Bridge Holiday in the Azores

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17 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
Duration: 7 nights half board & drinks with dinner excl. flights
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With: Andrew Kambites, Terry Butler

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MADEIRA & THE AZORES **TWIN CENTRE OPTIONS**

19 nights, 5th - 24th November (12 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1799
12 nights, 12th - 24th November (5 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1399

Due to the excellent flight connections between Madeira and the Azores, there is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two destinations on one bridge holiday. Our Madeira holiday at the Pestana Bay Hotel departs on Monday 5 November. It is possible to therefore stay 12 or 5 nights in Madeira before transferring from Funchal to Ponta Delgada on Saturday 17 November, and follow with 7 nights at the Royal Azoris Gardens Hotel.

We include the inter-island flight in our package, and will transfer you from door to door. The board basis is all inclusive in Madeira and Half Board with drinks at dinner in the Azores. Please contact our reservations team who will gladly assist you in selecting your best flight options from the UK to Madeira on 5 November, and returning from Ponte Delgada to UK on 24 November. Take a look at our Bridge in Madeira holiday here >>

JOIN US FOR SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT...

The scenery in the Azores is really quite incredible, due to the maritime subtropical climate that ensures temperatures remain quite moderate all year round. The description of the Azores reads:

“Mother nature created a land full of natural beauty ready to be explored in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean” - and it is very apt!

Director:Terry Butler
Host: Liz Butler
Also With: Andrew Kambites

Our first visit to the beautiful Azores was a huge success. Our guests really loved the friendly and welcoming Royal Azoris Gardens and its wonderful staff. They were also blown away by the scenery on the island, and thoroughly enjoyed the unique tour experiences.

We stay on the island of Sao Miguel - “The Green Island”, and at 62 kms long and 15.8 kms wide it is the largest island in the archipelago. There are some wonderful optional tours available during our stay. Not to be missed is the tour to Furnas nestling in one of the volcanic craters and surrounded by green valleys. Visit the hot springs spouting boiling water and medicinal mud in Furnas Village, and walk around the lake and see the volcanic fumaroles that are authentic natural kitchens and where the locals cook the famous Cozido das Caldeiras by burying their pots in the volcanic earth. The Parque Terra Nostra has been voted one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the world, and as well as boasting an endless display of exotic plants and vegetation you can bathe in the hot outdoor geothermal swimming pool. On every drive across the island there seems to be a viewpoint around every corner - green lakes, blue lakes, Fire Lake Mountain, flowers from the season, tea and pineapple plantations and simply endless photo opportunities.

We stay in the historic capital, Ponta Delgada, which is surprisingly very cosmopolitan, and boasts some really good shopping and eateries in the town and on the waterfront. It also has some interesting buildings and botanical gardens inside its city gates, and it is a very safe and easy city to enjoy with friendly locals keen to welcome visitors to their island.

Our hotel, the Royal Azoris Gardens, is ideally located just a short stroll from shops and restaurants in the heart of Ponta Delgada. We have also chosen this hotel not just because of its superb position, but because it has delightful spacious lounges and a Japanese Garden, making it a lovely place to relax and get to know your new bridge friends - as well as excellent bridge facilities of course!

Weather will be unpredictable - it is said you can experience four seasons in one day so do go prepared for some rain. That is why the country is so lush and green. In November the average temperature is 14 - 19 C offering plenty of warmth in comparison to the UK at this time of year.

MADEIRA & THE AZORES **TWIN CENTRE OPTIONS**

19 nights, 5th - 24th November (12 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1799
12 nights, 12th - 24th November (5 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1399

Due to the excellent flight connections between Madeira and the Azores, there is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two destinations on one bridge holiday. Our Madeira holiday at the Pestana Bay Hotel departs on Monday 5 November. It is possible to therefore stay 12 or 5 nights in Madeira before transferring from Funchal to Ponta Delgada on Saturday 17 November, and follow with 7 nights at the Royal Azoris Gardens Hotel.

