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    Singles holidays in March

    By Cathy Winston

    March is a great month for a singles holiday. Shoulder season means you can still pick up some real bargains on long-haul trips, including discounts such as no single supplements, while the weather is also improving in Europe and at home.

    If you’re travelling outside the Easter holidays, you can enjoy peak season weather in the Caribbean without the crowds, find adventure without the soaring temperatures of summer and catch the last of the snow at a ski resort. Here are my tips for the best singles holidays in March.

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    However early spring arrives in the UK, it’s still not sunbathing weather. But for sheer blissed-out relaxation, a luxurious all-inclusive Caribbean resort with world-class spa is unbeatable. The BodyHoliday includes a daily spa treatment, along with food, drink, activities and watersports, plus pools and white sand beach to lounge on – St Lucia gets the most sunshine of the year this month too.

    Or the adults-only Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic has its own all-inclusive temptations, including 11 restaurants, pools and activities as well as the beach. Another option for solo beach bunnies is the Maldives where you can get exclusive deals at the at the four-star Bandos Island Resort.

    If you want a longer stay, Saga Holidays has great prices for the over-50s with no single supplement at a selection of hotels including the Iberostar Royal Andalus in Spain, the Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife and the company’s own award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

    Struggling to decide? How about an almost endless series of beaches on a cruise around the Caribbean? Norwegian Epic has staterooms for solo cruisers and a series of itineraries through the eastern and western Caribbean.

    Closer to home, the sun should be shining in the Canary Islands, including the dramatic volcanic landscapes and beaches of Lanzarote – the house party style singles holidays from Travel One include a group table for dinner and optional excursions.

    If you want more than just a chance to relax on the sand, stay Absolute Sanctuary, which has yoga, spa and detox programmes – and you can guarantee the sun will be shining on the Thai island of Koh Samui. You could even add a safari element to your beach break. This nine-day safari and beach combo mixes Zanzibar’s white sands with the chance to animal spot in the Serengeti.

    Or combine your beach with city, on a tour with On The Go Tours, popular with single travellers – the Best of Thailand itinerary includes time chilling out in Phuket.

    Sri Lanka has its own share of gorgeous beach to go with its ancient culture. Perfect if you’re looking for day trips to break up the sunbathing, especially Beruwala where you can visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and see the island’s first Muslim settlement, dating back to the 11th century. Or how about the world’s only hollow Buddha shrine at Kalutara?

    No single supplements, the option to go all-inclusive and beachfront destinations mean solo travellers will love the hotel collection from Mercury Holidays.

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    Feed your passion for music at the Kirker Music Festival in Tresanton for a seaside break in style, complete with three concerts, or brighten up the month with a stay in New York, enjoying opera, theatre and art. The company’s small group trips to music festivals and events across Europe and beyond are popular with solo travellers, and there’s no single supplement on some dates.

    If it’s art, culture and literature which you love, the themed tours from Martin Randall Travel include a wide mix from the UK and Europe to India, all accompanied by an expert guide so you’ll go home wiser as well as happier.

    There are life and creative skills to be learned too. Skyros runs personal development holidays with a friendly house-party atmosphere. Or head to Andalucia for one of the courses at Cortijo Romero, where you could be discovering mindfulness techniques or embracing a new start for Spring.

    For something more active, you’ll find plenty of options as well. Brush up your riding skills on a ranch holiday, with a wide range across the USA and in Canada, whether you prefer the amenities of a more luxurious resort ranch or to get hands on at a small working ranch.

    With great conditions in the Alps, I recommend taking a trip with Friendship Travel, which runs its own ski chalet holidays exclusively for solo travellers. Beginners will love the easy runs and nursery slopes of Les Deux Alpes, as well as more options in the French resorts of Alpe D’Huez and Serre Chevalier.

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    March is a perfect time to visit the colourful Kingdom of Nepal with clear mountain air, warm sunshine and the rhododendrons in bloom. For value, it’s hard to beat Nepal Experience, a 9-day group tour that is popular with solo travellers. It takes you through the Kathmandu Valley to the temples of Bhaktapur, the lakeside splendour of Pokhara and Chitwan National Park.

    It’s also a great time for Southeast Asia. March is one of the few months in Vietnam when all the country enjoys great weather. Make the most of it by choosing a tour that takes in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An.

    InsideAsia Tours has the expertise and local guides to give a great introduction, with many of its clients travelling solo, and itineraries which also include Laos and Cambodia, such as Hands On Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Or discover another part of South East Asia in Burma before the arrival of the hottest season. This 10-night Highlights of Burma small group tour will take you to Mandalay, Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and the pagodas of Sagaing Hill.

    This month is particularly good for trips to Costa Rica. The beaches are quieter than January and February but the dry season still hasn’t ended, so you’ll have more chance to see the island’s famous wildlife in the cloud forest and rainforest, along with hot springs, volcanoes and coffee plantations. A great choice for solo travellers is the singles-only tour from Cox & Kings.

    The temples and tombs of Egypt are another unmissable destination, and a Nile cruise is still the best way to see the ruins of Karnak and Luxor before temperatures rise in the summer. If the leisurely sail along the river isn’t for you, tick off the country’s highlights with a six-day Pharaohs Adventure from On The Go Tours instead.

    Or see another magnificent highlight of the ancient world in Jordan with the Passage to Petra tour, including Wadi Rum and the Dead sea, as well as the mosaics of Madaba.

    If you prefer a tour focused on singles, Solo Travellers Group Holidays has a trip to Cuba, with some of the country’s highlights – including Havana and beach.

    For a true adventure, sail the fjords of the Musandam peninsula in Oman or travel down the Ganges in India with Wild Frontiers, with more than 70% of the group travelling solo.

    Explore’s small group tours are always popular with solo travellers too. Its range of wildlife tours includes a trip to Namibia where you will explore the world’s highest sand dunes, track elephants, rhinos and lions and discover ancient bushmen rock art. Or join a small group to see gorillas in the wild in Uganda before the rainy season starts.

    Saga has a range of escorted tours for the over 50s, including a 17-night trip to South Africa which includes the big game of Kruger National Park, the dramatic landscapes of the Garden Route and the sunny Cape Coast, along with other destinations such as Sri Lanka.

    And while summer might be over in Australia, that also means the crowds will have died down along with the fiercest summer heat. The group tours from Australian Sky have options from three nights to three weeks, including a string of escorted tours which are particularly popular with solo travellers.

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    If you’re longing to get outside after the winter, the guided cycling holidays from Saddle Skedaddle include getaways in Europe, where the weather will be picking up without being too hot for those uphill stretches, as well as trips further afield.

    Or discover some of the world’s wonderful scenery with a walking holiday with no single supplement from Ramblers Walking Holidays, whether you prefer the sunny Lycian coast in Turkey, the Spanish hills or heading off the beaten track to explore the volcanic islands of Cape Verde.

    Solos Holidays also has walking breaks, exclusively for single travellers, including Lanzarote‘s own volcanic landscape.

    Feeling adventurous? How about joining a Dog Sledding Expedition in the spectacular pristine landscapes of eastern Greenland? Or if you prefer to enjoy your snow from skis, Inghams has a collection of ski holidays for solos with no single supplement in some of the best resorts in the Alps including Kitzbuhel and Lech in Austria, Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

    Perhaps some pampering is in order – why not treat yourself with a spa retreat from The Healthy Holiday Company, designed for single travellers. For a short-haul escape, the sun is already shining in Spain, Cyprus and Morocco, or head to Bali for a chilled-out getaway.

    * Easter Sunday falls on 21 April in 2019

    Last updated: 13 November 2018

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