Armacao de Pera, Algarve Christmas & New Year

Price from £649.00


21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Duration: 7 OR 14 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: TT17061
With: Rob Richardson


Price from £649.00
Single Supplement: £9 per night
Deposit: £150

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Availability: In stock


Price: £649.00

CALL TO BOOK: 01473 660802

*Please note this holiday sold out for Christmas & New Year 2016. We are limited to 15 tables in the bridge room and we have only 20 single occupancy rooms so early booking is strongly recommended.


The Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera, formerly known as the Hotel Garbe, is a very well established hotel with British Holidaymakers, and continues to live up to its reputation as the place to stay on the Algarve.

The hotel boasts an enviable position directly on the flat, seafront promenade in the heart of Armacao de Pera, with incredible sea views from all public areas including the delightful spacious restaurant, relaxing bar, and our wonderful bridge room! There is no road or path between the hotel and the beach - you are so close you can hear the waves and feel the spray of the sea.

Armacao de Pera is also a typical Portuguese town that is open all year round so you can easily walk out the hotel and find a good choice of very reasonably priced tapas bars and cafes to choose from. The shops are also very individual with lots of craft shops - not row upon row of souvenir shops filled with the same old tat! The endless yellow sandy beach stretches for as far as the eye can see, and in the centre of the town the brightly painted fishing boats are pulled up the beach with their daily catch.

The hotel has only 185 rooms, and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. In the lounge you will find card tables; and plenty of board games, and English books to share amongst the guests and you can enjoy free WIFI throughout. Set apart by its hills from the rest of Portugal the climate here is dry and sunny all year round. Perfect for walking; swimming in the outdoor heated pool and of course playing golf!

The Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera, formerly the Hotel Garbe, is a much sought after hotel and reputed to be situated in one of the finest locations on the Algarve. The hotel sits directly on an endless sandy beach and has wonderful sea views from all public areas. It is also positioned on the sea front promenade in Armacao de Pera so it is easy to walk out of the hotel and enjoy a stroll along the coast and through the town centre. Cafes, tapas bars, shops, banks, supermarkets and bus services are all close at hand, and the town has a typical Portuguese ambience as the locals jostle for fresh produce in the market and the fishermen bring in their daily catch and pull their brightly painted boats up the beach.

We have chosen the Holiday Inn for its excellent position, and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and good food and service. The staff make everybody so very welcome, and the hotel offers afternoon tea and biscuits, and festive fizz and nibbles and various activities to celebrate the season. You could even join in the “Charity Challenge” and jump the waves on New Year’s Day, followed by a hot chocolate or a Bloody Mary in the Bar Boa Vista!

Our wonderful bridge room looks directly out over the beach and yellow sandstone cliffs, and you can hear the waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping the sand. The Algarve enjoys a sunny all year round climate which makes it ideal for walking and sightseeing. Armacao de Pera is an excellent base to explore the Algarve with places such as Sagres, Silves, Lagos and weekly markets within easy reach.

December and January are great months for golf and all of the courses offer their low season prices and a few have "Winter Specials" available i.e. 2 golfers and a buggy for a reasonable price.


Thu 21 Dec
18:00          Meeting for ‘single’ players
19:45          Welcome Pairs

Fri 22 Dec
10:00          Welcome Meeting
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Random Teams

Sat 23 Dec
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Open Pairs

Sun 24 Dec (Christmas Eve)
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45           Open Pairs

Mon 25 Dec (Christmas Day)
14:30          Open Pairs
18:30          Gala Dinner
19:45          Swiss Pairs 1

Tue 26 Dec (Boxing Day)
10:00          Seminar
19:45          Swiss Pairs 2

Wed 27 Dec
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:40          Multiple Teams

Thu 28 Dec
18:00          Meeting for ‘single’ players
19:45           Welcome Pairs

Fri 29 Dec
10:00          Welcome Meeting
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Championship Pairs Qualifying

Sat 30 Dec
14:30          Open Pairs (Main Bridge Session)

Sun 31 Dec (New Year’s Eve)
18:30          Gala Dinner
19:45          Open Pairs

Mon 01 Jan (New Year's Day)
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Championship Pairs Final

Tue 02 Jan
19:45          Multiple or Swiss Teams

Wed 03 Jan
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:40          Prize giving/Farewell Pairs


  1. We encourage guests to play together whenever possible. When it is necessary for a member of the First for Bridge team to partner guests , that partnership will play without standing. However, masterpoints will be awarded as usual.
  2. We try to keep to our published programme but we do sometimes have to make changes.

7 nights - 21 December, Xmas: £649 (excluding flights)
14 nights - 21 Dec, Xmas & New Year: £1049 (excluding flights)
7 nights - 28 Dec, New Year: £689 (excluding flights)
Upgrade to Sea View & balcony supplement: £12 pppn

There are low cost flights available to Faro from many regional departure airports. We strongly recommend booking early for these dates to secure the very best prices. Return transfers from Faro airport to the hotel are included and take approximately 45 minutes.


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return transfers from Faro airport to hotel
  • 7 or 14 night’s accommodation on a half board basis. Wine & water with dinner
  • Afternoon tea & biscuits
  • Gala dinner on Christmas Evening and New Year’s evening
  • Festive programme that includes various drinks and nibbles
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail
  • The Holiday Inn (formerly Hotel Garbe)

    Perfectly located on the sea front promenade in Armacao de Pera and overlooking a long sandy beach. A warm, friendly hotel that offers a genuine welcome, good food and service.

    The upgrade to seaview rooms is well worth the extra supplement.


    • Television
    • Fridge
    • Full bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer
    • Safe deposit box (free of charge)
    • Tea & coffee making facilities
    • Standard inland View rooms face the promenade
    • Sea view rooms have small furnished balconies

    Please note all sea view rooms have bath with a shower attachment. Walk in showers are only available in land facing rooms.


    The hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool, small gym, hairdressers and treatment room (charge), lounge with card tables, board games & books, panoramic bar and restaurant with sea views, free WIFI throughout and a dedicated golf desk in hotel offering preferential rates at nearby courses.