Singles holidays in May
May sees the start of the summer season across Europe with the added bonus that if you travel outside school holidays, you can still find discounts and quieter destinations along with the good weather. Now’s the time to indulge your interests too, whether that’s walking, diving, cycling, personal development or culture.
From sunshine breaks in the Mediterranean to the scenery and capitals of northern Europe, you needn’t travel far for a great holiday this month. Here are the destinations I recommend for a singles holiday in May.
Turkey and Greece top the list this month. How about a hotel where all your fellow guests are solo travellers? Friendship Travel‘s house parties in Greece are all about making new friends as you relax in the sun, with gulet cruises the islands around Rhodes for the ultimate in laid-back travel.
Or choose your perfect Greek island for the perfect singles break. Corfu, Santorini and Skiathos are all among the choices from specialists Solos Holidays so you can guarantee there are no single supplements and you’ll be surrounded by like-minded travellers. Some trips are for specific age groups, and there’s no enforced socialising if you’d prefer your own company. And on nearby Crete, the Mistral Hotel is exclusively for singles, with activities including cookery, wine-tasting and painting, along with holistic treatments and day trips on offer.
For a slightly different way to experience the region, I’d recommend an archaeology tour to really get under the skin of the culture. Peter Sommer Travels has expert guides as well as gulet cruise trips if you’d rather see sea as well as land – try the Cruising to the Cyclades holiday or Gastronomic Gulet Cruise in Turkey this month.
Short-haul holidays in May
It’s not just sun that’s on offer in May. Now the harsh winters of northern Europe are over, it’s the perfect time to discover Russia and the Baltic states. The Majestic Russia tour from Cox & Kings is exclusively for single travellers, giving you the chance to see Moscow and St Petersburg at their best. Or make the most of your time and discover several countries on a cruise. Baltic and Northern Europe specialist Fred. Olsen has no single supplements on selected dates, with departures to Norway’s fjords and the Baltic capitals this month. Following more formal cruise traditions, solo travellers are paired together for dinner while the cruise line also provides companions for shore excursions.
Of course, May is also a great month to look close to home as well, with art, history and stunning scenery right on our own doorstep. Expert guides and no single supplements on selected dates make Martin Randall Travel popular with solo travellers, with escorted themed tours including a walk along Hadrian’s Wall.
May is also a perfect time to relax in Europe’s lakes and mountains. Inghams Holidays has negotiated no single supplements at many hotels in resorts including Alpbach, Mayrhofen and Obergurgl in Austria, and Chamonix and Morzine in France.
If you have children, head to the beachfront Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall, which has outstanding facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four Ofsted-registered kids clubs, plus lots of activities such as bodyboarding, surfing, kayaking and beach volleyball. See this special offer.
Activity holidays for singles
May is a great month for an activity holiday – across most of Europe the weather is excellent, but it’s not too hot or crowded. And prices are much lower than in high season.
If you are sporty, how about joining a tennis holiday or tennis camp where you can meet other players of a similar standard. Try the Single Player Weeks at Praia da Luz on the Portuguese Algarve. For golfers with handicaps, Solo Holidays has golf weekends at Ullesthorpe Court in Leicestershire and Puckrup Hall in the Cotswolds.
If you enjoy cycling, take a solo cycling tour in Europe. This gentle eight-night self-guided Venetian Villas & Vineyards tour is ideal for singles. Or join a group cycling tour in England, Scotland or Wales.
Ramblers says its UK walking holidays are hugely popular with solo travellers. It has its own property, Hassness Country House, on the shores of Lake Buttermere which has a house party atmosphere and where singles pay only a £5 nightly supplement for a single room. Several of its popular trips have no single supplement at all including the Lake District and St Ives and the Cornish Coast. See more solo holidays in the UK.
If you love horses, you could join an adventure riding holiday with Wild Frontiers which has groups of no more than 10 made with more than 70% of them travelling solo. In May it has a trip to Albania.
