The BodyHoliday on the pretty Caribbean island of St Lucia is nirvana for solo travellers. You’ll have your own room with a King-sized bed, plus a choice of restaurants, water sports, fitness classes and a daily spa treatment included in the price. Action-packed or chilled – you choose.
Barbados is famed for its luxury accommodation but single rooms in five-star hotels are notoriously hard to find the world over. The beachfront Coral Reef Club has four spacious and elegant singles, each with a private terrace or garden, plus a world-class spa, watersports, room service dining and live evening entertainment.
For solo travellers looking to give back to the communities they visit, voluntourism holidays allow you to put your professional skills to use on a career break. With tailor-made itineraries exploring Africa, Asia, South America or the South Pacific, these trips are not just for gap-year students. You can make a real difference.
Seeing Machu Picchu is a bucket-list experience for a good reason. Add in Lima, the Amazon, La Paz and Lake Titicaca and a Journey Latin America tour has the right mix of Peru and Bolivia highlights, plus room share options for the solo travellers who typically make up about 40% of the group.
Better than returning from holiday with a memory card full of snaps is a trip that teaches you how to take better photos. With options aimed at different levels, all exclusively for solo travellers, there’s no single supplement on short breaks in Paris, Berlin and Istanbul or longer journeys in Burma, Cuba and Ethiopia.
If you ever feel you need to kickstart your health, fitness and sense of equilibrium, try an in:spa retreat. In gorgeous settings such as Morocco and Andalucia, these week-long holidays offer a unique mix of gourmet healthy eating, yoga, personal training, hiking, massage and nutritional expertise. The small friendly groups are almost entirely made up of solo travellers.
Newly opened up to tourism, Burma’s little-discovered sights are high on travellers’ wishlists. But with the industry in its infancy, choose a specialist tour from Insider Journeys to explore the ancient temples of Bagan, traditional life on Inle Lake and the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, with solo travellers making up a third of their small groups.
Madeira’s year-round sunshine makes it a tempting escape, especially for keen walkers and nature-lovers. And with no single supplement on a wide selection of dates year-round, Classic Collection Holidays gives another incentive to book, along with whale-watching and old town of Funchal, and a friendly atmosphere without enforced socialising.
With its chic marina and unspoiled golden beaches, Playa Blanca in Lanzarote’s south is one of the sophisticated spots changing the island’s reputation. And with no single supplement from May to October, the luxury Hotel Volcan Lanzarote is ideal for solo travellers looking to try watersports, spa treatments or simply relax in style.
If you’re looking for more than relaxing in the sun, Kamalaya sanctuary and spa on Koh Samui is one of the world’s loveliest places to get body, mind and soul in order. It offers communal dining tables if you want to meet other guests, and tailored exercise, diet and treatment programmes, plus modest single supplements.
History, literature, gorgeous gardens: these small group tours are the ideal way to indulge your interests in the company of like-minded people. Take exclusive peeks at England’s stately homes and castles, or let expert guides reveal the secrets of some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and ancient buildings.
Away from Morocco’s fascinating cities, the country has stunning landscapes to discover. With solo travellers making up over half of those on Walks Worldwide trips, try camping in the Sahara, trek through the Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars. Small, friendly groups ensure that most guests take advantage of the room-share option.
Visiting ancient sites with an expert guide is the ideal way to bring history to life, so it’s no surprise that culture lovers return again and again to Peter Sommer’s tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. Focusing on older explorers, the land and sea trips attract plenty of solo travellers with a mix of first-timers and regulars.
Joining a house party holiday can be the best of both worlds for singles – a ready-made group to join whenever you fancy the company, and the usual hotel facilities if you prefer time alone. Throw in Spain’s beaches and historic towns, and it’s a perfect short-haul break.
When a fortnight isn’t enough, long hotel stays can attract discounts that make them more of a bargain than an indulgence. For over-50s travelling alone, single rooms in Saga’s hotels usually cost the same as doubles for three weeks or more, with all-inclusive options in Spain, St Lucia, Cuba, Thailand and Mauritius.
From the stunning scenery of the Western Highlands of Scotland to the legendary Glacier Express in Switzerland, a rail holiday offers one of the most relaxing ways to explore. And with no single supplements on selected trips from Great Rail Journeys, it’s ideal for solo travellers looking for a ready-made group of companions.
Skiing holidays can be pricey for solo travellers if you’d rather not join a group of singles. But if endless snow on the slopes is what you’re looking for, there’s another option with no single supplements at a range of hotels in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Lapland – après ski optional.
All the benefits of organised travel but no need to travel with a group: the combination is hard to beat if you’re travelling solo on a private tour with Barefoot Traveller. Taking in ancient frescoes, historic culture, tea plantations, elephants and dazzling beaches, this Sri Lanka itinerary promises to be magical.
A welcoming house party atmosphere and strict singles-only policy ensure you won’t feel the odd guest out at Mistral Hotel on the Greek island of Crete. Double rooms with no single supplement, two pools, a nearby beach and on-site massages, plus activities from wine tasting to boat trips, attracts solo travellers of all ages.
With minimal single supplements and itineraries covering the world’s most fascinating ancient sites from Orkney to Easter Island, it’s no surprise that solo history buffs snap up these archaeology tours. Expert guides, such as Professor Mary Beard, lead the trips including private visits to Stonehenge on tester weekends or longer worldwide tours.
From ultramodern Tokyo to the temples and geisha of Kyoto, Japan is eternally fascinating. And with no single supplement on selected trips, these guided tours cover the country’s main sights and lesser-known spots, some featuring overnight stays in temple lodgings. There’s also an option to create a tailor-made solo itinerary.
The sights, sounds and sheer excitement of a trip to India make it an unforgettable experience. The Mystical India tour from Cox & Kings includes not only the country’s most iconic spots, from the Taj Mahal to tigers in Ranthambore National Park, but it’s also designed specifically for solo travellers.
On Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast, take your pick of three hotels where all your fellow guests are solo travellers. There’s a house party atmosphere, most meals and drinks included and double room occupancy with no single supplement. Combine it with a week’s cruise on a traditional gulet for a perfect holiday.
In Italy’s beautiful south, the only thing better than the scenery of the Neapolitan Riviera is not having to share it with crowds of others. With no single supplement for summer stays at Hotel Hermitage, enjoy its private beach, Unesco World Heritage sites and walks in the Cilento National Park.