<strong>Jordan</strong><br />Mid-September is the start of the peak season in Jordan, as the weather starts to cool off. Voyage Jules Verne have a package that includes return flights from Gatwick, three nights at the Petra Palace, four nights in Aqaba and a tour of the Dead Sea. For an extra &pound;65, they will also give you a night-time tour of Petra, although they can&rsquo;t promise that they will have the local constabulary illuminate the place with their headlights, as they recently did for Madonna. (Price for the 13 October trip is &pound;647 per person. Tel: 0845 166 7035, www.vjv.com.) Alternatively, stay at the stunning Ma&rsquo;In Six Senses. Set in the bare mountains 264m below sea level, an hour&rsquo;s drive from the airport and 30 minutes from the Dead Sea, it has a natural hot spring waterfalls that drop into the spa complex. Rooms from &pound;232 per night. www.sixsenses.com/Evason-Ma-In<br /><strong>Morocco</strong><br />La Mamounia opened as a hotel in 1923 and since then, guests have included Charlie Chaplin, Omar Sharif and Nelson Mandela. Following a three-year refurb, it reopens on 29 September, with 136 rooms and 71 suites, serviced by two restaurants &ndash; each run by a Michelin-starred chef &ndash; spinning and yoga classes, a hammam, ozone-treated swimming pool, and even table tennis tables. From &pound;432 a night, see: www.mamounia.com. If you are planning a late autumn trip, then the Royal Mansour is opening in December. Located in the medina, it&rsquo;s in three hectares of gardens and a 2,500 sq m spa, and the 53 riads are linked by undergroud tunnels that are accessible only to staff. A three-night stay for two will cost around &pound;1810pp, including flights. Contact Eden Collection on 01244 567 000 or go to www.royalmansour.ma. <br /><br /><strong>Tunisia</strong><br />Year-round sunshine, beaches, souks and history in spades (think Carthage, Tunis and Jerba Island for plenty of all four) makes Tunisia a vibrant country and a sure bet for autumnal tanning. Though your boutique hammams and riads are best found in Morocco, if you&rsquo;re going to splash your cash on opulence in the sun, go for the Residence Tunis on the Cote de Carthage &ndash; all marble, Moorish arches, palm trees and cocktails by the pool with African aristrocrats. Rooms from &pound;200 per night; www. www.theresidence.com or call +216 71 910 101. For something more intimate, try the Dar Said, a 19th century mansion in the ancient village of Sidi Bou Said. Think jasmine-scented courtyards and breakfast under the orange trees by the swimming pool. With only 24 rooms, this is rather a find in Tunisia. Rooms from &pound;130; www.darsaid.com.tn. Thomson flies to Tunisia (Monastir) from &pound;200, flights.thomson.co.uk.