Bridge at the Pestana Ocean Bay, Madeira

Prices from £699


5 Nov 2018 - 19 Nov 2018
Duration: 7 or 14 nights all inclusive excl. flights
Ref: 18074
With: Andrew Kambites


Prices from £699
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We have been asked to return to the wonderfully located Pestana Ocean Bay for another bridge holiday in 2018. Our guests love the location of this hotel as it is directly on the sea front. Our guests really enjoy sitting on the hotel terraces eating breakfast, lunch or dinner outside and listening to the sound of the ocean. They also appreciate the large bedrooms in the hotel which are all sea facing and boast wonderful views across the bay.

The all-inclusive package offers excellent value for money and encourages guests to meet in the bar after bridge sessions and discuss their hands - all very sociable! The package includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, unlimited local alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, teas and coffees between 11.00 am and 23.00 hours.

Pestana Ocean Bay is a great place to relax and enjoy Madeira. It has a fantastic outdoor pool with Jacuzzi and is surrounded by sun terraces, palm trees and gardens where you will find free sunbeds and a pool towel service. For those who prefer the beach, there is direct access to Praia Formosa - a magnificent beach with volcanic rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Europe’s highest sea cliff, the Cape Girao.

The new coastal promenade, lined with palm trees and bordered by splendid botanical gardens, links the Praia Formosa beach to the Lido area. It is a wonderful place to take a leisurely walk and stop to enjoy breath-taking ocean views as you rest up in one of the cafes or bars along the way. If you do not wish to walk into Funchal you can take advantage of the hotels complimentary shuttle service which operates on a regular basis.

In the vibrant capital Funchal you can lose yourself amongst the colourful market stalls and shops in the cobbled alleyways and sip Madeira wine al fresco in the old town. Not to be missed is a trip on the cable car to the top to the white washed village of Monte where you will find famous botanical gardens - if you are brave enough you can descend the mountain by toboggan as the locals do!

There are many low cost flights available to Madeira from a wide range of regional airports. We have excluded flights to give you total flexibility to fly from a local airport. Please contact us if you would like us to assist you with any flight booking.


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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Mon 05 Nov 2018 - 7 nights: £739
Mon 12 Nov 2018 - 7 nights: £699
Mon 05 Nov 2018 - 14 nights: £1299

There are many low cost flights available to Madeira from a wide range of regional airports. We have excluded flights to give you total flexibility to fly from a local airport and to obtain the very best price. Please contact us if you would like us to assist you with any flight booking.


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return Transfers from Funchal airport to hotel*
  • 7 or 14 nights all inclusive board
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Sun beds & pool towel service in hotel

*Transfers are included on arrivals and departures on Mondays only. Alternative durations can be arranged, but there will be an added charge for transfers on different days.


Drinks purchased after 23.00 hours; international brands of drink; travel insurance; and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

Pestana Ocean Bay

The Pestana Ocean Bay is situated in the bay of Formosa with direct access to the beach, and runs a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the centre of Funchal.


The Pestana Ocean Bay has recently undergone refurbishment. All 217 rooms offer:-

  • Sea views and a balcony
  • Cable TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Kitchenette with fridge and electric kettle
  • TV
  • Safe deposit box ( payable)
  • Bathroom with a bath tub, shower & hairdryer


Facilities include a fresh water swimming pool with a separate Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, fitness room, library and games room. The all-inclusive board represents terrific value and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon snacks, and local drinks.

Dinner is buffet style and is served at 18.30 before the evening bridge in the Arlequim Restaurant with direct sea view and of Cabo Girao. Local wine, beer, soft drinks and water are served in the dining room with lunch and dinner.

Afternoon snacks are available between 16.00 - 17.30 hours and include assorted pastries, yoghurts, breads, cheese, cold meats, pizza, hamburgers, chips, salads and ice creams on different week days.

Local drinks are served between 11.00 - 23.00 hours on the all-inclusive tariff and include a good selection of alcoholic drinks, wines by the glass, beer, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea.