Timeshare points are a great way to squeeze in a quick break in between the big holiday(s), so if your batteries need recharging after the June summer holiday (which already feels far away?) and Santa season (which is closer than we think!), here are five destinations to consider for your next escape.
Companies like Hapimag also offer last minute breaks, so it’s worth keeping an eye open for offers. Meanwhile, we’ve rounded up five very different destinations, from Marrakech to Dublin, that really come into their own in autumn…
Hapimag Residence Marrakech
Perfect Swiss precision meets warm Moroccan hospitality at Hapimag, and if you can drag yourself away from gently rustling palms by the poolside sunlounger, or the uber-relaxing treatments at the resort’s gorgeous spa, the resort’s excursions staff will whisk you from your front door direct to the heart Marrakech’s bustling medina. Or why not take one of the afternoon or day trips and venture further west to Argan Oil country and discover the laid back, charming seaside town of Essaouira and its olive and argan tree-laden surroundings?
Hapimag’s Marrakech Residence lies just outside Marrakech city in the idyllic palm-dotted Palmeraie district where you’ll find plenty of peace and breathing space to really “switch off”.
Relax with a round of golf on one of the four private golf courses nearby and as the day draws to a close, linger over an authentic Moroccan dinner with live music, or take a night out on the town to explore the bars and cafes of central Marrakech which are all a short drive away.
Summer can come to an abrupt end in the UK but Marbella’s long, warm blue sky autumns and celebratory local festivals make it a great choice for a short break or a mid season week.
There’s also lots to do within an easy drive of Spain’s most popular holiday city. Tarifa, west of Gibraltar, is still a relatively well kept secret, so why not head west and discover its windy, white sand- turquoise water Caribbean style beaches?
Away from the water, head for the hills of picturesque Ronda in time for chestnut season. This dramatically pretty town is split into two by Ronda’s famous gorge – did you know this hillside getaway is home to one of Spain’s most famous bullrings? Don’t miss its Michelin starred restaurant, Tragabuches – it’s pricey but it’s well worth it for a memorable meal or a special celebration.
Further up the breezy Atlantic Coast lies one of Spain’s most exclusive fractional resorts, Arcos Gardens Golf Club & Country Estate in Arcos de la Frontera. This spectacular inland golf resort is part of the Registry Collection’s luxurious international resort portfolio, details here: www.registrycollection.com www.arcosgardens.com
Meanwhile, back in Marbella, some of the best timeshare accommodations along this famous part of the coast include Club La Costa World’s very own flagship resort close to Fuengirola, overlooking the Med and timeshare specialists such as Silverpoint www.silverpoint.com, Holiday Club Resorts www.holidayclubresorts.com and Hapimag www.hapimag.com also offer resort accommodation in the Malaga/Marbella area.
The Algarve is quieter than the Costa del Sol and many – not least the golfing crowd – would argue that autumn is southern Portugal’s most beautiful season. This is when the coast’s golf courses come in to their own and although the evenings start to cool down a little, there are lashings of sunshine and blue skies during the day.
For a blast of southern sun before winter sets in, Petchey Leisure www.petcheyleisure.com offers resorts and golf-based holidays in the Algarve, and with numerous flights to Faro from UK airports, it’s an easy escape to get to. If you’re renting a car, don’t miss Vilamoura’s smart but relaxed harbour, with plenty of waterside cafés, restaurants and mini and mega yachts. Tip: the Chinese restaurant at the very end of the Marina is excellent.
Golfers can take to the fairways at Hilton Grand Vacation Club’s Hilton Vilamoura Resort & Spa. The resort is set in 40,000 m2 of very pretty Algarve scenery between the Pinhal and Old course golf clubs. A golf centre, beautiful spa with zen gardens, pools, waterfalls, amazing adventure park for children, excellent onsite dining and good nightlife are just some of the many attractions here, and it’s a great choice for a stay-at-the-resort holiday especially if you have young children who’ll be kept entertained and will love the adventure park! www.higvc.co.uk
Cornish champagne, beaches that rival France’s best – and the legendary cheese…all good reasons to visit one of Britain’s favourite timeshare spots, but they’re not the only ones. Not to mention Cornwall’s celebrity chef restaurants – Rick Stein has three in the area and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, at Watergate Bay, is legendary.
Adults and children will love a trip to The Eden Project, Cornwall’s iconic and completely fascinating eco-biosphere attraction. This fascinating tourist attraction has a café, gift shop, and huge “biodomes” where you can wander through different climates and learn about Mediterranean or tropical plants and fruit trees. In summer, the Eden Sessions take the stage – they’re one of the UK’s best loved music festivals. In winter there’s more magic again as The Eden Project’s ice skating rink transforms into a festive winter wonderland with wine and fondue for those who’d rather stay on the sidelines than attempt to emulate Torvill and Dean.
Club La Costa World has two properties in Cornwall: its Hustyns resort is a contemporary boutique hotel-style destination set in idyllic countryside just outside Wadebridge. The other hotel, Trenython Manor near Fowey (pronounced “foy”) is just minutes from the charming fishing harbour with its chocolate shops, bookstores and cosy pubs. www.hustyns.com www.trenython.co.uk
The Guinness factory is a big draw for most tourists, but there’s so much to see in and around Dublin’s fair city that the best plan it to buy a day ticket and hop on the Dublin City Sightseeing Tour bus. Treat yourself to an eagle-eye tour of the city amid autumn’s falling leaves (but wrap up warmly if you’re on the top deck!) Dublin can rival any European city when it comes to striking architecturs – its cultural attractions are legendary, with Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral being two of the stand outs. It’s actually a very walkable place if you’re not in a rush, and you’ll find plenty of coffee shop style bookstores and cosy pubs to linger in along the way.
Dublin also has a famous Zoo – the third oldest in Europe. Beautiful Phoenix Park is also a wonderful place to walk and take in the fresh Dublin air – it happens to be one of the largest city parks in any major capital.
Time to hit the shops? Step back in time in Brown Thomas, Dublin’s famous department store dating back to 1849 where Irish and international designer fashions, luxury gifts and beauty all share the same elegant roof.
Not that long ago, Dublin was better known for its pubs than its Michelin-calibre restaurants but in the last few years the city really has been giving London a run for its money on the food front. Some fantastically creative Irish chefs now dominate the foodie scene and have contributed to making Dublin a food destination offering exciting, contemporary, eclectic menus as well as quintessentially Irish fare. Finally, if you’re a good book with a good coffee lover, and love live music, Dublin’s an absolute treat.
The Fitzpatrick Hotel Holiday Homes are the place to stay if you’re looking for a base that offers peace and quiet within a short drive of Dublin. Twenty minute from the centre, this RCI-affiliated resort is in Killiney, close to the local pebbly beach where Bono, Eddie Irvine and Van Morrisson all have homes. Fitzpatrick Hotel Holiday Homes are Gold Crown resort apartments right next to Fitzpatrick Castle, which has been converted into a hotel and rooms offer views of the breathtaking Wicklow Mountains. For more information on The Fitzpatrick Hotel Holiday Homes, visit www.rci.com