With the summer holidays now behind us, October half term presents the next opportunity for families to get away together for some fun in the sun and relaxation. Whether you’re looking for an active week away or a relaxing spa retreat, we’ve selected our top autumn sun recommendations that are guaranteed to inspire your half term escape.
Tenerife enjoys year-round sun, with warm temperatures and guaranteed sunshine in October, it is the perfect spot for your half term break. Known for being one of the world’s best road cycling destinations, Tenerife is the place to go if you’re looking for an active half term escape. With stunning mountain views surrounding you, including Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, you’ll never want to leave. An array of terrain awaits you, so whether you’re an experienced rider or simply looking for a gentle cycle, there’ll be something for you.
Travel with Powder Byrne and stay at the luxurious Bahia Del Duque, where a variety of excellent facilities await. With direct access to the beach and turquoise ocean, you can take a refreshing dip after a day of cycling and working up a sweat. To soothe those aching muscles, the spa is second to none, offering a complete selection of relaxation treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama is a luxurious 5-star hotel with exceptional facilities and home to one of Spain’s most renowned and toughest golf courses. Offering breathtaking ocean views and luscious greens, as well as a challenging 18-hole course, it’s the perfect spot for keen golfers. Each member of the family can practise the perfect swing with an experienced golf coach on hand to help every step of the way. After a day on the course, you can dine in style in one of the exquisite restaurants including, M.B which boasts two Michelin stars. Or if you prefer, you can spend the evening pampering yourself in their luxurious spa.
For a Mediterranean delight that will be bursting with sunshine in October, head to Alicante in Spain. Home to the stunning 5-star Asia Gardens resort, next to two 18-hole golf courses, 3 theme parks and wonderful beaches. Also offering a dedicated children’s club throughout the day and evening, it has all the ingredients for a fantastic family holiday.
Asia Gardens breathtaking Thai spa is the perfect answer for those looking for a relaxing October half term break. With your children entertained in the kids club, you can enjoy a bit of me-time. The Thai Spa is a new concept among luxury spa hotels where Thai wisdom and tradition merge to create the perfect techniques for releasing the body’s prime sensations. A number of other facilities also await you including a Turkish bath, solarium, an infinity pool and an adults-only pool. There is lots on offer for every member of the family at this stylish resort.
October half term is one of the best times of the year to head to Cyprus with the Mediterranean climate promising warm temperatures and sunshine without being uncomfortably hot. There is so much to see and do on the island including water skiing, jet skiing, fly fishing, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. Alongside the watersports, there are hiking, cycling and horse riding trails as well as mini-golf and rock climbing activities to try out, to name but a few. Cyprus is awash with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea, ancient ruins, delicious fresh local fish and exquisite restaurants. Cyprus is also home to a salt lake where about 2,000 flamingos take up residence during the winter months. If you are lucky, you might catch the first few on your autumn break.
Located in 25 acres of stunning landscaped gardens and a stone’s throw from a 300m sandy beach, Parklane sits in a dreamy location. You will find luxury 1-3 bedroom suites with private pools, the rooms are spacious, modern and tastefully decorated. The resort has everything you could wish for a perfect autumn escape - 3 pools, including adult’s only and a seawater pool, 5 delicious restaurants and 2 lively bars, a state-of-the-art spa offering thalassotherapy, a fantastic kid’s club with a water park and pirate ship and a mini football academy with celebrity players.
Oman offers an array of adventurous activities and with some of the most unique deserts in the Middle East, you won’t be disappointed. You can marvel at the beauty of the Wahiba Sands in your own 4x4 on an exciting drive through the dunes, or if you prefer to take things at a slightly slower pace you can enjoy a camel ride through the desert. Our dedicated travel consultants will research, plan and deliver a bespoke itinerary based on your needs and desires and with their expertise, guidance and organisation, you are sure to have an adventure of a lifetime.
Rest your head at the Al Bustan Palace during your Oman adventure, recline in newly renovated rooms and suites with garden or sea views. Experience locally inspired treatments at the sensational Six Senses Spa and take your taste buds on a trip around the world with 6 restaurants featuring international cuisine.
Offering a paradise of white sandy beaches and beautiful coastal views, Antigua offers the perfect balance between relaxation and exploration. There is no doubt that hiking along the hills gives you access to some of the most beautifully secluded spots on the island. With a warm climate moderated by steady winds, Antigua is one of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations with an abundance of rocky coastlines and stunning reefs. Whether you are looking for activities or tranquillity, Antigua has it all.
Swaying palm trees fringe the white sandy beaches on this paradise island which enjoys year-round sunshine. Soak up the sun on the unspoilt beaches or discover the exotic and colourful marine life snorkelling in the Indian ocean. There are a number of watersports activities to enjoy including windsurfing and water skiing. Indulge your cultural curiosity with a visit to Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlement in Mauritius and home to the island’s first harbour.
A luxurious and secluded hotel set on its own private beach with a great kids club, it’s a perfect spot for your October half term escape in Mauritius. Relax and treat yourself to a massage at the stunning Sanctuary Spa or indulge in fresh seafood at the beachfront Plantation restaurant. There are plenty of activities on offer from snorkelling to arts and crafts at this island paradise.
Long sandy beaches, glitzy shopping malls, championship golf courses and spectacular scenery await in Dubai. Experience 5-star leisure and sports facilities with guaranteed sunshine and uncrowded beaches. You will discover a mixture of landscapes from traditional souks to quiet fishing villages and if you’re lucky you might catch one of the infamous camel racing events.
The JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore all Dubai has to offer or to simply relax and recharge. Try your hand at a variety of activities from horse riding along an idyllic beach taking in the dreamy Dubai sunset to wakeboarding or windsurfing in the Persian Gulf. It is a truly luxurious retreat boasting an 800m private beach, lined with palm trees and an exceptional spa with 10 treatment rooms for those looking for a bit of relaxation and me-time.
To find out more about our autumn and winter sun escapes and the best advice on the mot suitable options for your family, call our travel consultants on 020 8246 5300 or enquire online.