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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.

March 26, 2018

Singles Holiday Company starts 20th Season

Friendship Travel is gearing up for the company’s 20th summer season of sociable holidays for single travellers, with new options in the Algarve and the Ionian islands joining established favourites around the Med.

Colum McLornan founded Friendship Travel in 1999, when he organised a season of house-party style holidays in Turkey.

This summer, the Antrim-based company offers Hosted holidays on Rhodes, Paros, Zante, Skiathos and Cyprus; in Turkey, Mallorca, the Costa Brava, Sicily, Corsica, Croatia and the Canaries plus the Caribbean, as well as escorted trips to Africa and the Far East.

“The market has changed a lot in the last 20 years,” says Colum, “but I still get the same buzz when I find a small and friendly hotel for one of our Houseparties, and in meeting guests as I travel around the Med.

“When I started Friendship Travel, single people were pretty hard done by, having to pay a single supplement for the privilege of a room above the kitchen, or being asked to share with another single traveller.

“Our guests are guaranteed a standard double or twin bedroom to themselves, with no supplement to pay: that’s what single travellers expect and deserve,” says Colum.

Other trends that Friendship Travel has seen in recent years include a move towards hotels of four- and five-star standards, a preference for adult-only hotels, and for holidays with added value, from wine with dinner to sightseeing.

“We are proud to be independent and grown through word of mouth recommendations,” says Colum.  “We have many regular guests, but we are always conscious that for some plements for single traveople, this is a leap of faith on their first holiday alone since they split up with, or lost their partner.

“The most rewarding thing for our Hosts, and for me, is seeing a nervous first-time guest go home relaxed and smiling at the end of a great week.”

New holidays for summer 2018 are:

Olhao in Portugal – seven nights including excursions from £1135

Barbados – eight nights all-inclusive from £2130

Ionian island-hopping cruises from £1295

Lisbon city break – three nights from £645

 

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

 

ENDS

 

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+ with the core age 40-60
  • 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
  • Winner of several British Travel Awards

 

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

March 12, 2018

Cuba for Solo Travellers: Save £100

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has reduced the price of its Hosted holidays to Cuba this summer by £100 per person – and there’s no single supplement to pay.

The two-centre holiday starts with three nights in the fascinating capital of Havana, based at the modern H10 Habana Panorama Hotel, and includes a full day guided tour of the city, taking in historic monuments like El Morro as well as the colourful streets and impressive squares. In the evenings, the group tries out local restaurants and nightlife together.

Travellers then transfer to the beach resort of Varadero for seven nights at the all-inclusive H10 Ocean Vista Azul Hotel, which has six restaurants, seven bars, a theatre, beauty and fitness centre and two pools.

Its cliff-top position ensures cooling breezes, with easy access to the fabulous sandy beach below where water-sports such as catamaran trips and sea kayaks are available, while land-based fun includes dance classes, yoga, aerobics and tennis. The hotel is next-door to Varadero’s golf course, which offers guests special rates.

All remaining Friendship Travel 2018 departures – 19 March, 14 May, 25 June, 24 September and 29 October have been reduced by £100, with holidays now starting at £2295.

This ATOL-bonded package includes scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick, all transfers, 10 nights in a double room for sole use (no single supplement to pay), breakfast every day, in Havana one dinner and a full day’s guided city tour and in Varadero all meals and drinks, land and water activities plus evening entertainment. Every holiday is escorted throughout by a Friendship Travel Host.

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.

?ENDS?

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

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