6 destinations perfect for October half term

We’re here again, we’ve hit that part of the year where the days are dominated by grey skies and intermittent downpours. Those thoughts of summer are a distant memory and it’s time to fish out the big coat and hunker down for winter.

Before the chillier weather hits and the nights begin to draw in, chase the sun with an October half term holiday. Nothing recharges the batteries more than an autumnal getaway. Spend a week soaking up the sun on a Mediterranean beach or lounge around the pool without a care in the world. Don’t settle for battling the morning commute when you could be basking in beautiful weather.

If you’re looking for a little October half term holiday inspiration, we’ve got a few suggestions to whet your appetite and don’t forget to check out our hotel recommendations.



When it comes to family holiday destinations, there are not many as beloved as the Algarve. Portugal’s southern coast has miles upon miles of white sand beaches, welcoming resorts, incredible attractions and, of course, glorious weather.

The region remains pretty toasty during the autumnal months making it perfect for an October half term destination. Spend the week in popular resorts such as Albufeira or the quieter Vilamoura, take the kids to the excellent Zoomarine theme park and then spend the rest of the time topping up your tan. Perfect.

Sunmaster recommends: Eden Resort 4*


One of best sellers, the 4-star Eden Resort is a short walk from the heart of Albufeira. Relax in your own villa at this luxurious hotel which truly embraces its Iberian roots.



Marmaris is a destination on the up. This once quaint fishing village on Turkey’s beautiful coastline has evolved into a popular tourist resort. The heart of the city is a lively affair with bars and restaurants everywhere you look while, in contrast, the beaches are laid back where you can unwind.

Hop on a charter a gulet cruise and sail around the region discovering what this wonderful part of the world has to offer. You can even take the ferry to nearby Greece!

Sunmaster recommends: Grand Yazici Club Turban 4*


Enjoy peace and tranquillity at the Grand Yazici Club Turban. Tucked away in the pine forests of Marmaris this is an excellent family hotel with a water park, numerous pools, spa and even its own private beach.

Costa Adeje


If you’re looking for a holiday destination that will keep everyone happy then choose Costa Adeje. Set on Tenerife’s southern coast it offers fun and relaxation for every visitor. Spend days relaxing on one of the many golden beaches and then choose from the range of eateries in the evening.

Treat the kids to a day out at Siam Park – the Canary Islands’ biggest theme park – or let them run wild at one of the two fun-filled water parks. Costa Adeje can provide the best family holiday experience.

Sunmaster recommends: Isla Bonita Beach Resort 4*


Perfectly situated in the heart of Costa Adeje, Isla Bonita Beach Resort is an excellent family-friendly hotel. Book today and save 10% on the total cost in an exclusive Sunmaster offer.

Playa Blanca


Our next destination takes us on a hop across the Canary Islands to Tenerife’s nearest and dearest neighbour – Lanzarote. At the southern tip of the island is Playa Blanca, a place renowned for its beaches.

These glorious white sand coves are the perfect complement to the bustling nature of this resort. Take a stroll along its promenade and sample excellent Canarian dishes from any of the great restaurants – Playa Blanca is a haven of relaxation.

Sunmaster recommends: Iberostar Papagayo 4*


Located on the beachfront of Playa Blanca, the Iberostar Papagayo puts guests in the heart of the action. The hotel boasts two large pool areas and a sizeable sun terrace for guests to unwind.



There is no way we could put this list together without mentioning Majorca. We simply love it and we know you do too. When it comes to family holidays there is no better place on the Balearic Island than Alcudia.

The medieval town is the most popular tourist destination in Majorca with a pristine white sand beach and plenty activities for families. The kids will love the Hidropark water park in nearby Port d’Alcudia while S’Albufera Natural Park is an incredible place to take in the beauty of the island. The town itself has a wealth of restaurants and hotels to make visitors feel right at home.

Sunmaster recommends: Bellevue Club 3*


A long-time Alcudia favourite, the Bellevue Club is within easy reach of both the centre of the resort and the beach. It has a host of on-site facilities and activities perfect for families.



Wake up every morning and admire breathtaking views of the Red Sea – that is the life in Hurghada. The Egyptian resort in a beach lover’s dream with some of best stretches of shoreline you are likely to find outside the Caribbean.

The resort is famed for its incredible diving spots allowing visitors to enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime experience and explore the fascinating underwater reefs and marine life. There are plenty of luxurious hotels to ensure you have the very best stay.

Sunmaster recommends: Sunrise Holidays Resort 4*


A private beach, gourmet restaurant, huge pool area and a view of the Red Sea from your room – what more could you want. That is the experience Sunrise Holidays Resort. Guests must be over 16 years of age.

Are you looking for somewhere to take the family this October half term? We have a host of amazing deals available at www.sunmaster.co.uk. Use our deal finder and see how much you could save on a little autumn sun!