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Lone woman beach holiday mid to late Feb?

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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:08

I've been told I need to take annual leave before the end of February and am a bit unsure re where to go. I'm a single woman and am looking for something super relaxing with minimal stress. The idea of just sitting around reading with a cocktail is amazing.

First thought was Canaries but not sure they'll quite have the weather late Feb. Have also thought of Dubai but a bit unsure re safety, and it's a bit unsettling that they do random PCR testing on arrival. Have also thought of the Caribbean (St Lucia, Barbados) but also worried about safety and the fact it might be really honeymooney, and Mexico (Cancun area). I'd want somewhere where I'd feel safe on the beach and not be bothered or harassed.

Would anyone have any recommendations of where to go?

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CoffeeRunner · 28/01/2022 21:11

Gambia? Perfect climate in February.

Downside is the huge amount of male attention sole female travellers attract.

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MarshaBradyo · 28/01/2022 21:12

How about Thailand?

We did a wellness retreat and it was incredible. Lower family count and more couples or single travellers

Lots of relaxing etc poolside or beach plus yoga if you fancy it

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LondonWolf · 28/01/2022 21:16

Dubai is about as safe as it gets. What are you worried might happen? Serious question. MN hates Dubai so you won't get many recommendations but it would be top of my list to go there as a single woman. I had family living there and the male of the couple sometimes worked nights. His wife would get bored and go for long walks in the early hours. Never bothered one time and felt completely safe.

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BIWI · 28/01/2022 21:16

If you just want sitting round a pool or on the beach, somewhere safe and not too honeymoony, I can recommend Turtle Beach in Barbados. It's an all-inclusive hotel and (if you when it's not the half term holiday) there won't be too many children around. There are weddings there, sometimes, but they tend to be fairly small, family affairs.

There's no disco or club there, and the bars close at around midnight, so it's a pretty quite place. There's a spa as well as the two swimming pools, and a gym.

I went on my own once (we normally have been either as a family when the DC were younger, or just DH and I) for 6 days and it was bliss.

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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:18

@CoffeeRunner

Gambia? Perfect climate in February.

Downside is the huge amount of male attention sole female travellers attract.

Well....this is the exact thing I'm trying to avoid, so...
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StCharlotte · 28/01/2022 21:20

A friend of mine used to go to St Lucia every February on her own. She wouldn't have done much, if anything, outside the hotel. She loved it.

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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:20

@MarshaBradyo

How about Thailand?

We did a wellness retreat and it was incredible. Lower family count and more couples or single travellers

Lots of relaxing etc poolside or beach plus yoga if you fancy it

I would love to go to Thailand but it seems like their covid rules are absolutely chaotic. You have to take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine until you get the result....it's just not really my idea of fun. I think you might also need to quarantine if someone else on the plane tests positive...just way too much stress for me.

I am keeping an eye out in case they change the rules because I'd absolutely love it. where in Thailand did you go?
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StCharlotte · 28/01/2022 21:23

@CoffeeRunner

Gambia? Perfect climate in February.

Downside is the huge amount of male attention sole female travellers attract.

Apart from the weather, the Gambia was mostly hideous and I was with DH. Definitely scratch that off your list.

(Sorry CoffeeRunner)
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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:23

@LondonWolf

Dubai is about as safe as it gets. What are you worried might happen? Serious question. MN hates Dubai so you won't get many recommendations but it would be top of my list to go there as a single woman. I had family living there and the male of the couple sometimes worked nights. His wife would get bored and go for long walks in the early hours. Never bothered one time and felt completely safe.

A friend of mine went alone and said she was constantly stared at, particularly by the South Asian migrant workers at her hotel. She felt so uncomfortable that she left the pool area and it ruined the whole holiday really. Maybe that doesn't happen much, I don't know.

I feel a bit uncomfortable about some of their laws...it's not actually unheard of for women to be charged with adultery if a man rapes them and he's married! I'm sure it's extremely extremely unlikely but it just makes me feel a bit wary.

Have you been alone?
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HopingForMyRainbowBaby · 28/01/2022 21:24

I'm not sure if it's open but there is a lovely hotel (formerly known as Hotel Sirenis) in Cala Llonga Ibiza. It's changed names I just can't think of it of the top of my head. It's has a beautiful beach literally right outside. It's basically just a walk across the pool deck, down some steps and across the path and down some more steps. It's all inclusive and there is a jetty to catch the water taxi to the hippy market and if you walk across the beach or along the path there is a bus stop to go to Ibiza town or the next town from Cala Llonga which is Santa Eulalia. That is also lovely as well. There's also a land train from the same bus stop that does a tour of the island. It's a place I could go solo and feel totally safe.

