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    Singles holidays in January

    Singles holidays in January

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    January is one of my favourite months to plan a holiday. When the weather’s cold and grim, nothing beats jetting off for a sunny break, especially as there are often tempting discounts.

    It’s also peak ski season with great snow but fewer people on the slopes thanks to term-time restrictions for families. Here’s my pick of the best holidays for solo travellers in January.

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    Destinations in Europe

    Your best bet for short-haul sunshine is one of Europe’s furthest-flung islands, still only four hours flying time from the UK. Friendship Travel hosts singles weeks at an adults-only four-star hotel in Fuerteventura.

    Both Malta and Cyprus have good weather all but guaranteed, along with picturesque fishing villages, historic towns and ancient ruins to discover. Try the beachfront hotels from Mercury Holidays which have no single supplements in January.

    For the over-50s, Saga Holidays has deals on long stays (for example, four weeks for the price of three) with no single supplement. Try the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on the Costa de la Luz in Spain, or Tenerife’s Hotel Aguamarina.

    If you prefer more culture with your sun, there are a range of music and other cultural tours from Kirker Holidays, including a Kirker Music Festival in Tenerife during January: enjoy a trip to Mount Teide between concerts.

    And in Malta’s capital, Martin Randall Travel has its own music festival tour with the Valletta Baroque Festival this month.

    Beach holidays for singles in January

    The Caribbean is one of the hottest destinations for January, in all senses of the word. Temperatures are up, prices are down, and the idyllic palm-fringed beaches are as tempting as ever. Start the year in style with a special New Year trip to Barbados and a stay at the all-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach House.

    Or head to the Dominican Republic, where adults-only Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa has an impressive 11 restaurants and various activities included. Solo travellers can meet others on the guest chatroom to break the ice in advance.

    Struggling to choose a Caribbean island? Norwegian Epic, one of the first solo-friendly cruise ships, has routes out of San Juan in Puerto Rico via St Lucia and Aruba during the winter.

    Or head to the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka’s south and west coast has some gorgeous resorts without single supplements and the weather’s at its best in January. Koggala is home to colourful beachfront coral, Kalutara is close to the capital Colomobo and Beruwala is ideal for nature lovers, near the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. I’d suggest The Palms in Beruwala with its excellent Ayurvedic centre.

    January is one of the best months for snorkelling and diving off the coast of Kenya, with the chance of seeing whale sharks. The Turtle Bay Beach Club has no single supplement if you book through Tropical Sky  – enjoy all-inclusive restaurants and a dhow cruise with a lobster BBQ.

    And I can think of few better destinations for a New Year’s health kick than the Caribbean island of St Lucia where The BodyHoliday has water sports, fitness classes and spa treatments in one all-inclusive price, plus a king-sized bed with no single supplement.

    Health, yoga, fitness

    January is always a classic time to get your health, fitness and general wellness back on track after the excesses of the holiday season. Join one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers on one of these specially-designed yoga holidays for singles in lovely destinations including Morocco and Thailand.

    Or a detox retreat designed for singles, including yoga, fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice is ideal for a full body overhaul, while you could to lose up to seven pounds on a weight loss holiday with its deliciously healthy cuisine, exercise and yoga classes. Shanti Som, in Andalucia is deservedly popular.

    See a full range of healthy holidays exclusively for single travellers.

    If you love to explore as you shape up, Ramblers Holidays has several trips, whether you fancy a short-haul break in Madeira or discovering the beauties and wildlife of Trinidad and Tobago.

    For an active holiday with a difference, how about ranching in the USA and in Canada. The Inspiring Travel Company has 45 ranches across the two, including White Stallion Ranch in Arizona, popular with solo travellers and promising some welcome January sunshine.

    Or give body and mind some attention at Cortijo Romero in southern Spain – its Starting Afresh week is the perfect way to begin a New Year, while the centre itself has an emphasis on personal development.

    Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

    Far Eastern holidays

    January is a great time for a singles holiday in South East Asia. Combine Cambodia’s beach, rainforest and temples with a taste of Vietnam – InsideAsia Tours has a small group trip to both Vietnam and Cambodia.

    For a short break, On The Go has a wide selection of group tours that are popular with solo travellers too including Thailand itineraries lasting as little as five days. I’d recommend longer, such as this 13-day Thailand Temples & Tribes tour.

    Group tours

    If you’re looking to pack as much as possible into your holiday, a tour with an expert guide can be the best solution, especially in a destination as varied and exciting as India. In the middle of the cool dry season, January is ideal and the singles-only tours from Cox & Kings are perfect for solo travellers. Or neighbouring Sri Lanka is a tempting alternative.

    If it’s always been on your “must do” list, how about tracking gorillas in the wild in Rwanda – there’s only a small supplement for singles on this group trip. There’s a chance to see them on this Nairobi to Kigali overland adventure which also visits Kenya and Uganda, with walking safaris as well.

    If you want a budget safari in Africa, how about an tour from Tucan Travel with a group of 12 – 24 people and a mix of hotels and tented camps. The East Africa Trail includes a chance to see gorillas, while Safari, Gorillas and Beach packs in exactly what it says, ending in Zanzibar.

    Or discover why Ethiopia is emerging as one of the most exciting destinations in Africa on one of these small groups tours.

    You could head north to view the Northern Lights on this five-night group tour of Iceland or venture even further into the wilderness. This Polar Nights Tour of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago will take you into a world of 24-hour darkness, so you can see the Northern Lights by day and night.

    Australian Sky also runs escorted tours in Australia – popular with over-50s, there everything from wine tasting to whale watching, snorkelling to island-hopping not to mention Outback adventures and a Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour.

    Ski holidays for singles

    If sun simply isn’t what interests you, there are some fantastic cooler alternatives. Head to the Alps for some skiing where Friendship Travel runs its own ski house parties exclusively for single travellers in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez.

    If you prefer to travel alone you can find a supplement-free ski holiday for solos in some of the leading Alpine resorts. Inghams has ski hotels with no single supplement in Alpbach, Kitzbuhel, Lech and Zurs, in Austria, plus Meribel and Morzine, in France and bargain deals in Cervinia in Italy.

    Or singles specialist Solos Holidays has ski breaks including Adelboden in Switzerland, as well as Folgaria in the Trentino Alps and Santa Catarina in Italy.

    Beginners will love this solos-only trip to Zell am Ziller in Austria from Just You.

    You can even combine yoga with skiing in the Italian Dolomites, while Single Parents on Holiday has one of its adults-only ski trips this month, to Kitzbuhel in Austria.

    Last updated: 11 October 2019

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