Where To Go on Holiday in October Half Term
Whether it be catching the last sunny rays in Europe or heading further afield to the Caribbean, Mauritius or Middle East, half term breaks are a brilliant excuse to gather the brood and recharge the batteries in balmier climes ahead of the long winter months.
We've got plenty of ideas to bring you a fun-packed family getaway and have priced up a few of our favourites below, based on a family of four travelling over October half term. If you see something that whets your appetite, or you want to speak to our specialists about something different altogether, don’t hesitate to het in touch. While October may feel a long way off at the moment, it’s important to get this booked in before the summer rush. Accommodation, flights and childcare spaces are already being snapped up fast, so to avoid missing out, get in touch with our team today.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Located on the stunning Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, this resort is a firm family favourite with Scott Dunn guests and guaranteed sun makes it an excellent choice for October half term. The children will have no end of fun at the Kids Club with its own lazy river, splash pool, water slide and teen zone. Sip a cocktail from the pool bar while the kids splash about.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in 2 Interconnecting Double Rooms on a bed and breakfast basis with flights and transfers.
Four Seasons Desroches
Grab the family and discover the understated beauty of the Seychelles while enjoying the array of fun activities, including a great kids club, at the Four Seasons Desroches. Kick back and relax poolside and on the soft white sand, explore the island by bike, snorkel around the coral reef to see the colourful marine life, kayak along the coastline and visit the local tortoise sanctuary. This island getaway offers the classic Four Seasons luxury experience on this idyllic island setting.
Price below includes: Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Sunset Beach Suite on Bed & Breakfast with Emirates flights and private transfers.
Located in a quiet cove on Antigua’s beautiful south coast, Carlisle Bay is a firm family favourite for a reason. Enjoy watersports classics like snorkelling, kayaking and parasailing, hike the nearby rainforests with a guide, explore more of the island by boat, drop the kids off for a fun-filled day at the kids club and simply relax poolside. This haven for relaxation and watersports offers all you could want for a family stay.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Beach Balcony Suite on Half Board with British Airways flights and private transfers.
LUX Belle Mare
Embrace the island lifestyle on the east coast of Mauritius at this luxury family-friendly resort. Relax on the picture-perfect beach, feel the ocean breeze, splash in the sprawling swimming pool and enjoy the world-class facilities. Younger travellers are in for a treat at PLAY, the fun-filled, modern and mindful Kids Club which welcomes children aged 3 – 11, while older kids can hang out at Studio 17. Top it off with a poolside artisanal ice cream parlour and a buffet at Mondo, designed specifically for Little Travellers, and your family is set for an unforgettable trip.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in October Half Term in the Junior Suite on an all inclusive basis with flights and transfers .
Located on a private sandy bay in Crete, Daios Cove is one of our all-time favourite family properties and a fabulous short-haul option for the October half term. Our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Club offers the best childcare going, while the beautiful spa and luxurious accommodation mean this idyllic Greek retreat has something to keep all members of the family happy.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a One Bedroom Sea View Suite on an all-inclusive basis with flights, transfers and 2 Scott Dunn Explorers spaces.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama
Located in the south of Tenerife, complete with two Michelin starred restaurants and a well renowned golf course, the Abama is a fantastic retreat for parents as well as children. With a family friendly atmosphere and a fantastic kids programme, guests of all ages will be entertained throughout.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in connecting Deluxe Rooms with Ocean View in the Citadel on Bed and Breakfast basis with British Airways flights and private transfers.
Costa Navarino The Romanos
Set on a beautiful beach overlooking the Ionian Sea, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort offers luxury accommodation with a great selection of room choices, fantastic watersports, activities, Spa and our renowned Explorers kids club.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in interconnecting Deluxe Rooms with Sea & Resort View on half board with Easyjet flights, private transfers and 2 x Scott Dunn Explorers spaces.
Shanti Maurice is pure paradise, perfectly placed on the wild and untouched south coast of Mauritius. Kids will thrive in our Explorers Kids Club, which boasts a splash pool, games room and endless array of activities. Meanwhile, adults can indulge and unwind at the lively Rum Shed bar, the incredible Fish Shack restaurant or the serene Shanti Spa.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in 2 Interconnecting Rooms on a bed and breakfast basis with flights and transfers.
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Private Islands is a luxury 5* Indian Ocean resort set on two pristine islands on the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. With exceptional watersports, an Explorers kids club and a sense of privacy, Niyama is the ideal escape.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Family Beach Pool Villa on a full board basis with flights and transfers.
Family Fun in Oman
Take the family on an exciting adventure through Oman. Begin with a few days soaking up the hustle and bustle of Muscat, before heading to the coast for activities ranging from snorkelling to observing impressive Omani turtle conservation efforts. From there, make your way to the desert to camp under the stars and finish up in the mountains with our expert guides.
Price below includes: Price per person for 8 nights staying at a range of hotels with flights and transfers.
