Where to travel in October


By Issy D’Arcy Clark for High Life magazine

Main image courtesy of Water villas at LUX* South Ari Atoll

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September 2016

Whether you’re looking for a city break, beach holiday or you’re in the mood for a big trip, here’s some October inspiration, from breathtaking Dubai and mesmerising India, to the laid-back Maldives and on-trend Berlin.

The Beach…

Maldives

The constellation of atolls that make up the Maldives bursts into life this autumn with hot hotel and restaurant openings. On its own private island, the LUX* South Ari Atoll is laying out the sunbeds once more following a revamp of its 193 villas by Thai-based studio P49 Deesign. The hotel also plans enriching workshops with Parisian artist Corinne Dalle-Ore and British photographer Michael Freeman.

Oppressive heat has dissipated over the Indian Ocean come October, leaving the subcontinent with a pleasantly cool north and languorously warm south

Eat

For dinner with a view, book ahead at the Ithaa, the underwater restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Set 16.5ft below sea level, watch tropical fish dart through a kaleidoscope of coral while you feast on king fish with kataifi langoustines or Maldivian lobster.

Stay

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi also recently unveiled 75 new, deluxe beach villas, complete with private pools, open-air bathrooms and captivating ocean views for as far as the eye can see.

Book a stay at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi >

  • Berlin at sunset: Berlin Cathedral and the River Spree © Getty Images
  • Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica © Alamy

    Did you know…

    The world-famous Dunn’s River Falls was the real-life location of Ursula Andress’s famous scene in the James Bond film, Dr. No.

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  • The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai © Getty Images

The city…

Berlin

As summer draws to a close, fewer crowds venture to the German capital, so there are great deals in October for savvy travellers. Follow the city’s arty crowds to Kreuzberg for brunch and people watching by Landwehr canal. The annual Berlin Leuchtet also lifts the city’s mood with colourful light displays projected onto monuments and sights by international artists (from 30 September to 16 October). Don’t miss Frank Fehse’s mesmerising laser harp, where beams of light magically turn into music.

Stay

Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte hotel occupies what was once the GDR’s State Bank. The vaults are now home to the hotel’s luxury spa.

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The family trip…

Dubai

During half term, the temperature in Dubai is a summer-ready 30°C – ideal for the cornucopia of activities that families can get stuck into, from desert safaris to water sports. The newly opened Opera House – at the heart of a proposed ‘Opera District’ – is also helping the country become a cultural destination in its own right. Love film? Bollywood Parks, a theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood, opens this month with 4D rides, live musicals and stunt shows.

Stay

Book Atlantis The Palm’s Imperial Club rooms for free Kids Club access from 10-6pm and access to the new Imperial Beach Club.

Book a stay at Atlantis The Palm >

The big trip…

India

Oppressive heat has dissipated over the Indian Ocean come October, leaving the subcontinent with a pleasantly cool north and languorously warm south. And, as it’s shoulder season, hotel and transport prices become more favourable for travellers unrestricted by dates. A tour of the northwest’s Golden Triangle – which takes in the historically rich cities Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – is the ideal introduction to India. Soak up the atmosphere of Rajasthan’s bazaars and palaces, get lost in the colourful chaos of Delhi, and – of course – gaze in awe at the Taj Mahal.

Stay

Treat yourself to a spot of luxury and indulge in a Delhi landmark. The Claridges New Delhi is an icon of elegance and golden-age glamour. It’s ideally placed for sightseeing and offers a luxurious spa for escaping the rush of Delhi life.

Book a stay at The Claridges New Delhi >

  • Elephants at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India ©  Izabela Habur / Getty Images

    Don’t forget your trunks

    Jaipur’s beautiful pink Hawa Mahal, ‘Palace of the Winds’, is open daily to visitors from 09.00 until 16.30.

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The wild card…

Jamaica

Enjoy reggae, rum and relaxation on the most laid-back Caribbean island in a month where temperatures are high, costs are falling and crowds are dwindling. Towards the end of October, the island hosts the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival, a celebration of its diverse culinary scene. After ‘Pork Palooza’ (feast on ribs smothered in a secret sauce) and a day dedicated to all things fried (shrimp, chicken… the list goes on), the festival ends with a food truck party – accompanied, of course, by world-class music.

Stay

Whether you want an active break between Caribbean cuisine and cocktails or are more of a pool-side lounger, the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort has something for everyone at its stunning hillside gardens location.

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