Do you feel it's all cold and wet and give, give, give at this time of year? The antidote is to plan some "me" time during the Christmas holidays, somewhere pampering with a mild climate. Tenerife (www.webtenerife.com) has an average temperature of 20C in winter; six hours' sunshine a day will soon put paid to those symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and it's easy to get to from most parts of Britain.
This winter, British Airways has launched a twice-weekly service from London Gatwick to Tenerife North, as well as operating up to nine services a week to Tenerife South, with return fares from pound;169, including all taxes and charges. Details: 0870 850 9850, or www.ba.com.
And when you get there? Mare Nostrum is a resort and spa on the white-sand Playa del Camis"n, 17km from Reina Sofia airport in southern Tenerife and 80km from Los Rodeos airport in the north. The resort includes five five-star hotels and 13 restaurants and is not far from the shopping and entertainment centre of Arona. The Mare Nostrum spa is divided into three areas: the Ocean Park, for thalassotherapy (sea water treatments) and body wraps; the Coral Park for massages, electrotherapy, facials and body treatments, and the Marine Park for seawater exercises, saunas, steam bath, cardio training area and marine thermal pool. Individual treatments start from (28 (less than pound;20).
But for TES readers, Mare Nostrum has a special offer, valid until the end of the Christmas holidays. Readers booking a three-night break, from (239 per person (about pound;166), based on two sharing a double room, and including accommodation with buffet breakfast, transfers, a welcome basket of fruit and mineral water, and two complimentary spa treatments from a choice of hydromassage, relaxation massage, seaweed wrapping or volcanic soil wrapping, will each also receive a complimentary hydrotherapy massage at the spa. For details, tel: 0034 922 75 75 45; go to the website www.expogrupo.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote "TES reader offer" when booking.