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Australians are no longer wallowing over relationship break ups with tubs of ice-cream and Netflix. Instead, they’re taking charge of their new and independent lives by celebrating with a group vay-cay.
A study completed by Booking.com has shown that more and more people are taking post break-up holidays. They’re so popular that 1 in 10 Aussies identified a separation holiday as their most recent or next upcoming trip*.
Research has shown that Australians are taking these trips to signal a new beginning (67%), to let go of their old life (47%) and to enjoy the benefits of being single again (36%). Naturally, any element of the ‘ex factor’ is strictly forbidden, with more than half of Australians (52%) agreeing that any mutual friends of the ex-partner are off the guest list*.
To help those who are ready to kick off a new chapter, here’s a list of 5 perfect Aussie holiday spots for newly single guys and gals.
1. Anchors Beach House – Port Campbell VIC
Singles will be wooed by the quirk and charm of this property. Located in the heart of Port Campbell, this holiday home offers guests a wide balcony perfect for entertaining large groups, with close proximity to the beach and stunning views of its surroundings.
2. Crusoe's Beach House Ocean Views – Airlie Beach QLD
This beautiful detached holiday home in Airlie Beach is ideal for big groups. Sleeping eight, it has stunning views of the water from vantage points all over the home. The secluded balcony, pool and large outdoor dining area is set amongst bushy greenery, creating a relaxing and decadent experience - the perfect place to start a new beginning.
3. Vantage over Byron – Byron Bay NSW
This bungalow is perfect for the newly single to chill out and unwind in gorgeous Byron Bay. Guests are able to relax into balmy Byron evenings spent on the deck taking in the sweeping views over the hinterlands or the Pacific Ocean.
4. Dragonfly Lodge – Swansea TAS
According to the study 9/10 of those on post-separation group holidays choose to mark the event with an escape as a means of moving forward, and Dragonfly lodge is the perfect place to start. Surrounded by restaurants, walking tracks and beautiful ocean, this secluded beachside getaway is the ideal base to start a new journey. Near by sits Gala Estate Winery, where guests can enjoy an award-winning Pinot Noir while reclaiming their single status in style.
5. Jamaica Beach House– Port Douglas QLD
Just metres from Four Mile Beach, this five bedroom, 2-story beach house offers plenty of space. Guests can relax on the large deck that boasts tropical views, retreat to the stunning swimming pool or read a book in one of the two living areas. Jamaica Beach House is also 500m from the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, where guests can immerse themselves in nature whilst rediscovering their single years.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted by Lonergan Research among 1,069 Australians (18+) who have been on a group holiday to celebrate an event in the past or are planning to in the next two years (September 2016).