Bridge Holiday in Rethymnon, Crete



1 May 2018 - 15 May 2018
Duration: 7 OR 14 nights half board and drinks with dinner
Ref: 18016
With: Andrew Kambites


Single Supplement: from £18 per night
Deposit: £150

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Bridge Director: Andrew Kambites
Hosts: Barry & Maggie Watts


The SENTIDO Aegean Pearl and the SENTIDO Pearl Beach both have excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and have both received a Certificate of Excellence.

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The superb SENTIDO Hotels, Aegean Pearl & Pearl Beach sit elegantly side by side overlooking the blue Aegean Sea in Rethymnon.

The Aegean Pearl Hotel is a 5 star design hotel, and the Pearl Beach is a very good 4 star hotel which has had all its rooms renovated in 2016. We like the ambience of the two hotels, which with each having just over 100 rooms, are smaller than many large resort hotels, and are low key, relaxed and suited to adults and couples. In fact the two SENTIDO Hotels like to be known as beach and town hotels and not bustling resort properties, and both offer a very professional yet friendly service.

The hotels share many facilities which include terraces, bars, pool restaurant and four outdoor pools. There is a fabulous shared indoor pool and wellness centre, and we have negotiated complimentary umbrellas and sunbeds for our guests on the hotels private, blue flag beach which is situated directly in front the hotel. During the evening the hotel offers relaxing music and some folklore and Greek dancing. They also arrange accompanied walks and cooking classes for guests. By utilising the two hotels our guests have all the benefits of staying in a smaller, welcoming, relaxing hotel yet having a great range of facilities at hand, which include a fabulous modern conference room for our bridge sessions. You can choose between a design room at the SENTIDO Aegean Pearl or a standard room at the SENTIDO Pearl Beach - as the two hotels are so close and everything is shared the only real difference in staying in either hotel is your room preference.

The other reason we have chosen these sister hotels for our bridge group is because of their fantastic location. We believe that the hotels are probably the best placed on the whole island of Crete!

Situated directly on the sea front there is a huge range of shops, tavernas, and tourist facilities in the immediate area. Yet a flat coastal walk takes you into the very heart of one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, the ancient city of Rethymnon. The old Venetian city walls and port are a mere 2.4 kilometres from the hotel, and if you do not wish to endure walking in the Cretan sunshine you can also take a public bus or the Noddy train into the old city which is abundant with numerous shops and colourful history. Venturing outside the town you can visit dramatic gorges, monasteries, time-trodden villages and ancient churches and the spectacular White Mountains.


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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Twin/double share in 4* SENTIDO Pearl Beach Hotel:
7 nights - 01 & 08 May 2018: £599
14 nights - 01 May 2018: £999

Upgrade to 5* SENTIDO Aegean Pearl Hotel:
£140 per person per week

Single occupancy supplement:
£18 per night in Pearl Beach Hotel
£25 per night in Aegean Pearl Hotel

Side sea view supplement:
£8 per room per night in Pearl Beach Hotel
£10 per room per night in Aegean Pearl Hotel

Please note we have 35 single occupancy rooms available for this holiday. Our wonderful spacious bridge room will be limited to 25 tables maximum.


  • Return airport transfers from Heraklion Airport
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 or 14 nights’ accommodation on half board basis
  • Porterage
  • Drink package with dinner - local red or white wine & mineral water
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Events as specified


Flights are not included in the price of your holiday package to enable you to take advantage of the wide choice of low cost regional flights available from your local airport.

Transfers are included for all flights arriving into Heraklion Airport on our main arrival and departure days. Transfer time from airport to hotel is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The following flights are now on sale showing availability for our dates:-

Gatwick - BA, Thomson Airlines, Easyjet & Thomas Cook
Manchester - Jet2, Thomson Airlines, Easyjet & Thomas Cook
Birmingham & Bristol - Thomas Cook Airlines & Easyjet
Newcastle - Thomson Airlines & Jet2
Cardiff & Doncaster - Thomson Airlines
Luton - Easyjet
Edinburgh - Easyjet


Please note that the 5 star Aegean Pearl Crete will have a tax of 4 euros per room per day payable locally. The 4 star Pearl Beach will have a 3 euro per day tax.

5* SENTIDO Aegean Pearl & 4* SENTIDO Pearl Beach

These two delightful hotels sit elegantly side by side on the sea front in Rethymnon sharing an excellent range of facilities between the two properties, that include a large indoor pool & spa, 4 outdoor pools and a blue flag private beach where our guests have free use of sunbeds & umbrellas.


The 5 star SENTIDO Aegean Pearl is a “design” hotel, very tastefully decorated with modern furnishings that include a satellite LCD TV and DVD player. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided in this 5 star, luxurious property. Most rooms in this hotel have a bath with a shower attachment.


All rooms in the 4 star SENTIDO Pearl Beach Hotel have been recently renovated in 2016. Fifty percent of the rooms have a walk in shower.

Both hotels have the following facilities in their guest rooms:

  • Free WIFI
  • Satellite Television
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer, & selection of toiletries
  • Air conditioning/ heating
  • Complimentary safe deposit box
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Furnished balcony or terrace


Guests can use the facilities of both hotels, but evening meal for our group will be taken in the buffet restaurant inside the Pearl Beach, which is a larger room, and able to accommodate all our group at one time. They have kindly agreed to open at 18.00 hours just for our group to dine before our bridge session in the fabulous bridge room central to both hotels and accessed inside from each hotel.

Breakfast can be taken inside or on the terraces of the restaurant of your reserved hotel, and each offer a good choice of hot and cold buffet breakfast.

Brasserie Loukoulos serves snacks and lunch with views of the sea and the pool.

Both hotels have excellent reviews and a certificate of excellence on TripAdvisor.

The Aegean Pearl is rated 8th and the Pearl Beach is rated 12th out of 165 hotels in Rethymnon.