Five of the best destinations to visit this November
As the UK weather starts to turn colder, we wouldn’t be surprised if you found yourself daydreaming about warm sunshine and pristine beaches whilst tackling the November chill. December is a popular month for soaking up a bit of winter sun, but how about heading out to the warmth a month earlier? Less crowds, no school holidays, great airline and accommodation deals…November is shaping up to be a stellar month for escaping to the sunshine.
Whether you fancy a daring adventure in New Zealand, or simply enjoying the heat in St Lucia, there are plenty of destinations that are waiting to be explored this November.
With a warm climate all year round, Barbados is a beautiful destination to visit in November. Technically it’s rainy season at this time, but with the rains coming down in short bursts and making way for blue skies, cooling breezes and less humidity, we actually really enjoy this season, and it’s perfect for those who don’t like getting too hot. Low season also means low prices, so you’re likely to get more for your money in November, and the public beaches will be a little more relaxed than in the summer months.
The Sands Barbados
Though technically not fully open until 1st December, you can get ahead of the crowds and experience The Sand Barbados’ soft launch this November. If you’re hoping for a very quiet and tranquil stay then the resort at the time is absolutely perfect, and you’ll be able to tell all your friends and family that you were some of the first to experience the sophistication and style of The Sands - what a treat.
Treat yourself to a stay in this gorgeous pink plantation house, surrounded by intimate gardens and calm ocean views. With just 40 rooms altogether, this boutique retreat feels wonderfully secluded, and is perfect for couples hoping to catch some rays before the English winter. Rich Bajan heritage gives this hotel its charm, as well as the first-class service and delicious cuisine.
Let’s admit it, the heat during the summer months in Florida can sometimes feel a bit unbearable. So why not escape the stifling heat and visit during the shoulder month of November? It’s actually one of the drier months, and there’s a lovely cool breeze to combat the sunshine. Florida Keys is a popular spot this time of year, offering fun bars, oceanfront restaurants and kooky shops to explore on each island, or you could take advantage of the cooler weather and smaller crowds in Orlando’s fabulous theme parks.
The Grove Resort & Spa
This is one of our favourite resorts for a family getaway. November is still nice and warm, so you can take advantage of the relaxing pool and private cabanas at the Springs. Or, if you’re with little ones, we’re certain you’ll all love the Surfari Water Park with its fantastic water slides and kids pool – just add a gelato at Alfresco Market and you’ve got yourself a memorable afternoon. Better yet, it’s only a few minutes away from Walt Disney Resort.
Sonetsa ES Suites Orlando
These lovely apartments are within walking distance of International Drive’s exciting plethora of shops, restaurants and activities – there’s even a free shuttle to all the theme parks, so it’s the ideal base for an amazing family holiday. Before spending your days riding rollercoasters, help yourself to the complimentary breakfast buffet, or you have your own kitchenette and living area if you fancy chilling in your own company.
You’ll most certainly see a bit of rain during November in St Lucia, but this simply makes way for incredibly breath-taking vistas of bright green, luscious rainforest that blankets the island’s rolling hills. The weather cools slightly, but you’ll still be able to sunbathe with an average of eight hours of 28-degree heat and sunshine, and the warm waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving amongst the tropical fish. Anse Couchon – a beach nestled along the western edge - is our favourite spot for snorkelling, whilst Donkey Beach is wonderfully secluded - you might even be the only people there. Overall, St Lucia is a romantic destination full of natural wonder.
With Christmas coming up next month, perhaps you fancy travelling to a wellness retreat before the chocolate advent calendar begins. If so, BodyHoliday is the place to be for health and fitness enthusiasts – this retreat is truly one-of-a-kind. The All-Inclusive food is divine, but best of all is the activity list that changes daily, including fun exercise classes, water sports, trekking and spa treatments. The slightly cooler temperatures in November means you won’t get too hot as you play a round of volleyball on the beach, or sunbathe on a catamaran cruise.
Ladera Resort & Spa
For something with a bit of a slower pace, Ladera Resort & Spa is a beautiful adult-only property overlooking the Pitons, offering your own private plunge pool and delicious gourmet dishes.
November is a quiet month for Bali, so it’s the perfect time to visit should you be looking for a tranquil stay. The warm temperatures are met with sporadic rainfall, which can cause some mountain treks to be closed, but if you’re simply hoping to relax by the pool and immerse yourself in the culture, you’ll have picked a great time. Duck into impressive temples when the rain falls, or indulge in a luxurious hotel to really make the most of the quiet season. Nothing’s stopping you from dipping into the sea either – we thoroughly recommend snorkelling near Lombok.
Tucked away on the Eastern shoreline, The Pavilions feels wonderfully exclusive. Authentic Balinese décor creates a sense of luxury, with wild luscious flora making you feel like you’re staying in your own secluded garden. The villas here are so romantic, most with their own private pool, and all offering the treat of dining in your own little sanctuary. The resort is just a short walk from Sanur beach should you fancy a dip in the ocean.
As summer in New Zealand begins, the country becomes a vibrant hub of thrilling outdoor recreation. Steering away from the cold winter and the height of summer, the weather in November is lovely and pleasant, perfect for spending the afternoon kayaking, mountain trekking, bungee jumping and white-water rafting. We bet you’ll love breathing in the fresh air as you relax by hot springs, sunbathe and swim in remote bays, and trek high in the clouds on the island’s soaring mountaintops – New Zealand is perfect for the adrenaline-junkies out there.
Self drive New Zealand
A self-drive is an incredible way to explore the country at your own pace, feeling the wind in your hair as you whizz along coastal roads, through sweeping valleys, and amongst lively city streets. The Grand New Zealand Self-Drive is a wild adventure you won’t want to miss, beginning in Auckland on the North Island, and travelling downwards to Christchurch on the South Island. Darting through glaciers, winding through trendy towns, and venturing through verdant National Parks, this self-drive is for the adventurous souls.
New Zealand escorted tours
If you fancy turning it up another notch, the Active New Zealand escorted tour packs in an amazing range of activities within 20 nights, including canoeing down Whanganui River, trekking the Franz Josef Glacier and biking along the Otago Rail Trail.