As the sweltering summer heat begins to wane and the leaves start to turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, autumn beckons us to embrace its captivating charm. This fall, we have handpicked extraordinary destinations that promise unforgettable experiences amidst the crisp and colorful season. From a wine lover’s paradise in Johannesburg to a literary extravaganza in Bali, and from the Maldives’ pristine waters to Napa Valley’s European allure, these destinations offer something for every traveler seeking to savor the essence of autumn.
Johannesburg, South Africa
For wine aficionados, autumn in Johannesburg means one thing: the RMB WineX Festival. From October 25th to October 27th, this renowned festival transforms the Sandton Convention Center into a vinous wonderland, hosting over 150 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of wines, brandies, olives, and oils. Whether you’re a fan of big brand names or boutique wineries, this festival has something to delight your palate.
Just an eight-minute drive away from the festival venue lies the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, a luxurious oasis nestled on 10 acres of lush land. The Saxon offers elegant suites and private villas, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of wine tasting. To keep the wine theme alive, The Saxon boasts a remarkable wine experience, inviting guests into its wine cellars with knowledgeable sommeliers and South African flavors. With an award-winning wine list, you can embark on a global wine tour right at the hotel. And for an unforgettable experience, book a dinner in the wine cellar in advance.
Johannesburg has emerged as a must-see destination for wine enthusiasts, offering a myriad of experiences that rival those of Cape Town. The Saxon Hotel’s dedication to offering the broadest and most diverse wine selection, under the guidance of head sommelier Lloyd Jusa, makes it a wine lover’s paradise.
Literary enthusiasts and culture seekers will find their haven at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali. From October 18th to 22nd, 2023, this festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by bringing together more than 150 captivating writers, thinkers, and performers from around the world. It’s a five-day extravaganza that immerses guests in the world of literature and Balinese culture.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach offers guests the opportunity to combine their stay with a day trip to the festival. Alongside author conversations and panel discussions, attendees can enjoy Indonesian dance performances, literary-themed lunches, guided tours of Ubud’s iconic spots, late-night comedy shows, music performances, and spoken word galas. The festival also features book launches and inspiring workshops.
What makes Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach truly unique is its Neighborhood Hosts, who go beyond traditional concierge services to provide guests with local insights and experiences. These hosts share engaging stories and suggestions, ensuring an exceptional immersion in Bali’s vibrant atmosphere.
Virgin Atlantic is opening a new route to the Maldives from New York via London Heathrow, making it easier than ever for US travelers to experience the Maldives’ enchanting beauty. The seasonal service, running from October 22, 2023, to March 2024, offers a chance to explore crystal-clear waters, unspoiled beaches, and vibrant marine ecosystems.
For an authentic Maldivian experience, consider staying at Milaidhoo or Baros. Milaidhoo offers underwater explorations, watersports, catamaran sailing, dolphin watching, and stargazing on a secluded sandbank. Baros, on the other hand, is committed to environmental preservation and provides exceptional diving and snorkeling experiences.
Napa Valley, California
For those who long for the European ambiance in the heart of the United States, Napa Valley is your autumn destination. Reminiscent of the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany, Napa Valley offers stunning scenery, abundant sunshine, and a plethora of wineries, tasting rooms, and award-winning restaurants.
To complete the Italian experience, consider staying at Villa Calistoga, available for rent through THIRDHOME. This secluded estate boasts panoramic views of vineyards, olive trees, mountains, and more. It’s a taste of Italy right in Napa Valley, where you can savor the European charm without leaving the country.
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