Singles holidays in February
The shortest month of the year can be one of the gloomiest. So all the more reason to get away, with sunshine guaranteed in long-haul destinations and some great skiing closer to home.
Outside Valentine’s Day and school half-term, many destinations are still relatively quiet so you can pick up some bargains with special offers for solo travellers, especially if it’s not peak season. Here are my tips for the best singles holidays in February.
Short haul holidays
Europe sees some of its best snow conditions in February, so take the short flight to the Alps to make the most of the powder. Travelling solo needn’t rule out skiing as long as you choose your operator carefully. I’d recommend the holidays designed for singles from Friendship Travel, with daily tuition if you’re learning to ski or week-long breaks in the Italian resort of Courmayeur for those who are already comfortable on the slopes.
Or head north with a trip to Norway for three nights to see the Northern Lights including the opportunity to go dog-sledding, or take the chance to explore Iceland on a five-night group tour with Solo Travellers. You’ll visit lava fields, waterfalls, glaciers, sea stacks and the Blue Lagoon.
For winter sun, consider North Cyprus as the almond trees start blooming this month. The perfect weather for making the most of the island’s walking, it’s also home to ancient ruins and picturesque harbour villages, not to mention five-star hotels with no single supplement through Mercury Holidays.
And take advantage of the special Valentine’s Day events for singles across the UK. Solos Holidays runs dinner dance breaks and balls in several of Britain’s major cities, including ballroom dance lessons, ideal if you don’t already have a partner.
If you love cooking, indulge yourself at the Lucknam Park Cookery School in a magnificent country house hotel near Bath. Or music-lovers can treat themselves to a cultured escape with escorted trips from Kirker Holidays around Europe.
If you want a dose of culture, how about group tour, Power & Patronage in Florence, enjoying the paintings, frescoes and sculptures of the Renaissance, in the company of an art historian.
Long haul holidays in February for solo travellers
Whether you’re looking for adventure or simply to escape somewhere exotic, February is a great month for a singles holiday. For maximum sunshine and minimum cost, consider Egypt. On The Go has a great selection of tours in Egypt, some with no compulsory single supplement. You can do all the major sights, relax on a Nile cruise and there’s also the option of time on the beach.
Early February sees the colourful Colombo Festival in Sri Lanka. This popular 8-day tour includes a chance to witness whip crackers, torch bearers, dancers and decorated elephants parading through the streets of the capital.
Burma might also be on your wishlist too. February is the end of the driest season before the real heat of summer starts, so it’s easier to get around this fascinating country. Travelling independently here can be tricky so these guided tours from Insider Journeys are a great choice, with single travellers making up around a third of the group. The Burma Revealed itinerary lets you discover the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, as well as the endless temples of Bagan and Inle Lake’s famous stilt fishermen.
Make the most of clear blue skies at the end of Japan’s winter and discover the country’s vibrant cities and tranquil temples, along with hot springs and mountain villages on a two-week tour. Try InsideJapan Tours which has no single supplements on selected dates, and small groups led by expert guides to experience this fascinating culture.
Or choose a trip designed for singles only, such as the solo traveller tours from Cox & Kings. February is the perfect time to explore India, before temperatures rise again, so I’d pick a classic circuit of the Golden Triangle and some of the country’s other iconic attractions, from the Taj Mahal to Rajasthani palaces and tiger spotting.
Looking west, Journey Latin America has solo travel ideas across Central and South America, while Friendship Travel runs singles-only tours to Cuba combining the capital Havana with some R&R on the beach at Varadero. You can also explore Cuba on foot and on a cycling holiday.
If you’ve always dreamed of snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll get gloriously warm seas off Australia this month. The East Coast Islands & Rainforest tour from Australian Sky is popular with over-50s, although there’s usually a range of ages in the group, and no single supplement if you’re happy to share.
For young singles, Intrepid Travel has small group adventure tours aimed at ages 25-45 including trips to the USA. Options include Vegas to San Francisco, a six-night road trip featuring Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada.
If you want to explore Africa without a big price tag, consider these overland tours where 60% of passengers travel alone. There’s a mix of hotels and tented camps, and popular trips include the two-week East Africa Circuit, combining Kenya’s Masai Mara with Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Or go all the way to Australia on one of these escorted tours in luxury air-con coaches (popular with over-50s). You could explore Fraser Island and go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on this East Coast Islands & Rainforest tour, or enjoy sunset at Uluru and hike Kings Canyon on this Outback Adventure.
Cruise holidays for singles
As the UK shivers, the thought of cruising gently through the water, a warm breeze blowing, is very tempting. And February has some great cruise options for a singles holiday. This nine-day King Tutankhamen group tour of Egypt take in Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Aswan and a Nile Cruise to Luxor.
And in the Caribbean, Norwegian Epic has cabins exclusively for solo travellers as well as a far more relaxed atmosphere than traditional cruises as you hop from tropical island to island.
If you’d rather look closer to home, Saga Travel has regular cruises around the Mediterranean and to the Canary Islands during the Spring, so even if you’re not sunbathing you can enjoy escaping the UK winter – Saga Sapphire sails from Southampton, with welcome events for solo cruisers.
Relaxing beach holidays
In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is perfect in February and you’ll find no single supplement on selected dates at Breathless Punta Cana with Tropical Sky.
Palm-fringed white sand can also be found on Sri Lanka where you’ll also experience colourful reefs, Ayurvedic massages and, best of all, no single supplements. If you’re working to a strict budget, I’d suggest one of the all-inclusive options, including Koggala Beach Hotel and Long Beach Resort.
And the Maldives certainly aren’t just for honeymooners. February is one of the best months to enjoy these white sands and idyllic turquoise seas, with Barefoot Traveller offering Indian Ocean escapes to Bandos Island Resort with its own lagoon and fabulous reef.
For the over-50s, Saga Holidays has great prices for long stays with no single supplement – for example, four weeks for the price of three. Stay at the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, or the secluded Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife. Further afield, you could stay a few weeks at Saga’s own award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia or the good-value all-inclusive Tamassa resort in Mauritius.
February is a popular time of year to take a healthy holiday to focus on your fitness, well being and personal happiness. You could join a specially-designed yoga holiday for singles with one of the country’s leading yoga teachers, great food and good company in destinations including Morocco and Thailand.
Or head to Cuba with Skyros and learn Salsa dancing along with morning yoga and lessons in Cuban history and culture.
If you want to combine yoga with fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice try a detox retreat designed for solo travellers. Or shed some unwanted pounds on a weight loss holidays at Shanti Som, in Andalucia.
And for a course to focus on mind as well as body, join a personal development holiday at Cortijo Romero, a lovely converted farmhouse set in the picturesque hills of Andalucia. See the course schedule.
See a full range of healthy holidays exclusively for single travellers.
Last updated: 12 April 2017