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Long-stay hotels

Cathy's verdict:

When a fortnight isn’t enough, long hotel stays can attract discounts that make them more of a bargain than an indulgence. For over-50s travelling alone, single rooms in Saga’s hotels usually cost the same as doubles for three weeks or more, with all-inclusive options in Spain, St Lucia, Cuba, Thailand and Mauritius.

Recommended tour operator: Saga Holidays

Iberostar Royal AndalusGolfing next to the Hotel AguamarinaBel Jou in St LuciaBeach at Tamassa

Saga Holidays says

We offer a number of hotels with longer stays of three weeks or more for a very competitive price – four weeks for the price of three for example.

  • all-inclusive
  • no single supplement in selected hotels
  • over-50s only

Each hotel works well for solo travellers, with single rooms for the same cost as sharing a twin or double in many cases.

Flights and transfers are included and meal plans vary – many are all-inclusive and include free drinks, often for 12 hours each day. There is also a Saga Lounge in some of the hotels – the perfect meeting place as and when you want to socialise.

The Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus is a stunning hotel on La Barossa Beach on the Costa de la Luz, Spain’s Atlantic coast. All guests can join our orientation walk, cookery demonstrations and cocktail making classes and we also include excursions to such places as Jerez, Cape Trafalgar and Cadiz. The food here is of a particularly high standard.

In Tenerife, the Hotel Aguamarina is a peaceful and secluded hotel with a pretty marina close by and a golf course on either side. There’s an indoor pool as well as a host of outdoor facilities. Excursions include Puerto de la Cruz, Los Gigantes and San Juan plus an optional dolphin-watching boat trip.

The award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia is a Saga exclusive hotel. It’s both charming and relaxed with only 64 rooms, 12 of them specifically for singles. You’ll get a real taste of Creole culture here with cookery lessons, garden tours, talks on local folklore and rum-tastings for example. Evening entertainment includes barbecues with steel bands, traditional music and dancers and performances by local schools.

Other long-haul options, with competitive all-inclusive rates, include the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius, Kamala Beach on the Thai island of Phuket and Hotel Breezes Jibacoa on Cuba’s less developed north coast.

On all our long-haul holidays, we include return chauffeur service from your home to your departure airport or complimentary airport parking.

Find out more about our hotel and touring holidays for the over 50s.

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