Arena Travel Blog

  • News from Algarve

    Host's Report by Jacky Baker

    We have just returned from our three weeks in the Algarve and find it difficult to believe that it is nearly the end of November already. The weather over there was very kind to us with almost daily doses of sunshine to enjoy. There was a variety of bridge played - pairs, teams of four, Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs - together with a series of seminars. Continue reading
  • Bookings for the 30th Official Queen Fan Club Convention are open!

    Fans-at-Queen-ConventionBrian-May-Mask After a lot of demand for details on the 30th Official Queen Fan Club Convention next year, we decided to give a little sneak peak of the convention, and put it up on our website a day early with bookings being open at 12 noon on the 18th November. We opened registration a little earlier this year because the buzz for the 30th convention has been so strong, especially on our Facebook page! Continue reading
  • Our First Improver's Bridge Holiday

    Our first improver's bridge holiday to the Algarve with Bob & Jacky Baker was enjoyed by all, and we hope that everyone went home having brushed up on their bridge skills.We are thrilled that we already have 10 tables booked for the Improver's Bridge Holiday to Paphos in January 2015. We have just added an Improver’s Holiday to the Venetian Riviera for May 2015. This is a 10 day improver’s holiday that includes a full day guided tour to Venice and gives you the chance to enjoy some free time in this delightful area, Lido di Jesolo, and the islands of the Lagoon. Continue reading
  • News from Spain & Canaries Cruise

    A message from Judy Sanis

    celebrity cruise ship  La Caruna
    Allan and I were very pleased to return to the Celebrity Line’s “Eclipse”. We had the same attractive bridge room with full length windows overlooking the sea. The weather was lovely and guests needed shorts and sunhats to explore the interesting ports of Spain, Portugal and the Canaries. Our own favourite is Madeira and I think everyone enjoyed the scenery, the cable car or wandering through the streets of the old town of Funchal. Others took it easy and had tea at the famous “Reids Hotel”. The surprise was La Coruna, our last stopping point. It was delightful; a maze of cobbled streets hosting a variety of shops and a wonderful square appealed to all. Continue reading
  • News From Menorca

    From Martin & Judy Holcombe What an incredible way to end a chapter. The Menorca island weaved its magical spell yet again. The 43rd consecutive October holiday was a huge success, two weeks at the idyllically located S’Algar hotel followed by a week at what we consider is one of the best 5 star hotels in the world; La Quinta. That great big yellow ball in the sky of course helped tremendously and we had almost unbroken sunshine whilst at S’Algar and only the occasional cloudy day at La Quinta. Both hotels reflect the professionalism and pride that the Sintes family who have owned and managed them insisted upon. Both managers are exceptional and the welcome First for Bridge guests enjoyed and will of course continue to receive is second to none. We were often asked to compare both hotels, S’Algar is four star, La Quinta five, therefore it is impossible; what both have in common however is magnificent staff, they go the extra mile, because to them it’s the norm. Continue reading

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