Christmas & New Year 2016/7 Bridge Holidays Now On Sale!

We are thrilled to introduce two brand new venues to our Christmas and New Year Bridge programme - the sunny Algarve, and the Welsh Capital, Cardiff!

Armacao de Pera, Algarve 22 Dec 2016, 7 - 14 nights algarve chrismtas and new year bridge holiday We have chosen the Holiday Inn, formerly known as the very well reputed Hotel Garbe for our new overseas Christmas & New Year venue.

Situated on the sea front promenade in the resort centre, and leading directly onto an endless sandy beach this hotel understandably is recognised as one of the best located hotels on the Algarve.

I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights this February, and was really impressed with the good food and hospitality. It is a smaller hotel and exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Many of the guests and staff knew each other by name, and one elderly gentleman had returned to the hotel so many times the staff even invited him to their weekly staff lunch!

The sea views are absolutely stunning - the water is so close you can hear the Atlantic waves and smell the sea. It is well worth upgrading to a sea view room. You can also enjoy the spectacular sea views form the lounge bar, spacious dining room and our very attractive bridge room.

I also liked the fact that Armacao de Pera is also a typical working Portuguese town as well as a holiday resort. You could walk out the hotel and easily find plenty of cafes and tapas bars open all year round, and I liked the different shops - many craft and individual shops, not row upon row of souvenir shops selling the same old tat!

The hotel also puts on many extra festive drinks, nibbles and activities over this period. You can join in the traditional Carol Singing or even take the “Charity Challenge” and jump the waves on New Year’s Day - or if you are not that daring join the swimmers for a hot chocolate or Bloody Mary afterwards in the Boa Vista Bar!

Rob & Rosa look forward to seeing you there and Andrew Kambites will be joining on Boxing Day and holding his interesting seminars and bridge sessions.

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New Year in the Welsh Capital, 30 Dec 2016 - 4 nights new year bridge in cardiff I am delighted to include my Capital City in our new festive programme, and having worked in Cardiff for a number of years I know you will enjoy this vibrant city.

Over the festive period Cardiff hosts a Winter Wonderland, and the streets are full of German Market Stalls, and there is outdoor ice skating and many activities. The atmosphere is fantastic.

If you want to grab a bargain in the January sales then look no further as Cardiff has some of the best shopping in the UK, and our hotel is situation only 15 minutes’ walk from St David’s Centre and all the shopping arcades.

Sight-seeing - where do I start? Cardiff Castle, St Fagan’s Open Air Museum, Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Centre, mustn’t forget the Principality Stadium - home of the Wales Rugby team and one of the greatest stadiums in the world. In fact during the 2015 Rugby World Cup the All Blacks stayed at our hotel, the Mercure Holland House. Now it’s time for us to introduce the hotel to the bridge world!

We have chosen this hotel because it is so central and an excellent base from which to explore the city. Despite being a city centre hotel it only has 165 rooms and has a lovely ambience, and there is a very pleasant lounge bar to relax in after bridge - and of course excellent bridge facilities.

It was completely refurbished in 2014 and rooms are really elegant and spacious, and there is a modern spa and large indoor pool available to guests. It is well rated on Trip Advisor.

We do hope you are able to join us and celebrate Christmas and / or New Year with us.

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There are many regional flights available to Faro. We strongly recommend booking early for Christmas and the New Year to secure best prices. At the moment Monarch has flights from Birmingham and Manchester for under £200 return. Prices do increase the longer flights are on sale, particularly for these peak dates.

With warm wishes Sales Director
Arena Travel