As autumn begins to take hold, winter draws ever near and the bright blue skies and balmy days of summer start to feel like a distant memory, don’t despair... We’ve rounded up our top five destinations to soak up some sun this autumn and winter.
The Residence, Mauritius
With year-round sunshine, the Residence in Mauritius is perfect for a November getaway. The Residence is a luxurious and secluded hotel set on its own private beach. Whether you want to relax under the sun reading your book, enjoy a massage at the beautiful Sanctuary Spa or indulge in fresh seafood at the beachfront Plantation Restaurant, this is an island paradise. The exclusivity will ensure you aren't disturbed and the hotel also has a great kids’ club with a wide variety of activities to keep little ones happy all day with activities from snorkelling to arts and crafts, meaning it's a perfect choice for families too.
Best time to travel: May - December
Porto Elounda Hotel and Spa, Crete
If you’re still looking for last-minute October sun, the Porto Elounda hotel in Crete is a great option whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay or an adventure-filled week. The Porto Elounda Hotel and Spa has been a favourite amongst our clients for over two decades and it’s easy to see why. The hotel has a gorgeous sandy beach, an award-winning Six Senses Spa, eight fantastic restaurants and wonderful tennis, golf and water sports facilities, so there’s plenty to enjoy without even leaving the resort. But those who do tear themselves away and venture out are rewarded with unique Cretan experiences. You can try the delicious seafood while watching the sunset at the beautiful Barko Restaurant in the town of Aghios Nikolaos, explore the local culture of the nearby Elounda town or take a breathtaking boat trip exploring the crystal-clear waters of Crete. A client favourite, Spinalonga, is a fascinating former leper colony where you can discover the history of this tiny islet, from its Venetian and later Ottoman occupation through to its modern day use. Clients who are looking for a more adventurous holiday can try our Learn Together Scuba Diving programme, where you and your family can discover the beauty of the area’s marine life.
Best time to travel: May - October
Bahia del Duque, Tenerife
The Bahia del Duque Hotel in Tenerife is a breathtaking resort, guaranteeing a memorable stay whenever you choose to visit. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, now is the perfect time to stay at Bahia del Duque. With nine exceptional restaurants, you can dine in an exquisite setting each night and try different foods from exotic Nikkei fusion to colourful and tasty Mexican cuisine. An exciting edition is their suspended ‘pop-up’ restaurant, from 25th to 27th October, where diners will take in the panoramic views from 30m in the air. Bahia del Duque also has a fantastic kids’ club, as well as a teen lounge for older children and teens. Spend your days exploring Tenerife’s coast on a yacht excursion, relax at one of the hotel’s five swimming pools and beautiful white sandy beach or spend the day in the Bahia del Duque Wellness Centre.
Best time to travel: Year-round
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Carlisle Bay is beautifully located overlooking a white sandy beach and sparkling turquoise waters, providing your own little piece of paradise. The facilities are second to none, with all-suite accommodation on site and separate family areas, it provides the perfect spot for relaxation for all our clients. With the choice of garden, ocean and bay suites, each with their own balcony or terrace, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the breathtaking views of Antigua. You can spend a festive week in Carlisle Bay with an itinerary tailored to your requirements. Carlisle Bay offers a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve, complete with an exquisite menu and New Year countdown celebrations accompanied by champagne, fireworks, dancing and live music.
Best time to travel: Year-round
Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, Dubai
Our last recommendation for our sun-seeking clients is the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel in Dubai. Perfect for a romantic couple’s retreat or for all the family, with numerous, exciting activities on offer. At the Jebel Ali, you can combine relaxation and exploration. Horse ride along the idyllic beach taking in the beautiful Dubai sunset or enjoy the numerous water sports activities available, from wakeboarding to windsurfing, and spend the day exploring Dubai’s gorgeous oceanic escapades which will take your trip to a new level. You can visit Dubai’s unique indoor ski slope, a real snow wonderland, which is 30 minutes away by car, and spend the day learning together or practicing your technique in the Middle East’s first indoor ski slope.
Best time to travel: November to March
Client Concierge Service
With our Client Concierge service, we take care of the little details; from booking a luxurious spa treatment, organising hiking excursions and incredible boat trips, to recommending and booking stunning restaurants to dine at each night... and anything and everything in-between. For the little ones, we’d be happy to organise babysitting to fit your schedule and dinner reservations. We’ll be there if you need us right from the beginning and throughout your holiday, for example, if you wish to upgrade your flights or you require another bed or cot in your room, our Client Concierge Team will ensure everything is taken care of. Nothing’s too much trouble for us thanks to our extensive knowledge, experience and flexible approach.
If you’re already dreaming of your next summer holiday, why wait? Escape to one of our five top recommendations this winter for a holiday in the sun that ticks all of your boxes.
To find out more about autumn and winter sun escapes, call 020 8246 5300 or click here.