5 Of The Best Autumn Getaways

Whether it’s the catching the last rays of sunshine, enjoying flavours of autumn or finding culture-filled breaks, here’s our pick of the best autumnal getaways.


1 Vidago Palace Hotel, Northern Portugal

Vidago Palace Hotel - Restaurant Winter Garden

Hidden in ancient woodland, this beautifully-renovated Belle Epoque palace is an unexpected countryside retreat, in a little visited part of Portugal. With impeccably-decorated rooms, a sleek, thermal water spa, three swimming pools, innovative regional cuisine and acres of grounds, Vidago Palace Hotel offers tranquillity and activity in equal measure. Perfect for recharging….

What’s more, the hotel can arrange languid, wine tasting picnics in the UNESCO World Heritage Douro vineyards for autumn. A forage for wild mushrooms in the Tras-o-Montes forests surrounding the hotel can be incorporated into a delightful funghi feast by new celebrity Chef Vitor Matos.

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Cost: Starting from 234 Euros (£208) a night.
Reservations. Click here or phone 00351 276 990 920 to book.


2 Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo L'Escale Fondue & Wine Bar veranda

For the first time ever the inimitable Grand Hotel Tremezzo is open until the 2nd November. To make the most of the autumn season, guests can explore the striking surrounds of Lake Como aboard the property’s new boat Batt or indulge in local seasonal fare from young new chef Martin Vitaloni who’s at the helm of Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s new, L’Escale Trattoria and Wine Bar, home to over 600 white wines and 800 red.

Alternatively, make the most of the exciting Enchanting Autumn on Lake Como package from €391 (£360) per night.

The package includes:
• Luxury accommodation of guests’ choice
• Daily buffet breakfast at La Terrazza
• Free room upgrade to the next room category (subject to hotel’s availability)
• Early check-in and late check-out (subject to hotel’s availability) This offer is valid only for stays from October 8th to October 28th 2017.
• This offer is subject to availability at the time of reservation and valid exclusively from October 28th to November 2nd 2017. Minimum stay of 3 nights

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Cost: The Enchanting Autumn on Lake Como package starts from €391 (£360) per night.
Reservations: To book, click here or phone +39 0344 42491.


3 The Peninsula Paris, Paris

The Peninsula Paris Exterior (Night)

The autumn heralds a hive of activity in the City of Lights even after the fashion crowd has departed – with the arrival of the new YSL Museum on 3 October (echoing its sister museum opening in Marrakech on the 14th), FIAC – the International Contemporary Art Fair (from 19 until 22 October 2017), David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou until 23 October 2017 and the Paris Photo (from 10 until 13 November 2017).

The Peninsula Paris has introduced a dedicated Paris Culture package to make this most of guests’ time exploring this vibrant city with entry to The Peninsula Paris’ Concierge’s favourite exhibitions of the month. Indulge in a  daily American breakfast for two in Le Lobby restaurant, plus entrance to the exhibition of the month and transfer to the exhibition in one of the property’s signature green Mini Coopers (subject to availability) plus flexible check-in/out.

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Cost: €1,030 (£950) per night. Available until 31st December 2017.
Reservations: Click here www.peninsula.com/paris / or phone +33 1 5812 2888 to book


4 Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik

ALH Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik Exterior 2

Stay at the newly refurbished Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik this autumn and explore the much quieter and very beautiful Old Town of Dubrovnik. As autumn is the city’s low season for travel, travellers will be able to enjoy warm weather and fewer crowds. With a premium location on Dubrovnik’s oceanfront, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic ancient UNESCO heritage city, Hotel Excelsior is the ultimate place to stay for travellers looking for luxury, gastronomic delights and easy access to the Old Town.

This Summer, Hotel Excelsior completed its extensive refurbishment, boasting a fresh and elegant design that embodies the hotel’s sophisticated yet welcoming feel. With its earthy tones of grey and walnut, flawlessly combined with shades of blue and green, the hotel’s new colours have been inspired by its magnificent surroundings and spectacular vistas; the verdant peninsula, vibrant sea and the warm stone of the medieval Old Town offset by the sun.

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Cost: Rooms start from 680 Euros (£626)
Reservations: To book, click here or phone +38520300300


5 The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California 

The Peninsula Beverly Hills- Garden Suite Day

The Peninsula Beverly Hills has introduced a new health and wellness program designed to combine detox with decadence. Urban Wellness Retreat redefines the notion of a staycation, offering guests healthy, active respite from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, without leaving the heart of Beverly Hills.

Available as a one, two, or three-night package, the offering provides a personalized wellness experience for all guests. A specially-created menu of healthful meals from Executive Chef David Codney, features the very best locally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality, some of which are plucked from the hotel’s own rooftop garden.

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Cost: $1,635 per night in a Deluxe Room.
Reservations: Click here or phone +1 310 551 2888 to book.


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