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August 15, 2018

New Christmas Escapes for Single Travellers

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has added two new breaks for Christmas 2018 building on the trend for solo travellers to avoid family festivities and instead ‘do their own thing’.

Agadir in Morocco features in the new Winter brochure for the first time, with the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel signed up following a complete renovation. A huge freeform pool, atrium-style lobby and stylish bars feature, along with Moroccan dishes and show-cooking station in the restaurant, which adds variety to the all-inclusive board basis.

All Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy – with no single supplement to pay – of one of the large rooms with sitting area. The hotel is right on the long sandy beach.

Departing Gatwick on 22 December, seven nights costs from £1525 to include flights, transfers, all meals, drinks, entertainment and the support throughout of a Friendship Travel Host.

In the UK, a three-night Christmas break at the Crowne Plaza in West Drayton is newly-featured at £595 for a package that includes a double room and all meals from dinner on Christmas Eve to breakfast on 27 December. Other UK options include country-house hotels in Warwickshire, a break in Northern Ireland and a city-centre Chester hotel.

Other holidays with Christmas 2018 departures are to Barcelona, Marrakech, Cyprus, Malta, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Cape Verde Islands, Cuba, St Lucia and Kenya, plus four ski/snowboard options.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

 

August 2, 2018

Boutique Zante Hotel welcomes Single Travellers in September

Friendship Travel, the sociable singles holiday company, returns to the Ionian Hill Hotel in September, with six departure dates to this 28-room, adult-only four-star set above Argassi on Zante/Zakynthos.

Each week is Hosted by a Friendship Holidays staff member, with guests enjoying sole occupancy of a double room, with no single supplement to pay.

Guests can do as much or as little as they like: there’s no enforced ‘group’ activity. Guests may choose to relax on the hotel’s beautiful pool terrace, which has sweeping views around the bay to Zante Town, or walk 10 minutes down the hillside to the sea, where rocky platforms offer direct access for swimming. Optional excursions, including boat trips, are available.

Friendship Travel’s package includes flights, transfers, breakfast every morning and five sociable dinners with wine at the hotel, around one or two large tables. On other nights, the Host suggests local restaurants where guests eat at their own expense, but still as a group.

Departure dates are 6, 13, 20 and 27 September, and 4 and 11 October, with prices from Gatwick starting from just £986 for a fantastic week in the sun with good food and great company.

Departures from up to 14 regional airports also available. 2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

July 3, 2018

Single and stuck for a summer break? Try Turkey from £605

Single people tied to school holiday dates – perhaps because of a teaching career – should check out Friendship Travel, which is highlighting weekly departures to its friendly hotel on the hillside above Oludeniz on Turkey’s turquoise coast.

The Forever Hotel operates as a Houseparty, where Friendship Travel’s own Hosts create a sociable ‘villa party’ atmosphere. There are just 19 rooms, a pool surrounded by sunbeds, hammocks in well-tended gardens, and of course a bar and restaurant.

All guests enjoy sole occupancy of one of the hotel’s double room with no single supplement to pay.

Four communal dinners are included in each week at the Forever Hotel, with guests sitting together around one large table. On other evenings, the group heads out to try local restaurants at their own expense, typically in smaller groups.

Breakfast every morning is part of the package, but not lunch, which allows guests to do their own thing by day, whether that is reading by the pool, hopping on the local bus down to the beach or going sightseeing with others interested in Lycian rock tombs, parascending, a day on a gulet or loggerhead turtles to name but four options. Guests may join in as much or as little as they wish.

Friendship Travel holidays start every Monday with flights from up to 21 UK and Irish airports booked as part of an ATOL-bonded package. Prices start at £605 for seven nights as described, based on flights from Luton (with airport transfers) on 16 July. August dates from Gatwick start at £820. These prices all include a generous hold baggage allowance.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Colum is available for expert comment on the singles holidays market.)
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays
  • All flight-inclusive holidays are ATOL-protected

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

 

 

 

 

May 30, 2018

Zante Hotel to Welcome more Single Travellers

The Apollon Hotel in Tsilivi on the beautiful island of Zante has added five new rooms and a roof terrace – essentially a whole new floor – for sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel, its tour operator partner.

Friendship Travel contracts the small and friendly Apollon throughout the summer, offering Hosted Houseparty holidays for single travellers. This is the third summer of the partnership and the hotel now offers 24 rooms for single occupancy as part of Friendship Travel’s seven and 14 night packages.

The five new rooms are simple but smart, and each offer shower, furnished balcony (inland or sea views) as well as air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-fridge, hairdryer and room safe. The hotel has a popular restaurant and bar, a small pool and a beautiful sandy beach only 100 metres away.

Friendship Travel’s packages include flights from up to 14 UK and Irish airports, transfers, breakfast every morning, five dinners with wine each week and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout. There’s no single supplement to pay in order to enjoy sole occupancy of a standard double or twin bedroom.

June departures start at only £886 including flights from Gatwick (excluding baggage charges), with departure dates every week until mid October.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

 

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

 

May 3, 2018

20th Summer for Single Travellers takes off with New Holiday in Portugal

Friendship Travel welcomes its first guests to the Real Marina Hotel on the Algarve this weekend, marking the start of its 20th summer season of sociable holidays for single travellers.

This new holiday is based in the coastal town of Olhao within Portugal’s Ria Formosa Natural Park.  This is ‘the other side of the Algarve’, east of Faro.  Olhau’s old town is a warren of cobbled streets; there’s a quayside fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and a harbour protected from the Atlantic by a chain of islands that offer beautiful sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife.

Each holiday is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member, and guests enjoy four included excursions: to Faro’s historic centre; to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonia on the Spanish border; a local cookery school demo; and a boat trip around Olhao’s tidal estuary and islands.

The Real Marina Hotel is only 500m along the seafront from the market. This 144-room five-star has a first-floor outdoor pool with superb sea views, a spa and indoor pool.  As on all Friendship Travel holidays, guests have their own room, with no single supplement to pay.

Prices for holidays between now and October start at £1135, including flights from Gatwick (regional departures available at a supplement), transfers, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast each day, two lunches and four dinners with wine, four planned excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host.

Other holidays for single travellers with their first departures this month include a week on the Costa Brava in the resort of Pineda de Mar where excursions to Barcelona, Girona, Hostalric, Canet de Mar and a Caltalan cooker demo are included in the package, which starts at £885 per person.
And for five-star sun, sea and sand, a week at the beachfront Lindos Memories hotel on Rhodes starts at £1290.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

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