Summer is over and a protracted (and expensive) winter is on its way. But all shouldn’t be lost when you sneak in a fast autumn escape — and there are many tempting offers available, from far-flung beach breaks to cultural short hops.
So here’s our round-up of the perfect holiday bargains leading as much as Christmas…
RELAX ON RHODES: SAVE £715
Respite: Summer is over and a protracted (and expensive) winter is on its way, but all shouldn’t be lost when you sneak in a fast autumn escape. Tui is offering seven nights all-inclusive in a resort in Rhodes from £687 per person. Above is the island’s pretty town of Lindos
From 14th-century palaces to ancient ruins and Ottoman-era mosques, there’s a lot to see in Rhodes. And the Greek island shouldn’t be in need of great beaches, either.
HOW TO DO IT: Tui (tui.co.uk) is offering seven nights all-inclusive at Atlantica Holiday Village Rhodes from £687 pp, including flights, departing on October 12.
CHARMING CANARIES: SAVE £400
A visit to the resort town Playa Blanca, pictured, guarantees coastal charm. Tropical Sky is offering seven nights on the nearby Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa from £659 per person
October temperatures in Lanzarote hover across the mid-20s, and a visit to the resort town Playa Blanca guarantees coastal charm and views of the spectacular volcanoes of Timanfaya National Park.
HOW TO DO IT: Tropical Sky (tropicalsky.co.uk) is offering seven nights half-board in October at Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa from £659 pp, including flights.
CUT-PRICE CYPRUS: SAVE 20%
Explore Larnaca’s beaches, bars and medieval churches this autumn with a stay at Cavo Maris Beach Hotel with BA Holidays. Pictured is the town’s Church of Saint Lazarus
Sunny Cyprus is a reliable holiday spot well into October and November. Larnaca, on the south coast, with its beaches, bars, scuba diving and medieval churches, is a superb base.
HOW TO DO IT: BA Holidays (ba.com) offers seven nights’ B&B at Cavo Maris Beach Hotel in October from £649 pp, including flights.
HOP TO MAJORCA: SAVE 23%
AluaSoul Carolina is an adults-only resort a brief walk from Font de Sa Cala’s Blue Flag beach (pictured) on Majorca. Love Holidays offers 4 nights’ B&B from £339 per person
On the shores of the Mediterranean, AluaSoul Carolina is an adults-only resort a brief walk from Font de Sa Cala’s Blue Flag beach. It’s also only two miles from the stays of the walled fortress Castell de Capdepera.
HOW TO DO IT: Love Holidays (loveholidays.com) offers 4 nights’ B&B from £339 pp, including flights. Book online for a break from October 21 and use the code HALFTERM to say the discount.
MAURITIAN DREAM: SAVE 40%
Get to know Port Louis, pictured, the intriguing capital of Mauritius on a Caribtours’ seven-night break to Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas. It’s priced from £1,349 per person
Mauritius is home to the classic Indian Ocean charms of white-sand beaches and dazzlingly clear waters — however the island has an interesting interior, too, including rainforests, waterfalls, mountaineering trails, diverse wildlife and an intriguing capital in Port Louis.
HOW TO DO IT: Caribtours (caribtours.co.uk) has seven nights’ B&B at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas from £1,349 pp, including flights. Book between November 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
DUBAI DASH: SAVE 38%
Emirates Holidays offers three nights on the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina from £1,579 per person (stock image)
There’s no danger of a dip in temperatures during an autumn break in Dubai. Town is continually moving and changing due to infinite latest attractions opening, from theme parks to restaurants, hotels to man-made beaches and towering skyscrapers.
HOW TO DO IT: Emirates Holidays (emiratesholidays.com) offers three nights half-board on the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina from £1,579 pp, including flights. Book by October 5 for dates in November.
MALAYSIAN TRAIL: SAVE £900
The Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi is locally known for its pretty beaches and jungle wildlife. Explore it for yourself with Trailfinders – it’s offering 12 nights’ B&B at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa from £1,929 per person
Langkawi won’t be familiar to many, but this archipelago off Malaysia’s north-west coast is locally known for its pretty beaches, jungle wildlife, mangrove forests, waterfalls and caves with spectacular limestone formations.
HOW TO DO IT: Trailfinders (trailfinders.com) is offering 12 nights’ B&B at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa in November from £1,929 pp, including flights.
COOL CANCUN: SAVE £388
Palm-lined paradise: The Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun resort in Mexico is halfway between Playa del Carmen (pictured) and Cancun. First Alternative is offering seven nights on November 16 from £1,768 per person, including flights
The Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun resort is half way between the palm-lined beaches and coral reefs of Playa del Carmen and the buzzing nightlife of Cancun on the Mexican Caribbean Coast. The resort offers loads of activities, from dance classes to cocktail-making days.