Pine Cliffs Resort
One of Europe’s best family destinations, Pine Cliffs Resort is located on the Algarve in Portugal, just 30 minutes from Faro airport and close to Albufeira. Excellent facilities include golf, tennis, sandy beaches and a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Two Bedroom Residence with Garden Access on Bed and Breakfast with British Airways flights, private transfers and 2 x Scott Dunn Explorer spaces.
Family adventure to Jordan
Jordan offers a wonderfully diverse range of experiences and terrains and is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a great destination for both couples and families, with the historical sites and epic landscapes offering enough adventure and 'wow factor' to keep even young travellers engaged.
Price below includes: Price per person for 7 nights staying at a range of hotels with flights and transfers
Six Senses Kaplankaya
Perfect waterfront hotel with beautiful sandy beaches, variety of activities including a multitude of watersports, cooking classes. This stunning resort is delight and a stay here offers plenty in the way of relaxation, culture and adventure, so you can simply unwind or try your hand at the many activities available both at the resort and around the local area.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Ridge Family Terrace with Sea View on BB with BA flights and private transfers.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Sink into blissful relaxation or explore to your heart’s content at this stunning Caribbean retreat, ideal for families with older children. Adventurous and educational activities are on offer at the children’s club, including complimentary glass-bottom boat tours and visits to the volcano and Diamond Falls. While the kids are busy, you can unwind on the powder-soft sands of this exotic island.
Price below includes: A family of 4 staying for 7 nights in a Superior Luxury Villa on a bed & breakfast basis with flights and transfers.
The luxurious four bedroomed Mkombe’s House is based in one of the most scenic and impressive wildlife areas of the iconic Serengeti. This private house is an ideal option for two families and has a dedicated team of staff to cater to your every need, including a butler, chef, safari vehicle and guide. There are also two private swimming pools and even a snug where the children can watch movies whilst the adults dine under the stars on their private deck.
Price based on 8 people travelling, including international and domestic flights.
Head to the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia for some incredible game viewing, beautiful scenery along the Zambezi River and some water-based activities to keep the whole family entertained. Combine with some time relaxing on the beach on the exclusive Likoma Island set in the middle of Lake Malawi at Kaya Mawa, for the ultimate in barefoot luxury on an incredible week away that everyone can enjoy.
Price based on a family of four, including flights, on an all inclusive basis for your safari and a full board basis with non-motorised activites while staying at Kaya Mawa.
Zimbabwe is an up and coming destination and a fantastic option for families travelling with teenagers. This exciting itinerary is activity heavy and focuses on a visit to the raging Victoria Falls, followed by an adventurous safari in the wildlife rich Hwange National Park, before taking you to the stunning Mana Pools National Park where you and your children can explore the Zambezi by canoe or go in search of elephant and other game on foot.
Price based on a family of four, including flights, on an all inclusive basis for your safari and a bed & breakfast board basis while staying at Victoria Falls.
Enjoy fun and adventure filled days for the whole family in one of the leading areas in the world for the development of pioneering conservation initiatives before heading to the famous Maasai Mara for world-class game viewing. Keep an eye out for the big 5 and much more on twice daily game drives, spending as much or as little time exploring as you wish. End with some time on the beautiful Kenyan coast where the white sands of Diani Beach await.
Price based on a family of four, including flights, on a full board basis throughout.
Just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, Morocco is our top choice for a little sunshine during October half term without the long flight and perfect for those looking to combine a little culture, adventure and relaxation. Our Morocco for families itinerary is great for first time visitors and returners alike combining vibrant Marrakech with the stunning Atlas Mountains before ending by the quiet coastline where water sports are on offer for actives ones.
Price based on a family of four travelling.
Daios Cove is one of our all-time family favourite properties. Set on a private sandy bay, Daios offers luxurious, contemporary accommodation alongside a beautiful spa and indoor pool and gym. For little ones, our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club provides endless entertainment, a jam-packed activity plan and the chance for parents to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Price based on a family of four travelling on 19th October, including flights and transfers, with accommodation in a one bedroom suite on an all inclusive basis and 2 spaces in our Scott Dunn Explorers kids club.
Pine Cliffs Resort is located in the Algarve, famous for its almost constant sunshine and long sandy beaches. The resort is perched on beautiful red cliffs with stunning views out to the Atlantic Ocean, with green lawns and pine trees. We are running our Scott Dunn Explorers and Crew Clubs for the first time over October half term which will be action packed and full of fun for children of all ages.
Price based on a family of four travelling on 19th October, including flights and transfers, with accommodation in a Two-Bedroom Residence on a bed and breakfast basis and 2 spaces in our Scott Dunn Explorers kids club.
Home to mighty mountain peaks and fantastic fjords, Norway is a great choice for those who do not want to stay still this half term and to get stuck into the great outdoors. Not for the faint hearted, the weather at this time of year can be difficult to predict, but as any Norwegian will tell you, if you have the right clothing and equipment there is no such thing as bad weather! Our Authentic Norway itinerary allows you to explore the culture and Viking heritage in Oslo before boarding the iconic flam railway to the fjords where kayaking, hiking and bike rides await.
