Amazing Beach Destinations to Visit in November

Beach with clear waters and clear sky with a handful of clouds.

Traveling is always fun, whether flying with a private jet or by car. Seeing new places, experiencing the native lifestyle, tasting the local cuisine, and leaving the monotonous daily routine behind even for a few days or weeks can be a life changer for many. While summer is the usual season for traveling, November makes a trip more enjoyable if you know where to go. However, with numerous amazing beach destinations to choose from, selecting the best one can be pretty challenging. So, let’s explore our options.

1. Seychelles

It is very rare for this exotic island not to cross someone’s mind at least once when thinking about traveling. You can find it in the southern Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, and its climate is perfect for traveling in November. And, with English widely spoken, you will have no problem communicating with the locals

The famous Beau Ballon area can undoubtedly keep you excited, as it offers many beach resorts with beautiful and warm seas, like the famous Anse Royale in Mahe and Praslin beach, a variety of flora and fauna. If you are into water sports, you may also enjoy Morne Seychellois, a nature park with green tropical forest hills. Lastly, the island offers a lively nightlife with several beachside parties in resorts, making it a good destination for people of all ages.

Over water bungalows in the middle of the beach
Traveling is the best way to leave your daily routine behind.

2. The Maldives

The Maldives lie on the other side of the Seychelles and southwest of the Indian Ocean. An island famous for its luxurious resorts scattered around on pristine little islands and one of the best destinations to travel to this time of the year. It offers a variety of water sports in its deep blue waters, from ferry rides and para-sailing to scuba diving. Finally, its wide variety of sea creatures, like rare manta rays and green turtles, will leave you wondering why vacations have to end.

3. Bora Bora

If, on the other hand, you are into more relaxed kinds of vacations, Bora Bora might be the place for you. It’s a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean that may not have many shops and businesses. Still, its geographic location makes it perfect for those who enjoy the peace and incredible scenery together. With a lagoon formation surrounded by coral reefs on all sides and Mt Otamanu in the middle of the island, it’s an idyllic destination.

4. Bali

A living paradise island made up of volcanic mountains, based in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is famous for its green fields, white sand beaches, and coral reefs. With the tropical climate, even during November, you can enjoy various activities like surfing or water scooters. And since we are talking about amazing beach destinations, it would be a shame not to mention Bali’s famous Balangan beach, known for its pure waters and golden sand. Furthermore, one good option to consider is buying a beach house. If you can afford it, it can be a great investment and a steady opportunity for vacation throughout the year for you and your family to enjoy.

Tropical trees at Sunset
Nighttime on tropical beaches has its beauty

5. St. Barts

The Caribbean was always a popular destination, and even though the chances to see the black pearl are close to none, its exotic beaches will leave anyone speechless. Especially the Gouverneur beach, filled with golden sand between two rocky headlands and the clearest waters one can ask for, is positively stunning. While it sees nonstop action during summer, it has a surprisingly low-key vibe during fall, making it perfect for enjoying this beautiful island.

6. Aruba

Speaking of islands in the Caribbean, Aruba is also a fine choice. With the incredible beaches and lovely temperatures during November, you will never want to leave. This island does not even have a hurricane season, thus making it danger-free all around the year. It is one of the amazing beach destinations for those not ready to wave the summer goodbye.

7. Costa Rica

For those seeking an eco-friendly destination for their travels, we can not oversee the global leader in sustainable tourism. Over 30 percent of the country is protected land, and almost 100 percent of its energy is renewable. As a result, it is one of the greenest destinations one can choose. It offers a variety of beaches and tropical fruits like mango and papaya or exploring jungles and climbing volcanoes. Whichever it is, you will find it here.

8. Dubai

Being famous for its artificial islands, tall buildings, and prosperous lifestyle does not mean city life is all Dubai has to offer. With many amazing beaches like Sunset, Black Palace, and Al Mamzar, it can offer an option to suit just about every taste. The weather is always pleasant, making it a perfect destination for any time of the year.

9. Puerto Rico

Famed for its tropical climate, the stunning lights on the island of Vieques, and the exciting food and drink choices in San Juan, Puerto Rico can be an excellent fall getaway destination. It has everything from crystalline beaches to outdoor art galleries, and it can be a fantastic experience.

Scenic beach resort
Thailand is one of the amazing beach destinations you should visit.

10. Thailand

Lastly, Thailand is one of the most exotic destinations one can choose for their vacation. It harbors everything, from amazing scenery to famous beaches and waterfalls that lend themselves to various sports. Its low cost, variety of tropical plants and animals, and intriguing cuisine, whose delicacies delight your mouth, will blow your mind. Vibrant nighttime and ancient temples are there for you to enjoy when you are out of sunscreen, thus making it overall a great destination worthy of its popularity.

