Christmas holidays for singles

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By Cathy Winston, Editor

With so much emphasis on being with family at Christmas, the festive season can be a tricky time when you’re single. But if you’d prefer to avoid crackers and sprouts with your relatives, there are plenty of great options for solo travellers.

After the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, this December is likely to be a popular time to travel. There’s a range of options including winter sun, skiing and festive breaks for singles. Here’s my pick of the best.

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Christmas breaks for singles

Celebrate in style on a Christmas break with Friendship Travel. Ideal if you’re looking to meet new people but just as good for some relaxed “me” time, their Christmas breaks include options such as a spa, black tie ball and organised activities. You’ll get your own double room with no single supplement – choose between Belfast, Chester and Dunchurch in Warwickshire.

If you’d prefer to celebrate in the sunshine, singles specialist Travel One runs a house party over Christmas and New Year at the three-star Seashell Resort in Malta. Its guests are typically in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

And for those aged 50 or above, Saga has some great Christmas breaks for solo travellers only, including drinks receptions, entertainment and excursions.

Or for a Christmas escape with a difference, Cortijo Romero has a festive themed retreat over December 25 with a focus on celebration and reflection. View the courses.

Snow and ski holidays

Head to the land of fire and ice for a magical winter break. This five-day Land of the Northern Lights group tour from Regent Holidays, which also takes in some of Iceland’s natural wonders, has departures throughout December including over Christmas and New Year. See more holidays in Iceland including short break to Reykjavik.

The ski season is well underway across Europe. There’s no single supplements on ski holidays for solos with Inghams at resorts throughout Austria, including AlpbachKitzbuhel, Lech and Zurs, as well as top Alpine destinations such as Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

Or for those who would rather join a group trip, Friendship Travel runs skiing and snowboarding holidays in France, Italy and Austria and a special Christmas house party in Serre Chevalier, France.

Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

Escorted tours for singles

If you’d prefer some guaranteed company for your December holiday, a small group tour is a great option with plenty of departures travelling over December 25.

Festive King Tut is a nine-day group tour of Egypt over the Christmas and New Year period that is always very popular with  solo travellers. It’s great value and sunshine is pretty much guaranteed, while there’s a New Year option offering your own room at no single supplement.

Escape the tinsel entirely in South East Asia with a tour of Burma or Vietnam from On The Go Tours. From Hanoi and Hoi An to Halong Bay, the 10-day Very Vietnam is the perfect introduction to this beautiful and fascinating country, with a tour over Christmas Day.

Thailand is hot at Christmas too and excellent value, with no compulsory single supplement on many tours in Thailand from On The Go Tours – the Thailand Temples and Tribes is a great introduction to the country. Sri Lanka is another tempting destination over Christmas if you want to combine sightseeing and beach downtime; try their 12-day Buddha and Beach tour.

Cox & Kings also has a tour of Sri Lanka, exclusively for solo travellers which travels over Christmas and New Year.

Or head south to Australia where you could join an escorted tour exclusively for solo travellers.

If you’d prefer short-haul to long-haul, make the most of the festive spirit with the chance to hear opera as part of the Christmas in Vienna break from Kirker Holidays, or visit local churches and ancient sites in Rome.

Martin Randall Travel has cultural city breaks running over 25 December too which are great for singles, including an expert guide to introduce you to art in Florence and modern art on the Côte d’Azur.

Southern Europe are still likely to be sunnier than the UK so make the most of the better weather with some spectacular scenery to enjoy on a walking holiday from Ramblers Walking Holidays – several group trips travel over Christmas, including one to the Menorca or follow the sun to the coast of Africa with trips to Lanzarote, La Gomera and La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Nature tours

Not all wildlife is busy hibernating in the depths of winter – nature lovers can find some great Christmas trips if they look further afield. Choose your country carefully, and you can skip the ‘small rains’ as the shorter winter rainy season is known. A close-up encounter with wild mountain gorillas has to be one of the most remarkable ways to spend Christmas Day.

Look ahead to 2021 for a festive trip to Africa from Tucan Travel. The 10-day Mara and Serengeti trip takes you to both the wonderful Masai Mara and the Serengeti for some of the continent’s best wildlife-spotting, while the nine-day safari and beach break mixes the Serengeti with the white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Both tours run over Christmas Day.

Rainbow Tours treks in Uganda include a 9-day small group safari where you’ll spend part of the trip in the rainforest of Bwindi encountering primates in the wild, including a departure just before Christmas.

Winter sun for solo travellers

Swap freezing temperatures and chestnuts roasting on an open fire for scorching sun in the Caribbean or Indian Ocean. Mercury Holidays has no single supplement at hotels in Mauritiusand Sri Lanka.

If you want to guarantee an escape from families, Friendship Travel has adults-only four and five-star resorts in St Lucia and Agadir in Morocco along with Cape VerdeLanzarote and Fuerteventura, all without any single supplement.

Or treat yourself to a pampering break in St Lucia. As well as daily spa treatments and activities including yoga, The BodyHoliday all-inclusive resort has double rooms with king-sized beds and no single supplement.

Exclusively for the over-50s, the long-stay rates from Saga Holidays will tempt you to get away for longer and there’s no single supplement in selected hotels. Discover the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia, with all 64 rooms exclusive to Saga, and 12 rooms specifically for singles. Or consider Hotel Breezes Jibacoa on Cuba’s less developed north coast, and Kamala Beach on the Thai island of Phuket.

Can’t decide which Caribbean island to pick? Take a cruise on Norwegian Epic which winters in the Caribbean out of Orlando, with single ‘studio’ staterooms and a singles lounge, as well as informal freestyle dining options which let you eat and drink your way around the ship. The nine-night cruise of the Western Caribbean departing on 21 December calls at the Bahamas, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, among others.

Also see Annabelle Thorpe’s selection of the best short breaks at Christmas and New Year.

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Last updated: 14 September 2020