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July 24, 2019

New Singles Ski Chalet in Alpe d’Huez for Friendship Travel

Sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel has introduced Chalet Pregentil in Alpe d’Huez to its line-up of ski holidays for the coming season.

The seven-bedroom traditional chalet will operate as houseparty exclusively for single travellers on six departure dates, including Christmas.

Up to 10 guests will be hosted by Friendship Travel representatives on a package that includes a single room, flights to Grenoble and transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea every day and dinner with wine on five evenings, AND six mornings in the resort’s ESF ski school for ski or snowboard lessons.

Prices start at £1195 a week, and from £1295 for the Christmas departure. There is also an option to share a twin room with another traveller of the same gender at a reduced rate, from £995. Departures are 21 December 2019, 11 and 18 January, 1 February, 21 and 28 March 2020.

Chalet Pregentil has plenty of rustic charm, with the addition of a sauna on the ground floor beside the ski/boot racks, while the open-plan dining/living room opens onto a first-floor balcony.

The chalet is close to the Telecentre lift to take guests up to the ski school meeting point and the foot of the main lifts. At the end of each day, guests may ski down to within 150 metres of the front door, while the resort’s nightlife and leisure facilities are within an easy walk.

The Chalet Hotel Alba in Meribel is also newly-featured: a large four-star hotel where single travellers share the excellent facilities with other guests, but come together around their own table for meals. With prices starting from £1095, the package includes flights, transfers, your own room, breakfast and afternoon tea every day and dinner with wine on six evenings. (Ski school not included.)

Other resorts featured by Friendship Travel are La Plagne in France and St Christoph in Austria.

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

Prices correct at date of issue, but subject to change/availability.

 

May 22, 2019

Save 25% on Zante Singles Holidays: Friendship Travel

This last-minute offer from sociable singles company Friendship Travel is on the next two Hosted holidays at the elegant Ionian Hill Hotel on the Greek island of Zante, with a saving of up to £314 on a week’s half-board AND no single supplement to pay.

Details are:

Flying from Stansted on Thursday 30 May, seven nights WAS from £1144, now from £858, saving up to £286 for an ATOL-bonded package including flights, transfers, sole use of a double room, breakfast every day and dinner with wine on five nights of the week. Regional flights available, potentially at a supplement.

Flying from Gatwick on Thursday 6 June, seven nights WAS from £1259, now from £945, saving up to £314 for the same ATOL-bonded package of flights, transfers, sole use of a double room, breakfast every day and dinner with wine on five nights of the week. Regional flights available, potentially at a supplement.

The Ionian Hill is an elegant 28-room four-star hotel with a boutique feel and stupendous views over Argassi and the sweeping bay from the beautiful pool terrace and restaurant.

Argassi’s sandy beach, bars and restaurants are a 15-minute walk down the hill, and Zante town a 15 minute taxi ride.

As usual on Friendship Travel’s small group holidays, guests are free to do as they please during the day, coming together in the evening for a sociable dining experience.

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

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan, who is available for comment on the singles holidays market
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 30+
  • 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

February 7, 2019

Coastal villas lead Freelance Holidays’ Sicily expansion

A fabulous sea-facing villa, and a sophisticated new beach shack spearhead the 2019 Sicily portfolio for Mediterranean island specialist Freelance Holidays.

Villa Marianelli is set in a quiet residential area of the south-coast port of Licata. This wonderful house is newly-renovated to create a stylish holiday home that is both contemporary and comfortable.

The elevated salt-water pool area, the first-floor living space and beautifully-furnished terraces all take full advantage of the sea views. The three bedrooms (it sleeps six) are on the ground floor. Sandy Marianelli beach is less than 400m walk.

The high specification includes three satellite TVs, WiFi, a full music system, a sleek kitchen with all the white goods holidaymakers might need, and two luxurious shower rooms.  Comiso airport is approx. 75kms away for travellers flying Ryanair and Catania is under two hours’ drive. Licata offers a baroque square, 16th century castle and a choice of restaurants.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2240; a peak summer week is £3878.

