Bridge Holiday in Estoril, the Lisbon Coast

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17 Apr 2018 - 24 Apr 2018
Duration: 7 nights half board incl. wine with dinner excl. flights
Ref: 18013
With: Colin Simcox

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Estoril is a stylish and fashionable Portuguese beach resort that is situated on the beautiful coastline that extends to the west of Lisbon. Estoril strikes the balance between Portuguese charm and excellent tourist facilities. The region offers a diverse selection of sights that include glorious beaches, championship grade golf courses and historic towns to explore.

Hotel Londres is a well run, family owned, 3 star hotel with a great location. Close to the hotel you will find the largest casino of the Iberian Peninsula and some fine shops and restaurants. A five minute downhill walk brings you to Estoril train station where it is connected to its capital Lisbon by a regular and inexpensive railway. The journey takes 40 minutes and the single ticket costs just 2.20 euros! Here is also where you find the start of the fabulous promenade that links Estoril to the delightful fishing town of Cascais passing sandy beaches, grand buildings and numerous cafes and beach bars. To the north of Estoril are the scenic hills of the Serra de Sintra, and the pretty town of Sintra - well worth a visit.

The Hotel Londres is more of a city hotel than a resort hotel, so you will not find many public seating areas and lounges within the building, but it has a good bar and an outdoor pool and terraces where you can relax and enjoy the very pleasant April climate. This unpretentious hotel is well managed with friendly staff and frequently welcomes bridge groups from Scandinavia to stay and play bridge in its modern and practical Sala Windsor.

During dinner we experience the “wine map” and are treated to excellent wines from a different region of Portugal each evening, and on the final day we have a Farewell Dinner where we enjoy regional Portuguese dishes cooked from local produce.

This holiday represents value for money for this prosperous region, particularly in late April which is a very popular time to visit and days are usually warm and sunny . Due to its favourable position on the gulfstream the Lisbon Coast has one of the mildest climates in Europe.

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.

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PRICES (PER PERSON EXCLUDING FLIGHTS):

Twin/Double Share: £679
Single Supplement: £99 per week

Please note we have 14 single occupancy rooms available for this holiday. Our bridge room will be limited to 12 tables maximum.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on half board basis
  • Regional wines of Portugal (½ bottle per person) & mineral water at dinner
  • Farewell dinner made from traditional local products of Portugal
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Events as specified

FLIGHT OPTIONS:

There are many low cost flights available to Lisbon from numerous UK departure airports. We have not included these in the package to enable you to choose your preferred flight schedules and routings. Transfers are included. The Hotel Londres is situated 15 miles from Lisbon airport.

Hotel Londres***

The Hotel Londres is a practical, moderate 3 star hotel ideally situated in a prime location close to the shops and restaurants of Estoril, just 550 yards from Estoril Casino, and 5 minutes’ walk from the beautiful beaches of the Lisbon Coast.

The Hotel Londres has recently undergone major investment in its restaurant, and all 118 bedrooms have been completely refurbished to include new beds with special anti-allergic pillows from Sweden & new refrigerators and new TV’s, and excellent strong WIFI throughout the hotel.

GUEST ROOMS:

  • All rooms have been completely refurbished since winter 2015
  • Balcony
  • Mini fridge
  • Free high speed WIFI
  • Flat screen TV with UK & international channels
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Desk
  • 2 USB ports
  • Air conditioning
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer, & selection of toiletries. Rooms have a low bathtub with a shower attachment

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

We dine each evening at 18.30, before our bridge sessions, and enjoy buffet dinner accompanied by excellent wines from a different region of Portugal each evening. The final evening we have a Farewell Dinner in the Sala Londres and enjoy some traditional Portuguese dishes produced from local ingredients. Click here to view the wine map >>

Breakfast is buffet style. Facilities in the hotel include a bar; 2 hairdressers, a newsagent and car rental service. There is an outside pool with sun loungers and a small garden.