Long-haul singles holidays in May
Officially, May marks the start of the rainy season in the Caribbean, but travel early in the month and you can find lower prices sometimes without seeing a single drop. At the beachfront Breathless Punta Cana, the chances are you’ll be having too much fun to care even if there’s a cloud or two anyway. The five-star adults-only resort has 11 restaurants, activities including diving , mixology, dance and zumba, as well as swimming pools, sea and sunbathing. There’s even a resort app letting solo travellers get to know their fellow guests via a chatroom before meeting up, as well as low or no single supplements.
Or discover the fabulous snorkelling and diving of the Maldives, where the corals and electric brights of the fish are as beautiful as the palm-fringed white sands around the peaceful lagoons. Solo travellers will love the four-star Bandos Island Resort, which has no single supplements between 1 May and 31 October if you book with Barefoot Traveller.
American Sky has a great range of solo holidays in the USA – many of its guests travel alone and it has a room-share option. Among its most popular trips in May is this Trailblazer tour which includes Las Vegas, Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks and Lake Powell – in just 9 days. On the East Coast, the Historic Highlights tour takes in Washington DC, Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Shenandoah National Park.
Check out the sights of Peru ahead of the peak-season crowds. From the astonishing lost city of Machu Picchu to the wildlife of the Amazon, desert and Lake Titicaca, plus Cusco and La Paz, the Condor tour from Journey Latin America mixes activity and sightseeing into three fantastic weeks. Around 40% of those on the small group tours are travelling solo. Or stick with a singles-only tour to see the equally iconic sights of India, from tigers to the Taj Mahal, with Cox & Kings – luxurious hotels and air conditioning included. Also see this three-week group tour of Central America.
It’s a great time of year to visit Japan and these small group tours are ideal for singles, with some promising no room supplement. One of the best is a 13-night Japan Unmasked tour that includes the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, travel by Bullet Train and visits to mountain villages, gardens, temples, castles and hot springs.
Solo nature lovers can take their pick of these wildlife tours around the world. Some have no single supplement including trips to the Italian Dolomites and the Bavarian Alps (you could even go wolf-tracking in Sweden).
Intrepid Travel runs small-group adventure tours which are popular with single travellers aged 25 – 45. Head east to this eight-night China Highlights trip, taking in Beijing, the Great Wall, Shanghai and the Terracotta Warriors. Or sample the best of China’s cuisine in this Real Food Adventure.
Solo travel for body and soul
For solo travellers who’d like more from their holiday than a tan, the small groups and individual programmes on activity or personal development holidays are ideal. The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is solo traveller heaven. No single supplements, a relaxed atmosphere and all-inclusive food and activities, so you can try yoga, archery and tennis, as well as tailored treatments at the wellness centre.
At Cortijo Romero in the beautiful mountains of Las Alpujarras in Andalucia, choose from a variety of courses, including wellbeing, walking, yoga and tai chi, not to mention photography. It’s also a great time to see Spain on foot, including Menorca and Almeria with walking and trekking trips from Solos Holidays, exclusively for singles.
Skyros has been running personal development holidays for nearly 40 years and offers a combination off creative courses at its centres in Greece, where there is a house party atmosphere, lots of singles, mainly aged 30 – 60 and plenty of things to learn, from meditation to Cuban dancing. See the month by month guide for ideas.
If time is short, or you don’t want to commit to a full week away, you can book a long weekend with Skyros with options including city breaks in Venice, Paris and Marrakech, and at their own four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight where you either stay on a B&B basis or join one of their courses.
Try something totally different. Traveleyes operates holidays for blind people and requires sighted companions to help guide and describe what you see. You’ll get a hefty discount on the price in return. Check out the full range of holidays which includes walking in Italy, sailing in Croatia, touring Sri Lanka and a river cruise in Russia.
* The May Bank Holidays in 2017 are: Monday 1 May and Monday 29 May (Spring Bank Holiday).
Last updated: 31 January 2017