September may signal to some the end of the summer, but for many, the fun is just getting started! This transitional month is favoured by travellers in the know for the savings that can be made by generous off-season offers, meaning you can get more out of exploring your chosen destination, while the balanced temperatures make getting out and about a breeze. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated city break, a road trip to remember or a thrilling wildlife encounter, September’s selection of travel opportunities do not simply sit in the shadows of summer. Read our recommendations and be inspired to embark on your next luxury holiday this September.
Dubai is a family favourite during the summer holidays, with exceptionally kept beaches, a trove of attractions and glamorous city life pulling in families with its heady mix of cultural contrasts. However, in September, children are safely back behind their classroom desks and temperatures ease, leaving this Arabian gem to sparkle for the rest of us. Stretch out on the sands of Jumeirah Beach, sweep your way through heavyweight designer boutiques or retail megastores and savour drinks at the marina under the inky night sky, and you will be truly bewitched by Dubai’s glittering charms.
The Maldives islands are one of the closest things we have to paradise. With stunning white sands, thriving marine life and eye-wateringly blue horizons, be dazzled by the romance of these unspoilt tropics. While this enticing archipelago is at its most popular from December to April - coinciding with the dry season - the shoulder season of September offers guests fantastic savings, when the spas are just as sumptuous and the beaches equally ethereal!
The United States itself offers an almost baffling choice of options – from east coast to west coast, the selection could form a list in itself! While climates vary, September is generally a fantastic time to visit a number of our favourite stateside getaways, whether you fancy a flurry under the neon lights of Las Vegas, a gallop across the plains at a ranch in Montana or a taste of the Wild West in Scottsdale. New York truly proves itself as the city that never sleeps, with numerous events held whatever the weather, while California boasts a trove of autumnal treasures to behold, from harvest season at the vineyards, to a feast of food, music and trendy craft beer festivals.
A spiritual sanctuary and cultural wonder, Bali is one of the most enchanting islands on the planet, where clusters of crumbling temples, cocooned in lush vegetation, sprawling rice paddies and jagged mountaintops, are enough to inspire a sense of rejuvenation before you’ve even set foot in one of the world-renowned spas. Come here in September and catch the last of the dry weeks before the rainy season commences, and reap the benefit of enjoying a little more peace and quiet than those visiting during peak season.
Experience the heart of Africa in Zambia, one of the prime safari destinations on Earth, where there is an abundance of wildlife and stunning natural scenery to behold. September is one of the best months for spotting majestic bush animals, while the low water level of the Zambezi River means you can get up close to the spectacular Victoria Falls, giving the chance for some truly once-in-a-lifetime photographs.
Consider September to be South Africa’s, rather brief, springtime period, when temperatures start to warm up again. Perfectly balanced between the rainy winter months and the dry summers, game is easier to spot during this period as the grass is shorter, making safari trips particularly beneficial. A road trip down to Hermanus should also be on your ‘to do’ list, as you will be in the midst of whale-watching season, while the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town, itself, can be explored in comfortable temperatures.
The many islands and mainland hotspots of Greece are a favourite throughout summer, though true Grecophiles know that visiting outside of peak season is where the true charms often lie. As temperatures ease, it’s much more comfortable to explore the ancient Minoan ruins of Crete at Knossos, or the historic, pint-size island of Spinalonga, both offering fascinating contrasting insights into the past. For getting out and about, Zakynthos has a stunning landscape simply made for hiking, with over seven-thousand species of flower to spot, while relaxing on the iconic Navagio Beach is a perfect way to end the summer.
The Caribbean often surprises with how much it has to offer out of season. Bermuda is just a short six-and-a-half hour flight away from the UK, and boasts year-round mild temperatures, with the sun still shining strongly in September. Something of a ‘little Britain’, the charming colonial culture offers something for everyone, while the upcoming America’s Cup, being hosted by Bermuda in 2017, has made this a much sought-after destination, especially following the opening of the recently refurbished Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. For couples, Turks and Caicos offers a romantic selection of luxury hotels, and the award-winning seven-mile-long beach, Grace Bay Beach, makes a great late-summer escape. Furthermore, both islands are ideal for a twin-centre trip with New York or Florida, and Elegant Resorts offers a number of thrilling journeys combining the two.
The Canary Islands are known for their year-round mild climate and classic holiday offering. There is, however, an often unexpected wealth of things to see and do on Tenerife, whether star-gazing on Mount Teide, hiking the beautiful Barranco Del Infierno Nature Reserve, just outside Adeje, being awed at the plunging Los Gigantes cliffs or keeping an eye out for whales on the Atlantic horizon. In addition, we also now feature a new selection of hotels on Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, where the final days of summer can be spent kicking back on the delightfully warm sands.
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