October Destinations: South Africa
Posted: 16 October 2017
October is a great month for travel. The rush of summer is finally settling down, with even the most crowded spots becoming calm and you can squeeze in some pre-Christmas sun ahead of winter. Our expert Travel Consultants have selected their October favourites, making your choice of autumnal escape easy as (pumpkin) pie!
Dubai’s scorching summer temperatures are a little too hot to handle for some and those seeking to enjoy the city’s wealth of outdoor activities would be best advised to travel in October. Temperatures average around 29 degrees in October, which is ideal for those seeking to enjoy a luxury beach holiday as the autumn chill sets in at home. Families are more than catered for with world-class theme parks, waterparks and endless adventure on the doorstep, whilst couples can explore Dubai’s romantic side. Home to some of the finest spas, with many exclusive and decadently-Dubai ingredients, including gold leaf body wraps and diamond-infused facial treatments, an acclaimed gourmet dining scene and unforgettable bespoke experiences, such as private beach dining and sunset cruises, Dubai is a destination where everyone can do everything!
If the thought of grey skies and puddles on every pavement leaves you longing for an exotic island, Mauritius might be the October destination of your dreams. Explore the luxury of this most alluring island, combining glorious relaxation with unforgettable views. Mauritius is the ideal setting to unwind, but unlike other luxury island retreats, Mauritius offers more than just beaches. From golf, to watersports, zip-lining and a variety of invigorating excursions, Mauritius is ideal for anyone seeking high-octane activities in paradise. Ideal for honeymooners, couples and families alike, our exclusive portfolio of luxury properties in Mauritius showcases the best this beautiful island has to offer.
South Africa is a timeless destination that captures the heart of its guests with ease. Dramatic landscapes, delectable dining and a thriving wine culture, not to mention the vast variety of excursions on offer, make South Africa one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. From famed sites of historical significance, such as Robben Island, to South Africa’s much-loved Garden Route and scintillating safaris, this incredibly fascinating country is bursting with attractions and activities, including man-made and natural wonders. October is an ideal time to uncover the spectrum of splendour thriving within the Rainbow Nation. If you’re seeking to make your luxury October getaway truly unforgettable, or to make the most of your time away, why not combine South Africa with Mauritius? After exploring the Cape or conquering the Kalahari, Mauritius’ panoramic sea views and sumptuous spas make the perfect twin-centre stay.
America in the Fall is a stunning spectacle and there is nothing quite like seeing Central Park transform from an emerald to a ruby. In New York, October is no ordinary month. Fifth Avenue showcases the Fall collections, the signature coffee shops prepare city slickers for the incoming chill with cosy concoctions and Halloween brings a playful scene to each shop window. As the year slides towards Christmas and the holiday season, New York becomes the epicentre of celebratory parades and gift-buying, but October is less busy and more subtle in its festive ambience. Of course, New York is home to a world-class dining scene, show-stopping Broadway productions and enough museums to pacify even the most intrepid imaginations to ensure your October stay is anything but ordinary.
If October conjures images of roaring fires and chilled glasses of wine, California’s winelands are the ideal antidote to your winter wanderlust. Affectionately known as ‘Crush Season’, October marks the traditional beginning of Harvest in Napa Valley and Sonoma. During this month, grapes are gathered and the bulk of the region’s wine production begins. This is a fantastic time to visit Napa Valley and Sonoma to really get a taste of why this wine is loved the world over, and relax in settings that are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the tastebuds. Crush Season is, naturally, one of the busier times to visit this region and we recommend pre-booking ‘reservation-only’ vineyards for tastings and tours, as this ensures smaller groups and fewer crowds. In Sonoma, the restaurants are just as prized as the wine and October sees the true flavours of ‘farm-to-fork’ dining at their best. For foodies, a luxury October holiday to California’s culinary hub is the perfect way to begin the festive food season!
As one of Arizona’s most thriving towns, Scottsdale takes pride in rejecting the idea of arid desert and desolate landscapes. Instead, Scottsdale embraces its dramatic backdrop and provides a state’s worth of dining, exploring and activities all in an easy-to-navigate, 31-mile-long location. Embracing the allure of the Wild West and the multicultural flavours of Mexico, Scottsdale appeals to anyone seeking a truly unique October escape, whilst appealing to food-lovers, golf aficionados and spa seekers. Our expert Travel Consultants love the unique and utterly unforgettable ambience of Scottsdale, not to mention the other-worldly milieu of dramatic mountains and red valleys.
Closer to home, the Canary Islands offer short-haul sunshine and hassle-free luxury beach holidays. Our prestigious portfolio boasts some of the Canary Island’s finest resorts and hotels, including the best spa experiences, gratifying golf courses and flawless family facilities. We recently presented our best luxury hotels in the Canary Islands for anyone seeking to better understand each island’s individual identities and how to find the best resort for your requirements. Whilst a European city break is ideal for a long October weekend, the Canary Islands can provide a week or more of sunshine, beach combing and warm hospitality.
Unlike elsewhere in Europe, Cyprus maintains its sunny appeal long into October. Culture vultures will enjoy uncovering ancient history in Limassol or Paphos, whilst the beautiful beaches are sure to appeal to anyone seeking a pre-Christmas chill out. With a short flight time and extensive array of family-friendly hotels, Cyprus is a perfect choice for October Half Term, whilst couples may wish to take advantage of quieter periods for island exploring without the crowds.
For a feeling of having travelled further and a rich melting pot of cultures to enjoy, Morocco is a distinguished destination that continues to delight. Our hand-picked collection of luxury hotels in Morocco comprises award-winning spas, private Riads to make guests feel like royalty and the finest dining experiences. Conveniently located in quiet, sanctuary-like settings, our luxury resorts provide the relaxing ambience any October escape requires whilst ensuring the spice-infused souks, awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains and daredevil dune safari rides are within easy reach.
For further information about any of our favourite destinations for October, or to arrange your perfect autumn escape, please call one of our expert travel consultants.