Londolozi, Kruger National Parks, South Africa
With autumn on the horizon we are looking ahead to the best destinations for holidays in October. A magical time of year, the autumn presents some amazing opportunities to travel to a variety of inspiring places. Now is the time to book, so if any of these wonderful locations pique your interest then call one of our travel consultants on +44 1993 899 430 for more information. Even if you are just looking for ideas, they can help you narrow down options, and once you settle on a destination, they will ensure you make the very most of everything on offer there in October.
Autumn could well be the perfect time to visit this stunning North African country (and certainly beats sitting indoors avoiding the October rain in the UK!). The sometimes stifling heat of the summer has past with the temperature hovering around the low 20’s C, perfect for hiking in the Atlas mountains where the winter snow has yet to arrive and sunbeams dance through the hillsides dotted with oak and juniper trees. Or head into the souks of Marrakesh. With the main tourism season over you will be able to explore at a more leisurely pace whilst missing none of the vibrancy of this exciting capital. Hot air balloon flights are another incredible way to see this beautiful country and an exciting experience in its own right.
So where to stay? The choice is simple – the Kasbah Tamadot, with its 27 rooms and suites is a magical mountain retreat nestling in the Atlas Mountains near the small village of Asni. Owned by Sir Richard Branson, it has been transformed into the Atlas Mountains' most luxurious hotel and is the perfect base for your stay in Morocco.
All the rooms are exquisitely decorated using traditional Moroccan furnishing and antiques. In common with other Virgin properties, there are no TV’s, allowing you to truly escape from the world – a welcome opportunity to completely switch off and relax. Larger suites are available with the option of a swimming pool. Guests can enjoy dining on the terrace where superb views across the mountains act as a perfect backdrop to your meal. If the evening gets a little chilly then retreat to the intimate fireside bar. A combination of sophisticated Moroccan dishes are served which have been prepared by the talented, Raymond Blanc trained chef, Jean Mundell.
And when you are not out and about exploring, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to unwind in the five-star spa with indoor pool. You must also make sure you partake of a traditional Moroccan Hammam. There are plenty of activities that the hotel will arrange for you including cooking lessons, quad biking, trekking and more.
In common with Morocco, the heat of the summer has subsided to leave a more refreshing feel in the air making exploring this wonderful region more appealing. The tourist throngs have left leaving you able to enjoy your holiday at a more relaxed pace without jostling for space in the more popular areas of this region. The harvest is in full swing bringing fresh Porcini mushrooms to the markets along with an abundance of exquisite truffles which will often be sold at fairs and festivals. Watch out for the nets which will be hung beneath the olive trees in anticipation of bumper harvests in November. Tuscan food is some of the most delicious in the world (we think!) so it is exciting to visit at such a food-centric time of year.
Of course, there are countless other reasons why Tuscany is superb in October and to explore it to its fullest you are going to want a wonderful place to stay. Castiglion del Bosco certainly falls into the ‘wonderful’ category and with its own vineyard, who’s grapes may well still be being harvested before going towards creating some of the most coveted Italian wines, it makes for the perfect destination for the foodies among you.
With 23 suites, Castiglion del Bosco is small enough to give all their guests the attention they deserve but big enough to boast superb facilities. The suites combine antiques with beautiful leather details and are decorated with unique pieces, handcrafted by Florentine artisans. Technology lovers will be pleased to see flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations and Nespresso machines.
The estate itself is sizeable (taking 15 minutes to drive across) and for those of you who would like a little more privacy there is the option to stay in one of 9 converted farmhouses dotted across the estate. Luxuriously appointed, they feature open fireplaces, antique furniture and décor by Teresa Borgisser Sancristoforo.
It will come as no surprise that food features prominently at Castiglion del Bosco. Choose from two restaurants. The more formal, refined Ristorante Camp Del Drago features a Tuscan inspired menu showcasing the plethora of wonderful local flavours with many of the ingredients sourced from the estate's own gardens. Tempting dishes are in abundance – a starter of Porto Santo Stefano Shrimps, Green Beans, Goat Cheese and Castiglion del Bosco Bacon followed by Roasted Guinea Fowl Breast, Green Pepper, Roasted Spring Onion and a Misticanza Salad in Apple Vinegar Dressing maybe?! For a more relaxed meal head to Osteria La Canonica for rustic pizza, pastas and seasonal dishes served under a shady veranda.
And when you are not eating you certainly will not be bored! There are lots and lots of sports and activities including tennis, Yoga and Pilates. Mountain biking is available as is archery. And golf lovers brace yourself for the breath-taking 18 hole course with quite simply the best views from the green known to man.
