Singles holidays in March
March is a great month for a singles holiday. Shoulder season means you can still pick up some real bargains on long-haul trips, including discounts such as no single supplements, while the weather is also improving in Europe and at home.
If you’re travelling outside the Easter holidays, you can enjoy peak season weather in the Caribbean without the crowds, find adventure without the soaring temperatures of summer and catch the last of the snow at a ski resort. Here are my tips for the best singles holidays in March.
Beach breaks for singles
However early spring arrives in the UK, it’s not sunbathing weather. But on the Thai island of Koh Samui, you can guarantee the sun will be shining. If you want more than just a chance to relax on the sand, the island offers elephant trekking, hiking and mountain biking, while a stay at Kamalaya retreat promises to help you reach your spiritual goals too. With communal dinner tables to help solo travellers mix as well as plenty of privacy if you prefer, it’s a great option for singles.
Sri Lanka has its own share of gorgeous beach to go with its ancient culture. Perfect if you’re looking for day trips to break up the sunbathing, especially Beruwala where you can visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and see the island’s first Muslim settlement, dating back to the 11th century. Or how about the world’s only hollow Buddha shrine at Kalutara? No single supplements, the option to go all-inclusive and beachfront destinations mean solo travellers will love the hotel collection from Mercury Holidays.
But for sheer blissed-out relaxation, a five-star Caribbean hotel with world-class spa is unbeatable. Coral Reef Club is in the heart of Barbados’ luxurious Platinum Coast but has no single supplements for its spacious garden rooms. Then your only decision is whether to kick back in the lush tropical gardens, on the sand that’s moments away, by one of the hotel’s pools or over drinks in the cocktail bar.
If you want a longer stay, Saga Holidays has great prices for the over-50s with no single supplement at a selection of hotels including the Iberostar Royal Andalus in Spain, the Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife and the company’s own award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.
Feed your passion for music at the Kirker Music Festival in Tresanton for a seaside break in style, complete with three concerts, or stay in elegant Baden-Baden, where the stylish spa town hosts regular music festivals and events. The small group trips are popular with solo travellers, and there’s no single supplement on some dates. If listening isn’t enough, there’s always the option to get onto the dance floor with a dance break in the UK from Solos Holidays. For singles only, some dates include dance lessons or other activities, and as everyone’s travelling alone you’ll be sure to find a dance partner.
You could learn French or Spanish – or even Arabic or Chinese – on one of these language holidays. Most include home stays for total immersion in the local culture and some combine learning with activities such as surfing, cookery, dance or photography.
Skyros runs personal development holidays with a friendly house-party atmosphere. You can also take a short break in Marrakech in March when the weather is perfect. You’ll stay in a historic riad with pool in the heart of the medina.
With great conditions in the Alps, this month is ideal for single travellers learning to ski. I recommend this week in Les Deux Alpes from Friendship Travel, with equipment hire, expert tuition and a guarantee that everyone will be in the same boat. If you’re an experienced skier and want to be alone on the slopes, Inghams has a collection of ski holidays for solos with no single supplement in some of the best resorts in the Alps including Kitzbuhel and Lech in Austria, Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.
Closer to home you could take a course at the Lucknam Park Cookery School set in a splendid country house hotel near Bath.
Golfers can find some great singles golf holidays with no single supplements and a choice of locations including Hawkstone Park in Shropshire and Puckrup Hall in the Cotswolds. If you want guaranteed sunshine try a golfing week at Le Meridien Penina or CampoReal in the Algarve.
Explore with a tour for singles
March is one of the best months to visit Vietnam, combining some of the best weather across the country’s different climates. Make the most of it by choosing a tour that takes in the highlights of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, but also helps give a feel for the fascinating culture, history and food of this beautiful destination. Travel Indochina‘s expertise and local guides give a great introduction, with almost a third of the group travelling solo.
More than half of those visiting Central America with Journey Latin America are on their own as well. Don’t miss the chance to discover Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica, from Mayan ruins to spectacular scenery. This month is particularly good for trips to Costa Rica. The beaches are quieter than January and February but the dry season still hasn’t ended, so you’ll have more chance to see the island’s famous wildlife in the cloud forest and rainforest, along with hot springs, volcanoes and coffee plantations. A great choice for solo travellers is the singles-only tour from Cox & Kings.
The temples and tombs of Egypt are another unmissable destination, and a Nile cruise is still the best way to see the ruins of Karnak and Luxor before temperatures rise in the summer.
Saga has a great range of escorted tours for the over 50s including a 17-night trip to South Africa which includes the big game of Kruger National Park, the dramatic landscapes of the Garden Route and the sunny Cape Coast. Other destinations include Cuba, China and Vietnam.
Other singles holidays in March
March is a great month to visit Iceland where you could see the Northern Lights AND killer whales. See the full selection of whale and dolphin watching holidays – all of which cater to single travellers. Naturetrek also has a great selection of wildlife tours – everything from wolf-tracking in Sweden (which has no single supplement) to Butterflies in the Italian Dolomites.
Further afield, Intrepid Travel runs small group adventure tours that are especially popular with single travellers aged 25 – 45. Best destinations in March include the USA where you could travel from Vegas to San Francisco, taking in Yosemite, Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada, and Australia where you could experience Aboriginal culture, snorkel with whale sharks and meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia on a nine-night Perth to Broome journey along the west coast.
The same company has some wonderful trips to China in March, including a Real Food Adventure and a quick eight-night China Highlights tour that includes Beijing, the Great Wall, Shanghai and the Terracotta Warriors.
Last updated: 7 December 2016