Best for… Craft-lovin’ creatives
Whatever your creative fancy – writing à la JK Rowling or cooking a
Nigella-style feast, Go Learn To offers every how-to holiday you can think
of, from wine-tasting courses in Paris (hic!) to perfume-making workshops in
Provence. We’ve got our eye on the seven-day jewellery masterclass in
Aveyron, southern France, where you’ll learn how to make jewellery with an
English tutor in a 19th-century farmhouse. And, of course, you get to take
your loot home!
I’m in! Go Learn To’s (Golearnto.com)
seven-night Jewellery Making Holiday Course including your own room, a
six-day workshop, breakfasts, lunches, course materials, transfers and
excursions, costs from £550. Flights from Gatwick to nearby Rodez with
Ryanair.com cost from £20 return, excluding taxes.
Best for… Party girls
Flying solo doesn’t mean you have to sit in your room of a Saturday night.
Still, you don’t want to be out drinking pink cocktails with the 18-30
crowd. You need something sophis – a party concierge! Sunshine World
Holidays will match you with other young ’uns to go clubbing with. We love
the Croatia package – the Eastern European country is celeb-central (Gemma
Arterton and Gwyneth have been spotted). Plus, you’ll visit Zrce beach,
which has 24-hour licences.
I’m in! Sunshine World (Novalja.co.uk)
has seven nights in an apartment (choose to share with other solo travellers
or you can opt for a private room) from £159, including transfers. Flights
from Stansted to Zadar with Ryanair.com
cost from £51 return, excluding taxes.
Best for… Culture kids
Get a dose of culture with a group tour to one of Angelina Jolie’s favourite
holiday spots: Cambodia. Marvel at the magnificent Angkor Wat ruins; coo
over dazzling hill-top temples; sample local delicacies at the markets
(anyone for fried spiders? Yeah, maybe not) and come back with amazing snaps
to make your mates jealous. There’s culture and action a go-go with
breathtaking riverboat trips and tours of local villages. The best bit? You
can forget nasty single supplements – solo travellers can choose to have
their own room or split the cost with a ‘willing to share’ price.
I’m in! Travel Indochina’s (Travelindochina.co.uk)
seven-day Highlights Of Cambodia trip costs £745, based on a departure date
of May 22, 2011 – but Fabulous readers can get 15 per cent off by quoting
‘Fabulous’ when calling 01865 268940. Includes accommodation, transport in
Cambodia, sightseeing, a Western tour leader and an English-speaking guide,
transfers, breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner. Return flights start from
£695 with Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow.
Best for… Action women
If you think fly ’n’ flop holidays are for lightweights, a scuba-diving trip
to Larnaca in Cyprus should get your heart racing. Sign up for the group
PADI Open Water Diver Course with local centre Alpha Divers and come
mask-to-face with clear waters, colourful reefs and cute turtles. By night,
mingle with other underwater lovers at one of the hip new bars in the Old
Quarter, like Moti Mahal – a bazaar-style café/bar lit by Moroccan-inspired
lanterns on the palm-fringed beachfront. Bliss!
I’m in! Active Adventures (Activeadventures.co.uk)
offers seven nights for £697, departing from London Gatwick on May 12, 2011,
based on sole occupancy ofa double room at the comfortable and friendly
Mariandy Hotel on a B&B basis. Includes flights, transfers and the Open
Water Diver four-day course.
Best for… Spa-aholics
Who needs a bloke to spoil you? Instead, indulge in some ‘me’ time on a spa
break. Set on top of North Devon’s Hartland Peninsula, Downe Health Spa is
half a mile from its nearest neighbours and has hold- your-breath views.
Line up beautify-me bookings from reflexology to a hot-stone massage, before
chilling in the Jacuzzi afterwards. Book a pamper break and you’ll stay in a
luxury one-bedroom cottage, where you can cosy up by a log fire with a book.
Plus, you can side-step dining awkwardness with a three-course dinner served
in your cottage as part of the pamper package. Perfect!
I’m in! Downe Health Spa (Downespa.com)
has one-night pamper breaks for £249, which includes cottage accommodation,
use of the gym and spa, an aromatherapy massage and meals.
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