This compact region of lush jungle, mountains, hill tribe villages and paddy fields mark the area of the Golden Triangle at the north of Thailand which converges with Laos and Burma. With plenty of natural attractions this is a stunning area of the world you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. And October might just be the perfect month before the busy tourist season really kicks off.
There really is no better resort in this area than the Four Seasons Golden Triangle which offers its guests the perfect escape from the rest of the world. You will stay in a Deluxe or Superior tent… and these are tents like no other! A quaint walkway leads to each tent which offer guests approximately 54 square meters of living space. Uniquely decorated with an individual colour scheme and coordinated furnishings this is your home for the next 3 or 4 days. Relax in the custom made wooden hot tub which is set on your own outdoor deck that is covered by an extended roof and soak up the unbelievable views of the Ruak River, Burma and the mountains of Laos, or panoramas of the lush jungle and Golden Triangle.
During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of experiences that will leave you with some incredible memories which start with your arrival at the camp in a traditional long-tail boat. One of the most popular activities (and with good reason) is the ability to get up close and personal with an elephant in its own home – the lush jungle found in swathes across the region. The Four Seasons camp has its own Asian elephants. An experienced mahout (elephant trainer) will introduce you to these magnificent animals allowing you to discover their own unique personalities. Having been introduced to your elephant you will be able to undertake a trek with your new friend. A truly unforgettable experience, both for the connection you are able to make with these beautiful creatures and for the immersive introduction to the local environment.
Back at the Four Seasons camp you absolutely must rejuvenate your body and sooth your spirit with ancient wellness rituals in the treetop fringed spa that redefines luxury. During a 90 minute treatment of your choice, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and a gentle breeze playing across your body, you will experience relaxation in a way you have never before.
And your gastronomic wellbeing is not ignored during your stay either! Sample a range of carefully prepared, authentic dishes at the camp’s restaurants, enjoy a sundowner with a fellow traveller or relax with a quiet drink on your own private deck.
Special Offer – for a limited time, Four Seasons are offering guests who book a three night stay at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle between April 1 and October 31, 2017 a complimentary two night stay at selected Four Season resorts. Please talk to our travel consultants to find out more about this unmissable offer.
October marks the end of the dry season which means conditions for viewing wildlife are at their absolute peak. With the tourists gone after the peak season this could just be the perfect month to enjoy a holiday on a game reserve. And we think we know the perfect reserve – Londolozi located in the Kruger National Park.
The name Londolozi comes from the Zulu word and means ‘protector of all living things’. It accurately reflects the ambitious conservation ethic demonstrated by this superb game reserve. One of South Africa’s original private game reserves, the Londolozi experience is founded on luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. In 1993, Londolozi became the first game reserve to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status.
Situated on the Sand River at the heart of the Sabi Sand Game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, you will begin your holiday at one of 32 suites or chalets which are spread across five camps, all of which offer exclusivity and privacy with exceptional levels of comfort and luxury. The private Granite Suites are the crème de la crème of the Londolozi portfolio and offer an extraordinary experience for the exclusive use of six guests. Flanked by an extrusion of granite rocks, the suites convey Africa’s raw essence with a contemporary and elegant flavour. Each suite has been designed so there is a seamless integration with nature with large doors and windows which open directly onto the Sand River. The final luxurious touch for these suites comes in the form of their own heated swimming pool.
A trip to a game reserve by its very definition should include time spent on safari and perhaps unsurprisingly this is where Londolozi really excels. Each safari experience is tailor made depending on the season and Game activity. You will be asked to rise early (a lie in is nice but we promise you it is worth getting up!). Witnessing the start of the day in the African bush is an experience you will never forget. A dawn chorus of birdsong and the haunting calls of fish eagles, the air rich with the night flowers' perfume and delightfully cool. Your expert guide will take you to the best spots where you may see lions, a hippo and much more besides. Londolozi boasts two of only 17 master trackers in South Africa, meaning their game drive experience is truly world class.
Back at the resort you will enjoy cuisine of uncompromising quality. The majority of the ingredients used to create a range of superb dishes are sourced locally and prepared by talented chefs. Food is served throughout the day and paired with a selection of the finest South African wines. A holiday at Londolozi is a complete experience from start to finish. If you have a spare week in October we cannot recommend it highly enough.
For more information on any of these locations please do call us on +44 1993 899 430. Our private travel consultants have a wealth of knowledge that allows them to advise on each and every aspect of your trip in order to ensure you have the perfect holiday. Further contact details are also available here.