If you have school-age children, then October is the last chance to escape and enjoy some warmth and sun before autumn and winter kick in – and is therefore a hugely popular time to get away. And even better most top resorts and villas have really good offers for October, making it an even better time to travel.
In terms of destinations, for shorthaul sun, we recommend the Canaries, Cyprus, North Africa, Greece, Portugal, Turkey. All generally have warm weather in late October, with perhaps the least variable being the Canaries, Cyprus, North Africa and Turkey (av 25C in Oct) and the more variable being Portugal and the other Med destinations eg Italy, Spain and the Balearics, France.
All the popular Med destinations have much to offer however, especially those with a cultural /sightseeing element which can be combined with some beach time if the weather is good – such as Palma Mallorca, Southern Spain, France, Italy. It’s a great time of year for activity holidays too – the temperatures will be just right to make the most of the activities on offer.
It can also be a very good time to take a city break and enjoy some sightseeing, exploring and great food. Good options would be Venice, Rome, Florence, Nice, Prague, Palma, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Marrakech.
Further afield the weather will be more guaranteed, and popular destinations are Dubai, Oman and Mauritius.
Or if you’d prefer to stay closer to home and make the most of the glorious autumn scenery, then there are some great options – both self catering and hotels. It’s the ideal time of year to enjoy brisk strolls along the beach or over the hills, then warm up with cosy log fires and enjoy some delicious food.
Just contact us and we'll help you find the perfect October break for your family.
And for inspiration, here are some of the destinations/resorts we'd recommend:
Almyra: chic contemporary hotel in great seafront location with creche and kids club, stylish slate-lined pools, great food.
Anassa: luxury hotel with contemporary décor fabulous spa, good beach and unspoilt location.
Pine Cliffs Sheraton in the Algarve - very good 5 star hotel,with self catering suites with full hotel facilities. Creche from 6 mths, spa,golf.
Martinhal: stylish self catering suites and villas with full resort facilities inc creche and kids club, good spa, tennis, great food. Set just outside unspoilt Sagres.
Abama: luxury 5 star resort in quiet area, superb facilities inc spa, golf, tennis, kids club and babysitting, great food (one of the restaurants is Michelin starred),lovely beach with natural 'sea pools'.
Princesa Yaiza: very good 5 star in quiet resort in Lanzarote with extensive childrens facilities and good club, thalassotherapy spa and golden sand beach. Lots of restaurants close by. Family suites one bed suites and rooms/junior suites.
Sheraton Fuerteventura: Great hotel directly on the beach with a good selection of spacious and elegant family accommodation. The thalasso Spa, sports facilities, choice of restaurants, close proximity to shops and restaurants as well as a good kids club from 4 yrs makes this a great option for families.
Baobab suites: A fabulous new five star hotel on the Costa Adeje, offering the flexibility of self catering in luxury suites with hotel service. These lavish suites ( studios to 4 bedroom penthouse) offer functional, stylish and spacious accommodation with state of the art kitchens. Some with private pools or jacuzzis.Childcare from 4 years but under 4's can attend with babysitter. Short walk (or shuttle)to the beach.
Roca Nivaria: In Southern Tenerife with amazing sea views. Childcare from 10 months, great sports, spa and restaurants – good choice of family friendly suites and rooms. All Inclusive option.
Porto Sani Village - lovely resort with creche, kids club spa,marina, beaches,tennis lots of restaurants.
Crete: Porto Elounda de Luxe. Good quality childcare from 6 mths +. Private Blue Flag Beach, tennis, golf and lovely new Six Senses Spa. Good food. Just a 5 min taxi ride from the village of Elounda -with tavernas harbour etc.
Crete: Istron Villas: Lovely high spec villas with private pools and access to the facilities of the adjacent Istron ay Hotel. Glorious seaviews, beach.
Crete: Domes of Elounda: boutique hotel with suites or self catering villas. Creche and kids club, good restaurants, babysitting, spa.
Westin Navarino and Romanos, Peloponnese: Luxury resort with excellent facilities, great service and food. Creche and kids club, lots of cultural activities too and much to explore around.
Lots of gorgeous villas, but also a uber-chic yet family friendly luxury resort with creche and kids club in Southern Italy (where it stays warmer for longer) in Puglia – the Borgo Egnazia. Lots to explore too in the region, hill top villages, the fascinating Trulli houses, and medieval coastal towns.
Lots of great options in Marrakech too.
Mazagan Beach resort: Family friendly 5 star resort with childcare from 3 months, on the coast, close to Casablanca. Lots of restaurants, great, friendly service.
Gloria Golf Resort: Beach front resort with nine pools, water park, multitude of sports activities, a number of restaurants to choose from on All Inclusive. Good selection of family accommodation from rooms, suites to villas.
Stunning scenery, superb hotels, service and facilities, excellent childrens’ clubs - for a luxury destination Mauritius is hard to beat. We love The Residence, the Shandrani, Le Victoria, Four Seasons Anahita….but there are lots of other fab options.
Dubai and Oman:
Just 7/8 hrs away and minimal jet lag, good weather, great hotels with excellent service, facilities and childrens clubs, great beaches, plenty to explore - Dubai and Oman are obvious choices for some half term warmth and relaxation in a safe yet exotic environment. Lots of recommendations to suit different tastes and budgets in Dubai, for example:
Palm Tree Court: luxury resort with crèche, kids club and a good range of accommodation to suit families of all sizes. luxury resort with crèche, kids club and a good range of accommodation to suit families of all sizes.
Atlantis: huge resort – but with an unrivalled range of activities for all ages and in Oman, we recommend the gorgeous Shangri La and Six Senses Zighy Bay.
So many choices here, from Disney fun in Orlando, to riding on a ranch in Wyoming or touring California or New England. Just contact us for tailor made ideas and itineraries.
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