Best family holidays for October half-term sun

For each destination below we have tried to find one package which still has availability at a reasonable price, plus a more luxurious option. But in some cases the high level of demand for flights means that, even with a month to go before departure, there is virtually nothing left for less than 1,000 a head.

All quotes below are per person based on a family of four (two adults, two children under 12) sharing a family room for seven nights including breakfast. Return flights departing either on October 24 or 25, and transfers are also included unless stated otherwise. Flights may be available from alternative airports to those mentioned, but are likely to be more expensive. All are subject to availability. The best strategy for a cheap half-term Discount Holidays © holiday this late in the day is to book your arrangements independently, cut down on the length of the trip, and fly from, say, Monday to Friday. That way you aren t competing with families looking for a weekend flight.

Use skyscanner.net1 to track down the cheapest flight options, and for recommended hotels see our destination guides at discountholidays.info/destinations2.

Florida

Flight time: nine hours
Average peak temperature: 84 F (29 C)
Hours of sun per day: seven

It may be a long flight, but if you want to go to Florida, October is a much better time to travel than during the very hot and humid summer holidays. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/florida3.

My America Holiday (020 8003 6081; (myamericaholiday.co.uk4) offers the 3.5-star Sheraton Vistana Villages in Orlando, staying in a one-bedroom villa on a room-only basis from 495 (reduced from 654). Flights from Heathrow with Delta.
Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194; bon-voyage.co.uk5) is offering a stay in the Florida Keys with three nights at Amara Cay Hotel in Islamorada and four nights at the Gates Hotel in Key West from 1,295 (adult) and 399 (child) room-only. Flights from Heathrow with American Airlines; includes car hire.

The best hotels in Florida6

Marrakesh

Flight time: three hours 30 minutes
Average peak temperature: 80 F (27 C)
Hours of sun per day: eight

Best Family Holidays For October Half-term Sun

No beaches of course, but a great destination for introducing children to a different culture, and the weather is at its best in October, so you can spend plenty of time enjoying the pool. Reasonably-priced packages have almost all gone, and weekend flights are very dear, so we suggest putting together a shorter break at a Telegraph-recommended hotel and booking flights separately. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/marrakesh7.

The family-friendly Fellah Hotel (discountholidays.info/Fellah8) in Marrakesh, with outdoor pool and spa, costs from around 170 per person based on four nights accommodation for four people in two superior or deluxe rooms with breakfast. Flights from Stansted to Marrakech with Ryanair (ryanair.com)9 currently cost from 304 return (excluding checked-in luggage and transfers), departing on October 26.
Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9321; classic-collection.co.uk10) offers the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech with kids club and activity centre, from 1,925 based on four sharing an executive suite. Includes flights from Gatwick.

The best hotels in Marrakech11

Costa del Sol

Flight time: two hours 30 minutes
Average peak temperature: 72 F (22 C)
Hours of sun per day: seven

The most southerly corner of mainland Spain clings on to summer much longer than the rest. There is plenty of reasonably-priced accommodation still available in this area, but airfares are rising steadily.

Thomson (0871 230 2555; thomson.co.uk12) offers half-board at the 3T Nerja Club located on a hillside within walking distance of the Blue Flag beach at Nerja from 505 (adult) and 294 (child). Flights from Doncaster.
Vintage Travel (01954 261431; vintagetravel.co.uk13) can arrange stays at a selection of inland, Andalusian villas including Villa El Carmen, sleeping up to eight with private pool and 10 minutes from the historic town of Ronda from 799 (based on four sharing). Flights from Gatwick to Malaga with easyJet and Group F car hire.

Cyprus

Flight time: four hours 30 minutes
Average peak temperature: 77 F (25 C)
Hours of sun per day: eight

Best Family Holidays For October Half-term Sun

Summer lasts longer here than anywhere else in the Med. Head for the west of the island either the quiet coastline around Latchi, or Paphos. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/cyprus14.

Thomson (0871 230 2555; thomson.co.uk15) offers the 3T Damon Hotel Apartments in Paphos, close to the beach and with a kids club, from 513 b&b. Flights from Doncaster.
Sunvil (020 8758 4759; sunvil.co.uk16) offers the Villa Andreas, sleeping up to six near Latchi and the Akamas National Park with a private pool, from 1,229 (based on four sharing, self-catering).

The price includes car hire and flights from Gatwick.

The best hotels in Cyprus17

Tenerife

Flight time: four hours 15 minutes
Average peak temperature: 75 F (24 C)
Hours of sun per day: seven

Perfect temperatures, combined with lots of good-value accommodation and a reasonable flight time make Tenerife a reliable bet. Air fares are rising, but there is still a chance of finding a reasonably priced package. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/tenerife18.

