We teamed up with Bon Vivant to help you plan your late summer sun holidays this September. If you spent most of the summer in the UK, despite the unexpected warm weather, you may still be yearning for a break. For a sprinkling of sunshine while our own thermometers will (probably) be struggling to hit double digits, there are a number of excellent options just a few hours away by plane. Read on for Bon Vivant’s suggestions of where to visit for some autumn sun.
If you would like Bon Vivant’s travel team to plan your autumn getaway, contact Emyr Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org
What to See
Capri Palace, Capri
The Capri Palace was built in the 1960s and maintains a mid-century glamour, which has been updated throughout the decades. The interiors are decorated with the owner’s personal collection of art work, sculptures and quirky installations.
The hotel’s beach club, Il Riccio, is designed in cool whites and blues, offering Michelin-starred food in relaxed surroundings with a position right on the water’s edge.
Capri Palace has a wonderful spa, which is famous for its ‘leg school’ – a series of treatments aimed at treating and preventing cellulite.
For more information visit capripalace.com
Anassa Hotel, Cyprus
While the peak temperatures of July and August may be overpowering, Cyprus is an ideal destination for the autumn.
The grande dame of the island, Anassa, has a majestic position on the shore of one of Cyprus’s most beautiful beaches. The property is designed to resemble an ancient Byzantine village: whitewashed buildings with clay roof tiles and pretty duck egg blue doors and shutters are scattered around a stunning landscape with mesmerising views of the coastline.
Anassa features a total of 176 rooms, all of which have a balcony or terrace, many with private pools or Jacuzzis and its three restaurants mean that you could spend
a week here without getting bored
of the food.
For more information visit anassa.com.cy
Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Built by the king, for the king, the Royal Mansour is regal in every way, with a collection of 53 three-storey riads ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Each riad features a sitting room, ground floor patio, open-air entry courtyard and a rooftop terrace with private plunge pool and open fire.
Service is seamless and unseen, due to an underground network of tunnels and staircases that connect to each riad. The hotel’s restaurants are overseen by Yannick Alléno, the much-lauded chef from Le Meurice in Paris where he holds three Michelin stars.
For more information visit royalmansour.com
La Residencia or Hotel Tres, Mallorca
Mallorca has emerged as a chic European destination over recent years with the ability to combine a visit to the capital, Palma, with the quaint villages of the mountainous regions to the north.
La Residencia, a charming and elegant sixteenth and seventeenth-century manor house in the village of Deià, is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island. The rooms are spacious and elegant, with Mallorcan antiques and modern art from local artists blending seamlessly, with a chance to dine in an exceptionally romantic setting under the olive trees at El Olivio.
If you’d rather explore the cobbled streets of Palma with its trendy restaurants and cool boutiques, check in to Hotel Tres, which is ideally located in Palma’s old town, in the shadow of the Gothic cathedral. The rooms are cool, crisp and white, with a coveted rooftop plunge pool to cool off.
Castello di Casole, Tuscany
A restored castle on a country estate in Tuscany, Castello di Casole has been lauded with countless awards since opening its doors just over a year ago in 2012.
The hotel features 41 suites along with a number of villas and farmhouses spread across the estate. Relax in the hotel’s newly opened spa or get involved in a number of activities on offer ranging from cooking classes to cycling to orienteering in the surrounding grounds.
For more information visit castellodicasole.com