In conclusion

In closing, these are only a small number of amazing beach destinations one can choose for their November travels and getaways. Numerous options cannot fit into a small article, but the above are definitely the most noteworthy among them.

My Favourite Hotels Around the World

This Post Was Originally Published on the TuGo Travel Blog on November 25, 2019 by Mark Crone

The list of my favourite hotels around the world could go on and on—it’s almost unlimited. But I’ve put together a shortlist based on the hotel and the destination experience. There’s a mix of larger hotels and smaller properties. While it’s great to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, it’s also great to enjoy the area and destination. I’ve stayed at all 5 properties several times—they’re all comfortable and highly recommended. Here’s my shortlist of favourite hotels, in no particular order:

Flemings Mayfair, London

The Flemings Mayfair Hotel on Half Moon Street in London

In London, hotel choices are limitless and highly dependent on location. The Flemings is situated right in the heart of central London, in the prestigious Mayfair area. The first time I stayed there, I went for a walk through Green Park (down the street and minutes away) and literally came upon Buckingham Palace on the other side. The small hotel (129 rooms) is located on a quiet residential street which gives a homely feel to the hotel. Flemings Mayfair is an independent, family-owned property and the second oldest established hotel in London, dating back to 1731.
Room prices are available from £250 per night, which includes breakfast. It’s great value for central London and a well-equipped, recently renovated property!

Kristall Hotel, Austria

Winter view looking at the Hotel Kristall in Austria

The family-run Hotel Kristall in Perisau at Lake Achensee is a must-visit. In the winter, the area is a winter wonderland with skiing, skating, snowshoeing and more. In the summer you can go biking, hiking, golfing and trek mountains nearby. The small (50 room) hotel has a luxury feel and a comfortable ambience. There’s a renowned spa, gourmet dinners in the new vaulted cellar and weekly wine tastings in the wine repository. The hotel is a short walk from Lake Achensee, mountain attractions and nearby cable cars and mountain ranges. Staying at the Kristall is an escape holiday, where you simply lose track of days and time (the best kind of holidays)! The combination of the gorgeous landscape and the surrounding alpine world creates a lasting memory of Tyrol!
Suite prices start at 150 Euro per person with special inclusive packages available.

Royal York, Toronto

Inside a guest room at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada

The Fairmont Royal York, formerly and commonly known as the Royal York, is considered one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. It’s a large historic luxury hotel located along Front Street West, directly across from Union Station in the southern end of the Financial District, in central Downtown Toronto.
The hotel opened in June 1929 and has 1,363 guest rooms and suites, including Signature or Luxury, along with eight types of suites. In addition to first-rate facilities, the Royal York is connected to the PATH system, a series of pedestrian tunnels that connect numerous buildings in Downtown Toronto. There’s also a tunnel directly connecting the hotel to Union Station and to Scotiabank Arena (home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA Toronto Raptors and major concerts).
You can’t beat the Royal York’s location in Toronto. Room rates start at $195.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Caesar Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace opened in 1966 and is one of Las Vegas’s largest and best-known landmarks. The hotel is located right on the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and The Mirage. Caesars is meant to give a Roman Empire feel with statues, columns and a 20-foot statue of Augustus Caesar near the entrance.
It’s a large deluxe resort property with 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers, a convention facility, a large range of restaurants and outdoor pools, among many other features. The hotel operates a large casino and “The Colosseum”, a venue for live music and sports entertainment, featuring major entertainers for one-night shows and residence stays. There’s also a sizable shopping mall attached to the resort called “The Forum Shops at Caesars”.
Despite its size, the hotel is very comfortable and has absolutely everything on site, making it a great choice for a Las Vegas stay. Rooms can be as low as $99 per night!

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Aerial view of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates, and it’s a very unique destination . It’s one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers from around the world, with its endless choices for fine dining, shopping, and luxury accommodations. The 7-star Burj Al Arab is perhaps the top choice in Dubai (and possibly anywhere).
The Burj al Arab is the iconic “sail” hotel located directly on the Persian Gulf in Dubai. It features all-suite accommodation, which includes butler service and a private beach. You don’t need to leave the property (and might not want to with room rates). The Burj has 201 suites, 9 restaurants, 5 pools, a spa, fitness centre and much more. If you’d like to make a grand entrance, you can arrive by helicopter on their roof or by chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. It’s the lap of luxury and pure fantasy rolled into one: a once in a lifetime hotel experience.
It’s still one of my favourite hotels of all time! Rates start at $4,300 USD including breakfast for two.

These are my 5 favourite hotels, but my hotel list continues to grow! What’s your favourite?
Safe travels,
Mark

Charming Villages in Austria for a Cozy Winter Vacation

A charming village in Austria.

