Beach holidays for singles

Beach in the Seychelles

By Cathy Winston, Editor

From the pristine white sand of a tropical island to the gentle waves of the Mediterranean, it’s hard to beat a beach holiday. And just because you’re travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

There’s now a huge choice in beach holidays for singles, whether you want to travel alone or meet up with a group of other solos. Many have no single supplement.

Here’s my pick of the best beach holidays for single travellers. Follow the links below for details of prices, dates and deposits.

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Singles-only beach holidays

It’s easier than ever to avoid single supplements, with many hotels catering for solo travellers. But if you’d prefer to avoid couples and groups entirely, consider a singles-only beach break.

If you want winter sun, you can join a group of solos at this adults-only four-star beach hotel in Fuerteventura.

The singles-only Mistral Hotel in Crete provides a house party atmosphere with no room supplements, along with two pools, a wellness centre and local excursions. In the same vein, Friendship Travel has exclusive use of the 19-room Forever Hotel in Turkey.

Solos Holidays has trips to Greece including Halkidiki and Skiathos, as well as its own hand-picked ClubSolos hotels on Crete, Corfu and Santorini. These small friendly hotels are good value with a house-party atmosphere. The same company also runs singles-only holidays to a small friendly hotel in Antigua.

Friendship Travel started by offering holidays in Turkey and has a range of house party hotels in Fethiye and Olu Deniz. It also has some wonderful gulet cruises on the Turquoise coast of Turkey.

Short-haul beach breaks

A few hours on a plane leaves you spoiled for choice for short-haul holidays that are perfect for solo travellers. Check out the winter sun deals from Mercury Holidays which include Malta and Cyprus.

Friendship Travel has group singles holidays at a four-star hotel in Paphos, Cyprus with stays of 7, 10 or 14 nights in winter and spring.

Tropical beaches

Cast your sights beyond Europe and you’ll get far more from your beach holiday than just a tan – from wellness and activity holidays to diving, sightseeing and wildlife safaris.

BodyHoliday in St Lucia has an incredible all-inclusive offering for singles. With supplement-free rooms throughout the year, you get a daily spa treatment, activities such as waterskiing and scuba diving, bikes to hire, yoga, plus all meals in three restaurants.

The singles specialist Friendship Travel operates group trips to Jamaica’s Montego Bay, staying at the five-star all-inclusive Ocean Eden Bay. Expect 10 to 16 people in the group with a dedicated host.

Don’t assume the Indian Ocean is just for honeymooning couples. The idyllic Maldives are perfect for diving and laid-back luxury, with exclusive single rates through Barefoot Traveller at the Bandos Island Resort, a short speedboat ride from Male.

Or discover the beachfront hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka, some with an all-inclusive option from Mercury Holidays.

Look east, and Thailand is renowned for its beautiful beaches. On The Go Tours has a string of itineraries stopping at some of its many glorious stretches of white sand – how about Bangkok Beach & Beyond or Bangkok to Koh Samui, with four nights on the island.

You could also combine the beaches of Koh Samui with a yoga or detox break at Absolute Sanctuary for a healthy holiday on the beach.

Long-stay beach holidays for singles

If you’ve time to spare, there are some great discounts for anyone staying longer than a fortnight.

In the Algarve, Mercury Holidays offers a third week free when you book two with a dozen different hotels to choose from, as well as all-inclusive options. Try the Baia Crystal Beach overlooking the sands on one of the quietest stretches of coast, with a shuttle bus to Carvoeiro and a table in the restaurant exclusively for solo guests.

For over-50s, Saga Holidays has four weeks for the price of three at various hotels worldwide, many with no single supplement. Try the Costa de la Luz on Spain’s Atlantic coast, where the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus is right on La Barossa Beach, or head to luxurious MauritiusKamala Beach on the Thai island of Phuket or the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia.

Last updated: 17 November 2021

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