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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 at home and you don’t even have Christmas to look forward to, nothing beats jetting off for a break, especially as there are often tempting discounts for those who aren’t paying off their credit card bills.

    For guaranteed sunshine, you’ll need to head to the fringes of Europe but more likely a long-haul flight. 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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    European sun

    For a short fly and flop getaway, your best bet for sunshine is one of Europe’s furthest-flung islands, still less than a five-hour flight away. Both Malta and Cyprus have good weather all but guaranteed, even in the depths of winter, 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 a bit 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, where you can enjoy sightseeing and a trip to Mount Teide between the programme of 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. Kickstart the month with a special New Year trip to Barbados. I’d recommend starting the year in real style, with a singles-only trip to 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, or with space for 750 suites, there’s also more than enough room to get away on your own if you prefer.

    Struggling to choose a Caribbean island? Cruise a few instead. No longer a hotbed of stuffy formality, ships such as Norwegian Epic even have cabins designed for solo travellers, along with an ice bar, spa and routes out of San Juan in Puerto Rico during the winter.

    Or head to another of the world’s best beach destinations, the Indian Ocean. Better known for its ancient culture and history, 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 if you’re lucky. There’s no single supplement at the Turtle Bay Beach Club if you book through Tropical Sky with all-inclusive restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to take a dhow cruise with a lobster BBQ or to watch the sun set over the water.

    A healthy break is another great way to kick-start a New Year’s resolution or simply recover from December’s parties. I can think of few better destinations than the gorgeous Caribbean island of St Lucia where The BodyHoliday has water sports, fitness classes and spa treatments in one all-inclusive price, as well as white sand beach to relax on, 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.

    Give your mind and body a complete overhaul with a detox retreat designed for singles. This will include yoga, fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice as well as a healthy detox diet. If you simply want to shed some pounds, try one of these weight loss holidays where you can expect to lose up to seven pounds with a combination of delicious weight-loss cuisine, exercise and yoga classes. The most popular venue is Shanti Som, in Andalucia.

    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 in seven states across the two, including White Stallion Ranch in Arizona, popular with solo travellers and promising some welcome January sunshine.

    Or give both body and mind some attention with a stay at Cortijo Romero in southern Spain – its Winter Walking week will get you out exploring the mountains of Andalucia (and enjoying the Spanish sunshine) 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. Cambodia is a bucket list destination for a good reason, with beach and rainforest to discover alongside the temples and cities. Combine it with Vietnam, to get a taste of both countries – InsideAsia Tours also has a small group trip to both Vietnam and Cambodia.

    You can also combine Cambodia with neighbouring Thailand, where Solo Travellers has singles-only group tours to discover these fascinating countries.

    Thailand is a perfect destination in January and excellent value. On The Go has a wide selection of group tours that are popular with solo travellers too. You can spend as little as five days there, but I 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 for exploring the laid-back south, and the singles-only tours from Cox & Kings are perfect for solo travellers. Other destinations that work well in January include neighbouring Sri Lanka.

    If it’s always been on your “must do” list, how about tracking gorillas in the wild in Rwanda – there’s a very small supplement for singles on this group trip. Or discover why Ethiopia is emerging as one of the most exciting destinations in Africa on one of these small groups tours.

    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.

    You could head north to view the Northern Lights on this five-night group tour of Iceland or go deeper into this fascinating country with a West Iceland Wonders tour that includes waterfalls, geothermal pools and the Thingvellir National Park.

    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 – La Plagne in France is great for all levels. Friendship Travel runs its own ski house parties exclusively for single travellers in the French resorts of Alpe D’Huez and Meribel.

    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 and Les Diablerets in Switzerland, Courchevel in France or Mayrhofen in Austria.

    You can even combine yoga with skiing in the Italian Dolomites.

    Last updated: 13 August 2019

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