We know that many of you like to book ahead for a warm sunshine getaway at half term in October. So, we’ve put together a selection of ideas to ward off autumn chills.
A little under-the-radar, Jordan is starting to emerge as a brilliant destination for families. Surprisingly easy to get around, this Middle-Eastern country offers a huge diversity in one trip from desert lands, ancient kingdoms, to a mineral-rich sea to float on. We’d recommend starting in cosmopolitan Amman to stay at the Four Seasons before setting off to explore pink-hued Petra, located within a steep gorge. Your children will feel like intrepid explorers.
Onward to the shifting sands of Wadi Rum to experience the solitude of the desert landscape and appreciate a night in a Bedouin tented camp, under a sky full of stars. Adventurous types may like to try dune boarding, camel riding or following the steps of Lawrence of Arabia to find prehistoric rock carvings within caves. For your final stop, soak up the pleasures of the Dead Sea, and the surreal experience of floating on the high-mineral content water. Kick back at the five-star Kempinski hotel in a royal villa on the hillside of this luxurious retreat and contemplate your eye-opening family adventure in Jordan.
Belmond Tour of Europe
Introduce your brood to the pleasures of Europe on a Grand Tour, staying at a selection of Belmond hotels across the continent. We’ve got a sensational offer which allows you seven nights spread across your choice of Belmond’s nine properties in Italy, Mallorca and Madeira from just £1,900 per person including breakfast. The choice is entirely yours, and you can mix and match as you wish to design your perfect break. For example, why not start at Belmond Hotel Splendido in glamorous Portofino, then head south to Tuscany and the Belmond Castello di Casole, before finishing in Florence at Belmond Villa San Michele. You and your family could experience a boat trip around the stunning Cinque Terre during off-season, enjoy bike rides on the rolling Tuscan hills and swimming in the hotel’s heated pool, and absorb culture aplenty in pretty Florence. Plus with pizza, pasta and gelato gracing every menu, your children’s faces will be as sunny as the skies.
Swaying palm trees, silky soft sand and gin-clear sea make the Seychelles an enticing option at any time of year but in October, as autumn advances in the UK, you can enjoy a truly tropical blast of sunshine Seychelles-style. Family favourite for its high level of service and excellent activities is Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Six Senses properties are synonymous with pared-back style and exceptional can-do service and Zil Pasyon is no exception. One and two-bedroom villas are beautifully landscaped around the dramatic granite boulders that are distinctive of Seychelles topography. Private pools offer glorious views of the Indian Ocean and the pristine beaches fringed by coconut trees mean exploration is mere footsteps away. Out at sea, superb diving and snorkelling allow guests to marvel at the underwater world; cobalt-blue waters reveal colourful coral gardens and rainbow-hued marine life. Take to a canoe or paddle board and spot turtles cruising the coastline. Enjoy castaway chic at its best at this stunning all-natural resort.