First For Bridge

  • News from the Bridge Room in Madeira 2017


    Host report by Pauline Durie:

    Funchal is the capital city of Madeira – the largest in an archipelago of 4 islands. It is situated in a large bay surrounded by mountains and is a popular destination for cruise ships that arrive and leave daily.

    Funchal like all of Madeira is completely captivating for its natural beauty. The flora and fauna of the municipal gardens provide some spectacular species of trees and plants growing round a lake populated by gracious swans and fountains. The botanical gardens which are best reached by cable car were still boasting several flowering plants even in the middle of November. The year round warm climate provides ideal conditions for the business of terrace farming which is the main occupation of the inhabitants of Madeira. Local markets are abundant with vibrant colours of fruits and vegetables. Several guests took advantage of the view point tour that culminated in a steep climb up to Sierra Santa where the weekly Sunday market was bustling with people buying their weekly groceries whilst enjoying a glass of the local ‘poncha’ – a fiery cocktail not for the faint hearted.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Majorca 2017

    Host report by Mark Hooper, John Barker & Linda Williams:

    We were delighted to run this holiday for First for Bridge and really enjoyed the company of the guests and all the surroundings.

    The Bella Playa is a fabulous place for bridge holidays – on this holiday we had up to 17 tables playing.

    The restaurant offers fabulous food both breakfast and evenings and a great choice with the dishes changed daily. The hotel also has a fantastic spa complex where many of the guests could be seen relaxing in the early evening before their challenge at the bridge table.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Menorca 2017

    Host report by Pauline & Nigel Durie:

    Menorca is known world-wide for its endless beaches, nature reserves and turquoise waters. Pine trees fringe the coast and even in October wild flowers are abundant and add to the natural beauty of the island. More than four thousand years ago, the first humans arrived on the Mediterranean island of Menorca, the easternmost of the beautiful Balearic Islands. Menorca has an exceptional heritage, reflected in its 1,574 archaeological sites dotted around the island. It was declared a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO in 1993, and it is currently a candidate to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    The first week of the holiday was spent at La Quinta – a luxurious 5 star hotel close to Cala en Bosc with its lively marina lined with restaurants and bars. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor pool with a pool bar where we were treated to fresh fruit in the afternoons. The indoor spa offers a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and treatments and on the one day the weather was overcast this proved popular. The former island capital of Cuitadella boasts an impressive cathedral and harbour and is a short bus ride from the hotel. The narrow, old streets are occupied by artisan and designer shops that make a stroll through the city a memorable experience. Many guests staying at La Quinta took the opportunity to use either the hotel shuttle bus or the local bus to explore the area.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Jersey

    Beauport Bay, St Brelade

    Host Report by Kathy Williams

    St. Brelades Bay Hotel, Jersey

    Set in the beautiful bay of St. Brelades and just 10 minutes from the airport, is the St. Brelades Bay Hotel. I can’t praise highly enough the service, food and facilities. Our first evening meal, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine, was excellent as were all the meals. In fact, in my 19 years of running holidays with bridge this was the best food I have ever had.

    The hotel has 2 swimming pools, health centre, spa and lovely gardens - something for everyone.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Porec, Croatia


    Host report by Toby & Janette Mace

    The Valamar Diamant hotel is a scenic twenty-minute walk from the harbour town of Porec, through pretty landscaped gardens and pine trees (housing red squirrels) along the water’s edge. Porec has an impressive basilica overlooking the harbour, with Roman remains and a large floor mosaic. There’s also a rooftop bar on top of a squat old tower, with great views. Great for a sundowner (Aperol spritz if you’re asking).

    We organised three excursions, first driving to two hill towns to see how they had coped in very different ways with depopulation over the years. One is now an artists’ haven, and the other derelict and abandoned. The day ended with a typical Croatian meal, where we bought homemade produce – the grappa was pronounced to be very smooth! Mistletoe grappa is also a speciality.

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