REFURBISHED - AND UPGRADED TO 5 STARS!
Bridge Director: Mark Hooper
Hosts: Barry & Maggie Watts
We return - by demand - to the H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel for our third visit, and we will find this popular hotel completely refurbished and upgraded to a 5 star rating for 2018. First for Bridge guests liked the lovely coastal walk into Playa Blanca - and the resort itself which has some lovely shops and restaurants. They praised the hotel food and the impressive bridge room. One evening during the two week stay we dine as a group in the authentic Italian Restaurant before evening bridge.
This delightful ocean front resort is part of the H10 group, renowned for its high standards and quality throughout. It has a certificate of excellence on Trip Advisor and has been given an array of awards from many tour operators.
This 5* hotel is set in beautiful spacious gardens and the vast range of facilities include 5 adult swimming pools – including one that is heated in winter; a multi-purpose sports ground; a Despacio Thalasso Spa; and a great choice of restaurants and bars.
The icing on the cake is our wonderful bridge room with floor to ceiling windows and a private wraparound terrace overlooking the gardens and ocean. We will accept up to 25 tables in the bridge room on this holiday. The hotel is ideally located close to Flamingo Beach, and there is a flat seafront promenade that runs all around the hotel and coastline, and into the centre of Playa Blanca, offering excellent coastal walks.
The position of this hotel could not be more perfect, situated on the edge of Playa Blanca, the southernmost town of the Spanish island of Lanzarote. It enjoys a wonderful, flat, beachfront location and the areas surrounding the village are full of stunning protected nature spots, including unspoilt beaches and idyllic coves with white sand.
Playa Blanca, once a fishing village, has successfully combined its seafaring traditions with the on-going development of first-class tourism, and offers a good selection of shops, restaurants and tourist facilities. The areas surrounding the village are full of beautiful protected nature spots, including unspoilt beaches and idyllic coves with white sand. From the nearby port it is easy to hop on a ferry and visit the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
Do seize the opportunity to take part in either or indeed both of our optional Island tours that are not to be missed. Our South Island Tour takes us to the main attraction of Lanzarote, the Timanfaya National Park where we will discover this unique volcanic landscape and take a beautiful drive through Fire Mountains and visit the boiling pots “Los Hervideros, and the green lake “EL Golfo”. We drive back through La Geria, the wine growing zone, and visit one of the oldest wine cellars.
OUR BRIDGE PROGRAMMES
During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.
All First for Bridge holidays include bridge tuition and seminars with a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. Duplimated boards will be used every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records will be provided.
Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.
During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.
We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.
Prices are per person excluding flights, to give you total flexibility to choose one of the many low cost flights available from regional airports. You may book your own flight or call our reservation team for assistance. You will be met at the airport and we will provide your return transfer from Arrecife Airport to the H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel.
PRICES (EXCL. FLIGHTS, INCL. TRANSFERS):
11 Jan 2018:
7 nights - £699 per person
14 nights - £1159 per person
18 Jan 2018:
7 nights - £699 per person
Single supplement: £20 per night
Full sea view supplement: £11 per person per night
Superior room supplement: £15 per person per night
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 or 14 nights’ accommodation on half board basis in side sea view room
- Drinks package with dinner (half bottle of wine & half bottle of water per person)
- Return transfers between airport and hotel
- Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
- All bridge fees and prizes
- Events as specified
- Group dining one evening in the Italian Restaurant
Return flights, optional excursions and activities, travel insurance and items of a personal nature i.e. phone calls, laundry etc.
H10 Rubicon Palace
The 5* H10 Rubicón Palace is an emblematic seafront resort located in Playa Blanca, in the south of the island of Lanzarote. Discover its new Chill-Out terrace with sea views, its wonderful pools, broad selection of cuisine and full programme of activities.
All standard rooms are spacious, bright rooms with views of the gardens or pools. Sea views are available at a supplement. They are equipped with:
- Balcony or terrace
- 32” LCD TV with international channels
- Tea & coffee making facilities
- Safe (with additional charge)
- Air conditioning
- Fully-equipped bathroom with hairdryer
The hotel has 5 restaurants, 2 bars, an entertainment hall, spa, jacuzzi free Wi-Fi in communal areas and 5 adult pools included 1 heated in winter and 1 with salt water.