The North East is becoming an increasingly popular destination for UK mini-breaks, with a range of cultural and artistic attractions in the area, and tech-savvy visitors to Newcastle and Gateshead can now get their best of the local area in the palm of their hand.
Holiday plans scuppered by snow chaos? Rethinking your last-minute escape? There are other ways to treat yourself in December than simply jetting off, as Relais & Châteaux has launched a special December deal for luxury UK hotel breaks.
Get more for less on your luxury city-break with Hayes & Jarvis' winter sale. The long-haul specialist is offering a guaranteed discount of at least £100 per person and prices starting at just £499 per person.
Escape from the snow and enjoy a luxurious Christmas break to the Italian capital of Rome this year. The five-star Rome Cavalieri is a gourmand's paradise, as it boasts Rome's only triple Michelin starred restaurant, La Pergola.
On last night's episode of BBC One's The Apprentice, Lord Sugar treated the winning team to a luxury break to Jersey's five-star Atlantic Hotel with oyster tasting and a champagne reception, and you can follow in their footsteps with a business class break to the Channel Islands.
Enjoy a peaceful Christmas break in the Lake District village of Grasmere, with the last few rooms at the four-star Wordsworth Hotel and Spa on offer with four nights for the price of three.
Head south this winter and discover the secluded island getaway of the Isles of Scilly. Off the coast of Cornwall, these Atlantic islands make for a peaceful escape and a four-night Christmas break is now available a saving of £120 per person.
Dance away the night and welcome in 2011 at the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier, which is hosting a New Year's Eve party with live music and entertainment for festive revellers visiting Jersey this December.
If you're struggling to think of a Christmas present for a picky relative or a friend who seems to have everything, then choose a hotel gift voucher and give them a weekend away in Scotland.
Combine five-star luxury with the scenic surroundings of an Irish castle on a Valentine's Day weekend break at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland for just £160 per person.
Swiss hotel, The Cambrian has become the latest addition to boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith's collection, offering a classy escape for love-struck skiers this winter in the heart of the Alps.
If your other half prefers to 'do something' rather than 'get something' for Christmas, then a short break gift voucher could be the perfect present. Online gift experience company buyagift.com has seen a recent boom in Brits looking for a unique weekend away.
The Portuguese island of Madeira may not be the most Scottish-sounding place in the world, but the Reid's Palace resort on the island was founded by Scotsman William Reid 120 years ago, and to celebrate they are offering a Burns' Night with a difference in 2011.
Spa lovers should head to Edinburgh for a relaxing pre-Christmas break as fashion legend Rosita Missoni has now officially opened the very first Hotel Missoni Spa in Edinburgh.
Sometimes it pays to let someone else do the hard work at Christmas and Four Pillars has something for every taste at a choice of six delightful properties in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and Bristol.
Put an extra special treat in someone's stocking this year, with a gift experience from Warner Leisure Hotels. Perfect for those who prefer to do something rather than get something for Christmas, there is a wide range of different gifts available.
Take a luxury pre-Christmas break with a relaxing weekend at Haweswater Hotel, the Lake District's best-kept secret. Two can stay the weekend, including dinner and breakfast, from £190 per person.
Have a traditional Christmas with a twist this year, with festive carols and midnight mass in Malta. Luxury accommodation is available at the Phoenicia Hotel this December from £55 per person per night.
Go where your star sign tells you this winter, with a range of hotel offers to suit your character from World Hotels. Whether you're an action-loving Aries or a sociable Gemini, there are hotel ideas to match.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade attracts thousands of visitors to New York each year, and hotelscombined.com has named its best picks for viewing this year's parade from on high.
Swinton Park in North Yorkshire has been picked out as one of the top ten hotels in the UK by the Good Hotel Guide 2011, which is out this week.
Get your New Year fitness regime underway with a Fresh Start spa break in the five-star resort of Rockliffe Hall in Tees Valley.
The German capital comes alive in winter and there is plenty to explore besides from the traditional Christmas markets and hot glühwein.
The Old Government House Hotel and Spa was honoured at the recent World Travel Awards 2010, taking the accolade of Guernsey's Leading Hotel.
The four-star resort in County Mayo, Ireland is offering two-night stays in December for under £200 per person including spa treatments and dinner.