Singles holidays in April
April showers aside, this month sees the first of the good weather across the UK and closer to home in Europe, so it’s a great time to book a short-haul holiday if you’re travelling solo. But you’ve also got a huge choice if you look further afield, from the last of the season’s snow in the Alps to more exotic trips to South East Asia, India and north Africa before summer temperatures soar.
It’s still peak season in the world’s top beach destinations too, if you’d like your sunshine to be guaranteed. Here are some of the best singles holidays in April.
UK short breaks for solo travellers
There’s so much to discover on our small island, so if you’ve a passion for literature, architecture or history, try a themed tour around some of the UK’s most memorable sights. With no single supplements on selected tours, Martin Randall Travel is unsurprisingly popular with solo travellers, and this month their expert guide can take you behind the scenes at the country’s great cathedrals. Its sister operator, The Cultural Travel Company, offers more affordable options in the UK and Europe.
If you are a single parent, make the most of any spring sunshine at the beachfront Sands Hotel in Cornwall which has superb children’s facilities. See this special offer. Or enjoy a short break with one of the Easter UK holidays from Single with Kids, as well as their Mediterranean getaways, including a new beachfront hotel in Cyprus.
April has some of the best variety for short-haul trips, whether you want snow, sun or gorgeous countryside with great food. The ski season is almost over, but booking this month can also mean lower prices and quieter slopes, especially outside the Easter holidays. For major resorts like Meribel and Val d’Isere, I’d suggest Friendship Travel which has week-long ski breaks for those travelling solo, as well as room share options if you’d like to keep costs down even further.
It’s a great time of year to visit Russia as well – this seven-day Majestic Russia tour is run exclusively for solo travellers and visits the key sights of Moscow and St Petersburg.
Or venture further south with a cultural tour from Kirker Holidays including art and music-themed breaks across Italy.
If you love nature, watch the flowers bloom in the Netherlands on a luxury hotel barge holiday with European Waterways including some departures with no single supplement, a floating house party atmosphere and all-inclusive gourmet food, wine and excursions.
Spend just a few more hours on a plane and you can be transported to a very different world, among the legendary tombs and temples of Egypt. A Nile cruise isn’t just the classic way to travel, it’s easily the most memorable, sailing through the heart of the country to discover Karnak and Luxor.
For a real adventure and another fabulous ancient site, saddle up and join a small group riding holiday in the Jordanian desert, discovering Petra as well as Wadi Rum.
Long-haul singles holidays in April
If your heart is set on seeing India with its riot of colours and ancient culture, April is your last chance before the main heat of summer and the monsoon season, so book for the beginning of the month to discover this eternally fascinating country. Cox & Kings has tours exclusively for solo travellers such as Exotic India, which takes in the Golden Triangle and some of the most iconic sights, as well as luxurious hotels with plenty of modcons.
Equally fascinating, Vietnam is another great option if you’re looking to get away somewhere completely different. Discover Hanoi and Hoi An, cruise around stunning Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, as well as seeing Saigon and the Cu Chi tunnels, just one legacy of the war. I’d recommend local specialists Insider Journeys to really get an understanding of the country along with the highlights, and you can expect around a third of the group to be travelling solo.
And it’s cherry blossom season in Japan, where InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips. Popular group tours include the 13-night Japan Unmasked which includes cities, mountain villages, gardens, temples, castles and hot springs.
Or hit the beach. It’s a great month for beach breaks for singles in South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Retreat to Koh Samui where wellness sanctuary Kamalaya promises to do anything from sorting out your sleep to your spiritual side, along with activities such as elephant trekking, mountain biking, tai’chi, meditation and Thai kick boxing all included in the price. Popular with solo travellers, welcoming touches like communal dining are on offer as well as plenty of privacy.
It’s the end of peak season in the Caribbean, with prices dropping but temperatures staying up, especially in the northern islands. Check out the holidays for solo travellers in Cuba from Friendship Travel, with trips exclusively for solo travellers, while over-50s can discover the island’s less developed north coast with stays at Hotel Breezes Jibacoa from Saga Travel.
In the Maldives, enjoy the warmest sea temperatures of the year with fantastic diving and snorkelling at Bandos Island Resort. And it’s one of the best months to lounge on neighbouring Sri Lanka’s beaches as well, with good weather in the south of the country. Pick one of the beach hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka whether you fancy snorkelling or an Ayurvedic spa.
Or explore more of the country with the Colombo Caves & Kandy tour, with solo travellers able to have their own room for no extra cost on selected dates this month.
It’s the last month of the dry season in the Dominican Republic, so make the most of the Caribbean sunshine at the adults-only Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, perfect whether you’re looking for a sociable singles holiday or time to relax solo by the sea.
Friendship Travel has singles-only group trips for the fascinating and fun island of Cuba. Spend three nights in the capital Havana followed by a week’s R&R in a four-star hotel on Varadero beach. More details. You can also explore Cuba on foot and on a cycling holiday.
Or discover the less well-known countries of Central America, on a three-week tour visiting six different countries with Journey Latin America. The Alcion tour is popular with solos, with most of the group aged 35 – 65, taking in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
April is the perfect month to get outside, with pleasantly warm or sunny temperatures as you soak up the scenery. Singles will love Solos Holidays, exclusively for those travelling alone, and a choice of breaks across the UK, Spain and USA for different levels of difficulty. Wander Hadrian’s Wall this month, through the moors and woodland of Cumbria and Northumberland as well as ancient Roman forts and picturesque villages.
In Spain, Cortijo Romero has several more active holidays this month including Easter walking breaks, along with their regular personal development courses.
Health and sports holidays
You could join a small group of single travellers and one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers on a yoga holiday with a choice of gorgeous destinations including Morocco, Spain’s Costa del Sol and Ibiza. If you want to give your mind and body a five-star MOT, try this detox retreat which is almost exclusively attended by people travelling alone. Or if you’re looking to shed a few pounds before the summer, consider a weight loss holiday.
Golf is a fun and sociable way to enjoy the countryside. Solos Holidays runs golf holidays exclusively for single travellers in the UK and destinations in Europe including the Algarve. If you don’t have a handicap you can join a more laid-back week in Corfu.
If you’d rather sightsee as you shape up, how about a cycling holiday? The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle including several UK departures now the weather has improved, including a chance to freewheel around the Lake District.
Last updated: 12 April 2017