Easily reached via a six-and-a-half-hour direct flight from London, Bahrain is the perfect destination for travellers seeking to escape the autumn and winter chills for a week of tropical sunshine. One of the best times to visit Bahrain is during the Autumn months when temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius and travellers can enjoy the island’s abundance of activities and experiences. Mornings and late afternoons can be spent enjoying the blissful, white-sand beaches and trying out the endless array of watersports activities including snorkelling, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Offering magical and unique experiences, beyond the average island sun holiday, Bahrain is also a vibrant hub of history and culture on land. Visiting between the months of September to March is prime for travellers to explore Bahrain’s rich history and culture, from the three UNESCO World Heritage sites and ornately designed Ahmad Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, to the dazzling collection of hand-crafted woven rugs and rare Arabian spices on sale at the eclectic Manana Souq.

Stay at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, Bahrain’s most luxurious island escape located on its own private island in the heart of Manama, the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a dreamy oasis where guests can indulge in top-class service, gastronomy and facilities. Built within a fascinating grand structure, suspended from the 11th to 28th floors, each of the 273 hotel guest rooms offers unparalleled views of the north side Arabian Gulf, and mesmerising Manama skyline to the south. The perfect spot to indulge in the region’s delicious cuisine, the hotel is home to a number of restaurants fit to satisfy every craving, from delicious cuts of steakhouse meat and striking 180-degree views of Manama at CUT Wolfgang Puck to the modern Asian dining served at RE Asian Cuisine. The latter being Bahrain’s most elevated restaurant,  guests dining at RE Asian Cuisine are set to be wowed by the array of re-imagined Japanese dishes, art-deco-inspired interiors, and truly breathtaking views of the Kingdom’s skyline. For guests seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating escape, the  Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay also offers an impressive array of spa services, including an invigorating oud massage and halotherapy session in the spa’s purifying salt inhalation room. With all treatments expertly created with the purest of ingredients and techniques derived from ancient healing methods, guests treating themselves to a day at the spa are guaranteed to leave refreshed and rejuvenated for the holiday indulgence ahead.

Room rates start from £455.15 per night in October 2022 for a Superior room. Book here

Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bahrain (BAH) return from £724 per person in October 2022 with Gulf Air. gulfair.com

For more information visit bahrain.com

Celebrate art, culture and delicious cuisines in San Francisco this Autumn

San Francisco is a city which emulates life. Its streets are filled with colour and music, and the possibility of adventure rings out from every corner. Visiting in the Autumn months, families will experience the perfect temperature and sightseeing conditions, when the notorious San Francisco fog drifts away, and the peak summer crowds die down at last. Travellers can explore the city on foot with one of the many free walking tours offered by the San Francisco City Guides, featuring popular neighbourhoods such as the Castro, known as the city’s LGBTQ+ capital and the vibrant Mission District, an area exploding with cultural influences from around the globe. Exploring the Mission’s foodie scene, travellers of all ages will enjoy its mouth-watering array of delicious restaurants and food stalls, from high-end Korean barbeque restaurant, SAN HO WON, which opened last December, to the classic Mexican burritos served at La Taqueria. For travellers visiting this October who is interested in the city’s diverse offerings in arts and culture, the brand-new Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco is a must-see. Opening in the Bay Area on 1 October 2022, this groundbreaking museum, motivated by the aim of empowering underrepresented voices in society, will offer a fascinating display of contemporary artworks and installations by local talent.

Stay at San Francisco’s brand-new opening, The LINE SF

Set to open in San Francisco in September 2022 at the intersection where South of Market district (SOMA), Civic Centre and Tenderloin converge, The LINE SF hotel will serve as a central hub and meeting point in the Bay Area. Its design will endeavour to reflect the area’s complex history, culture, and spirit, by exploring the juxtaposition of 21st-century technology and design with the urban grittiness of this historic neighbourhood. Through this comparison, the hotel will celebrate the vibrant character of the city’s past, and shine a light on its bright, advancing future. Offering 236 rooms, the hotel will be fully equipped with four distinct dining and drinking experiences, including a landscaped rooftop solarium with panoramic views of the city, as well as over 2,000 sq. feet of event space. 

Room rates start from £262 per night in October 2022 for a King room. Book here

Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Francisco (San Francisco International) and return from £528 per person in October 2022 with Virgin Atlantic. virginatlantic.com

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