime, a smorgasbord of options opens up, from the delights at the main buffet to the specialities in the à la carte eateries – including a restaurant serving dishes dreamed up by Michelin-anointed chef Ettore Botrini. Satisfied and perhaps a bit sleepy, you can make your way to your modishly appointed room which, depending on your choice of category, may even have its own private pool with panoramas over the sea.

Discover more irresistible stays at, and book now to treat yourself without breaking the bank.

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