A far-from-peaceful spa
Party-loving singletons should be sure to check out the so-called ‘SPArties’, in Budapest, organised in the city’s thermal baths. An original way of helping foster international friendships, events are held throughout the spring and summer in Szechenyi Baths, and also in winter, in Lukacs Baths.
Holidays are the ideal time to leave your mobile behind for a few days and forget all about the male and female suitors on Meetic and eDarling. Often the best thing to do is meet up on a boat to get to know people face-to-face – like on the Love Cruise, not merely a TV show but a real-life boat that sails around the Mediterranean and the Greek or Baltic Islands. You’ll never travel alone (if you don’t want to), because these days singles know how to use their imagination and are out to enjoy themselves. Over the past ten years the number and variety of activities organised exclusively for this sector has been growing significantly, thanks in no small part to the internet. There are countless specialised trips solo travellers and you can book an organised holiday to the savannah, the Caribbean or Imperial China at the click of a mouse button. There are also trips for single-parent families who prefer to spend their summers widening their circle of friends while visiting Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania or discovering the Iceland of the Vikings.
Hotel Aviva is the first place in Europe to offer accommodation exclusively for single people. It is located right in the middle of the mountains of Austria and its slogan is: ‘Make friends’. Aviva offers its guests the opportunity to participate in yoga sessions, salsa workshops or golfing days, or even join an excursion on a mountain bike, or simply relax in the 2,000-square-metre spa. Another paradise for singles is to be found in Crete. Here, they make a real effort to allay any fears travellers might have about going on holiday alone. “Some people are on the point of cancelling at the last moment,” they acknowledge at Hotel Mistral Single, located five minutes from the beach, in Crete. Vassilis runs this small 35-room hotel that, though completely family-free, offers a homely atmosphere.