Holidaying as a solo traveller offers a unique opportunity to see and experience the world in the way you choose, to enjoy those special interest holidays with like-minded souls and to make long-lasting friendships that endure perhaps for a lifetime. And when joining a package tour with a specialist solo travel agency you won’t have to go it alone or pay a single supplement.
The all-inclusive three-star Hotel Era in Hisaronu Turkey is a small, family-run hotel exclusively for single travellers. It has just 20 en suite rooms and guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room. It has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the focus of the hotel is the super swimming pool, surrounded by good-sized terraces with sun-beds for everyone. Authentic Turkish touches include the wood panelling in the bar, the hubble bubble pipe and the hammocks hanging in the gardens. A short stroll leads to small shops, bars and restaurants and a short dolmus ride leads to the Blue Lagoon.
Vidamar Resort, Praia dos Salgados, Portugal
The Vidamar Resort is located on Praia dos Salgados, a magnificent beach, seven kms west of Albufeira, backed by dunes which separate it from a freshwater lagoon and nature reserve. This five-star hotel, with a boardwalk to the beach, plus an 18-hole golf course next door, is the perfect choice for solo travellers looking for a sunshine or golfing holiday, or a combination of both! Single guests at the hotel enjoy sole occupancy of a double room and a nightly dinner table is reserved for solo travellers in the Ocean buffet restaurant. Facilities at the hotel, which is set in extensive grounds, include indoor and outdoor pools, a chill-out pool, four restaurants, four bars and a spa and gym.
Pineda de Mar, Spain’s Costa Brava
For solo travellers looking for more than just sunshine on their summer holiday, seven-night beachside breaks in Catalan Spain include authentic experiences such as a cookery workshop and escorted trips to Barcelona, Girona, the medieval hill town of Hostalric and Canet de Mar, with its Catalan architecture. Accommodation is at the three-star plus Hotel Stella & Spa – where guests have sole occupancy of a double room – which is situated just a 10-minute stroll from a huge sandy beach. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa – with sauna, a solarium and Jacuzzi – plus a fully-equipped fitness room.
Paros & Naxos, twin-centre holiday
This two-centre holiday combines Paros – an idyllic island in the Cyclades – with its equally beautiful island neighbour of Naxos. This relaxing Greek holiday for single travellers begins with seven nights of ‘chilling’ on Golden Beach in Paros, then transfers to Plaka on Naxos for three nights, a larger resort with a wide choice of bars and restaurants. Accommodation on Paros is at the intimate beachside Villa Aeolos, while on Naxos it’s at the Aegean Land Hotel, perfectly placed for sightseeing and shopping historic Naxos Town. For water sports fans windsurf hire, scuba-diving, water skiing and wake boarding can be arranged. Transfer between islands is by ferry, a journey of around 30 minutes.
Belfast and beyond summer break
This short break of contrasts combines buzzing Belfast – with its many attractions such as the Titanic Museum and its city centre nightlife – with the pretty town of Ballycastle on the beautiful Causeway Coast where ‘must sees’ include the Giant’s Causeway. This three-night Belfast & Beyond bed and breakfast break – where guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room – spends one night at the Premier Inn in Belfast and two nights at the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle, a small friendly hotel where single travellers will be assured of a warm welcome.
- Hotel Era, Hisaroun, Turkey
- Vidamar Resort, Praia dos Salgados, Portugal
- Hotel Stella & Spa, Pineda de Mar, Spain
- Paros & Naxos, Greece
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
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