Price based on a family of four travelling.
Enjoy epic canyon scenery and beautiful Californian coastline. Begin your week in the Sonoran Desert at the family-friendly Four Seasons Scottsdale before stepping up the adventure and glamping in America’s iconic Zion National Park. Spend the day exploring the park with a private guide and finish with stargazing the open skies. Next head to the bright lights of Las Vegas, enjoy a mesmerizing show and soak up the spectacular city. Finish with some downtime in southern California, take a Duffy boat and explore the waterways of Newport Beach, let the children sample a surf lesson or simply enjoy the spa and pristine coastline that surrounds one of California’s most loved coast towns.
Enjoy all the signature experiences California has to offer this October. Begin your trip with a cycle over San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge before heading to your own log-cabin in The Redwoods. Zip-line through the tree tops at Yosemite then head to the coast and try to spot some whales. Drive down the Big Sur to Santa Barbara and enjoy the “American Riviera” before your final stop in Santa Monica, stroll the boardwalk, enjoy the plentiful farmers market or hike to the Hollywood sign, all of this in the beautiful Californian sunshine.
The ultimate family holiday in Florida is best done in style, combining family fun at the parks with Florida’s famous sandy beaches. Be in the heart of the magic at the Four Seasons Orlando, the perfect place to explore all the nearby parks and attractions before heading south to the Four Seasons Palm Beach; this luxury resort is perfect place to relax with plenty of options to keep children entertained. The week finishes in Miami, enjoy family bike rides along the beach and turquoise waters of the swimming pools, this holiday is the perfect combination of family fun and relaxation.
Niyama Private Islands is an unrivalled spot for family fun in the Maldives. With a renowned Explorers kids club, as well as countless activities for younger guests, little ones will be kept amused from start to finish. Marking the end of the wet season, October is a good time to visit this Maldivian gem and soak up some sun and endless family fun.
Price based on a family of five travelling on 25th October, including flights and transfers, with accommodation in a Family Beach Pool Villa on a half board basis.
Book before 31st July and travel for £3,400pp. Book after 31st July and travel for £4,700pp.
As the only resort on the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives, Six Senses Laamu offers unadulterated luxury and privacy, confirming it as a brilliant place to get away from it all this October. Get around the island by bike, enjoy a film beneath the stars, indulge in a signature Six Senses spa treatment or get out on the water for a surfing adventure the family will never forget.
Price based on a family of four travelling on 25th October, including flights and transfers, with accommodation in a Lagoon Water Villa on a half board basis.
Shanti Maurice is a magical resort set on the south coast of Mauritius with lush tropical gardens and a stunning white sand beach which is perfect for snorkelling. There is also a Scott Dunn Kids Club set in 2000sqm of its own grounds with a splash pool, play area, games room and a programme of activities to keep the younger guests entertained.
Price based on a family of four travelling on 26th October, including flights and private transfers, with accommodation in a Junior Suite with an Ocean View on a half board basis.
Enjoying an unparalleled location, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort sits on a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka's southernmost coastline. With stunning ocean views, relax here after time spent touring Sri Lanka's cultural highlights.
Price based on two adults and two children under 12 staying in a Two Bedroom Pool Villa. This offer includes a complimentary to a half board basis.
Set on the lush tropical island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers the ultimate in relaxed barefoot luxury with unparalleled levels of service and cutting-edge eco-concepts, making it the most exclusive resort in Asia and one of the world's finest escapes.
Price based on two adults and two children under 12 staying in a Bay Pool Villa Suite. Enjoy two complimentary nights, 50% discount on adult transfers and complimentary full board basis for children when they are eating with the adults.
Encompassing Brazil's must-see highlights, this classic Brazil itinerary affords fantastic value and takes in the colourful city of Rio de Janeiro where you can relax on the white sands of Copacabana Beach before heading up the Christ the Redeemer Statue for breath-taking views. Then discover the mighty Iguazu Falls which are made up of over 375 individual drops and sit immersed in wildlife-rich jungle, before winding down on the beaches of Buzios to end your trip, enjoying fantastic dining and the many club lounges which dot the shore.
This itinerary takes you to colonial Cuzco, the heart of the Inca empire, before continuing on to the epic scenery of the Sacred Valley where an array of adventures await, as well as the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu. From there, head deep into the Amazon Rainforest to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle, looking out for the monkeys, toucans, sloths and other wildlife. October is a good time to visit Peru and means you avoid the summer crowds at Machu Picchu.
Embark on one of our best loved itineraries this October half term and take in two of Latin America’s most exciting cities, the incredible Iguazu Falls and Brazil’s idyllic beaches. Begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s buzzing capital, famous for its French classical architecture, world-class steak restaurants and fiery tango dancing before flying north to the Iguazu Falls. October is when the Iguazu Falls are at their most impressive, having benefitted from rain over winter. Head south to the vibrant Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll visit iconic sights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Your final stop is beautiful Buzios with its many bays for a spot of relaxation.