What’s your ideal romantic break? Star-gazing at inky Yorkshire skies from beneath a thick wool blanket? Wandering hand-in-hand through a sleepy Provençal hamlet? Or perhaps you want a beautiful beach on which to watch the perfect sunset, cocktail in hand? Whatever your style, our October round-up will have you head-over-heels.
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Swinton Bivouac, Yorkshire Dales – £175 per person (2 nights, 15-17 October)
The 20,000-acre Swinton Park Estate is a wonderful back-to-nature destination that calls for long walks discovering atmospheric castles and hidden waterfalls. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, sample famous Dales produce such as Wensleydale cheese and Black Sheep beer.
Stay: in a romantic woodland shack at Swinton Bivouac. Make use of their ‘Romantic Retreat’ offer (£175 per person, based on 2 people sharing) to get a 2-night stay including a sharing board for 2 and a bottle of house wine in the rustic café-bar, as well as a bottle of Prosecco and exclusive use of the hot tub.
Total cost: £175 per person.
Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, Provence – £311.20 per person (5 nights, 8-13 October)
If you love nothing more than pottering through pretty French landscapes, a visit to Provence during the quieter autumn season could be just the ticket. Take a walk through sublime countryside at the Gorge de Gardon, and marvel at the magnificent 3-storey Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.
Stay: at Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, a beautifully rustic B&B nestled in a sleepy hamlet near Uzès. A 5-night stay in the charming Pink room comes to just £204 per person.
Fly: direct from London Luton to Nimes with Ryanair for £45 per person, departing Thursday 8 October and returning Tuesday 13 October.
From the airport: car hire through Rhino starts from £124.43.
Total cost: £311.20 per person.
Villa las Estrellas, Mexico’s Yucatan – £1011 per person (7 nights, 6-13 October)
Although the number of buzzy cabana hotels lining Tulum’s beach increases every year, the broad stretch of white sand retains a lovely, laid-back vibe. Hang out in your hammock, swim in the sea, and enjoy the local bars’ all-day ‘happy hours’. This area is currently in it’s low season, meaning the weather can be changeable, but there are some great bargains to be had!
Stay: in barefoot beach heaven. Simple yet stylish Villa las Estrellas welcomes you with uninterrupted sea views, delicious food and minimalist rooms under traditional Mayan palapa roofs. With their current 20% discount (for 3+ nights), a 7-night stay in a Deluxe Room comes to £554 per person.
Fly: direct from London Gatwick to Cancun with Thomson Airways for £370 per person, departing Tuesday 6 October and returning Tuesday 13 October (overnight flight arriving Wednesday 14 October).
From the airport: the hotel offers transfers for approximately £87 (one way for 2 people).
Total cost: £1,011 per person.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 30 September 2015.