Singles holidays in January
January is one of my favourite months to plan a holiday. When the weather’s cold and grim at home and you don’t even have Christmas to look forward to, nothing beats jetting off for a break, especially as there are often great discounts to tempt those who aren’t paying off their credit card bills.
For guaranteed sunshine, you’ll need to head south to the fringes of Europe or more likely a long-haul flight somewhere exotic. It’s also peak ski season with great snow but fewer people on the slopes thanks to term-time restrictions for families. Here’s my pick of the best singles holidays in January.
For a short fly and flop getaway, your best bet for sunshine is one of Europe’s furthest-flung islands, still less than a five-hour flight away. Both Malta and Cyprus have good weather all but guaranteed, even in the depths of winter, along with picturesque fishing villages, historic towns and ancient ruins to discover. Try the beachfront hotels from Mercury Holidays which have no single supplements in January.
For the over-50s, Saga Holidays has deals on long stays (for example, four weeks for the price of three) with no single supplement. Try the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on the Costa de la Luz in Spain, or Tenerife’s Hotel Aguamarina.
Or hop next door to the Canary Island’s dramatic neighbour Lanzarote with an all-inclusive break at the four-star Hotel Geria Lanzarote with a singles break from Travel One.
If you prefer a bit more culture with your sun, there are a range of music and other cultural tours from Kirker Holidays, including a Kirker Music Festival in Tenerife during January, where you can enjoy sightseeing and a trip to Mount Teide between the programme of concerts.
Beach holidays for singles in January
The Caribbean is one of the hottest destinations for January, in all senses of the word. Temperatures are up, prices are down, and the idyllic palm-fringed beaches are as tempting as ever. Kickstart the month with a special New Year trip to Jamaica or Cuba where you can discover waterfalls and spectacular rainforest during the day then enjoy the party spirit at night. I’d recommend starting the year in real style, with a singles-only trip to a five-star resort offering a pool concierge and all-inclusive luxury brands.
Or head to the Dominican Republic, where adults-only Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa has an impressive 11 restaurants and various activities included. Solo travellers can meet others on the guest chatroom to break the ice in advance, or with space for 750 suites, there’s also more than enough room to get away on your own if you prefer.
Struggling to choose a Caribbean island? Cruise a few instead. No longer a hotbed of stuffy formality, ships such as Norwegian Epic even have cabins designer for solo travellers, along with an ice bar, spa and routes out of Miami during the winter.
Or head to one of the world’s other great beach destinations, the Indian Ocean. Better known for its ancient culture and history, Sri Lanka’s south and west coast has some great resorts without single supplements and the weather’s at its best in January. Koggala is home to colourful beachfront coral, Kalutara is close to the capital Colomobo and Beruwala is ideal for nature lovers, near the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. I’d suggest The Palms in Beruwala with its excellent Ayurvedic centre.
January is one of the best months for snorkelling and diving off the coast of Kenya, with the chance of seeing whale sharks if you’re lucky. There’s no single supplement at the Turtle Bay Beach Club if you book through Tropical Sky with all-inclusive restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to take a dhow cruise with a lobster BBQ or to watch the sun set over the water.
A healthy break is another great way to kick-start a New Year’s resolution or simply recover from December’s parties. I can think of few better destinations than the gorgeous Caribbean island of St Lucia where The BodyHoliday has water sports, fitness classes and spa treatments in one all-inclusive price, as well as white sand beach to relax on, plus a king-sized bed with no single supplement.
Health, yoga, fitness
January is always a classic time to get your health, fitness and general wellness back on track after the excesses of the holiday season. Join one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers on one of these specially-designed yoga holidays for singles in lovely destinations including Morocco and Thailand.
Give your mind and body a complete overhaul with a detox retreat designed for singles. This will include yoga, fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice as well as a healthy detox diet. If you simply want to shed some pounds, try one of these weight loss holidays where you can expect to lose up to seven pounds with a combination of delicious weight-loss cuisine, exercise and yoga classes. The most popular venue is Shanti Som, in Andalucia.
If you want to have fun, meet people and soak up an exciting new culture, you can learn salsa dancing in Cuba with Skyros. Its trips are always popular with solos, most of whom select the room-share option.
See a full range of healthy holidays exclusively for single travellers.
Far Eastern holidays
January is a great time for a singles holiday in South East Asia. Fascinating Burma is now open to tourists again and seeing a huge boost in popularity. It’s still possible to explore the country’s highlights in one visit, so I suggest making the most of your time and discovering the ancient temples of Bagan, a taste of traditional culture at Inle Lake and the historic cities of Yangon and Mandalay. This 13-night Burma Revealed tour is particularly recommended for singles travellers in January.
If you prefer a singles-only trip, discover Myanmar with Solos Travellers, one of their great tour options off the usual beaten track.
Thailand is a great destination in January and excellent value. On The Go has a great selection of group tours that are popular with solo travellers. You can spend as little as five days there, but I recommend longer, such as this 13-day Bangkok Beach & Beyond tour. Or treat yourself to a retreat here instead. Kamalaya wellness sanctuary has various tailored packages if you’re looking to de-stress, kickstart your New Year’s diet or improve your sleep, as well as a rather blissful infinity pool and the chance to explore the Thai island of Koh Samui where it’s based.
If you’re looking to pack as much as possible into your holiday, a tour with an expert guide can be the best solution, especially in a destination as varied and exciting as India. In the middle of the cool dry season, January is ideal for exploring some of the country’s most iconic sights, and the singles-only tours from Cox & Kings are perfect for solo travellers. Other destinations that work well in January include Egypt and Sri Lanka.
It’s also a great month to discover Costa Rica’s incredible scenery while the weather’s dry and warm, from volcanoes to rainforest, cloud forest and two ocean coasts. Or venture even further into Central America with specialists Journey Latin America whose three-week Alcion tour covers Mayan ruins and national parks across six countries, also including Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. And you can expect almost half the group to be travelling alone.
For singles-only group trips, Friendship Travel runs holidays to Cuba where you can enjoy sunshine, salsa, cocktails and cigar factories in the capital Havana and on the beach at Varadero. If you feel energetic, try a cycling holiday in Cuba to discover even more of the country.
If it’s always been on your “must do” list, how about tracking gorillas in the wild in Rwanda – there’s a very small supplement for singles on this group trip. If you want a budget safari in Africa, how about an overland tour with a group of 12 – 24 people and a mix of hotels and tented camps.
Australian Sky also runs escorted tours in Australia – popular with over-50s, there everything from wine tasting to whale watching, snorkelling to island-hopping not to mention Outback adventures and a Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour.
And for a group tour with a difference, Traveleyes, which runs holidays for blind people, is looking for sighted companions to help with guiding and describing the sights. It’s perfect for single travellers, and you get a heavily subsidised trip in return for your help. See the full range of holidays which includes touring Sri Lanka and Jordan, skiing in France, and winter sun in Lanzarote.
Hit the slopes
If sun simply isn’t what interests you, there are some fantastic cooler alternatives. Head to the Alps for some skiing – Courmayeur in the Italian Alps is great for all levels, although if you’re still finding your feet, I’d suggest a Learn to Ski trip aimed specifically at solo travellers in Les Deux Alpes.
If you prefer to travel alone you can find a supplement-free ski holiday for solos in some of the leading Alpine resorts. Inghams has ski hotels with no single supplement in Alpbach, Kitzbuhel, Lech and Zurs, in Austria, plus Meribel and Morzine, in France and bargain deals in Cervinia in Italy.
You can even combine yoga with skiing in the Italian Dolomites.
Last updated: 8 March 2017