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    Beach holidays for singles

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    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’re looking for winter or summer, travelling alone or with kids. Many have no single supplement.

    There are “singles-only” options if you want to meet up with other solos, and others if you’d rather enjoy your own company. Whether your heart’s set on the Costas or the Caribbean, a popular resort or off the beaten track, here’s my pick of the best beach holidays for single travellers.

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    Singles-only beach holidays

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

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

    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.

    There’s Greece galore from Solos Holidays too, including HalkidikiKos and Skiathos, as well as its own hand-picked ClubSolos hotels on Crete, Corfu and Santorini. These small friendly hotels are good value and in great locations.

    And Travel One offers house parties at beach hotels in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, Ibiza, and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Find out more including the latest offers.

    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. The winter sun deals from Mercury Holidays include Malta and Cyprus if you fancy combining history and scenery with the sea.

    Tropical island 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 unique cultures, there’s an island to suit every kind of solo traveller.

    The Caribbean alone leaves singles spoiled for choice. In the Dominican Republic, the beachfront Breathless Punta Cana resort has communal tables in many of its restaurants as well as a guest chatroom which you can access via a smartphone app, perfect for meeting fellow guests between a scuba class, trying watersports and mixology or dance and Spanish lessons.

    For exotic beaches, cocktails, cigars and salsa, it’s hard to beat Cuba. Friendship Travel has singles-only trips to this exciting beautiful Caribbean island lasting 10 nights, and combining fascinating Havana with plenty of time to chill out on the beach.

    And with its incredible all-inclusive offering, The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is another of many reasons tempting you to this lovely island. With supplement-free rooms throughout the year, you have a daily spa treatment, activities such as waterskiing and scuba diving, bikes to hire, yoga, plus all meals in three restaurants.

    Don’t assume the Indian Ocean is just for honeymooning couples either. 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. Enjoy free massages in the Ayurvedic Centre at The Palms in Beruwala or discover one of the best white sand beaches and reef in Sri Lanka at Koggala.

    On Africa’s coast, you could spot turtles nesting as well as indulging at an all-inclusive beachside resort in Kenya, with no single supplement year-round on selected rooms at Turtle Bay Beach Club if you book with Tropical Sky.

    Or combine little-visited Zanzibar with animal spotting on the Serengeti in Tanzania, for a more unusual safari and beach break – one of the overland adventures from Tucan Travel.

    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.

    Single parent beach holidays

    If you’re travelling solo with kids, a beach holiday is easily one of the best ways to keep children entertained, while kids’ clubs offer the chance of some “me time” as well.

    Single parent specialists Single with Kids have beach breaks with no single supplements even during school holidays in Menorca, as well as Alcudia in Mallorca, all practically on the beachfront.

    Another specialist, Single Parents on Holiday offers more upmarket hosted group holidays. Most popular hotels include the all-inclusive Iberostar Lanzarote Park, and the five-star Aegean Melathron Thalasso Spa Hotel in Halkidiki.

    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 Portugal’s 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 solo travellers’ table in the restaurant.

    Or exclusively for over-50s, Saga Holidays has four weeks for the price of three at various hotels worldwide, many with no single supplement. There’s everything from 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 Thai island Phuket and the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia, exclusive to Saga.

    Last updated: 4 September 2019

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