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How singles holidays are getting hipper

Trips for solo travellers can mean five-star luxury – and Vespa tours – as Saeed Kamali Dehghan, the Iranian journalist for the Guardian, discovered on a trip to Rome. 

Think of a singles holiday and you’ll probably picture young kids getting off their faces and  doing things they’ll later cringe at, or lonely middle-aged divorcees looking desperately for a new mate. But singles holidays are being reinvented for a sophisticated market, offering more thrills and glamour than ever before. And in the same way that internet dating has become normal, there is no longer a stigma attached to booking one. Luxury breaks offering great food and smart hotels are being created by firms such as Fusion Escapes, a three-year-old specialist operator which founder, Rachel Harvey, says was launched “to fill the gaping hole in the travel market for single professional used to the finer things in life”. The “old-fashioned” singles market, she said, seemed focused on low-budget – she wanted to add trips to hip hotels in sexy destinations, that offered a “jet-set lifestyle”.

Fusion’s holidays have themes such as “gastro”, “active”, “nights”. I recently tried one of their “discovery” weekends, in Rome. A handsome driver guide collected us from the airport in his Mercedes-Benz, and the group congregated with a glass of champagne in the lobby of the Boscolo Exedra, our five-star hotel in Rome at the PIazza della Repubblica.