September through mid-December can be the best time to get away, especially for those who have the freedom to travel outside the traditional holiday times imposed by school holidays. It might be “autumn” in the northern hemisphere, however, you can get virtually any season you wish depending on where you go. Extend your summer in the Caribbean or South Pacific; admire spring blossoms in Mauritius or Cape Town; catch the end of the Great Migration in Kenya or the colorful fall foliage in New York State – satisfy your travel cravings (and possibly make great savings!) at one of these amazing luxury villas.

Villa Gardenia, Barbados

September and October are ideal months to go to the Barbados when three wellness and sports festivals are taking place. Therefore, if you are looking for a warm destination to focus on your wellbeing and enjoyment, this absolutely stunning beachfront property in Barbados by Blue Sky Luxury is the perfect place for a fall getaway, plus it’s included in Blue Sky Luxury’s special extended summer offer – giving you further enticement to this beautiful island!

The month of September kicks off with the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival taking place on the 2nd and 3rd. It’s your chance to have early morning beach workouts and energetic yoga led by a talented local yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and other professionals. From September 5th to 10th mountain and road biking enthusiasts of all levels with flock to the island for the inaugural Barbados Cycling Festival. It’s a fabulous opportunity to discover Barbados along some of its fabulous biking trails in addition to possibly winning some big prizes! Spectators can also ride the wave of excitement on the last day with music and entertainment on the beach. Lastly, Barbados will be the first-time host of the Dragon World Championships – a paddleboard team racing event. This will take place from October 28th to 30th on lovely Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown and should be an enjoyable, laid back day of racing and fun!

Located between Holetown and Speightstown, the Villa Gardenia is an ideal base for taking in the excitement of the season in Barbados while having a sumptuous beach retreat. The vast six-bedroom villa is set amidst 3.3 acres of gorgeous gardens with trickling streams and lily ponds. It has a fabulous swimming pool and the beach is right at your doorstep. After a swim, you can enjoy delightful refreshments or meals underneath the large gazebo boasting spectacular sea views.

Inside, the entrance foyer flows into an alluring living/dining room, framed by coral stone pillars and which opens onto the verandah. The ground floor also has a family/media room, kitchen, laundry facilities, a fitness room and three of the plush guest suites. The elegant master suite spreads over the entire first floor and includes a sitting room, private balcony and a luxury bathroom with a dressing area.

The two additional guest suites, with wet bars, are located in the Gate House annex, allowing for excellent privacy. The property is conveniently situated close to the Golf course at Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane.

Contact Blue Sky Luxury here to learn more about this exceptional villa and their special extended summer offer!

La Rive Penthouse, Cape Town

The Southern Hemisphere is about to break out in a burst of springtime blossoms and Cape Town is an incredible place to take in the season. In September the Western Cape’s fields will break out in a palette in colorful wildflowers. The mild spring weather is also a major draw as the thermometer gradually rises in October into the mid 20s c (mid 70s f), pleasant days naturally refreshened by the lovely Cape Town breeze.

You can thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of the season directly on the terrace of the sublime La Rive Penthouse, an exquisite four-bedroom in Cape Town. Nicknamed the “Home in the Sky,” the luxurious apartment was recently redesigned two years ago giving it an Art Deco, stylish, yet homey feel. The expansive, classy living area features a classic grand piano and a number of paintings and sculptures from some of South Africa’s best known artists.

The spacious and comfortable bedrooms are positioned to provide guests with their own privacy. There are also two studies for those needing to do some work while on holiday, however, it may be hard to concentrate with the delightful outdoor spaces beckoning. The south-facing apartment has its own wonderful infinity pool surrounded by terraces with awe-inspiring views of Robben Island, the Atlantic Ocean and the Metropolitan Golf Course and the Green Point Urban Park.

The building is found right on the bustling Sea Point promenade with nearby access to Cape Town’s world famous beaches, the V&A Waterfront, and a fabulous range of excellent restaurants are within walking distance. A 24-hour Concierge Service is on hand to welcome all guests and assist with any desires you may have during your stay.

Enjoy a sublime springtime vacation in Cape Town at the magical La Rive Penthouse at this link.

Dutchess County Estate – New York, U.S.A.

If you are looking for an autumn getaway close to New York City where you can view fall foliage in a beautiful and your own private setting, than book in at this splendid seven-bedroom country estate available through Villas and Apartments Abroad. Locate only 2.5 hours from Manhattan, you will be able to start admiring the vibrant golds and reds blazing across the forests on your way to the estate on the outskirts of pretty Rhinebeck.

