Hotels with no single supplement

By Cathy Winston, Editor

If you’re single or choose to travel alone, you’ll know all about the dreaded single supplement. Hotels usually fix their prices per room – not per person – so if only one person occupies a room, holiday prices come with an additional charge.

The good news is that there is a way to avoid paying single supplements. Some hotels have single rooms with no supplements while others will waive the extra payments at certain times of year (when they are not so busy).

Some specialist tour operators with bulk buying power have managed to negotiate no single supplements at selected hotels throughout the year, so even at peak times you can travel alone without paying a penalty.

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Hotels with no single supplement on selected dates

The Canary Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and are just a four-hour flight from the UK. Friendship Travel runs solo weeks at this four-star adult-only hotel in Fuerteventura.

If you’re looking for a sunny spot in spring or autumn, Mercury Holidays has hotels with no single supplement in Malta and Cyprus, some with further discounts on longer stays.

Or you can find ski accommodation with no single supplement from Inghams – check out the list of ski holidays for solos.

No single supplements in peak season

On the Greek island of Crete, the singles-only Mistral Hotel has just 35 rooms and a house party atmosphere. You’ll have your own double room with no single supplement.

It’s a similar deal at the 19-room Forever Hotel in a quite village resort near Oludeniz in Turkey.

Mercury Holidays has a great range of hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka – the most popular include the three-star Koggola Beach Hotel and the four-star Pandanus Beach Hotel. For pampering, head to The Palms which has an Ayurvedic centre and the option to upgrade to all-inclusive. All rooms have a sea view and two massages are included free of charge on selected dates.

The same company has a range of hotels in the Algarve with no single supplement. Best options include the three-star Auramar Beach and the elegant Baia Grande Hotel which has a dining table exclusively for solo travellers.

Or you can find a beach holiday in Kenya with Tropical Sky which has no single supplement with twin or double rooms at the 3.5 star Turtle Bay Beach Club.

If you’re over 50, check out Saga Holidays which has negotiated discounts and no single supplements on longer stays (for example, four weeks for the price of three) at several hotels including the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz and the Hotel Aguamarina, a peaceful hideaway in Tenerife.

Saga also has long-haul options including the award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia which has 64 rooms, 12 of them for singles. If you want to go all-inclusive, check out the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius, or Kamala Beach in Phuket.

Single rooms with no supplement

On the island of St Lucia, BodyHoliday is a stylish hotel that combines beach luxury with spa and wellness treats. It has a whole wing of attractive single rooms, each with a Queen-sized bed, en-suite bathroom and garden view. There’s a communal dining option but no enforced mingling.

Some cruise holidays have no single supplement

A Nile cruise in an experience of a lifetime and increasingly popular with solo travellers.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers Freestyle Cruising on all its ships with informal dining and free seating. If you’re single and under 50, try the Norwegian Epic which has cabins exclusively for solo travellers and great facilities including a spa, water slides, climbing wall, ice bar, Las Vegas-style entertainment and martini tastings.

Or try a small ship cruise with St Hilda Sea Adventures which has a double cabin available for sole occupancy and single cabins on board its ship Seahorse II.

Last updated: 6 October 2021

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