'Tis the season to be jolly... on an exotic holiday for one: 4 ideal destinations
If you've made no plans for the festive season, it is still not too late to get away from it all on your own. By Sarah Marshall
Mistletoe pinned conspicuously above doorways, snow-capped rom coms splashed across cinema screens... when it comes to lonelier than thou holidays, Christmas comes a close second to Valentine's Day.
If you're single, you may want to skip the whole thing altogether. So here's the good news - there are places where festivities are largely overlooked and where sunshine is 100% more likely than snow.
Dreaming of a golden, family-free Christmas? Here's a crop of last minute breaks...
Why? Christmas means very little in Thailand, with 95% of the population identifying themselves as Buddhist. Instead of roasting chestnuts by an open fire, singletons can escape the festive furore in Phuket, home to some of the world's finest beaches, glittering seas, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.
Aside from soaking up the sun on Christmas Day with a cocktail in hand, solo travellers can also take advantage of speedboat trips to nearby paradises, including Phi Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay.
How: Teletext Holidays offers seven nights in Phuket from £1,244 per person, staying at the four-star The Old Phuket on a B&B basis. Flights from London Heathrow leaving on December 19.
Why? Goa is a tropical blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures combined with sun, sea and sand.
Escaping the Christmas chaos in the UK, the festive period in Goa is time for relaxation with tai chi lessons, yoga and meditation sessions, interspersed with a bit of 'me time' on the beach.
Trading turkey for delicious Goan cuisine, including fresh seafood, Arabian spices and coconut, it certainly won't feel like Christmas.
How: Teletext Holidays offers seven nights in Goa from £1,427 per person, staying at the three-star Highland Beach Resort on a B&B basis. Flights from London Gatwick on December 20.
Why? The Dominican Republic has it all: sunshine, beaches and blue skies, with winter temperatures reaching 29C. Dusting down the summer wardrobe and swapping Santa hats for sun caps, it's easy to forget Christmas when you're in paradise.
After a couple of hours on the beach, spend the afternoon on Christmas Day exploring the historic capital, Santo Domingo, watching the world go by in the cafe-lined Plaza de Espana, visiting the Alcazar de Colon palace or taking an exciting trip to discover the island's waterfalls.
How: Teletext Holidays offers seven nights in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from £1,465 per person, staying at the five-star Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino on a room only basis. Flights from London Heathrow on December 24.
Why? Dubai is the ideal destination to spend Christmas Day with a twist, complete with Christmas markets in the sun-soaked Versailles Gardens and open-air pantomimes.
And whilst it may not snow in the popular emirate, Ski Dubai - an indoor ski resort - offers a fun alternative.
Solo travellers can also treat themselves to a Christmas present from one of the designer stores in Dubai's luxury shopping malls, which are given a festive makeover with Christmas trees and decorations.
How: Teletext Holidays offers five nights in Dubai from £870 per person, staying at the five-star Moevenpick Hotel Deira on a room only basis. Flights from London Heathrow on December 21.
All holidays can be booked through Teletext Holidays (0203 001 4498; teletexholidays.co.uk).