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News / 6 ideas for luxury family escapes during October half term

As the days get chillier and the nights arrive earlier during autumn, October is the perfect time to escape the British weather for some quality time on a luxury family holiday. Fly and flop to destinations close to home and enjoy the last of the warm European weather or travel further afield for action-packed family adventures in Mexico or Florida. Whatever takes your fancy, we’ve curated our favourites that provide some much needed respite in the most family-friendly destinations during October Half Term.

1. Florida

Families visiting in October can still enjoy the Floridian warmth without the tropical humidity the state usually experiences in the summer months, perfect for theme park thrills. Families should aim to book at least a year in advance for the best airfares and hotel availability.

Where to stay / Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

After a day of Disney magic, head back to Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World ® Resort to slip and glide on the waterslides and enjoy breakfast with Goofy and pals. Opt for a Park View Room to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks light up the night sky.

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2. Dubai

High temperatures and minimal rainfall throughout the year makes Dubai the ideal destination for families seeking to soak up the Arabian sun. Visit in October when it’s cooler to enjoy a desert balloon flight or morning safari with the kids. 

Where to stay / One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace

Oodles of opportunities for family time present themselves at One&Only Royal Mirage – The Palace. Try sand skiing or camp in the desert under a blanket of glistening stars. Or if golden sand dunes aren’t your thing, head to the city for a taste of cosmopolitan life.

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Where to stay / Atlantis the Palm

Record-breaking slides, rides and a zipline of Aquaventure Waterpark, The Lost Chambers Aquarium which is home to 65,000 marine animals and 23 different eateries, guarantees you’ll never be bored at this larger than life resort.

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3. Spain

Rich culture, delectable cuisine and diverse landscapes combined with a short flight time for younger children and a consistently warm climate throughout the year; Spain has the perfect formula for a last minute luxury family holiday.

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Where to stay / Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife

With one of the most expansive kids clubs in Europe, children can challenge their minds in eight distinct zones including a science lab, planetarium, theatre space and rolling gardens at Ritz Carlton Abama.

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Where to stay / Finca Cortesin, Costa del Sol

This idyllic resort tucked away in the Spanish hills boasts two four bedroom villas – perfect for peace and privacy during your family escape. Little ones can paddle in the outdoor pool with a qualified instructor whilst adults will find it hard to resist the resort’s 18-hole golf course.

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Where to stay / Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

For young children aged three to 12 years, Bahía del Duque is the ultimate playground with plenty to keep them occupied including games by the pools, painting workshops, sports competitions, cookery lessons and mini-discos.

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4. Mauritius

If you’re prepared to travel further afield, you’ll be rewarded with endless sun in Mauritius where temperatures range between 18°C and 24°C in October, making this exotic island the ideal location to truly relax.

Where to stay / Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Adventure beckons families of all ages and sizes at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. Quad biking and zip lining promise to thrill adrenaline junkies whilst curious explorers will love Mauritius’ open-air markets and renowned rainbow sand dunes.

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Where to stay / St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Children under the age of 12 eat, play and stay for free at St. Regis Mauritius Resort where aquatic adventures await. Expect glass-bottom boat tours over the reef, a private speed boat tour to Tamarin Bay and the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. 

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5. Greece

Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, sunshine is plentiful between mid-September to October averaging 24°C in Greece, ideal for a snooze on the golden beaches or a refreshing dip in the shimmering turquoise ocean. 

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Where to stay / St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Crete

A firm family favourite, this contemporary hotel offers a wealth of activities for families to learn together. Discover scuba diving or enjoy a private yacht sailing cruise. Children are superbly catered for in the Kids Club and Galaxy Games Room whilst teens can try their hand at waterskiing. 

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Where to stay / Eagles Palace, Halkidiki, Crete

Parents can stretch out on comfy loungers on one of the best Blue Flag beaches in Greece with “waiter buttons” whilst children make new friends at the Explorers club, offering age-themed activities including a specially designed water sports programme.

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Where to stay / Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki

Make family memories that last at Ikos Olivia with dive lessons, cycling, yoga classes and even aqua aerobics for the whole family. Spend the afternoon exploring the shoreline of the private white sandy beach or take a refreshing dip in one of the three private pools.

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6. Mexico

Whilst Mexico's hurricane season ends in November, the Riviera Maya tends to have pleasant weather all year-round. With ancient Mayan ruins to explore and clear fresh waters to dive into, Mexico has everything you could want from a luxury family getaway.

Where to stay / Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya

Miles of pristine beach, mangroves and the Mayan jungle welcomes families at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico which offers the ultimate all-inclusive option along with interconnecting rooms. Explore the unspoiled coastline with a kayak tour, pedal your way through paradise on a bike ride or snorkel the local reef.

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Where to stay / Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

The epitome of island resort chic, Rosewood Mayakoba is perfect for an idyllic family getaway. Parents and kids alike can enjoy a range of activities together; think scavenger hunts, Mayan storytelling and an eco-boat tour for a truly enriching family experience.

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