Thinking of escaping the UK’s gloomy grey skies for the Autumn Half Term? October is a great time to catch some late summer sun. From soft Cypriot sands to dreamy Caribbean coasts, we’ve teamed up with travel gurus Eden to bring you the best family-friendly hotels and affordable deals to book over the October Half Term, before November’s cold snap officially sets in…
BEST AFFORDABLE HOTELS
The Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus
Put together flower-filled palm groves, cascading waterfalls, gorgeous sunbathing spots, tennis, watersports, four restaurants, a wide selection of bars and picturesque views to the fishing harbour and ancient fort of Old Paphos, and you have a winning combination for an entertaining yet relaxed holiday. Spacious rooms and suites have been impeccably furnished with all of life’s modern luxuries, and Annabelle’s younger guests are able to take advantage of adjacent sister hotel Almyra’s children’s club and crèche.
Prices from £235 per room per night, Half Board
LUX Belle Mare, Mauritius
For a touch of luxury without the huge price tag, LUX certainly know how to deliver a fabulous, fun-filled holiday experience, and this is the most magical of them all. Overlooking the sugar-soft sands of Belle Mare, it’s a picture-perfect mix of thatched, colonial-style architecture, lush green lawns and swaying hammocks strung between palms, set against one of the widest and most sigh-inducing beaches on the island.
Prices from £355 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Pine Cliffs Hotel, Portugal
With acres of grounds in a cliff-top setting, picturesque views stretching across the Atlantic Ocean, and a beautiful unspoilt beach for lazy, sun-drenched days, this is a magical place for couples and families alike to relax and unwind. As well as pools, golf, a tennis academy and a wellness centre, there’s a kids' supervised 'village', Porto Pirata, boasting two wooden pirate ships and equipped with a pool, bouncy castle and indoor craft activities.
Prices from £240 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Puento Romano, Marbella
The epitome of modern Mediterranean style, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is one of Marbella’s most beloved resorts, and having just undergone a recent multi-million-Euro renovation, it oozes style and glamour. As well as lush, sub-tropical landscaped gardens, you have the glorious Mediterranean sea on your doorstep, and a balmy temperature to boot. A glorious half-term getaway.
Prices from £325 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, Portugal
Overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean, Vila Vita Parc celebrates the very best of Portugal, with every imaginable indulgence. A gastronomic adventure – this resort is a magnet for foodies – sample Michelin-starred fare at Ocean, rustic cooking at Adega and Mediterranean cuisine at Aladin Grill. And for downtime, take the family to the nearby beaches that promise stretches of golden sands and glistening azure waters.
Prices from £275 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
BEST MID-RANGE RANGE
Grand Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort, Tenerife
A brightly coloured, fairytale Canarian village in the less remote Costa Adeje, Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque boasts a dizzying mix of accommodation and activities galore. Soak up the stunning Venetian-Canarian architecture, take a dip in the glistening swimming pools and sample the delectable cuisine in one of the eight restaurants taking residency in the resort. There’s an 18-hole golf course for sporty types, a relaxing spa and a kids’ club and teen lounge to keep the little ones suitably entertained while you’re relaxing by the pool.
Prices from £435 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
For a far-flung escape with a tropical twist, head to the stunning Antiguan sands and hole up in Carlisle Bay. Located in a magnificent cove surrounded by mangroves and sugar-soft sand, Carlisle Bay’s zen-like tranquility radiates throughout; with sleek, spacious suites, activities galore, three fabulous restaurants and excellent kids’ facilities.
Prices from £545 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Crystal Cove By Elegant Hotels, Barbados
A Caribbean classic, if you’re after guaranteed autumn sun, Barbados ticks all the boxes. Fusing warm ambience with complete relaxation and seemingly endless entertainment for all ages, the all-inclusive Crystal Cove serves up great value and heaps of fun.
Prices from £425 per room per night, All-Inclusive
BEST LUXURY HOTELS
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Utterly unique, Dubai’s dazzling hotel haunt, Atlantis The Palm, is the ultimate in luxurious escapes. One of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic resorts of the world, it offers an entirely unparalleled experience, if you’re on the hunt for a lavish family holiday with all the trimmings. With everything from world-class restaurants, trendy bars, blissful spas and handy kids’ clubs, you’ve got all the makings of a heavenly Half Term break.
Prices from £750per room per night, Half Board
Bringing a timeless sense of style to Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi’s younger sibling, Finolhu, really is one-of-a-kind: a refined, retro-inspired island paradise for fun-loving beachgoers, and a fabulous experience for chic couples, families and gatherings of friends alike.
Prices from £610 per room per night, on Half Board
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Spacious even by Dubai’s standards, this low-rise Moorish and Andalucian-styled resort is both subtle and beautiful, with impeccable accommodation, excellent kids’s facilities, a stunning beach and exquisite dining experiences.
Prices from £1,485 per room per night, Half Board
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Offering privacy and exclusivity in the most stunning surroundings, this super-stylish villa-only resort affords its guests the very best this beautiful archipelago has to offer. With everything from beach volleyball, snorkelling and tennis, there are plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained, plus nightly DJ sets for those wanting some late-night respite.
Prices from £1,285 per room per night, Half Board
Sandy Lane, Barbados
This tropical paradise is a food lover’s haven, offering everything from healthy to local and haute cuisine. Relax on soft white Caribbean sands whilst the kids have their kind of fun in the Treehouse Club, where they can take part in a range of island activities.
Prices from £1,035per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Located on the north side of the glamorous, exclusive and tiny private island of Félicité, this exhilaratingly beautiful Six Senses resort, perched above the Indian Ocean, has more than an air of drama about it. Occupying less than a third of the island itself, there’s everything you’ll need for a secluded island getaway: three sandy beaches, a magnificent rock-edged swimming pool, kids’ club, day spa, watersports centre and memorable Seychellois-inspired dining. Pure bliss.
Prices from £1,215 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast