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.
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 this October half term.
Families visiting in October half term 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.
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.Explore
A spectacular resort destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast right in the heart of Palm Beach, The Breakers offers up friendly entertainment and beach-side Miami living on an elegant platter. In addition to the beachfront location there's two golf courses, watersports and tennis courts, so your October half term can be as laid back or activity-filled as you and your little ones would like.Explore
Between the coves of the island’s puckered coastline and the Crayola buildings of Harbour Quay, the buzz of Antigua’s English heritage hums softly beneath the beat of its Caribbean core. Discover a playground for kids both big and small this October and soak in a much needed dose of winter sun in its toasty climes.
Set on its own dot of an island a six minute boat ride off the coast of Antigua and boasting some of the best accommodation in the region, this estate’s reputation often proceeds it.Explore
With its secluded feel and hidden-away coves, this long-established resort is particularly well loved for its fresher take on Antigua’s characteristic easy-going living, away from the hubbub.Explore
In a plum position on a headland with a fabulous beach on either side, this sought-after, all-inclusive is on a mission to keep you in a state of utmost relaxation. It more than delivers.Explore
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.
Oodles of opportunities for family time present themselves at One&Only Royal Mirage – Arabian Court. 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.Explore
A luxury Cyprus holiday offers much more than meets the eye. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, sunshine is plentiful between mid-September to October averaging 24°C so you'll be able to spend your October half term holiday enjoying its immaculate beaches and exquisite sunshine. Step away from the beach though and you'llfind a magical island that's graced with an enthralling heritage.
With no less than four outdoor/indoor pools, five restaurants, two bars, a veritable play-paradise for little ones and a child-free sanctuary for the grown-ups, this is a resort that defies the notion that you can’t please everyone.Explore
There’s a distinct Cypriot feel to life in Pissouri Bay, the setting for Columbia Beach Resort on the bay’s two kilometres of Blue Flag beach. A sense of ease settles around life here; little ones have space to roam free while adults can get lost on the resort's fairways.Explore
There's a reason Anassa is named after the classical Greek for ‘Queen’. Perched majestically on one of Cyprus' finest beaches, this luxury hotel masquerades as an authentic Cypriot village with four pools, renowned children's clubs and a fully stocked watersports centre.Explore
If you’re prepared to travel further afield, you’ll be rewarded with endless sun in the Maldives where temperatures range between 18°C and 24°C in October, making these far flung atolls the ideal location to truly relax this October half term.
Meaning ‘beautiful island’ in the local language, classic luxury entwines with modern escapism at arguably the Maldives’ premier address – a glamorous island hideout for ritzy-glitzy beach goers. One&Only are renowned crowd pleasers, so expect every whim to be catered for this October half term.Explore
A short speedboat transfer from the airport and you've reached the petite garden island that plays host to Four Seasons Kuda Huraa where, despite its airs and graces, the general feeling is that of an intimate Maldavian village.Explore
Outwardly, Barbados is a fusion of Bajan fare fragrances and Oliver Messel-designed houses, yet venture further in and you’ll discover a laid-back surf scene and a child-friendly carnival spirit, making it the ideal long-haul half term escape for those families looking to soak up the sun this October.
A Bajan institution synonymous with conspicuous luxury, Sandy Lane exists in its own Palladian-style microcosm full of Rolls-Royces and celebrity patrons who treat it as a home-away-from-home.Explore
Roll out of bed and on to the beach; built on the west shore before Barbados’ coastal restrictions, it’s near impossible to find a greater beachside location than at this legendary hotel.Explore
Tranquil, secluded and very British in manner, this charming boutique hotel in its tropical-garden setting stands out for its warm welcome and genuine hospitality, even by Bajan standards.Explore
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.
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.Explore
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.Explore