We include the inter-island flight in our package, and will transfer you from door to door. The board basis is all inclusive in Madeira and Half Board with drinks at dinner in the Azores. Please contact our reservations team who will gladly assist you in selecting your best flight options from the UK to Madeira on 5 November, and returning from Ponte Delgada to UK on 24 November. Take a look at our Bridge in Madeira holiday here >>

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 of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

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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MADEIRA & THE AZORES **TWIN CENTRE OPTIONS**

19 nights, 5th - 24th November (12 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1799
12 nights, 12th - 24th November (5 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1399

Due to the excellent flight connections between Madeira and the Azores, there is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two destinations on one bridge holiday. Our Madeira holiday at the Pestana Bay Hotel departs on Monday 5 November. It is possible to therefore stay 12 or 5 nights in Madeira before transferring from Funchal to Ponta Delgada on Saturday 17 November, and follow with 7 nights at the Royal Azoris Gardens Hotel.

We include the inter-island flight in our package, and will transfer you from door to door. The board basis is all inclusive in Madeira and Half Board with drinks at dinner in the Azores. Please contact our reservations team who will gladly assist you in selecting your best flight options from the UK to Madeira on 5 November, and returning from Ponte Delgada to UK on 24 November. Take a look at our Bridge in Madeira holiday here >>

PRICES (PER PERSON EXCL. FLIGHTS):

Twin/double room: £739 per person
Single supplement: £22 per night

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on half board basis
  • Porterage
  • Drink package with dinner - local red or white wine, beer, juice, water, tea or coffee
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Events as specified

FLIGHT OPTIONS:

Direct flights are available with Ryan Air from Stansted to Ponta Delgada on Saturdays. At the time of the holiday going on sale prices start from only £165 return including hold luggage.

17 NOV: DEPARTS STANSTED 18.10, ARRIVES PONTA DELGADA 21.15
24 NOV: DEPARTS PONTA DELGADA 13.00, ARRIVES STANSTED 17.45

It is also possible to fly from Gatwick, Heathrow and some regional airports with Air Portugal with a change of aircraft in Lisbon. Please ask our reservation team if you would like any assistance selecting your best flight option.

MADEIRA & THE AZORES **TWIN CENTRE OPTIONS**

19 nights, 5th - 24th November (12 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1799
12 nights, 12th - 24th November (5 nights Madeira + 7 nights Azores): £1399

Due to the excellent flight connections between Madeira and the Azores, there is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two destinations on one bridge holiday. Our Madeira holiday at the Pestana Bay Hotel departs on Monday 5 November. It is possible to therefore stay 12 or 5 nights in Madeira before transferring from Funchal to Ponta Delgada on Saturday 17 November, and follow with 7 nights at the Royal Azoris Gardens Hotel.

We include the inter-island flight in our package, and will transfer you from door to door. The board basis is all inclusive in Madeira and Half Board with drinks at dinner in the Azores. Please contact our reservations team who will gladly assist you in selecting your best flight options from the UK to Madeira on 5 November, and returning from Ponte Delgada to UK on 24 November. Take a look at our Bridge in Madeira holiday here >>

The Azoris Royal Garden Hotel

The Azoris Royal Garden Hotel is one of the best located hotels on San Miguel - just a 10 minute stroll into the heart of Ponta Delgada. The hotel boasts very pleasant, spacious lounges with an Asian theme overlooking the Zen Garden, bordered by the Restaurante Jardim on one side, and an indoor pool and hot tub on the other side, making it an ideal place to relax between the bridge sessions.

ROOM FACILITIES:

All rooms are spacious, comfortable with modern furnishings and decorated in neutral colours.

  • Free WIFI with free digital access to Press Reader App with over 500 UK newspapers and magazines available to view
  • Cable TV with local and international channels
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer, & selection of toiletries. Rooms have a low bathtub with a shower attachment
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning/heating

All double occupancy rooms have a balcony and most overlook the Zen Garden. Some double for sole use rooms have floor to ceiling windows with opening door instead of a balcony and they overlook the outdoor pool and gardens.

OTHER FACILITIES AND DINING:

There is a separate breakfast room overlooking the Japanese style garden in the central courtyard, and also a coffee shop and a piano bar.

Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, tennis court, small gym, hairdressers, and a wellness centre that offers a range of treatments for a charge.