Yourtime T HE man of my dreams has the ripped torso of Keanu Reeves in Point Break, the biceps of Olympic rower James Cracknell and the thighs of swimmer Michael Phelps -- but I have yet to find him in London. So, when I heard that singles tour operator Adventura (adven- tura.com) offers an action- packed holiday to surf capital Newquay, I signed up faster than it takes to say Cowabunga. SURFINGFORDATES I HAVE tried speed-dating, blind dates and flirting with men rich enough to buy magnums of champagne in nightclubs, but I have never been on a singles holiday. Id never been to Cornwall and had never stood up on a surfboard despite many lessons in Australia five years ago. So it was with trepidation that I boarded the train (firstgreatwestern. co.uk) for the five-hour trip to Newquay. What if nobody liked me? What if they laughed at my surfing? However, my nerves lasted about 30 minutes as a group of four better-than-average-looking men got on the train at Reading. Were on a stag do, one explained. Fancy a drink? I accepted and we swapped details when they got off in Totnes. Result! WELCOMEDRINKS A N H O u R a f t e r I arrived at the Hillcrest H o t e l ( h i l l c r e s t hotelnewquay. co.uk), I joined a long table in the bar and intro- duced myself to my 15 holiday- mates. I half- expected to get a name badge or play 12 Friday, 7 August 2009 London Lite check out the talent and the by ZOE GRIFFIN Chic shoppers: Kate and Jamie Celebrity hotspot Saint-Tropez WHO Kate Moss and Jamie Hince enjoy an afternoon shopping. WHY GO To see and be seen. THE VIBE Champagne, partying and luxury at your fingertips. BEST FOR Relaxing on the beach all day and spending all night in hot nightspot Les Caves du Roy. WHERE TO STAY La Ponche (00 33 4 94 97 02 53) is a seafront idyll which draws the likes of Kylie. Rooms start at 187 a night. WHERE TO EAT Escape the paparazzi at La Ferme Ladouceur (00 33 4 94 79 24 95) in nearby Ramatuelle. The menu is nicely priced at 36 per person for three courses, plus cheese and wine. WHAT TO DO Party like crazy at Le Papagayo (00 33 4 94 97 07 56). Illicit behaviour is encouraged. Entrance is 26. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Forgot the yacht? Float along the French coastline in a rented vessel from Suncap (00 33 4 94 97 11 23). Prices from 1,020 for the day. TOP TIP Try the towns namesake pastry, the tarte tropzienne, a tasty brioche filled with cream. HOW TO GET THERE British Airways (ba.com) flies from Heathrow to Nice for 164.70. Saint- Tropez is a short bus ride away. FOR MORE DETAILS Saint-tropez.world-guides.com JennIFeR BaRton The 5 best... casinos Dipyour toeinto asingles holiday Up for action: Zoe on the beach Glowing: the Golden Nugget CITY OF DREAMS, MACAu This casino and entertainment project opened in June, ushering in a new era for Asias gambling capital. stay in the hard Rock hotel for 129 a night and try fan-tan or blackjack on the huge gaming floor. cityofdreams.com.mo SuN CITY, SOuTH AFRICA hAving thrown off the shackles of its apartheid past, sun City is now a place worth visiting. Luxury rooms at sun City hotel are 213 a night. suncity.co.za GOLDEN NuGGET, LAS VEGAS EsChEw the glitz of The strip and venture into old vegas. You can stay from only 35 a night and buy into poker and blackjack games more cheaply than at the megacasinos. goldennugget.com CASINO ROYALE, MONTE CARLO ThE legendary casino of Bond film fame is part of the Monte Carlo Resort. stay in the new Monte Carlo Beach hotel for 335 a night. montecarloresort.com CAESARS, ATLANTIC CITY ATLAnTiC CiTY casinos are reeling from the credit crunch, so you can stay at resorts such as Caesars for only 98 a night and get straight to the tables to play blackjack to your hearts content. caesarsatlanticcity.com chRIs Beanland index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html