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    Singles holidays in March

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    March is a great month for a singles holiday. Shoulder season means you can still pick up some real bargains outside the Easter holidays, while the weather is also improving in Europe and at home.

    With everything from peak season weather in the Caribbean to the last of the snow at a ski resort, here are the best singles holidays in March.


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    Beach breaks for singles

    However early spring arrives in the UK, it’s still not sunbathing weather. But for a blissed-out beach break, a luxurious all-inclusive Caribbean resort is unbeatable. The BodyHoliday includes a daily spa treatment, along with activities and watersports – 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.

    Struggling to decide? A cruise around the Caribbean ensures beaches galore. Norwegian Epic has staterooms for solo cruisers and a series of itineraries through the eastern and western Caribbean.

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

    If you’re searching for beach breaks with more than sunbathing, Sri Lanka has ancient culture alongside glorious coast. Discover the island’s first Muslim settlement at Beruwala, dating back to the 11th century. Or how about the world’s only hollow Buddha shrine at Kalutara?

    And Absolute Sanctuary teams yoga and detox programmes with Thai sunshine on Koh Samui’s gorgeous beaches.

    Short-haul escapes for singles

    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 optional excursions. If you want a longer stay, Saga Holidays has great prices for the over-50s with no single supplement at hotels including the Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife.

    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. Or there’s no single supplement on this 10-day King Tutankhamun adventure in March from On The Go Tours.

    The same company has an excellent range of tours in Turkey such as its flagship 10-day Turkey Unplugged tour, visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, the ancient sites of Troy and Ephesus, the Aegean coast and the strange “fairy chimneys” of Cappadoccia.

    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.

    Learning holidays

    Feed your passion for music at the Kirker Music Festival in Tresanton for a seaside break complete with concerts, or soak up art, theatre and opera in New York. The small group trips to music festivals and events are popular with solo travellers, with 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 return home enlightened.

    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 the courses at Cortijo Romero, where you can start Untangling your Life this month.

    Singles-friendly guided tours

    March is a perfect time to visit Southeast Asia. It is one of the few months in Vietnam when all the country enjoys good weather so you can enjoy discovering its full length, including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An. Many of those booking with InsideAsia Tours are solo travellers, with local guides to provide added expertise.

    Discover another part of South East Asia at the same time with itineraries which visit Laos and Cambodia too, such as Hands On Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Or immerse yourself in the area with a 23-day Indochina Discovery holiday from On The Go Tours, popular with single travellers.

    In Costa Rica, the dry season isn’t yet over, and beaches are quieter than January and February – ideal for spying its famous wildlife in the cloud forest and rainforest, before exploring volcanoes and coffee plantations. This tour is for solo travellers only.

    And while summer is over in Australia, the crowds have also died down. The group tours from Australian Sky have options from three nights to three weeks, including a string of escorted tours popular with solo travellers.

    Singles holidays in Africa

    A great way to experience Africa is on a small-group tour. Many of these are popular with singles, including a chance to see gorillas in the wild in Uganda.

    This group tour of South Africa travels from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Lesotho over 17 days, for some of the country’s highlights, while Saga’s range of escorted tours for the over 50s, includes a 17-night trip to South Africa discovering game in Kruger National Park and the scenic Garden Route.

    Or tick off four countries in one go on a two-week Ultimate Africa Group Tour visiting Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    You could even add some beach time to to your safari break. This nine-day safari and beach combo mixes Zanzibar’s white sands with animal spotting in the Serengeti. There’s more to Africa than safari too: discover the fascinating culture of Ethiopia with a small group tour this month.

    Active singles holidays in March

    If you’re longing to get outside after the winter, the self-guided cycling holidays from Saddle Skedaddle include getaways across Europe, including Spain, Italy, France and Slovenia, where the weather will be picking up without being too hot for those uphill stretches.

    Or wander through some of the world’s most wonderful scenery with a walking holiday with no single supplement from Ramblers Walking Holidays, from the little-known Canary Island of La Palma to the dramatic landscapes of OmanSolos Holidays also has walking breaks, exclusively for single travellers, including North Cyprus.

    Keen riders can brush up their 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.

    Feeling adventurous? How about joining a Husky Adventure in the spectacular Finnish wilderness?

    Singles ski holidays in March

    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.

    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 in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez and solo group trips in St Anton, Austria.

    There are also several solos-only ski breaks from Just You. If you’re a bit rusty, the Back to Ski breaks are ideal – choose from Switzerland and Austria. And Single Parents with Kids has an adults-only ski break to Schladming in Austria too.

    * Easter Sunday falls on 12 April in 2020

    Last updated: 29 October 2019

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