Christmas breaks for singles

All is ready for our Christmas and New Year breaks for singles, both at home and abroad.  More people than ever before have decided to do something positive about being single at Christmas, or solo at New Year, and are flying to sunnier shores, or joining one of our house-parties for single people here in the UK.  And who can blame you?

There are few things worse than being on your own at Christmas, and no matter how much we love our parents, sisters or grown-up children, spending the festive season eating their Brussels sprouts and watching their favourite TV programmes is hard work (especially if it is for the fourth year in a row).

This Christmas, Friendship Travel Hosts are welcoming 95 people to the Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa in Berkshire, where a large team will be headed up by Caroline.  That’s just about a sell-out!  There will be a good mix of new people nervously trying out their first solo Christmas, with quite a few ‘old’ friends who are regular travellers with us.  There will be good food, decent wine, funny conversations and an opportunity to dress up and dance.

Mel is spending Christmas in Tenerife with a smaller group of single travellers looking for some winter sun.  Sprouts are unlikely to be on the menu there!  Nor will they be much in evidence on our Nile Cruises, or beside the Red Sea at the Viking Club and the Baron Palms Resort.  These are all going to be welcoming single guests at some point over the festive season.

On New Year’s Eve, we are holding another big party for singles in Berkshire (it’s always popular) and have a group of almost 50 at the Park Inn Hotel in the centre of York.  Sandra and Joni are hosting there, and I know they’ll take good care of everyone.  As I type this, we have a couple of rooms still available for anyone who has left it a bit late to think about Auld Lang Syne.

Whatever you’re doing over the festive season, and whoever you’re celebrating it with, I do hope you have a great time.  Happy Christmas, and here’s to a great New Year.


  1. Caroline and Julie says:

    Hello everyone

    Our singles event in Newbury is great. Last nights disco was loads of fun and the dance floor was full until the very end. Today has been a mixture of opening presents, countryside walks and drinks by the fire. The hotel created a mouth watering Christmas lunch , the chocolate log was yummy !!!!

    We are all looking forward to the best singles black tie ball tomorrow night before heading home on Tuesday.

    Happy Christmas everyone , Caroline and Julie in Newbury

  2. Andrea says:

    Happy Christmas from sunny Sharm

    lying on a sunbed christmas day is great 😀 All guests are relaxing by the pool after celebrating christmas last night with the gala dinner being served by the pool and it was a nice suprise to get a Turkey dinner i didnt expect that in Egypt. After a relaxing day its off tomorrow for some quad biking in the desert and watch the sun set.

    Enjoy everyone


  3. Andrea says:

    Hi everyone, I’m in Sharm el Sheik today Sun is shinning and my guests are all relaxing by the pool, we celebrated christmas last night at the hotel with dinner served by the pool, wouldnt be able to do that back home christmas day, and it was a nice suprise to get my turkey dinner, i didnt expect that in Egypt. I hope everyone has a great day wherever in the world you all are Merry Christmas and a Happy New year im back off to the sunbed for an hr 😉

  4. Mel says:

    Good morning from sunny Tenerife! What a fab night we had last night in the Irish Pub, lots of singing, laughing andf dancing. We all made it for breakfast bright and breezy this morning. Some guests have now retired to sunbeds on the beach or by the pool for the day, while the more adventurous are going on a long walk up a mountain. Us shoppers are off to the christmas market for a bargain. The hotel are busy preparing for the Gala dinner tonight, where the party will start all over again!! I hope all our other FT guests are having as much fun as we are. Merry Christmas to you all. Mel x

  5. Julie- Baron Palms Egypt says:

    Hi all From Baron Palms resort in Egypt!!!

    The guests and I are all just sunning ourselves today on the beach after last nights Gala meal in the ballroom of the hotel- think a few are resting some sore heads but where better to do that than on a sun bed by the red sea :) and prepare for tonight’s festivities in the Egyptian restaurant!

    Hope everyone is having a lovely day wherever you are!!

    Merry Christmas- Julie xx

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