The best last-minute holiday ideas for February

a Chilly January usually brings thoughts of warm days spent at the beach, which makes February an inviting time to take a break in the sunshine. At the same time, the snow has finally arrived in the Alps, and if you avoid the half-term break, you can book a good ski holiday. It’s also a good time to relax in a cozy cottage in the British countryside; Wherever you are planning a vacation in February, here are some ideas to get you inspired.


Beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, captivating wildlife, and lack of permeable monuments make The Gambia an inviting place to relax in the sun. Kombo Beach is located near the mouth of the Gambia River, which, along with pool and beach access, has a resident bird-watching guide to show you the wonderful birdlife that surrounds you from all around. Gambia Experience a week’s holiday at the Kombo Beach Hotel from £899, savings from £140 including flights, transfers and breakfast.


Tons of Austrian charm, peaceful slopes, and no queues at the village of Filzmoos, one of the many ski resorts within the vast Ski Amadé range. Free ski buses connect the village with other parts of the domain if you feel like a change of scenery. Stay at the friendly four-star Hotel Hammerhof, where a week’s holiday with Sno costs £599, down from £818, leaving on February 25th. The price includes flights, transfers and breakfast.

The Gambia has beaches that are far from the crowds

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Escape into the countryside between the beaches of Costa Adeje and the mountainous landscapes of Teide National Park when you stay at Hotel Rural La Correa del Almendro. This peaceful boutique hotel has colorful gardens surrounding its pool where you can enjoy beautiful sea views. Eliza Was Here has a seven-night break at this country getaway from £496, including flights and car hire, leaving on February 28th.

Sri Lanka

Head to the southern coast of Sri Lanka for a week of pure relaxation on one of its most attractive beaches. As its name suggests, Koggala Beach faces this wonderfully long stretch of sandy beach, where you can splash around after trying the hotel’s pool and play tennis. Six nights with Mercury Holidays costs from £941 leaving on 22nd February, flights and breakfast included. Half board and all inclusive options from £957 and £1002 respectively.

Revel in Marrakech from your luxury villa just outside the city

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Morocco, West, sunset

If you’re thinking of a group getaway in the sun, grab 11 of your friends or family and enjoy a luxurious setting at Villa Shams, about 15 minutes south of Marrakech. Set in lush gardens with views of the Atlas Mountains, the villa managed by CV Villas has four bedrooms in the main house and two bedrooms in a canvas lodge, plus a swimming pool and spacious outdoor dining and lounging areas. There is also a cooking service if you want a break from the kitchen. Seven nights from 16th February from £806, based on 12 guests, including flights.


If you fancy a Valentine’s Day break and want plenty of walks on your doorstep, book Old Sunday School deep in the Cornish countryside near Fowey. You are also only a few miles from the coves of Lantric Bay. The stone cottage features two bedrooms, a wood-burning stove, and far-reaching views of the valley. Booked via Cornish Horizons, available from 14th February for five nights from £486. One dog is welcome for an additional charge of GBP 25.

Marie Novakovic is a freelance editor