Lone woman beach holiday mid to late Feb?
Lone woman beach holiday mid to late Feb?
Lone woman beach holiday mid to late Feb?
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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:24

@StCharlotte

A friend of mine used to go to St Lucia every February on her own. She wouldn't have done much, if anything, outside the hotel. She loved it.

Interesting...this is on my list. I feel like it's very honeymooney but perhaps I can just ignore that!
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Crazykatie · 28/01/2022 21:25

Honestly, if it was me I would choose a singles group holiday or a cruise where socializing is part of the holiday, a single at a beach resort sounds rather isolating.

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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:26

@HopingForMyRainbowBaby

I'm not sure if it's open but there is a lovely hotel (formerly known as Hotel Sirenis) in Cala Llonga Ibiza. It's changed names I just can't think of it of the top of my head. It's has a beautiful beach literally right outside. It's basically just a walk across the pool deck, down some steps and across the path and down some more steps. It's all inclusive and there is a jetty to catch the water taxi to the hippy market and if you walk across the beach or along the path there is a bus stop to go to Ibiza town or the next town from Cala Llonga which is Santa Eulalia. That is also lovely as well. There's also a land train from the same bus stop that does a tour of the island. It's a place I could go solo and feel totally safe.

That looks fabulous but it's not really beach weather in February in Ibiza so i'd probably want to go in May, maybe? What time of year did you go? I've never been to Ibiza and am really interested in going at some point this year.
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chipsandpeas · 28/01/2022 21:26

@HopingForMyRainbowBaby

I'm not sure if it's open but there is a lovely hotel (formerly known as Hotel Sirenis) in Cala Llonga Ibiza. It's changed names I just can't think of it of the top of my head. It's has a beautiful beach literally right outside. It's basically just a walk across the pool deck, down some steps and across the path and down some more steps. It's all inclusive and there is a jetty to catch the water taxi to the hippy market and if you walk across the beach or along the path there is a bus stop to go to Ibiza town or the next town from Cala Llonga which is Santa Eulalia. That is also lovely as well. There's also a land train from the same bus stop that does a tour of the island. It's a place I could go solo and feel totally safe.

ibiza wont have beach weather in febuary
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LaSevillana · 28/01/2022 21:28

@Crazykatie

Honestly, if it was me I would choose a singles group holiday or a cruise where socializing is part of the holiday, a single at a beach resort sounds rather isolating.

The thing is I'm just totally burned out and exhausted after two years of front line work during the pandemic. I don't really want to mingle or socialise, I just really want to flop beside a pool and read, with nobody expecting anything from me. I just want to be left in peace. I would be happy with the odd day trip or tour but the thought of a group holiday or sharing a room is horrific to me.
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Ruthietuthie · 28/01/2022 21:28

Quite a long flight, but I would pick Hawaii.
Oahu would be a good starter island. Choose a hotel or airbnb away from Waikiki (which is fine, but the rest is far better- we love Kailua),hire a car and explore.
Very safe, gorgeous, and really pleasant weather.

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gogohm · 28/01/2022 21:29

If they are open for tourists, Sri Lanka would be good. I walked (and took tuttuts) solo in the capital without being hassled. There's a beach resort just to the south of the capital that was great

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GreeboIsMySpiritAnimal · 28/01/2022 21:29

Admittedly I was with DH, but I don't remember getting any unwanted attention in the Maldives, and I quite often sunbathed alone because he's not in to that. Plus it's stunning.

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Cheermonger · 28/01/2022 21:31

I’d just go to the canaries. It will be nice enough for a fly and flop holiday

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MarshaBradyo · 28/01/2022 21:31

Ah that’s a shame about tests etc I can see why you’d want to avoid that

We stayed here and there was no pressure to do anything, loads of single travellers and very relaxing

www.amataraphuket.com/

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BIWI · 28/01/2022 21:35

@LaSevillana

The thing is I'm just totally burned out and exhausted after two years of front line work during the pandemic. I don't really want to mingle or socialise, I just really want to flop beside a pool and read, with nobody expecting anything from me. I just want to be left in peace. I would be happy with the odd day trip or tour but the thought of a group holiday or sharing a room is horrific to me

In which case, Turtle Beach will be perfect for you! That's exactly the reason I went there, on my own!

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BIWI · 28/01/2022 21:36

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Suzi888 · 28/01/2022 21:39

Popped along to say give Gambia a swerve, Turtle Beach sounds lovely. Maldives also lovely- and Canaries. Costa Rica?
Have a lovely time Wine

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Itsnotdeep · 28/01/2022 21:43

I think that wellness retreat sounds heavenly @MarshaBradyo

I'd love to go somewhere like that right now.

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Itsnotdeep · 28/01/2022 21:44

Mind you, Turtle Beach looks lovely too.

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