Yes, it is practically upon us but if you want to up sticks and get away from it all, there is still time to book something for the October half term. Here are our top suggestions.
1. All round luxury in the Canaries
The Bahia del Duque is the 'grande dame' of Tenerife hotels. Direct access to the beach, four pools, nine restaurants (including two with Michelin stars), golf, tennis, fab kids' club for littles from 3+ - if you are looking for all singing all dancing relaxation in the sun just over 4 hours flight from London, this one is for you. a&u favourite, Powder Byrne are offering 7 nights for a family of 4 from 20–27 Oct from £6,400 b&b (but excluding flights).
2. Marvellous Mauritius
Sometimes a last minute deal makes you jump in and experience something you wouldn't have otherwise. Editor Emily has never been to Mauritius but she is tempted by this one from Turquoise Holidays. 7 nights at Long Beach, Mauritius in a Junior Suite on an all inclusive basis from £6,999 for a family of 4 including 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years old sharing. Leaving on 19th October. Click here for details.
3. Keep sporty kids occupied in Sardinia
The Chelsea Soccer School Academy at the Forte Village in Sardinia is running over half term (5 days with daily two hour football sessions) and will keep mini football fans aged 4–12 happy. Travelbeam currently has a fantastic offer for a family of 4 dpt 20 Oct. From £3,763 for 7 nights in a Hotel Bouganville Deluxe Family Bungalow with €200 resort credit, free bikes for children, half board (incl. a la carte or with 1/2 wine bottle pp in buffet restaurant) & flights. (That is a saving of over £1,500!). Click here for details.
4. Moroccan Adventure for older children
Get a truly authentic taste of Morocco in the cooler month of October, when temperatures hover around the low 20s. Kids and adults alike will love watching the acrobats and storytellers in Marrakech’s El Fnaa Square, seeing dinosaur footprints at Rabat, windsurfing in Essaouira and swimming with barbary monkeys in the pools of the Cascades d'Ouzoud waterfall. A ten-day family trip with Travel Local costs from £860 pp (family of four sharing two rooms) including B&B, some meals, excursions and the services of a local guide. Flights are extra. Check out travellocal.com for details.
5. Sunny Crete
Going five-star needn't cost the earth if you opt for a stay at the family-run five-star Blue Palace Resort & Spa. For the month of October they are offering the special Family Package where children aged 2-12 stay for free in October when sharing their parents’ room. The resort is located between the picturesque fishing village of Plaka and Crete’s well known Elounda Beach and has fantastic family amenities such as babysitting services, a vibrant Kids’ Club, children’s playground and pool and a fully equipped Water Sports & Dive Centre. bluepalace.gr
6. Paris for the night
Hop on the Eurostar to Paris. It is amazing how much you can fit into 24 hours. Editor Emily did just that with two of her crew last year - click here for her tips. If you are only staying for one night, you can (sort of) justify splurging on a top flight hotel. Le Meurice, part of the Dorchester Collection is certainly that but welcomes young visitors with open arms. They have even created their own passports for children so the whole family can discover Paris’s delights with a map of the city’s hidden gems, allowing children to lead the family on a fun day exploring the city. dorchestercollection.com
7. The Netherlands for Littlies
Little Clogs has teamed up with some of the best seaside and woodland holiday parks in Holland and Belgium to create fantastic self-catering holidays that are easy and affordable for young families. Think long sandy beaches and pretty woodlands to explore while the famous cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Brussels and Gent are never far away. One of their parks, Landal is offering up to 20% off holidays between 12th and 26th October.
Visit little-clogs-holidays.co.uk for more information
8. Staying at home in Devon
Nestled in a South Devon valley, Gitcombe House and Country Cottages is a collection of eight child and baby-friendly boutique boltholes. Set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds, there are heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room and a tennis court. Their Burrator Cottage sleeps six and currently they have seven-nights available on 20th or 27th October for £1255, saving £150. Use discount code “Premier150” online or at the time of booking to redeem offer. premiercottages.co.uk