Austria is known for its idyllic landscapes, beautiful architecture, and enchanting Christmas markets. In addition, this beautiful country is also a haven for those who like to practice winter sports in Europe. Massive snowfalls, however, transform practically all Austrian villages into fairytale settings right out of the movie Frozen from November to March. Unfortunately, most tourists visit only popular cities like Vienna, Salzburg, or Innsbruck. For this reason, we have prepared an article about those charming villages in Austria where you can go for a cozy winter vacation whether you want to practice winter sports or not. By visiting these villages, you will discover the authentic Austrian spirit and realize just how beautiful this country truly is. So let us proceed in our journey to discover the charming villages that you have to visit when in Austria.

Hallstatt

This tiny village, found on the shores of the lake with the same name, is one of the most beautiful villages in Austria. The Salzkammergut mountains surround Hallstatt and give it a picturesque view that you would never believe to be true. Moreover, this village is so unique and valuable that it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 2000 prehistoric graves were found near Hallstatt village, suggesting that this area might be the cradle of Austrian civilization. In addition, the many 16th century buildings around the local market square will make you take an architectural trip back in time. However, besides admiring the beautiful surroundings, you can also have some fun. For instance, you can go hiking, cycling, or cruising on the lake. And, you can have a taste of the famous Austrian pastry, Schaumrollen.

Picture of the village of Hallstatt.
Hallstatt is one of the most charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation.

St. Gilgen

If you want to visit one of the most charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation, you should visit St. Gilgen. This village, located 20 minutes from Salzburg, is bordered by Wolfgangsee Lake and the Zwölferhorn mountain. And, even if this village is small, there are lots of attractions to be seen here. For example, “The Sound of Music” was filmed here, so you can visit some places that appear in the film. In addition, you can take a cable cart ride to the top of the Zwölferhorn mountain or visit the Mozart house. The Mozart house is not, as one might imagine, where Mozart resided, but rather where his mother was born. Nonetheless, the Mozart house is worth a visit, as is a Wolfgangsee Lake cruise or experiencing the local food. The famous Austrian spaetzle noodles are a must when you come to St. Gilgen.

Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is another pretty village that is close to a big city. It is located in the Zillertal Valley, just around one hour away from Innsbruck by car or train. The village becomes a ski resort during the winter, but the good part is that it is not very popular among tourists. So, if you like to practice skiing, you can do so here and avoid the crowds. In addition, you can take the cable car to the top of the mountain Ahornbahn and see the Ahorn Lake that sits at 2000m. Also, you can swim in an outdoor swimming pool or take a steam train ride to nearby Zell am Ziller, where you can slide down the alpine toboggan Arena Coaster. Or, you can explore the valley further and visit Hintertux Glacier. There, you can explore an incredible ice cave known as the Ice Palace, or you can ski some more at the local resort where skiing is possible all year round.

Sunset over a mountain in Austria.
The mountain villages in Austria offer breathtaking views.

Durnstein

This village of Lower Austria is said to be the jewel of the Wachau Valley. Durnstein is a historical village alongside the Danube river that will enchant you with its beautiful architecture. For example, the Blue Baroque tower of Durnstein Abbey. This abbey is a former Augustine monastery from the 15th-century, restored in the 18th-century in the Baroque style. In addition, you can also visit the ruins of a 10th-century castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. And, if you decide to visit this beautiful Austrian village, you don’t need to pack a lot of items with you. In the narrow, cobblestoned streets, there are many modern stores where you can get anything you need. As a result, it is best to keep your valuables at home and ensure their safety by renting a storage space for them. It will help you travel lighter and more comfortably

St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang is another of the charming villages in Austria that you can visit for a cozy winter vacation. You can find this typical Austrian village on the banks of lake Wolfganesse, surrounded by breathtaking mountains. It has beautiful streets, flower-decorated buildings, and a magnificent 14th-century church that adds to the picturesque setting. This church is famous for being the site of a former church built in 976 by Saint Wolfgang, Bishop of Regensburg. Also, the church serves as a destination for a pilgrimage that takes place every year from St. Wolfgang’s grave. Besides viewing historic buildings in the village, you can go on a train ride. The Schafbergbahn train will take you up the mountain for more than 1700 meters, from where you can admire the beautiful view of the village. Or, you can take a boat ride along the Wolfgangsee and admire the village from the lake.

Church tower and lake in St. Wolfgang, Austria.
The charming villages in Austria are just as beautiful in summer as they are during winter.

Final words

Austria is more than simply the birthplace of the Viennese waltz and the home of the famed Habsburg emperors. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world that becomes more and more beautiful when you take the time to explore it. And, the best way to get to the true heart and soul of Austria is to visit its little villages. There, you can meet friendly locals, taste delicious Austrian cuisine, and learn about the country’s history. Austria is an ideal winter holiday destination, whether you want to explore it on your own or have a memorable family trip. So make sure to visit the charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation.