As the October half-term break approaches the longing for a change of scenery becomes irresistible. It's the perfect time for a luxurious getaway, and within this carefully curated collection, we invite you to explore a world of opulent wonders that promise unforgettable experiences. From the sun-kissed cliffs of Positano to the vibrant heart of London and more marvels - we've handpicked the finest establishments for your October travels.
Le Sirenuse, Positano
Nestled in the heart of Positano along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse Hotel is a historic haven that has enchanted visitors for over seven decades. Founded in 1951 by the Sersale family, who transformed their summer residence into a charming boutique hotel, it stands as one of Italy's most distinguished luxury seaside retreats. It effortlessly combines contemporary design with the allure of a bygone era, creating a dreamy atmosphere that lures guests back time and again. Don't miss Aldo's, where a bar, bistro, grill, and deli-restaurant unite on a candlelit terrace, seemingly suspended above the coast. Be sure to savour the lobster burger paired with a glass of fine bubbles; it encapsulates the true spirit of La Dolce Vita.
The Peninsula, London
The Peninsula London, a newly opened gem, marries modern design by Hopkins Architects with heritage architecture. Situated mere steps from Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge, this hotel serves as your gateway to iconic London attractions. Here, British craftsmanship and artistry shine, set against a backdrop of cascading jasmine and wisteria vines. While you're there, take a journey to the spa and wellness center, an oasis of peace from the city's hustle and bustle, offering a range of pioneering treatments and ancient rituals to refresh and rejuvenate. The Peninsula London guarantees a quintessentially British experience that will make your October getaway truly memorable.
Hotel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo
In Monte-Carlo, the iconic Hotel Hermitage welds history and innovation. Overlooking the Mediterranean, it offers breathtaking views of the Rock and the Port. Despite its proximity to the city center, it remains a haven of tranquility, making it ideal for a serene October getaway. Be sure to dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, where Chef Yannick Alléno crafts exquisite Mediterranean seafood dishes. Hotel Hermitage promises an unforgettable retreat with its breathtaking sea views and the historic charm of Monte-Carlo.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul with specially curated signature experiences under the theme "Istanbul is Here." Located on the European side of the Bosphorus, this luxury hotel seamlessly combines Shangri-La's renowned Asian hospitality with Turkey's rich culture. From a sunset yacht cruise exploring the city's European and Asian sides to indulging in a five-course menu prepared by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Gordon Leung at Shang Palace, these experiences offer the best of Istanbul. The hotel features tastefully decorated rooms, a premium collection of restaurants, and an array of unique offerings. For their 10th anniversary, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul presents unforgettable experiences that reflect the vibrant energy where East truly meets West.
JW Marriott, Mauritius Resort
JW Marriott Mauritius Resort, Le Méridien Ile Maurice, and The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius have joined forces with Mont Choisy Le Golf and Tamarina Golf Club to create a golfer's paradise in Mauritius. Experience world-class golf courses in a stunning coastal setting. Enjoy a luxurious getaway while perfecting your swing on these exceptional designer courses. This partnership provides an unmatched opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Mauritius while honing your golfing skills. For golf enthusiasts seeking a luxurious coastal escape, this collaboration offers an extraordinary opportunity to do both.
As Baros Maldives celebrates its 50th anniversary in December, this legendary private island resort continues to offer the perfect fusion of luxury and natural beauty. Located just a short 25-minute speedboat ride from the international airport, Baros is renowned for its exquisite villas, pristine beaches, and world-class house reef. As a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, Baros exudes idyllic island charm, legendary service, and understated elegance. It's the ideal destination for a tranquil getaway, allowing you to relax in style while revelling in the natural beauty of the Maldives.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Placed above the beautiful city of Zurich, The Dolder Grand offers a serene retreat with iconic architecture, Michelin-star dining, and a world-renowned 4,000 square meter spa. Originally established in 1899 and lovingly restored by Sir Norman Foster in 2008, it features 175 luxurious rooms and suites, combining historic charm with contemporary comfort. Recently awarded "Hotel of the Year" by GaultMillau, The Dolder Grand is a magnificent haven for those seeking a European getaway. Its city, lake, and mountain views make it a magical destination, where history and modern luxury converge for an unforgettable experience.