November is not really a typical month to travel – work and school are in full swing, it’s still hurricane season in some parts of the Caribbean, and while skiing hasn’t really started yet in most destinations, the fall foliage may also be over. That said, November is also Thanksgiving in the US, and especially towards the end of the month, some destinations start to really turn up, thanks to either the weather or the snowmaking machines. So, this begs the question – what are the best places to visit in November for a villa getaway?
To answer that, first you need to understand that traveling in November gives you the chance to avoid the typical tourist crowds and have some breathtaking destinations more to yourself. Plus, you can get amazing deals, including being able to stay in some of the world’s best villas with your family and friends for a fraction of what you’d normally pay. These two factors weigh heavily when choosing a best villa getaway for November, since it’s the reason why many choose to travel on this offbeat month.
With that said, here are five of the best luxury villa getaways you can get in the month of November:
Mountain Village, Colorado
Mountain Village is a beautiful resort community in Southwest Colorado just by Telluride, with the two connected by a gondola that offers spectacular views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Telluride itself must be one of the prettiest mountain towns in the world, with a turn of the century charm that is only surpassed by the soaring mountain views that envelope its quant streets. Mountain Village, meanwhile, offers unparalleled access to the area’s best hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf, and, of course, skiing.
Early November is an especially quiet time, with many taking off for vacation before the start of the ski season. Don’t let that hold you back, though. Especially if you love hiking, there’s something magical about having those Rocky Mountain trails all to yourself (just be sure to pack some layers and some good hiking boots). And if you’re looking to travel for Thanksgiving, you’re in luck. The gondola to and from Telluride opens on November 18, and skiing usually starts on the 25th.
Nestled within the San Sophia mountains you’ll find Autumn Ridge, a true testament to mountain luxury. It features jaw-dropping views all throughout the villa, including from the soaking tub in the master bathroom, as well as exquisite construction and unbelievable amenities all throughout. These include, but are not limited to, a bowling alley, elevator, full gym, steam room, movie theatre, and so much more. Beautiful stonework, Venetian walls, granite countertops, and vaulted wood beamed ceilings tie it all together. And with 11 beautifully appointed bedrooms split between two residences, it’s an ideal choice for either a large family or two families traveling together.
Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
If you’re hoping to experience some beautiful fall foliage in November, then Western North Carolina may be your best bet. While peak foliage is in October, early November should still see some great color in the lower elevation towns along the Smoky Mountains.
A great bet for foliage is Lake Nantahala in Tupton, North Carolina. It’s elevated enough to deliver that Smoky Mountain experience, but low enough to still have those beautiful red, yellow, and browns. It’s also full of stunning waterfalls and old stone bridges, which, when combined with the fall colors, make for a captivating atmosphere. Kokanee salmon are also still spawning in November (they start in August), so there’s some great fishing to be had too. There’s also mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and white-water rafting to enjoy, all with less crowds in November.
Forge Lake Lodge
Picture the ultimate Smoky Mountain vacation rental, and you have Forge Lake Lodge, a luxury mountain experience that has that perfect mix of rustic charm and modern pampering that you want. The exterior is just breathtaking, featuring classic Alpine architecture and stunning views of the lake all throughout, as well as a waterfall right beside it. The interior, meanwhile, is full of 19th century antiques, wood beams, interesting art, rich textures, grand stonework, and mounted antlers. It’s the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable Thanksgiving, or just a weekend autumn getaway.
Punta Mita, Mexico
November sees rainy season end in Punta Mita, a gorgeous private peninsula that is home to some of Mexico’s finest resorts and villas. It’s probably Mexico’s most exclusive destination – which is a big reason why it’s such a celebrity favorite – so traveling in November is less about avoiding crowds, and more about simply finding somewhere to stay, and getting a better-than-usual rate.
That said, nearby Sayulita does get extremely crowded in December and is certainly worth a visit, which is another big advantage of going to Punta Mita in November. The weather is also fantastic this time of year, with it being warm during the day and cooler at night, making it a favorite time to visit for many regulars.
Easily one of Mexico’s most enchanting villas, the 7-bedroom Casa Wirikuta is surrounded by pools and fountains, with wood walkways connecting its various sections. The outdoor area is punctuated by an artisan-crafted palapa surrounded by tropical flowers, a glass-tile infinity pool, and, of course, the warm breezes and gentle waves of the Bay of Banderas. Inside, it is exquisitely appointed with local art, as well as an 18’ 4K MicroLED theatre and a 700 square foot fitness room. It’s $15,000/night well spent.
Virgin Gorda, BVI
November is technically the tail end of Hurricane season in BVI, but realistically the chances of encountering a tropical storm pretty much end by October, making November’s weather much like December’s.
That means gorgeous sunshine with only a slight chance of afternoon showers here and there. It also means getting to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled beauty of BVI for a fraction of the price you’d pay just a month later.
Overlooking the beautiful Nail Bay, Baraka Point is all about the attention detail. Exotically appointed with furnishings from India and China and designed to contrast elegantly with the surrounding sea and landscape, the villa is truly a sight to behold both inside and out. And while guests love all the little touches and textures that make the interior so memorable, it’s the outdoor dining area and infinity pool that are host to their most cherished memories.
November’s a great time to visit Hawaii – the water’s still warm enough to swim, but it’s not quite as hot as it gets during the summer. It’s right at the cusp of the transition from summer to winter – Hawaii’s two main seasons.
That means you get to avoid the crowds and enjoy an authentic Hawaiian experience, as well as take advantage of shoulder season prices. Maui’s western tip is especially well-recommended during this time since there’s a lower chance of rain. It’s also particularly gorgeous.
With an unmatched location in Napili in Western Maui – one of Hawaii’s most coveted bays – the highlight of the appropriately named Paradise Cove has to the sandy cove at the front of the house, a favorite of both guests and sea turtles alike. The villa also includes a resistance pool, hot tub, a large ocean view Lanai, and plenty of artful detail to give it a true sense of character. At 3 bedrooms, it’s perfect for a small family, with the master suite taking up the entirety of the upstairs.
Wondering where to Travel in November?
The destinations on this list all make fine choices, but they’re far from the only options when it comes to finding the best places to visit in November. No matter your travel preferences, there are plenty of great villa getaways for you to enjoy during this month. Contact Rental Escapes today and one of our villa rental specialists will be happy to provide you with the best options for your dates and party!