Built as an inn in the 18th century, which most likely received important guests like George Washington, the restored home retains plenty of historic character from its hand-chiseled triple height barn to its large fireplaces. This charm comes accompanied by all the modern luxury amenities and comforts. The interior has several dining areas, an antique barroom, a large TV room with 70” flatscreen and a sitting room with floor to ceiling bookshelves, the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a crisp autumn evening. The master bedroom includes a king bed, fireplace, sitting area, and a marbled master bath. Two of the other bedrooms have king beds, three rooms have queen beds and the last bedroom has a twin, making it ideal for a multigenerational family trip, two families traveling together or a group of friends.

Depending on when the leaves turn, you may be able to admire some bright colors while wandering through the 29-acre estate’s manicured gardens or wild woods accessed by a wooden bridge over the stream. If the weather is warm enough in September, you may be able to dip your toes in the swimming pool carved out of the natural rocks, the less brave can simply relax in one of the various outdoor sitting areas. For guests who do not wish to do their own cooking, a wonderful chef can come to the estate to prepare delicious seasonal dishes or there are great restaurants in the area.

Get in touch with Villas and Apartments Abroad here to help you plan an easy autumn escape from the city.

Villa Amanassa, Marrakech

After the intense summer heat has died down, the autumn is an fantastic time to visit Marrakech. With convenient connections to many European cities, it’s an ideal getaway for anyone fleeing the chillier, rainier weather which will soon be covering the skies (read more on our favorite things to do in Marrakech autumn and winter here). The striking Villa Amanassa by Villanovo is an excellent base for your luxurious break to Marrakech.

The beautiful property is located on the Amelkis Golf Resort and has accommodation for up to eight. It blends traditional Moorish architecture with the best modern amenities. It is organised around two patios (which can be be completely closed by sliding transparent domes in cooler weather) and fountains encircled by a private garden with a large swimming pool.

The interiors are decorated in lovely shades of blue, grey and beige and have comfortable furnishings. A large living room has a cozy fireplace and opens onto the terrace and golf course beyond. Another fireplace can be found in the dining room. Guests can relax indoors in the separate TV lounge, the theatre room with large sofas and projection screen, workout in the fitness room or be pampered in a wellness centre with hammam/spa (additional charge of 50 € per day). The four suites are equipped with king size beds (210 × 180) or twin beds (210 × 90) which are draped in luxury bedding and Egyptian cotton linens. All of the bathrooms have a shower, a bath and a separate toilet.

The terraces have been designed to take advantage of shade or sun depending on the season. The mirror pool (15m x 5m) faces south and is bordered by palm trees, orange, lemon and banana trees. The villa comes with a staff made up of a cook, two maids, a caretaker and a gardener.

Take in the sunshine and many autumn delights of Marrakech with Villanovo here.

Vatuvara Private Islands, Fiji

Autumn’s crisp days and nights are just around the corner in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps you can squeeze in one more vacation before winter sets in? There’s still time to extend your summer a little longer by making your way to the Northern Lau Group of the Fiji Islands where summer is endless and the sunsets extraordinary at Vatuvara Private Islands.

Vatuvara Private Islands offers conscientious luxury to the discerning traveler. The resort has three secluded and expansive seaside villas which have been meticulously crafted with natural textures and materials creating spacious and comfortably elegant environments. Each with their own private beach access, the villas include an infinity edge pool surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and an abundance of aromatic flowers.

October to early November is particularly excellent time to go to Fiji. You can get some excellent airfare deals and the weather is warm and dry. At Vatuvara Private Islands, you never have to worry about crowds as the island is only accessible by private plane. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent nature in your own personal private paradise.

Extend your summer in the tropic oasis of Vatuvara Private Islands at this link.

Serenity Villa, Saint Barthélemy

While the early autumn is not a good time to visit Saint Barth when almost everything is closed, the island wakes up mid-October. The hotels, restaurants and boutiques reopen and are ready for “The Season” which begins on December 15th.  Les Soldes, the famous biannual time of year when the boutiques offer great sales, is October 14-November 24, 2017. In addition, according to our local expert Peg Walsh of St Barth Properties, if you plan a trip between October 15 and December 15th, you can get a superb villa at 30%-40% less than in high season. Their Serenity villa is ideal for making great savings on your luxury accommodation and on shopping as it’s within walking distance to the boutiques!

