Where are the best places for solo travelling this year?
A solo holiday has never looked so tempting. You could find yourself meditating on a mountainside, being pampered with a 50-minute spa treatment each day or having an adventure at sea. Take a look at these incredible holiday ideas for solo travellers.
A luxury adventure at sea
Boutique, luxury ships; butler service in every suite; and all-inclusive cruises to 900 destinations around the world. Silversea cruises can take you to remote ports and create an off-the-beaten-track adventure without scrimping on luxuries. Silversea welcomes solo travellers and they often offer single occupancy supplements at only 25% on selected voyages. Every cruise includes a Champagne welcome reception to make it easy to meet other solo travellers and, on select cruises, hosts are available as dance partners or dinner companions. The all-inclusive fares include an ocean view suite, sophisticated experiences onboard and fine dining.
Daily spa time in Saint Lucia
If you’re feeling frazzled and just want to get away, the BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia is our go-to escape and the mantra here is ‘give us your body for a week and we’ll give back your mind’. A 50-minute spa treatment is included on each full day of your stay, as are fitness classes with pro coaches and classes such as yoga and meditation. But do as little as you choose – you can spend your time on the beach buried in a good book if needed – and enjoy the friendly welcome and the option to eat at the hosted table in the evening with some of the staff and other solo travellers. The resort has a September Solos month where they will design you personalised spa treatments and host group activities for you to join, from cocktail and dinner parties to a sunset cruise.
The Maldives isn’t just for honeymooners
The Maldives isn’t an obvious choice when it comes to going solo, however take a look at Biyadhoo island. This simple and great value three-star resort has a sociable vibe, a small bar area – so everyone gathers in the evening at the same place – and phenomenal diving sites close by. The no-frills rooms are only a few steps from the dazzling white sands and lagoon; and no single supplement between May and November ensures it won’t cost the earth for a little slice of island paradise.
The all-inclusive beach escape
Overlooking Oistins Bay in Barbados, just five minutes from St Lawrence’s Gap, you’ll find the all-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels. We love the rustic chic design here, the fact it never feels crowded and the stunning ocean views from most of the bedrooms. The hotel is clever in its design, with an adults-only area with its own pool, Jacuzzis and big, comfy loungers away from the families staying here. Book for September and you’ll pay no single supplement and there will be optional activities perfect for meeting new people. Spend days on the fantastic beach, which is great for swimming; or relax around the pool where you can cool off with icy towels and delicious sorbets delivered by the pool attendants. In the evening, head to the ‘Speak Easy’ spirits cave for daily rum and wine tasting and enjoy laid-back evenings in one of the bars, listening to regular live music.
De-stress in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s first destination spa, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is an award-winning wellness resort surrounded by nature and offering the very best in yoga and meditation. Gaze out over misty mountains, forest and paddy fields and embrace Wi-Fi free communal areas for a digital detox. Acclaim comes from awards such as Tatler’s Best Spas in the World 2017 and you can experience both hydrotherapy and Ayurveda here, plus group activities such as meditating on the banks of the Hulu River, hiking, mountain biking or swimming in one of the natural pools, so you’ll have the chance to meet people if you want to. It’s all about quietening your mind here – so a solo trip is a popular choice to make the most of a little ‘me time’.
Explore with an expert guide
Travelling solo doesn’t need to mean travelling alone. We create our own small escorted group tours packed full of activities, so you can see a destination with a guide and like-minded travellers who are also passionate about seeing the world. Travelling in a group often means your adventure is more affordable, and it’s great to share your experiences at the end of each day. An escorted group tour can give you the confidence to visit places you might not have considered alone; and all of our tours can be booked on a private basis if you’re looking for a quieter and more personal experience, with the knowledge of an expert guide en route.