Singles holidays in January

Singles holidays in January

By Cathy Winston, Editor

January is one of my favourite months to get away. When the weather’s cold and grim at home, nothing beats jetting off for a sunny break, especially as there are bargains galore to be found.

Here’s my pick of the best holidays for solo travellers in January. Some destinations and trips may be affected by travel restrictions. Click the links below for prices, dates and booking terms.

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Destinations in Europe

Your best bet for short-haul sunshine is the Canary Islands or Madeira, 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 should enjoy good weather, along with picturesque fishing villages, historic towns and ancient sites 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, Kirker Holidays has a range of music and other cultural tours including a Kirker Music Festival in Tenerife during January: enjoy a trip to Mount Teide between concerts.

And in Salzburg, Martin Randall Travel has its own music festival tour pitched around the Mozart in Salzburg winter festival.

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.

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

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 coasts have some gorgeous resorts without single supplements and the weather’s at its best in January. Koggala is home to colourful beachfront coral, while Beruwala is ideal for nature lovers, near the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.

You can find singles-only holidays in Goa too. Solo specialists Travel One have a half-board break near the beach.

Health, yoga, fitness

January is 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 a specially-designed yoga holiday for singles in destinations including Morocco and Thailand.

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 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.

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. The centre has an emphasis on personal development. 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, including a short-haul break in Madeira or La Gomera, one of the most beautiful and least visited of the Canary Islands. 

Saddle Skedaddle have some great cycling adventures in the sun this month.

For an active holiday with a difference, how about ranching in the USA or 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. (The US and Canada are currently off limits to UK visitors).

Ski holidays for singles

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.

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 Mayrhoften in Austria.

Group tours in January

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.  

To embrace the winter, 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.

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

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

Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

The Far East

January is a great time for a singles holiday in South East Asia. You could combine Cambodia’s temples with a taste of Vietnam – Wendy Wu Tours has a small group trip to both Vietnam and Cambodia that’s popular with solo travellers.

On The Go has a wide selection of group tours that are popular with solo travellers including itineraries combining several South East Asian countries. I’d recommend this 11-day Saigon to Bangkok tour for some of the area’s highlights.

And for a singles-only escape, Just You has a 13-day Discover Vietnam tour, ticking off the country’s highlights.

Last updated: 20 August 2021

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