Where To Go In November 2023
A tricky transitional month that can often feel gloomy in the northern hemisphere, it’s never a bad idea to go away in November. Ahead of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to get an early injection of winter sun or take a mood-boosting city break. From Marrakech to Torino, here are the destinations to earmark for the month ahead.
Morocco has endured a tough few months following the earthquake in September, so it needs tourism more than ever — especially in Marrakech and the surrounding area. November is a particularly wonderful time to go, when temperatures hover around the mid-20s and dazzling blue skies are plentiful. In Marrakech, stay at the newly minted Maison Brummell near the Majorelle Gardens and not far from the medina, or Rosemary, a fresh riad opening from the duo behind LRNCE.
Piedmont’s elegant capital, Turin, is a city we’re falling increasingly in love with. Supremely elegant with its Baroque architecture, impressive boulevards, historic museums, and grand cafes, it has more than a whiff of Paris or Vienna about it. But it is its dedication to gastronomy that sets it apart and reminds you that it is unmistakably Italian. Stay at Ai Savoia, a tiny but elegant B&B, and make sure you book your restaurants ahead, especially Al Gatto Nero, a favorite of local gourmands, Odd, and Mimi Thorisson.
A couple of chic new addresses have put Paris firmly on our Fall agendas: Le Grand Mazarin and Hotel de la Boetie. The former is the latest outpost from the Maisons Pariente group and opened its Martin Brudnizki-designed doors this September in the Marais with all sorts of bells and whistles including a winter garden, an indoor swimming pool, and a secret cabaret bar.
Hotel de la Boetie, the newest member of the Touriste stable, is tucked away near the Champs-Élysées in the 8th and is a collaboration with designer du jour, Beata Heumann. The result is an elegant riot of vintage with her signature playfulness and use of color. Whatever the weather, you can get lost in Paris’ myriad museums, galleries, and vintage stores, and while away cozy hours in its storied cafes and romantic restaurants.
London is heavenly during the Fall. Of course, the temperature drops but its swathes of green parkland transform to a kaleidoscope of warm golds, burnt oranges, and crimson reds at November hits. Londoners move from restaurant terraces and pub gardens to wood-paneled dining rooms and armchairs by roaring fires. It’s the season of red wine in tiny candle-lit bars and blustery romps across Hampstead Heath. Check into the newly opened At Sloane at Sloane Square, which was conceived by the renowned French hotelier Costes.
Although Mallorca’s swimming days are probably gone or numbered in November, days are still wonderfully crisp and sun-drenched — ideal for exploring its capital, Palma. Get lost in the labyrinth streets around La Seu, its magnificent Gothic cathedral, sample the stalls at Santa Catalina market, visit artisan wicker makers, and get your teeth into its exciting tapas scene. For a luxurious stay right in the old quarter, it has to be Hotel Sant Francesc — it has a spectacular rooftop (with pool) if the weather gods shine on you.
A storied town on the California coast north of Big Sur, Carmel has been attracting artists and writers for more than a hundred years. The place to stay is the La Playa, a charming boutique hotel that has been recently renovated for the modern day traveler. Formerly the mansion home of landscape painter Chris Jorgensen, its designers have drawn on its glamorous past to create 75 bedrooms and social spaces that sit a stone’s throw from the soft white sands of the Pacific. Expect decadent touches such as a Champagne breakfast buffet and daily sunset cocktails. This romantic retreat is ideally placed for exploring downtown Carmel’s epicurean and cultural delights.