This sublime three-bathroom villa is located on a hillside above the harbor in the exclusive Domaine du Soleil Couchant. It boasts exceptional views of Gustavia, St. Maarten and stellar sunsets. The master bedroom features a built-in king bedroom with ensuite bath and impressive views. The other two bedrooms have twin beds, ensuite baths and lovely views.

This panorama extends into the living room which has comfortable furnishings in dark wood, attractively contrasted by white cushions. Tasty island meals can be easily prepared in the well-equipped kitchen which has a bar that overlooks the dining room and the view. The outstanding swimming pool, one of the largest pools on the whole island, is bordered by a wooden deck and comfortable outdoor furnishings, the perfect place to sip a cocktail while watching the sunset.

Leaving the villa, you can easily reach restaurants, boutiques and Shell Beach all on foot. Claim those spectacular views and fabulous deals by emailing St Barth Properties at this link.

Ranawara

Ranawara, Sri Lanka

For a sunny getaway in late autumn, consider the south coast of Sri Lanka. The monsoon will just be ending granting you brilliant days of sunshine and blue skies. You’ll also be sliding in before Christmas holiday-goers, improving the chances of great flight deals and completely deserted beaches. Enjoy blissful seclusion at the edge of an incredibly beautiful stretch of beach at the stylish Ranawara villa.

Hidden in an extremely private location among 23 acres of tropical gardens fringed by an uninhabited section of coastline in southern Sri Lanka, the villa is only 15 kilometres south of city of Tangalle. The main building spreads over 46,000 square feet of open plan living with five ample suites. Two other single-suite cottages separated on the grounds. The air-conditioned bedrooms have four-poster king size beds, delicate Indonesian rugs and large en-suite bathrooms. The villa also has a library, bar area, TV room, open plan kitchen and dining room, outdoor dining pavilion, a private spa and a 100 ft long swimming pool.

The gardens are abundant in vegetation with hundreds of coconut trees and tropical fruit trees including dragon fruit, green oranges, bananas, papaya, mango and wood apple.

Take in a pre-Christmas vacation in Sri Lanka at spectacular Ranawara here.

Villa Océane, Mauritius

October is also springtime over in gorgeous Mauritius, so savvy travelers will be treated to warm temperatures in the mid 20s c (mid 70s f), without the humidity of summer and there is usually no rain. Ideal weather conditions and fewer other visitors means you’ll have the long powdery beaches mainly to yourself, easily accessible if you’re staying at the beachfront Villa Océane. This sleek contemporary three-bedroom villa by Villanovo is set at the edge of the freshwater lagoon on the east coast of Mauritius, near Trou d’Eau Douce.

The house also opens onto a large swimming pool fringed by terraces, a patio with outdoor dining for 12 guests, and a comfortable lounge area. There is also a spacious terrace on the lagoon side which leads down to the pristine beach. The contemporary design of the building is echoed in the interior’s designer furniture and decoration. Guests can take a break in the large living room with TV or prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen to be enjoyed in the dining room with table and chairs for 10 people. Each of the three bedrooms has a double bed, ensuite bath with shower, a double dressing room, their own private terrace or balcony offering breathtaking views of the lagoon and two have an office area.

The villa is situated a few minutes from the village of Trou d’Eau Douce, from where you can take an excursion out to Deer Island. Guests will also enjoy visiting the nearby famous kite spots and the great golf courses on the East coast.

Make the most of Mauritius at this exceptional time of year by reaching out to Villanovo here.

Cottar’s Bush Villa, Kenya

For an incredible African Safari experience this fall, considering going to Kenya when it’s famous annual Great Migration is in full swing and wildlife is in abundance all across the Mara Reserve and all the conservancies. September and October are still the high season here, although they are not nearly as busy as August. You won’t catch as many animals in November, however, it’s still a lovely time in visit the Masai Mara, there’s still a lot of wildlife and many fewer other visitors. Learn more about the Great Migration and witness it yourself through the fantastic videos shared by our local experts at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa in this article.

In a secluded area of their wonderful luxury camp is their unique Bush Villa. The spacious 10,000 sq ft villa features a vast living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms, all with awe-inspiring views. It has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. You can also cool off and admire the magical plains from its divine private infinity pool. Guests of the Bush Villa can also make use of the Safari Camps other facilities and guides.

Enjoy a supremely private trip for the Great Migration or Kenya off season at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and their exquisite Bush Villa at this link

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