For luxurious end-of-term breaks, Leisure Direction is offering three nights' five-star accommodation for pound;199 per person until August 31. Book into Cardiff's St David's Hotel and Spa to relax in the marine walk-in pool before dining alfresco at Marco Pierre White's Tides Restaurant. Or stay at the best address in Edinburgh, No 1 Princes Street, where the Balmoral hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant. Details: 020 8324 3030; www.leisuredirection. co.uk. In London, the InterContinental May Fair is close to the delights of Bond Street. Until September Bamp;B is half-price at pound;80 per person per night. Details: 0800 096 4478; www.intercontinental.comhalfoff.
You can still get your comforts away from the city. Cornwall's Lugger Hotel in Portloe is a sophisticated seaside retreat. Its midweek summer break offers three nights' bed, breakfast and dinner, two tickets for the Eden Project and a bottle of champagne. Details: 01872 501322; www.luggerhotel.com. All offers are based on two sharing.