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Review: Solos Holidays

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High Street, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EJ, United Kingdom

Ideal for the singles traveller

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • November 2016

23 people found this review helpful

It is very different going on holiday by yourself rather than as half of a ‘pair’. Not only is there the dreaded singles supplement which can be quite a hike on the initial holiday price, you can often find it a bit difficult if everyone else on the holiday are pairs. Solos holidays may be the answer, especially if it is the first time.

Debbie arranged for a holiday for me with Solos Holidays. I looked at the brochure and picked out three possible choices. I’d discounted resort style holidays which I would find boring and also activity holidays as dodgy knees limit walking and other activities. We settled on Flavours of Spain http://www.solosholidays.co.uk/spain/discovery-tours/flavours-of-spain flying from Manchester Airport.

All my contact with Solos was by email and always with the same person. Emails were answered quickly as well as all my questions. Travel documents were sent out about 10 days before I left and included lots of additional information about the holiday.

There were 22 in the group with a tour leader. Quite a few had been on Solos holidays before, but for some like me, this was their first time. Ages were from 40-70. Because no one knows each other, it is a much more fluid and sociable group and everyone was soon on first name terms and mixed more. I was probably the oldest on the group and the only one using a stick. I found everyone was very supportive and kept an eye on me as well as each other.

There were four people flying from Manchester. The rest of the group with the tour leader were on the flight from Gatwick. This was delayed by fog and didn’t arrive from Malaga until an hour after the Manchester flight. We had assumed from information sent out by Solos there would be someone to meet the Manchester flight at Malaga airport as the instructions were “Go through to the arrivals hall where the transfer driver will be holding a Solos sign”. Actually the instructions should have been “wait in arrivals until the Gatwick flight arrives when the tour leader will be holding a Solos sign”. Anyone not travelling with the main group from Gatwick, take note of this.

The tour leader quickly got to know our names and always used them. She also learned our foibles and went out of her way to make sure we all had a good holiday. She was the person who counted us and then doubled checked we were all there. She didn’t have any guiding function as we had English speaking guides for the trip to the Alhambra Palace and the two days spent exploring the villages high in the Sierra Nevada.

I enjoyed the holiday. We were based in Lanjaron, an attractive small town set on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The Hotel Alcadima had great character and was surrounded by beautiful gardens as well as a swimming pool. I really enjoyed the day to the Alhambra Palace which has been on my todo list for a long time. The two villages we visited in Las Alpujarras were wonderful and I really enjoyed exploring the narrow alleyways and passages of Pampaneira. My only criticism would be there was possibly too much free time built in for Lanjaron and I would have appreciated a more structured last day, although the tour leader did arrange something for us.

It was the first time I’d flown by myself so it was a huge boost to the confidence tackling the flight by myself – even though I made the mistake of packing an ancient wind up alarm in my hand baggage which triggered all sorts of panic buttons going through security at Manchester and I also managed to lose my boarding pass at Malaga airport on the way home…

For anyone going solo for the first time, this is a good place to start. Apart from the hiccup at Malaga Airport which I covered in my feedback to Solos after the holiday, Solos do take good care of you.

My detailed account with all my pictures is here.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • PamWNorth
    about 3 years ago
    I really enjoyed reading your interesting article.
  • ESW
    about 3 years ago
    The age range was 40-70. I was probably the oldest, but it didn't really matter. Out of the 22 people in the group, there were 5 men. 3 did rather tend to stcik togeter, one was a bit of a loner and the last was a great mixer. There were some pretty high powered people on the holiday

    They are definitely woth considering.
  • discerning-traveller
    about 3 years ago
    I really enjoyed your article. I haven't been with Solos but have had the relevant brochure for the past three years. I no longer feel half a couple but I do know what you mean. It's very much a lottery when travelling on ones own. I went on a holiday for solo travellers to Croatia with Saga.(wrote a review last year) but they insist that everyone departed from the same airport to save any confusion. Manchester in my case.
    Out of interest, what was the age range and was it a good mix of male and female?
    I am genuinely thinking of trying a Solos holiday next year.
    Thanks