HOW TO DO IT: First Alternative (firstchoice.co.uk) offers seven nights all-inclusive from £1,768 pp, including flights, on November 16.
BASK IN BAHAMAS: SAVE 40%
BA Holidays is offering seven nights all-inclusive at Breezes Bahamas from £1,639 per person, including flights. Above is nearby Goodman’s Bay beach
Not much can trump the sensation of jetting off to the Caribbean as the remaining of the UK languishes briefly, grey days. And the beachfront Breezes resort is an awesome spot from which to explore the Bahamas.
HOW TO DO IT: BA Holidays (ba.com) is offering seven nights all-inclusive at Breezes Bahamas from £1,639 pp, including flights. Book by October 5 for chosen dates in November.
BARBADOS BUZZ: SAVE 40%
The heady mixture of rum bars, great music, firm culinary traditions and a captivating history makes Barbados the right Caribbean introduction.
HOW TO DO IT: DialAFlight (dialaflight.com) is offering seven nights all-inclusive from October 25 on the Colony Club from £1,399 pp, including flights.
ST LUCIA SUN: SAVE £850
Tropical Sky offers seven nights all-inclusive at St Lucia’s Landings Resort & Spa from £1,729 per person. Visit picturesque Rodney Bay, above, when you’re there
A girl sells fresh mangoes in a St Lucia market
The beachfront Landings Resort & Spa is on St Lucia’s north-west coast and offers spacious apartment-style accommodation. Rodney Bay, Fort Rodney and Pigeon Island National Park are all nearby.
HOW TO DO IT: Tropical Sky (tropicalsky.co.uk) offers seven nights all-inclusive at The Landings from £1,729 pp, including flights. Book by October 30 for dates until January 2.
LUXURY JAMAICA: SAVE 40%
Sandals is the classic Caribbean all-inclusive retreat — and for good reason. Unlimited water sports, nightly entertainment and scuba diving are amongst the numerous extras included in its packages. The Sandals Ochi resort is within the Jamaican northern port town of Ochos Rios, near lush tropical gardens and waterfalls.
HOW TO DO IT: For October breaks, Caribbean Warehouse (caribbeanwarehouse.co.uk) is offering seven nights all-inclusive from £2,199 pp, including flights.
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
DIVE IN TO EGYPT: SAVE £241
Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt, is a resort town overlooking the attractive Ras Muhammad National Park — a favorite with divers. The deserts of the Sinai Peninsula are nearby and the town centre has a promenade lined with palm trees.
HOW TO DO IT: EasyJet Holidays (easyjet.com) is offering seven nights all-inclusive at Aurora Oriental Resort on October 15 from £715 pp, including flights.
PLAY IN PORTUGAL: SAVE £307
Spend the October half-term break in Porto Santo, above, a part of the Madeira archipelago. Tui has seven nights all inclusive at Hotel Pestana Porto Santo from £624 per person, including flights
This half-term break to Portugal’s Porto Santo island includes one free place for a toddler (based on two adults and one child travelling). This island is an element of the Madeira archipelago and is famed for being the house of Christopher Columbus.
HOW TO DO IT: Tui (tui.co.uk) has seven nights all-inclusive at Hotel Pestana Porto Santo from £624 pp, including flights on October 17.
GO FOR GREECE: SAVE £672
First Alternative has seven nights all-inclusive on the Atlantica Holiday Village on Rhodes from £801 per person. Pictured is nearby Kolymbia Beach
There are many activities on offer on the Atlantica Holiday Village Rhodes, including a water park, a lazy river and kids’s clubs offering the whole lot from football to swimming and drama.
HOW TO DO IT: First Alternative (firstchoice.co.uk) has seven nights all-inclusive on the Atlantica Holiday Village from £801 pp, including flights on October 15 and a free child’s place.
DELICIOUS MAURITIUS: SAVE £372
Club Med is one of the crucial reliable brands on the subject of family holidays. There are infinite included activities for kids, plus adults-only areas for some much-needed rest. And settings don’t get a lot better than the Mauritian coast.
HOW TO DO IT: Club Med (clubmed.co.uk) has seven nights all-inclusive at La Pointe aux Canonniers from £1,067 pp on October 15.
WILD IN AFRICA: SAVE £445
G Adventures is offering an eight-night trip exploring Namibia, Zambia and Botswana (the country’s Chobe National Park is pictured) on October 15 from £1,334 per person
This eight-night trip takes in a few of the highlights of Namibia, Zambia and Botswana, including the Chobe National Park, the Kalahari Desert, exploring the Okavango Delta by canoe and ending in Victoria Falls.
HOW TO DO IT: G Adventures (gadventures.com) has eight days from £1,334 pp on October 15.
