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  • News from the Bridge Room in Majorca - March 2018

    Host report by Pauline Durie & Jacky Baker:

    The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa, Cala Ratjada, is in a splendid location and is just a short walk from a sandy beach and a lovely level promenade in each direction. There are several walks from the hotel that take you through beautiful woodland to small bays or for the adventurous to the tower on top of the hill. Hayo, the guest manager, arranged 2 gentle walks for guests during which he explained some of the culture and landmarks of Cala Ratjada and Majorca in general.

    The holiday season was not yet in full swing so there was a sense of quiet calm about the resort. Not so in the harbour, an easy walk from the hotel. There the hustle and bustle of holiday makers was very evident in the many excellent bars and restaurants.

    The hotel has a feel of old fashioned splendour with long corridors with marble floors and beautiful paintings. The restaurant served a variety of excellent food that had something to meet everyone’s taste. The Wellness Centre with its large hydrotherapy pool proved very popular and some enjoyed excellent spa treatments adding to the relaxing time off from bridge. Work was almost finished on a new extension which will include a 25 metre pool and pool bar with lovely gardens. These extra facilities will be ready for the group travelling in October. The table tennis table was well used and greatly enjoyed by some guests, many of whom had not played for several years.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Northern Cyprus

    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts:

    We started our twin centre holiday in North Cyprus in the 5 star Lord’s Palace Hotel in Kyrenia. From this extreme comfort we explored North Cyprus which is considered the most beautiful half of the island. We visited the Five Finger mountain range: its rugged mountain top castles, olive groves, almond orchards, citrus gardens, carob trees and extensive forests. The trip to see Nicosia was a must. Visiting the city still divided by the dispute between Turkey and Greece offered the chance to explore some fascinating history all encompassed within the circular perimeter of the city walls.

    Kyrenia Harbour


    The enchanting harbour in Kyrenia lured most of us at least once to sample one or more of the many restaurants. The food in the hotel was excellent but the short walk to Town and the alfresco harbourside dining was too good to miss.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Malta 2018

    Host report by Janette & Toby Mace:

    The db Seabank Resort + Spa is a self-contained resort hotel on the longest sandy beach in Malta, which is edged by a long flat promenade with lovely views over the bay. The hotel itself has the best indoor swimming-pool we’ve seen, fully glazed with views onto the hotel patio - so very bright and ideal for daily aqua-gym!

    We organized a tour to Valletta, European City of Culture 2018, with its love-it-or-hate-it new parliament building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Another popular trip was the harbour cruise and the tour to the breath-taking Mdina, an amazingly uniform and well-preserved collection of local sand-coloured limestone buildings, forming a citadel. From the Fontanelle Gardens cafe on the ramparts there is a panoramic view as far as Valletta.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Paphos 2018

    Host report by John Barker, Jacquie Corbyn & Andrew Kambites:

    As those in the UK suffered wet and windy weather we were all very lucky to spend Christmas and New Year in the Paphos sunshine. During the first week we had up to 10 tables with guests from Holland and the Lebanon also joining us.

    Notable winners of the championship pairs were Hanna Broomberg and Mike Gentry. Our new Dutch friends Elisabeth & Marika (claiming to be not of our standard) romped home in the consolation pairs. The Swiss Teams was won by the strong foursome of Hanna & Mike, and Claire Vessey & Richard Hillyard. Finally Zeina & Joseph Asmar and Elliot & Beverley Black won the Butler pairs.

    In between the bridge guests swam in the sea, played tennis, petanque and shuffle board (winning 2 bottles of champagne). Many also made the 30 minute walk along the seafront to Paphos harbour and then onto the architectural site to see the ancient mosaics.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in the Algarve 2017

    Host report by James & Jane Tullett:

    If you are looking for a relaxing time away over Christmas to enjoy bridge and sunshine, Armacao de Pera is the place for you. The Holiday Inn Algarve has recently been renovated and is decorated to a high standard throughout and the hotel staff could not have been more helpful. Many of the rooms have sea views which provide wonderful vistas over the sandy beach, rock formations and heated outdoor pool.


    Breakfast and dinner are buffet style, plenty of choice every day and complimentary wine, beer, soft drink provided with your evening meal. Afternoon tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are served in the Bar Boa Vista. This is also the venue for sunset cocktails and entertainment after the evening bridge session has finished. The bridge room is light and spacious, adjoining the restaurant and offers wonderful sea views and seating terrace. We were welcomed with wonderful weather, sunny and warm (compared to back home). It was lovely to explore the village without having to don thick coats or even a sweater. We enjoyed wondering round the local market with impressive displays of fruit, vegetables and exotic looking seafood.

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