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November 16, 2018

Solo Trips to Embrace or Escape Christmas

Singles holiday company Friendship Travel says it’s not too late for single travellers to find a sociable Christmas break, with options for embracing, or escaping the festivities.

In the UK, a three-night stay at the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in West Drayton – easy to reach by road or rail – is £595 for a package starting on 24 December that includes sole occupancy of a double room (with free WiFi, coffee machine and fridge); dinner with wine on Christmas Eve followed by dancing; breakfast on Christmas Day morning, a celebratory glass of Prosecco before turkey and all the trimmings for lunch, and a light  buffet dinner; breakfast on Boxing Day and a formal black-tie dinner dance on Boxing Day night. Guests depart after breakfast on 27 December.

The entire stay is Hosted by Friendship Travel, balancing sociable activities like a quiz and walking in nearby Colney Valley Park, with ‘me time’ including complimentary use of the hotel’s large indoor pool and health club.

Alternatively, single travellers can escape to Morocco, and the four-star Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel right on the beach at Agadir. Flying from Gatwick on 22 December the package costs from £1537 and includes flights, transfers, seven nights in a garden view room, and the hotel’s excellent All-inclusive programme (all meals, snacks, teas, coffees, soft and alcoholic drinks) with day and evening entertainment.

All evening meals are enjoyed around one large table, and the whole week is Hosted by a member of Friendship Travel’s team. The recently-renovated hotel has 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.

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

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

 

October 13, 2018

New Winter Sun Break for Solo Travellers: Friendship Travel

New in Friendship Travel’s 2018/2019 winter sun programme of sociable holidays for single travellers is the Moroccan resort of Agadir, with direct flights from Dublin for an all-inclusive week at the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel from just €1155 – including sole occupancy of a double room with no single supplement to pay.

That’s for seven-night holidays departing Dublin on 24 November and also includes transfers and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout. Other dates are at Christmas (22 December), New Year (29 December) and 2 March 2019.

The hotel is set directly on Agadir’s long sandy beach, and has been completely renovated this season to create a contemporary coastal haven with freeform pool, Moroccan and international menus in the restaurant and stylish bars.

As on all Friendship Travel holidays, travellers are free to be as independent or sociable as they wish: the anchor points of each day being mealtimes – especially dinner – when the group comes together to eat around one large table.

Other winter sun highlights include:

  • Tunisia – also new to the programme – from €850 for a week’s All-inclusive at the Iberostar Diar El Andalus in Port El Kantaoui, flying via Gatwick.
  • Six departures to the five-star Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados, from €2595 for seven nights’ All-inclusive in St Lawrence Gap, with flights via Gatwick.
  • Kenya, which now has five departure dates for this small group escorted tour which combines a safari in Tsavo East National Park with down-time on the coast at Mombasa. Prices from just €1895 for eight nights, via Heathrow.

Dial direct from Ireland: 048 9446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

September 24, 2018

New Winter Sun Break for Solo Travellers: Friendship Travel

New in Friendship Travel’s 2018/2019 winter sun programme of sociable holidays for single travellers is Tunisia, with a week at the Iberostar Diar El Andalus leading in at only £668: outstanding value for a four-star All-inclusive holiday that includes sole occupancy of a double room with no single supplement to pay.

That’s for seven-night holidays departing Gatwick on 20 or 27 January 2019, and also includes transfers and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout. Other dates are 11 November 2018 and 24 March 2019.

The hotel is beside the beach in Port El Kantaoui, set in expansive gardens next to the championship golf course, and 15 minutes’ stroll from the resort’s marina.

As on all Friendship Travel holidays, travellers are free to be as independent or sociable as they wish: the anchor points of each day being mealtimes – especially dinner – when the group comes together to eat around one large table.

Other winter sun highlights include:

  • Morocco – also new to the programme – from £975 for a week’s All-inclusive at the Iberostar Foundy Beach Hotel on Agadir’s fabulous beach.
  • Six departures to the five-star Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados, from £2150 for seven nights’ All-inclusive in St Lawrence Gap.
  • Kenya, which now has five departure dates for this small group escorted tour which combines a safari in Tsavo East National Park with down-time on the coast at Mombasa. Prices from just £1545 for eight nights.

 

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.

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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.

August 7, 2017

Expanded range of Christmas Escapes for Sociable Singles

Friendship Travel has increased the number of Christmas escapes it offers for 2017, reflecting a growing trend among single travellers to break with family tradition and opt for a sociable break with people their own age.

“Christmas 2016 was a sell-out,” says founder and managing director Colum McLornan, “and it’s clear that more single people aged 40 plus are saying ‘no thanks’ to invitations from family and friends and choosing to please themselves instead.”

Dunchurch Park Hotel in Warwickshire has been introduced, taking the number of Christmas breaks in England up to four. The country house hotel dates to 1903 and has impressive public areas, open fires and cosy bars. It is set in 72 acres of grounds and the village pub is within 10 minutes’ walk.

This new break costs just £295 for a package starting on Christmas Eve and ending after breakfast on Boxing Day. Half board is included, with wine at Christmas Eve dinner and at Christmas lunch. (Stay until 27 December and pay £395.)

Like all Friendship Travel holidays, this is Hosted by an experienced member of staff, not only to liaise with the hotel team, but ensure that all guests quickly feel welcome and at home.

Short breaks to Northern Ireland, Barcelona and Marrakech also operate at Christmas.

Those looking for winter sun have a choice of five short-haul destinations: Cyprus, Malta, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands.

As an example of price, the seven-night Christmas departure to Malta, with four nights at Le Meridien St Julian Hotel & Spa followed by three nights on Gozo at Ta’ Cenc, costs from £1195 including flights, transfers, some meals and sightseeing.

Single travellers looking for a white Christmas have five ski holidays to choose from, two more than last year. Christmas ski weeks lead in at £895 including flights, transfers and sociable chalet-board.  Friendship Travel’s exclusive Ski Houseparty for single travellers at Christmas costs from £1095.

Long haul destinations with Christmas departures are to Cuba, St Lucia and Kenya.

All prices quoted are based on guests enjoying sole occupancy of a standard double/twin room, and include the services of a Friendship Travel Host or representative.

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

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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