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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 on the Thai island of Koh Samui, you can guarantee the sun will be shining. If you want more than just a chance to relax on the sand, the island offers elephant trekking, hiking and mountain biking, while a stay at Kamalaya retreat promises to help you reach your spiritual goals too. With communal dinner tables to help solo travellers mix as well as plenty of privacy if you prefer, it’s a great option for singles.

    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.

    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 its most sunshine this month too.

    Another option for solo beach bunnies is the Maldives where you can get exclusive deals at the at the four-star Bandos Island Resort and the luxury Outrigger Maldives (no single supplement and a free upgrade to half-board).

    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.

    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.

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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 stay in elegant Baden-Baden, where the stylish spa town hosts regular music festivals and events. The small group trips are popular with solo travellers, and there’s no single supplement on some dates. If listening isn’t enough, there’s always the option to get onto the dance floor with a dance break in the UK from Solos Holidays. For singles only, some dates include dance lessons or other activities, and as everyone’s travelling alone you’ll be sure to find a dance partner.

    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.

    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 working on your creative writing or singing, or learning stress reduction and mindfulness techniques.

    With great conditions in the Alps, this month is ideal for single travellers learning to ski. I recommend this week in Les Deux Alpes from Friendship Travel, with equipment hire, expert tuition and a guarantee that everyone will be in the same boat. If you’re an experienced skier and want to be alone on the slopes, 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.

    Or boots your skills in the kitchen instead, with a course at the Lucknam Park Cookery School set in a splendid country house hotel near Bath.

    Golfers can find some great singles golf holidays with no single supplements and a choice of locations including Hawkstone Park in Shropshire and Puckrup Hall in the Cotswolds. If you want guaranteed sunshine try a golfing week at Le Meridien Penina or CampoReal in the Algarve.

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    March is one of the best months to visit Vietnam, combining some of the best weather across the country’s different climates. Make the most of it by choosing a tour that takes in the highlights of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, but also helps give a feel for the fascinating culture, history and food of this beautiful destination. InsideAsia Tours has the expertise and local guides to give a great introduction, with many of its clients travelling solo.

    Or discover another part of South East Asia in Burma before the arrival of the hot season. This 9-night Burma Unmasked small group tour will take you to Mandalay, Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Monywa, home to the world’s second tallest statue of Buddha.

    There are trips galore to Thailand too with On The Go Tours, starting with the five-day Thailand Express if you’re short of time, as well as Bangkok Beach & Beyond to mix city and chilling out by the sea. Single parents will love the Thailand for Teens itinerary, guaranteed to give them bragging rights once they’re back at school.

    More than half of those visiting Central America with Journey Latin America are on their own as well. Don’t miss the chance to discover Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica, from Mayan ruins to spectacular scenery. 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.

    Explore’s small group tours are always popular with solo travellers. 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. It’s also a great time of year for this Highlights of Costa Rica trip.

    Saga has a great range of escorted tours for the over 50s too, 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. Other destinations include Cuba, China and Vietnam.

    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 options in Europe, where the weather will be picking up without being too hot for those uphill stretches, as well as further afield.

    Or discover some of the world’s wonderful scenery with a walking holiday with no single supplement from Ramblers Worldwide, whether you prefer the sunny coast of the Algarve, the Spanish hills or pulling on snowshoes to explore the Dolomites.

    For single parents with preschool children, you can skip the crowds and the price hikes, and head down to Cornwall, where the family-friendly Sands Resort Hotel has regular offers including no single supplement, plus baby listening and a kids’ club.

    * Easter Sunday falls on 1 April in 2018.

    Last updated: 11 September 2017


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