Just when you thought you’d freed yourself of the younger family members post summer holidays – the milder evenings begin to draw in and the schools are eager to give the little blighters back to you for another educational interlude. However don’t fret as we have you covered for October half term, be it a staycation or the allure of some Arabian sun.
Here are a handful of our family favourites:
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
An Oman family holiday ticks all the boxes, enjoy dolphin and whale-watching trips, water sports galore or simply make the most of the long stretches of sandy beaches. Zighy Bay in particular should come with a warning – future holidays WILL struggle to compare. Mum and dad can enjoy the Six Senses Spa which offers a full range of relaxing treatments, two Arabian hammams, sauna, steam and ice rooms and a gym. Whilst the little ones can enjoy anything from feeding the onsite goats to sand castle building galore.
Why we love it: They have sustainability at their absolute core.
The Almyra, Cyprus
For a destination that has it all, Cyprus is your family go-to this half term. From child-friendly beaches to ancient historical sites, there’s something for everyone. Short flight times and a warm climate make Cyprus a stress-free option for the younger family.
The Almyra Hotel has exceptional childcare and plenty of activities to keep even the unruly of children occupied, ensuring you too have a relaxing and rejuvenating break. The in-house spa offers an array of holistic treatments alongside a sauna and fully functioning gym overlooking the Med. There are four restaurants on-site providing international as well as local Cypriot cuisine, so no need to worry about the fussy eater either!
Why we love it: Affordable luxury in both sister properties too!
Chewton Glen, New Forest
Channel your inner child and explore their beehive treehouse during your stay, or put the kids to work in hotel’s cookery school. Traditionally British Chewton Glen has to be enjoyed at least once in one’s lifetime, it is One of the first luxurious hotels to combine a sophisticated country house with quality dining and all the spa trimmings.
The staff to guest ratio is one to one, we know – very Downton Abbey! But it is by no means overly pretentious or stuffy and you may actually find you never want to go home!
Why we love it: The stunning seasonal menu has been created to showcase local suppliers and produce grown in Chewton Glen’s own gardens.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
For a cultural experience, escape to northern Africa this half term. Marrakech is a unique holiday destination for the curious looking to dive into the bustling medina and meander the souks of this historical part of Morocco. Not only does this destination have a sunny and warm climate this time of year but you are working in the same time zone making it an easy adjustment for the shorter trip.
A stones throw away from the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, La Mamounia is a truly mesmerising five star palace which will impress any Instagram-obsessed teenager. La Mamounia’s artistic private villas are set amongst stunning gardens and a terraced pool area perfect for family holidays. Once home to royalty, the hotel has a unique charm that has invited many a VIP through it’s doors.
Why we love it: Time is irrelevant at La Mamounia.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Immerse yourself in southern Italy this October. Puglia is an authentic Italian destination in the heel of the famous “boot”, offering a slower pace setting, stunning beaches, real Italian food and wonderful year-round sun. If you want to experience all the best bits of Italy without battling the crowds, head to the rugged coastline of Puglia.
Borgo Egnazia comprises of a collection of white-washed villas laid out like a traditional Italian village on the coastline of Puglia. The panoramic setting offers 4 swimming pools and a vast wellness centre overlooking San Domenico golf club. Ever the tradition in old Puglian villages, the picturesque piazza di Borgo is a local hot-spot for festivals, music and entertainment keeping the children endlessly entertained.
Why we love it: You can take bikes and ride all around the vineyards!
Planning and organising a successful family holiday can often take a similar amount of time as the UK leaving the EU, which is why we are here to make sure the holiday not only happens in a timely manner but that you are looked after every step of the way.
If you’d like to book any of these for a half term holiday please get in touch: [email protected]