Also new is Dimora di Circe – originally a humble shack – which now fulfils any luxury beach hut fantasy! There is nothing except sand between the villa and the sea. The fabulous interior features local found and re-purposed items to create an effortlessly stylish holiday home, and a sunken hot tub off the deck extends the season.

Dimora di Circe has two double-bedded ensuite rooms, making it the perfect couples/friends retreat. It is set below the coast road in a quiet corner of the south coast. Restaurants and shops are 12kms to the west in Pozzallo while the Baroque town of Noto is 35kms. Comiso airport is 77kms away and Catania 120kms.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2856; a peak summer week is £4998.

Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg says: “The UK market is waking up to the fact that Sicily’s southerly position – on the same latitude as Tunis – offers early and late season escapes as well as peak season holidays. It’s our fastest-growing destination.”

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

July 26, 2018

Skiing for families and friends this Christmas with Zenith Holidays…

Ski and snowboard specialist, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting a selection of catered chalet options for Christmas where families or groups of friends can enjoy sole occupancy of a property and the services of a chalet host throughout their festive holiday.

Accommodation on offer include Chalet Maya in Alpe d’Huez, a traditional wooden building – just 100 metres from the ski lift and close to the centre of this French resort – that sleeps up to 12 people in seven en suite bedrooms.

As example of price, a seven-night holiday – starting on 22 December – costs £650 per person (based on the maximum occupancy of 12) inclusive of chalet board accommodation (buffet breakfast with hot option, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals on five evenings) and airport transfers from Grenoble.  Zenith is happy to advise on flights which are currently priced from £65 per person.

Or, at Chalet Clautre at Montgenevre – one of the oldest resorts in France – a week from 22 December costs £635 per person.  This typical alpine chalet sleeps up to 14 people and has six en suite bedrooms.  In the lounge there is a wood-burning stove and downstairs there is also a new ski/boot room with a heated rack.   The property enjoys a ski in/out location and is 50 metres from the Chalmettes chairlift.

The above price includes chalet board accommodation (buffet breakfast with hot option, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals on five evenings) and airport transfers from Turin.   Zenith is happy to advise on flights and these are currently priced from £155 per person.

Reservations:  0203 137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk

November 13, 2017

New for 2018: Sociable Singles’ Holiday in Portugal

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel has a new Portugal holiday for 2018. It is based in the coastal town of Olhao within Portugal’s Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This is ‘the other side of the Algarve’: instead of driving west from Faro airport, as most holidaymakers do, Friendship Travel’s guests will be transferred a few miles east to an authentic fishing port on the spectacular tidal estuary.

The package is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member, and during each seven-night holiday 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; a boat trip around Olhao’s tidal estuary and islands.

Olhau is a wonderfully unspoiled destination. The old town is a warren of cobbled streets lined by 18th century townhouses. There’s a quayside fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and a commercial harbour protected from the Atlantic by a chain of low-lying islands offering beautiful sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife.  A couple of islands are inhabited, with beach bars and watersports for day visitors, with scheduled ferries providing easy access.

Friendship Travel’s groups will be based at the contemporary Real Marina Hotel in ‘new’ Olhau, yet still only 500m along the seafront from the market complex, which means the town’s bars and ice-cream parlours are an easy stroll away.

The sea-facing hotel has a first-floor heated outdoor pool and sun terraces with superb sea views, there’s a spa and indoor pool, a couple of bars and restaurants and 144 rooms.  Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room, with free WiFi, air-con and everything you’d expect of a modern four-star.

 

PRICE

Dates in May, June, September and early October are offered, with prices from £1135. This includes flights from Gatwick (up to 27 other UK/Ireland regional departures available possibly at a supplement), transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation in a smart double room for sole occupancy, with breakfast each day, two lunches and four dinners with wine, four planned excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

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

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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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