First Choice (firstchoice.co.uk19) offers an all-inclusive stay in a one-bedroom apartment at three-star-plus Barcelo Varadero in Playa de la Arena, with three outdoor pools and a 10-minute walk to the beach, from 670 (reduced from 745). Flights from Gatwick.
Prestige Holidays (01425 480400; prestigeholidays.co.uk20) offers seven nights at the five-star Botanico Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz, with spa and children s activities, staying in an Ambassador Junior Suite from 2,109 (adult) and 1,355 (child). Flights from Gatwick with Thomas Cook Airlines.

The best hotels in Tenerife21

Crete

Flight time: three hours 45 minutes
Average peak temperature: 72 F (22 C)
Hours of sun per day: six

Best Family Holidays For October Half-term Sun

Not quite as warm as Cyprus, but still an excellent option for late October. Again, expensive flights are pushing up prices; accommodation remains good value. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/crete22.

Pure Crete (01444 880404; purecrete.com23) offers Villa Maza, sleeping up to six, near the north-western village of Maza with a private pool from 672 (adult), 572 (child under 16 years), based on four sharing self-catering. Flights from Bristol with Ryanair (with checked-in luggage and seats together).
Sovereign (01293 731566; sovereign.com24) offers a discounted, five-night trip to Crete staying at the five-star Domes of Elounda hotel with one free child stay and kids club from 950 half board (a reduction of 396). Flights from Gatwick.

The best hotels in Crete25

Egypt Red Sea

Flight time: five hours 15 minutes
Average peak temperature: 84 F (29 C)
Hours of sun per day: 10

It s had its problems, but Egypt offers good value in high-quality hotels, hot, reliable weather, and the security around Sharm el Sheikh and the Red Sea resorts is extremely thorough.

Thomas Cook (0844 412 5970; thomascook.com26) is offering an all-inclusive stay at the four-star Reef Oasis Beach Resort in Um el Sid in Sharm el Sheikh with an on-site water park, more than 20 swimming pools and plenty of activities, from 738. Flights from Birmingham.
Trailfinders (020 7368 1200; trailfinders.com27) can arrange seven nights at the five-star Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh resort near Na ama Bay, with diving, kids club and watersports, staying in two sea view rooms at 999 (saving 140). Flights from Gatwick with Turkish Airlines.

Dubai

Flight time: seven hours
Average peak temperature: 97 F (36 C)
Hours of sun per day: 10

Best Family Holidays For October Half-term Sun

Dubai is one of the best destinations for really reliable October sun though it is very hot, and half term is busy. Note that most hotels are four star and over, so it is not a destination to seek out budget family accommodation. A relatively long flight time also means it is probably best for families with older children, rather than restless toddlers. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/dubai28.

British Airways Holidays (ba.com/dubai29) offers the four-star Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence, near the beach and marina, from 839. Flights from Heathrow.
Sovereign (01293 731566; sovereign.com30) has lowered prices on a five-night stay at JA Palm Tree Court, with spa and kids clubs.

It now costs from 1,412 all-inclusive (reduced by 196). The price includes airport security fast-track, airport lounge and flights from Gatwick.

The best hotels in Dubai31

Sicily

Flight time: three hours
Average peak temperature: 72 F (22 C)
Hours of sun per day: seven

An excellent destination for combining sun and sand with a fascinating culture which spans Greek ruins, spectacular Norman mosaics and splendid architecture. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/sicily32.

Citalia (01293 731753; citalia.com33) is offering an all-inclusive Discount Holidays © holiday at the four star Hotel Fiesta Garden Beach in Cefalu, with a private beach and range of sports facilities, from 872. Flights from Gatwick.
Thinking Traveller (020 7377 8518; thethinkingtraveller.com34) offers self-catering at Baia dei Turchi, a luxurious sea-front family villa, just north of Syracuse on the east coast and near the beach, with infinity pool, sauna, hot tub and daily cleaning from 1,233, based on four sharing. Flights from Gatwick with Norwegian airlines cost around 224.

The best hotels in Sicily35

Lanzarote

Flight time: four hours 15 minutes
Average peak temperature: 77 F (25 C)
Hours of sun per day: seven

Best Family Holidays For October Half-term Sun

Arguably the most family-friendly Canary Island especially around Playa Blanca, which is the warmest and sunniest corner of Lanzarote. The climate is similar to Tenerife but it doesn t have as many flights or as much accommodation you really need to book six months or more in advance to get a reasonable deal. More advice and recommendations: discountholidays.info/lanzaroteguide36.

Thomson (0871 230 2555; thomson.co.uk37) offers the Hotel Natura Palace in Playa Blanca, on the seafront with two pools and a spa, from 1,038 half-board, based on four people in two rooms.

Flights from Gatwick.
James Villas (0800 074 0208; jamesvillas.co.uk38) has a selection of family-sized villas on the island, including Casa Leya, sleeping four with private pool, a five-minute drive from Playa Blanca, from 1,114, based on two children (reduced by 46 per person).

Flights from Gatwick.

The best hotels in Lanzarote39

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