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Singles holidays in December

By Cathy Winston

December can be an awkward time of year if you’re single. To avoid the dilemma of whether to stay at home alone for Christmas or visit the relatives, why not hop on a flight and take yourself somewhere sunny? I’ve found a great choice of holidays specifically designed for solo travellers in December.

If you’d like to be festive, there are Christmas and New Year breaks in the UK where you can celebrate amongst other single people.

If you avoid the holiday period, December is actually a great month to travel, as it’s low season, which is reflected in the prices. You could join a cultural tour or group adventure holiday. Think of it as an early Christmas present to yourself…

Santa's reindeer sleighFestive atmosphereBlow away the cobwebsChester

Christmas and New Year breaks for singles

If your idea of a perfect Christmas and New Year involves making new friends or enjoying relaxing time alone, you’ll find some special Christmas breaks exclusively for solo travellers from Friendship Travel. Enjoy a stay at the chic four-star ABode hotels in Chester or Wroxhall Abbey, where double rooms come without single supplements, or head to Newbury for organised activities and spa, and a black tie ball. You could see in the New Year in style with a Black Tie Ball in Leeds.

Check out the festive breaks exclusively for singles from Solos Holidays. They offer a visit to the Christmas Market in the shadow of Winchester’s beautiful cathedral, as well as dinner dances across the UK and a Black Tie masked ball with no single supplements, even over Christmas and New Year.

Or choose a Christmas market cruise – Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, exclusively for over-50s, has sailings to Scandinavia and northern Europe from Southampton, as well as a sunnier option to the Canary Islands. Fred. Olsen also has several short Christmas market cruises departing from Tilbury this month, as well as longer sailings to the Canaries and Madeira.

Inghams has negotiated no single supplements on ski holidays for solos at a range of top Alpine resorts including Meribel and Morzine in France, Cervinia in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland.

If you guaranteed sunshine head to the beautiful island of Lanzarote where Travel One hosts a house party over Christmas and New Year at the four-star Hotel Geria. Its guests are typically aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

Another sunny option is Egypt where On The Go Tours runs a 9-day Festive King Tut group tour that’s very popular with singles at this time of year. There are four different departures over the Christmas and New Year period.

Or spend a few days at the Lucknam Park Cookery School in a country house hotel near Bath and you can brush up your culinary skills. There are courses about festive cooking but lots of other options from Indian street food to Michelin cooking at home.

See more ideas for Christmas and New Year.

Beach or poolBandos Island ResortAromastone Massage therapyBeachfront

Winter sun for solo travellers

While the UK is holding out for a white Christmas, you could swap snow for guaranteed sunshine with a trip to the Caribbean or Indian Ocean. If you’d like to escape family entirely, try an adults-only resort with Christmas and New Year breaks in Jamaica, Barbados and Cuba at four and five-star resorts, all without any single supplement through Friendship Travel.

For the perfect present to yourself, it’s hard to beat a luxurious stay that seems tailormade for solo travellers at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia. This all-inclusive resort has double rooms with king-sized beds with no single supplement, communal dining if you want to meet others, plus drinks, water sports and daily spa treatments all included in the package. If you can tear yourself away from the white sand beaches, there are also bicycles to help you explore the beautiful island, along with scuba diving, water skiing and yoga.

Equally luxurious is the all-inclusive five-star Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic. This adults-only getaway has 11 different restaurants, some with communal tables, as well as a guest chatroom online if you want to make plans with other singles staying on the resort. There’s also a wide range of activities between enjoy the beach and pool.

Or choose a cruise. Norwegian Epic spends the winter months in the Caribbean, with a choice of island itineraries and staterooms designed especially for singles.

Mauritius is also having some of its best weather. As well as world-class beaches, it boasts a forested interior and fascinating Creole culture. I’d recommend Mercury Holidays which has no single supplement on a string of hotels across the island, plus other all-inclusive beachfront locations including Bali and Sri Lanka.

You could indulge in some Ayurvedic treatments at The Palms in Beruwala, or snorkel off one of the island’s best beaches in Koggala. There is also a special deals for singles at Koggala Beach Hotel and Long Beach Resort, both with communal dining options.

If you like the sound of a tour, there are several to pick from. Barefoot Traveller has a 13-night private tour specifically for solo travellers which includes the beaches of Trincomalee, as well as ancient temples and palaces at Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, the chance to see elephants in the wild and the tea plantations of hill country, all with your own personal guide on an individual tour. If you’d rather join a group, these tours of Sri Lanka with On The Go.

For the over-50s, Saga Holidays has great prices for longer stays in Europe too (for example, four weeks for the price of three) with no single supplement. Choose from the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, the Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife or Saga’s own award-winning Bel Jou in St Lucia.

Or enjoy some winter sun with a difference, on an animal-spotting holiday in Africa. The safaris from Tucan Travel are ideal for solo travellers, with the majority of guests travelling alone, and include the East Africa Circuit, mixing a classic safari with mountain gorilla trekking, or try the Rwanda to Masai Mara tour. If seeing gorillas tempts you most, there’s also the chance to go gorilla trekking with Rainbow Tours in Uganda which runs small-group tours year-round.

British Virgin IslandsSchwedagon Pagoda - BurmaU-Bein bridge, MandalaySquirrel monkeys

Tours for singles in December

If you’re struggling to decide between sun and sightseeing, there are some great long-haul tours to tempt you. Discover the mesmerising temples of Bagan on a trip to Burma. Go with Insider Journeys, which operates small-group tours on which about a third of guests travel alone. I’d pick the Burma Revealed tour as the perfect introduction, from jade markets in Mandalay to meeting hill tribes, traditional life at Inle Lake and the huge Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.

December is also a great month to discover Central America. Costa Rica is an ideal destination for first-timers and Cox & Kings has a tour exclusively for solo travellers. Discover the incredible wildlife in cloud forest and rainforest, as well as volcanoes and coffee plantations plus two different coasts. This trip is particularly popular with over-50s.

If you have more time to spend, the three-week Alcion tour is unbeatable, visiting six different countries including Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador and Nicaragua with specialists Journey Latin America. And as well as an expert guide, you can expect around 40% of the group to be travelling solo. You can save money on supplements by taking the room share option.

I can think of few more desirable destinations in December than Australia. Check out these escorted tours in luxury air-con coaches which combine exciting activities and classic sights with first-class accommodation. You could go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on this East Coast Islands & Rainforest tour, or enjoy sunset at Uluru and dinner beneath the stars at a cattle station on this Outback Adventure.

Friendship Travel has single-only trips to Cuba including seven nights on the beach at Varadero or 10 nights, including three nights in the exciting capital, Havana. You can also explore Cuba on foot or on a cycling holiday.

Last updated: 20 March 2017

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