Arena Travel Blog

  • Textiles of Vibrant Vietnam - Hanoi, Mai Chau & Sapa

    DAY 1 - HANOI

    I have just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam with a group from the UK. This tour has been organised by Arena Travel and we will be travelling the length and breadth of Vietnam, sampling the textiles (and the lovely food) all the way. Our afternoon starts at the Women's Museum to see the costumes, clothes and to hear about the lives of Vietnamese women over the last few decades. After that, we visit the Temple of Literature which was the first university in Vietnam. A rollicking white knuckle, adrenaline pumping rickshaw ride followed and the day was finished off with a lovely welcome meal at the Wildrice restaurant.

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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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  • Meet the Expert - Hazel Tindall

    Hazel Tindall © Kate Davies Designs

    We know how important our experts are on a Stitchtopia tour & we love getting the chance to get to know them a little better. We met up with knitting expert Hazel Tindall recently (otherwise known as the world's fastest knitter) for a catchup on knitting & to talk about her role in our upcoming Shetland tour.

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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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