FOODIE ADVENTURE: SAVE £400
Responsible Travel’s 12-day tour of Sri Lanka, which starts from £1,226 per person, begins in Negombo (pictured)
This 12-day small group tour takes in Sri Lanka’s spice and fish markets, plantations and open kitchens. The trip starts in Negombo and finishes within the capital, Colombo, taking in fishing villages, abandoned forts, ancient temples and heady street markets.
HOW TO DO IT: Responsible Travel (responsibletravel.com) runs the 12-day trip from £1,226 pp on chosen dates in October, November and December.
A WEEK FOR UNDER £300pp
The beachfront Turkish resort of Cook’s Club is a brief walk from Alanya’s famous Red Tower (pictured). Stay for seven nights from £199 per person with Thomas Cook
Cook’s Club is a beachfront resort in Turkey, a brief walk from Alanya and its famed Bar Street, medieval castle and Red Tower. The hotel itself has a conventional hammam, evening entertainment, loads of watersports and a selection of restaurants.
HOW TO DO IT: Thomas Cook (thomascook.com) has seven nights’ B&B from £199 pp, including flights, in October.
ALGARVE GOLF GETAWAY
Jet2Holidays is offering a stay at Parque Mourabel Oasis Village from £214 per person in Portugal’s Algarve region (pictured)
The beaches of Portugal’s Algarve might change into rough and wild through the autumn months, but this excellent stretch of coast is lined with loads of charming restaurants and bars to calm down in, in addition to some busy little towns. The world is popular with fans of golf, too.
HOW TO DO IT: Jet2Holidays (jet2.com) has seven nights self-catered on the Parque Mourabel Oasis Village from £214 pp, including flights on November 3.
Malta’s Paradise Bay Resort is near the eye-catching seaside village of Mellieha (above). BA Holidays is offering seven nights on the hotel from £218 per person
Paradise Bay Resort is on the Maltese north coast, not removed from the beautiful seaside village of Mellieha. The hotel has loads of facilities, including two pools, a tennis court, a sauna and a gym.
HOW TO DO IT: BA Holidays (ba.com) is offering seven nights, room-only, at Paradise Bay Resort from £218 pp, including flights, on November 28.
From charming towns to warm beaches and a spectacular national park, Tenerife is an appealing option at any time of 12 months. The Allegro Isora resort is on the island’s east coast and has loads of facilities, including three swimming pools, three bars and a wellness centre.
HOW TO DO IT: Love Holidays (loveholidays.com) has seven nights all-inclusive on the Allegro Isora from £254 pp, including flights on October 20.
WHERE THE POUND IS STILL SOUND
The above graph compares how much (or less) your pound buys in popular holiday destinations around the globe
TRUST IN TURKEY
Sterling is stronger than a 12 months ago against the Turkish lira.
EXCHANGE RATE: 56 per cent up year-on-year.
OUR RATING (out of 5): £££££
WHAT YOU CAN GET: Seven nights on the Royal Dragon Hotel, Side, from £456 pp all-inclusive with Manchester flights (tui.co.uk).
HUNGARY FOR LESS
The pound has held against the forint and is even up a bit, so try Budapest.
EXCHANGE RATE: 9 per cent up year-on-year.
OUR RATING: ££££
STEADY IN LAPLAND
Sterling is stronger against the Swedish krona 12 months on 12 months. So, try Lapland within the run-up to Christmas for a spot of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
EXCHANGE RATE: 3 per cent up 12 months on 12 months.
OUR RATING: £££
WHAT YOU CAN GET: Three nights at Akerlund Hotel from £742 pp B&B with Heathrow flights (sunvil.co.uk).
RAND IS STILL GRAND
Okay, the pound is down a bit of against the South African rand, nevertheless it still buys so much.
EXCHANGE RATE: 31 per cent up prior to now decade.
OUR RATING: £££££
WHAT YOU CAN GET: Seven nights at La Splendida hotel, Cape Town, from £1,333 pp B&B (virginholidays.co.uk).
BET ON THAILAND
Sterling is down on the Thai baht this 12 months. Yet it’s up so much on its 2019 level.
EXCHANGE RATE: 10 per cent up on 2019.
OUR RATING: ££££
WHAT YOU CAN GET: 13 nights on the Karon Hillside hotel, Phuket, from £1,264 pp with Heathrow flights (travelrepublic.co.uk).
LOVE THE LEV
Bulgaria is the place to ski, despite the pound’s 3.7 per cent fall against the lev.
EXCHANGE RATE: Has held for five years.
OUR RATING: £££££
WHAT YOU CAN GET: Seven nights at St George’s Lodge Aparthotel in Bansko, from £488 pp self-catering with Gatwick flights (inghams.co.uk).
By Tom Chesshyre