The best beach, city and exotic destinations for a late summer getaway this September
Want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the warm weather this summer? Travelling in September for a late summer holiday means lower prices, more hotel availability and hot temperatures.
September is a splendid time for a European getaway when the peak summer tourists have gone home, leaving the museums and beaches crowd-free. Elsewhere, the low season in Asia means cheaper holidays and gorgeous green scenery, perfect for budding travel photographers to capture the best pictures. Fancy a staycation instead? We’ve found the perfect spot in the UK! Discover some of the best places for a holiday in September 2015, starting with Croatia’s hidden gem, Sibenik…
This undiscovered town in Croatia has numerous natural and historical beauties, including two national parks that can be reached by boat or car, and is best explored in September when the average temperature is 26C – ideal for a late summer break. Sibenik (pictured above) is lesser known than Dubrovnik and Split, offering a charm of its own. It is the oldest Croatian town on the coast, home to the spectacular Krka waterfalls and a beautiful cathedral. This September sees the opening of design hotel D-Resort Sibenik in the old town, boasting a vibrant mix of the old world and sleek modern style. It is set in the middle of the yacht marina Mandalina and will provide a glamorous setting for a luxury holiday in Croatia.
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Washington DC, USA
Renowned museum complex the Smithsonian is a top draw in Washington DC and as 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, many artefacts, including the famous top hat of America’s 16th president and the pistol that fired the deadly shot, will be on display. Cultural connoisseurs will be blown away by the city’s iconic monuments, vast museums and corridors of power. Highlights for September include the ongoing Smithsonian Lincoln Exhibition at The National Museum of American History and the 15th annual National Book Festival (5 September), featuring authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers, all reading, performing and signing in pavilions. DialAFlight offers four nights for the price of three at the Liaison Capitol Hill DC (with rooftop pool, bar and lounge), from Â£875 per person, including complimentary poolside yoga and BA flights from Heathrow.
From June, turtles flock to the beaches of Mexico to make their nests in the beautiful white sands and lay their eggs. From September, as the sand starts to cool, hundreds of baby turtles emerge from the nests laid in the summer. They make their way to the Caribbean Sea and use the light reflecting from the sea as their guide. Those that reach maturity and make it out to the immense ocean may live to age 80 in the wild. Conservation of these creatures is very important and most hotels provide guided walks to see the spectacle in September – an unforgettable experience. Virgin Holidays offers seven-night all-inclusive holidays to Cancun with accommodation at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, flights from Gatwick and transfers from Â£1,055 per person.
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September is a wonderful time to visit Cornwall, when the sea is still warm and the beaches are less crowded than in July and August. The county also buzzes with excitement as the music, food and culture festivals create a lively late summer atmosphere. The Looe Music Festival will transform the beach and streets of Looe into a vibrant setting with over 40 bands, including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Proclaimers and Buzzcocks performing from 18 to 20 September. Celebrate Cornish cuisine at the Great Cornish Food Festival from 25 to 27 September, when you can enjoy tastings, masterclasses and food-loving fun over three days. Book a stay at the beautiful Loo Island View with Sykes Cottage, available from 19 September, for fantastic sea views, an extensive terrace and Juliet balconies.
This September, British Airways launches Vienna as a new route from Gatwick, with flights to the Austrian ‘city of music’ from Â£85 return. Discover up and coming art galleries, listen to the classical sounds of Vienna and explore the cutting-edge live music scene in this modern city steeped in history on a September getaway. Park Hyatt Viennais one of the hottest new hotels, located in the heart of the most exclusive shopping district in Vienna, just steps away from the celebrated fashion houses and boutiques of Kohlmarkt, and within easy walking distance of the city’s famous opera house, sights, historic monuments and museums. Housed in a 100-year-old building that was once a bank, the hotel features a golden swimming pool located in the former vault.
Visit Cambodia in September and you can take advantage of cooler temperatures, quieter temples and the lushest scenery. This year sees the opening of luxury hotel Phum Baitang during the green season. Located just a ten-minute drive from Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor World Heritage Site and numerous natural wonders and cultural experiences, the hotel will offer a true Cambodian experience set amidst the verdant paddy fields, when it opens in September. Phum Baitang has 45 private villas designed to resemble Cambodian houses that blend into the vegetation. After a day of exploring the Angkor region, retreat to the resort’s 50m outdoor swimming pool, relax with a spa treatment or soak up the tranquil surroundings on the yoga pavilion.