Travel Challenge: A beach holiday for singles outside the euro-zone

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Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a one-week beach holiday outside the euro-zone, for single travellers. Prices are for departures in the first week of August in a double room for single occupancy, for seven nights.

Travel One

£589: Kalkan, Turkey. Departs Gatwick 3 August and includes return flights, half board at the Hotel Dionysia and transfers. "Kalkan is one of Turkey's most picturesque, unspoilt resorts and the small, family-owned Dionysia offers a warm welcome and wonderful sea views," says Travel One director John Phillips. (020-7392 8988;

Friendship Travel

£639: Ovacik (10 minutes from Olu Deniz), Turkey. Departs Gatwick on 3 August and includes return flights, private taxi transfers, all-inclusive accommodation at Villa Aurora, and the services of Friendship Travel hosts. The managing director of Friendship Travel, Colum McLornan, says, "We have exclusive use of this small, relaxed hotel and guests enjoy the services of three UK hosts who are based at the property. We also offer departures from a wide choice of regional airports." (0871 200 2035;


£1,469: Cuba. Departs Gatwick on 2 August and includes return Virgin Atlantic flights, executive lounge use at Gatwick, transfers, full board at a four-star hotel on Arroyo Bermejo beach near Havana, an introductory scuba-diving lesson and the services of a Solo's tour leader. "This is one of our most popular holidays and we have departures throughout the year which regularly fill to capacity. Cuba is friendly and welcoming and great for singles and there is so much to do on the island in addition to beach- and hotel-based activities. We can arrange guided visits to Havana as well as jungle tours. Our experienced tour leader ensures the group gels and everyone gets the most out of the holiday", says Jayne Cardnell of Solo's. (0844 815 0005;