The key to have a good travel experience is to prepare in advance and choose a good destination, date and accommodation, and then, leave a few things to chance and improvisation, so we can also have excitement and surprises every day. Every trip is different: sometimes, we just want rest, relaxation and peace; sometimes we want to experience a different adventure full of adrenalin. In every case, we need to bear in mind that every trip requires different things, so we have to choose in accordance with this, not only for price, although it is obviously important.
Get away from it all
If you are one of those who have worked all summer looking at September as a last resort, now is your moment and it is probable that what you want is to be lazy, rest, and nothing else. To have a relaxing trip, first you have to choose carefully the destination. We recommend you not to complicate too much with a long trip: look for something comfortable, a non-stop and fast flight, or a trip by car of 3-4 hours long. Majorca, the Canary Islands or the south of Spain are very complete destinations where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday during September. In all of them, summer lasts until well into October, waters are still at good temperature so we can taste the sweetness of swimming contemplating the sunset and outdoor activities are varied.
As for accommodation, an excellent option is to choose a spa hotel in Chiclana, Cádiz, next to some of their endless beaches where you can relax and also practice surfing, running, and sailing or almost anything you want. Services for travellers in this southern coast are very complete and prices very affordable. Another option, if you want to go further, is to opt for a spa hotel in Tenerife, or for a spa hotel in Marbella. Accommodations with wellness areas are perfect to break the routine and spoil yourself after a long summer working. They are usually included in the accommodation price (except specific treatments) and they are managed by professional teams, boast good facilities. The best ones are in the big hotel chains, but there are also boutique hotels that worth a visit.
Travelling and doing sports
It is a good way to get rid of all the built up tension you accumulate at work. Holidays give us the free time we are always claiming to practice sport and take care conscientiously. September is ideal for this because you don’t have to face the crowds of tourists in summer and considering a sports getaway is much easier. In addition, weather tends to be more favourable because sun is softer… But days are shorter (snif).
Surfing, sailing, diving (in the Mediterranean, where temperatures allow you to practice without having to carry clothing for cold), paddle, tennis, golf, hiking, cycling…
Booking a golf hotel in Isla Canela (Huelva) or a golf hotel in Costa Adeje (Tenerife) are two of the most interesting options we’ve found for this September 2015 in terms of value for money. Huelva is a destination that will require you to make a trip by car perhaps longer than what you have considered… But it is worth because this province offers some of the most beautiful natural areas of the peninsula without giving up sun, beaches and facilities of top level tourist areas.
Golf is also a key attraction of the southern coast of Tenerife, however, the island has courses, schools, and establishments throughout its territory. There are golf hotels in the north of Tenerife that, for example, offer the possibility to book complete experiences which, in addition, provide spa and wellness services. They are a bit more expensive -most of them are 5-stars hotels- but perhaps they are the best alternative. Once in a while doesn’t do any harm.
It is true that when you’re looking for a golf trip, the first thing that travel agencies propose is the coast of Andalusia: here, in the heart of Costa del Sol, is where is situated the so-called Golf Valley with some of the best courses in Spain. Most of the hotels that we find in this area are 5-star hotels, prices are high and facilities are deluxe. It is a good plan if you have a high budget, if this is not the case, there are other alternatives: Cadiz, where there are several golf hotels in Chiclana that meet these requirements. Cadiz is much more affordable than Marbella and in beauty and natural areas little or has nothing to envy. In addition, it is a more versatile destination for athletes and restless travellers because man cannot live by golf alone.
Travelling as a couple
Single or married without children is looking for a destination to travel as a couple and enjoy a few days of rest… If this is the case, we suggest you Majorca as an absolute paradise for holidays as a couple: there are interesting offers now for example in hotels in Cala Ratjada, a fishing village in the northeastern extreme of the island; also in Playa de Palma, which is very close to the centre of the capital, and in hotels in Alcudia, near Playa de Muro. Summer will stay for quite a while and this is, undoubtedly, the best season to visit the island. If you are thinking of a spa hotel in Majorca, with gourmet gastronomy, special suites and quiet leisure plans, some interesting hotels are Iberostar Son Antem, Cala Millor Garden (Adults Only), Sol Beach House, Fergus Cala Blanca Suites (which is pet friendly) or Catalonia Majórica, which is located on the seafront of Palma and allows you to combine a perfect urban experience with quiet days at the beach.
For those who don’t want beach but city, trip options are endless, as many destinations as one can imagine: boutique hotels in the centre of Seville, design hotels in Barcelona, gourmet hotels in Madrid… European cities are also a choice whenever we find a direct flight (to save us the bore of the trip and take advantage of the days on the destination than on the way). Brussels, the eternal Paris, Berlin, Rome…
Spa hotels that we mentioned before are always an excellent choice when you want a romantic journey because most of them offer varied experiences within their facilities to enjoy as a couple: gastronomic hotels like the Grand Mencey in Tenerife, for example, offer a package of romantic getaway ideal for those who want to have it all resolved and only want to relax, travel, take care of themselves and enjoy a well-deserved pampering.