Beach holidays for singles
From the pristine white sand of a tropical island to the gentle waves of the Mediterranean, it’s hard to beat a beach holiday. And just because you’re travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
There’s now a huge choice in beach holidays for singles, whether you’re looking for winter or summer, travelling alone or with kids. Many have no single supplement.
There are “singles-only” options if you want to meet up with other solos, and others if you’d rather enjoy your own company. Whether your heart’s set on the Costas or the Caribbean, a popular resort or off the beaten track, here’s my pick of the best beach holidays for single travellers.
Singles-only beach holidays
It’s easier than ever to avoid single supplements, so there’s more and more choice of hotels for solo travellers. But if you’d prefer to avoid couples and groups entirely, consider a singles-only beach break. Friendship Travel started by offering holidays in Turkey and still has a wide range with exclusive house party hotels in Fethiye and Olu Deniz. It also has some wonderful gulet cruises exploring the smaller Greek Islands.
Solos Holidays has family-run hotels in Greece, including Corfu, Thassos, Kos, Samos and Skiathos, as well as new ClubSolos hotels on Crete and Santorini. Or the family-run Mistral Hotel in Crete – which is for singles only – promises a great mix, with guests in their 20s to 70s, plus fresh local food and a beach just three minutes away.
Short-haul beach breaks
A few hours on a plane leaves you spoiled for choice for short-haul holidays that are perfect for solo travellers.
In Italy, the Hotel Hermitage has its own private beach, so you can discover the Neapolitan Riviera without the crowds, along with Cilento National Park and Unesco World Heritage site San Marco di Castellabate. Just 35 rooms ensures a welcoming atmosphere that’s ideal for solo travellers, and there are no single supplements between May and October with Citalia.
Tropical island beaches
Cast your sights beyond Europe and you’ll get far more from your beach holiday than just a tan – from wellness and activity holidays to diving, sightseeing and unique cultures, there’s an island to suit every kind of solo traveller.
The Caribbean alone leaves singles spoiled for choice. In the Dominican Republic, the beachfront Breathless Punta Cana resort has communal tables in four of its restaurants as well as a guest chatroom which you can access via a smartphone app, perfect for meeting fellow guests between a scuba class, trying watersports and mixology or dance and Spanish lessons.
The five-star Coral Reef Club is perfect for a taste of luxury in a tranquil setting on Barbados’ prestigious west coast.
For exotic beaches, cocktails, cigars and salsa, it’s hard to beat Cuba. Friendship Travel has singles-only trips to this exciting beautiful Caribbean island of 7 nights (beach only) and 10 nights (city and beach).
And with its incredible all-inclusive offering, The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is another of many reasons to tempt you to this lovely island. With supplement-free rooms throughout the year, you have a daily spa treatment, activities such as waterskiing and scuba diving, bikes to hire, yoga, plus all meals in three restaurants.
Or look east for another blissful retreat. Set in a lagoon off Thailand’s lovely Koh Samui, Kamalaya wellness sanctuary and holistic spa encourages you to chill out as well as offering packages promising a physical or spiritual overhaul, not to mention communal tables, elephant trekking and mountain biking.
And don’t assume the Indian Ocean is just for honeymooning couples. The idyllic Maldives are perfect for diving and laid-back luxury, with exclusive single rates through Barefoot Traveller at the Bandos Island Resort, a short speedboat ride from Male.
Or discover the beachfront hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka, some with an all-inclusive option from Mercury Holidays. Enjoy free massages in the Ayurvedic Centre at The Palms in Beruwala or discover one of the best white sand beaches and reef in Sri Lanka at Koggala.
Single parent beach holidays
If you’re travelling solo with kids, a beach holiday is easily one of the best ways to keep children entertained, while kids’ clubs offer the chance of some “me time” as well.
Single parent specialists Single with Kids have beach breaks with no single supplements even during school holidays in Menorca, as well as Porto Colom and Alcudia in Mallorca, all practically on the beachfront.
Don’t forget the UK’s beaches too. The Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall is perfectly geared up for kids of all ages, with a string of beaches nearby, kids’ clubs, two pools, a playground, family meal times, baby listening and a spa.
Long-stay beach holidays for singles
If you’ve time to spare, there are some great discounts for anyone staying longer than a fortnight. In Portugal’s Algarve, Mercury Holidays offers a third week free when you book two with a dozen different hotels to choose from, as well as all-inclusive options. Try the Baia Crystal Beach overlooking the sands on one of the quietest stretches of coast, with a shuttle bus to Carvoeiro and solo travellers’ table in the restaurant.
Or exclusively for over-50s, Saga Holidays has four weeks for the price of three at various hotels worldwide, many with no single supplement. There’s everything from the Costa de la Luz on Spain’s Atlantic coast, where the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus is right on La Barossa Beach or head to the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius, Kamala Beach on Thai island Phuket and the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia, exclusive to Saga.
Last updated: 16 January 2017