Hotels with no single supplement
If you’re single or choose to travel alone, you’ll know all about the dreaded single supplement. Hotels usually fix their prices per room – not per person – so if only one person occupies a room, holiday prices come with an additional charge.
The good news is that there is a way to avoid paying single supplements. Some hotels have single rooms with no supplements while others will waive the extra payments at certain times of year (when they are not so busy).
Some specialist tour operators with bulk buying power have managed to negotiate no single supplements at selected hotels throughout the year, so even at peak times you can travel alone without paying a penalty.
Hotels with no single supplement on selected dates
The Canary Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and are just a four-hour flight from the UK. The Hotel Volcan Lanzarote has a choice of swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a gym and spa. It enjoys a prime location in the Rubicon Marina with sailing, diving, watersports and boat trips. Sovereign Luxury Travel has negotiated no single supplement in a Double Garden View Room for stays between May and October.
If you’re looking for winter sun, Mercury Holidays has hotels with no single supplement in Malta and Cyprus, all with the option to upgrade to all-inclusive, and some with further discounts on longer stays.
No single supplements in peak season
The Italy specialist, Citalia, has no single supplement for stays at the charming four-star Hotel Hermitage on the Neopolitan Riviera between May and October. The hotel is tucked away in the Cilento National Park with 35 rooms, a pool, terraced restaurant and private beach.
Mercury Holidays has a great range of hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka – the most popular include the three-star Koggola Beach Hotel and the four-star Pandanus Beach Hotel. For pampering, head to The Palms which has an Ayurvedic centre and the option to upgrade to all-inclusive. All rooms have a sea view and two massages are included free of charge on selected dates.
The same company has a range of hotels in the Algarve with no single supplement. Best options include the three-star Auramar Beach and the elegant Baia Grande Hotel which has a dining table exclusively for solo travellers.
If you’re over 50, check out Saga Holidays which has negotiated discounts and no single supplements on longer stays (for example, four weeks for the price of three) at several hotels including the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz and the Hotel Aguamarina, a peaceful hideaway in Tenerife.
Saga also has long-haul options including the award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia which has 64 rooms, 12 of them for singles. If you want to go all-inclusive, check out the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius, or Kamala Beach in Phuket.
Single rooms with no supplement
The five-star Coral Reef Club in Barbados has four single garden view rooms, each with a double bed, en suite bathroom and private terrace or balcony. This elegant luxurious resort is one of the best on the island and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
On the island of St Lucia, The BodyHoliday is a stylish hotel that combines beach luxury with spa and wellness treats. It has a whole wing of attractive single rooms, each with a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom and garden view. There’s a communal dining option but no enforced mingling.
On the island of Crete, the Mistral Hotel was purpose-built for solo travellers only, with 35 attractive double-bedded rooms and a host of activities on offer in a relaxed environment.
Some cruise holidays have no single supplement
A Nile cruise in an experience of a lifetime and increasingly popular with solo travellers.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers Freestyle Cruising on all its ships with informal dining and free seating. If you’re single and under 50, try the Norwegian Epic which has cabins exclusively for solo travellers and great facilities including a spa, water slides, climbing wall, ice bar, Las Vegas-style entertainment and martini tastings.
Last updated: 25 January 2017