Bridge in the Balearic Islands - Twin Centre Holiday

Price from £1249.00

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13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
Duration: 14 or 17 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: TT17040
With: Mark Hooper, Nigel Durie

Prices

Price from £1249.00
Single Supplement: £42 per week at Hotel S'Algar. **No single supplement at the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa**
Deposit: £250

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DIRECTORS & HOSTS

Hotel S'Algar:
Director: Nigel Durie
Host: Pauline Durie

Bella Playa Hotel & Spa:
Director: Mark Hooper
Host: TBA

Stay one week at the most popular Hotel S’Algar in Menorca followed by a further 7 or 10 nights at the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa in scenic Cala Rajada in Majorca and experience two different Balearic Islands on one holiday!

The idyllic island of Menorca has for many years been a firm favorite with First for Bridge guests with many returning year after year to enjoy the peacefulness of the island and delightful scenery and friendly people.

We have chosen to twin the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa, (rated well on TripAdvisor), in Cala Rajada Majorca with Menorca as we are confident that if you enjoy Menorca you will also appreciate this pretty north eastern tip of Majorca renowned for its beautiful beaches. It is also very popular with walkers - and golfers! This will be our fifth visit to the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa, and First for Bridge guests rate it highly for its excellent dining & friendly service and its wonderful indoor pool and spa that is complimentary to its hotel guests.

Cala Rajada has a busy port with lots of tapas bars, shops and a bustling weekly market. The sea front promenade is situated very close to the hotel and provides a lovely coastal walk to the harbour.

Hotel S’Algar, with its tranquil location and delightful bridge room overlooking the ocean, is probably the longest running overseas bridge holiday venue and has been visited by First for Bridge for many years. The all inclusive package at this hotel represents excellent value.

We like the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa as it is very well managed with friendly staff and good service throughout. On our first visit this year our guests were very complimentary of the excellent dining at this hotel, and enjoyed relaxing in the spacious lounges and on the terraces overlooking the outdoor pool. Full details of the Hotel Bella Playa & Spa and Majorca can be found 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 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

13 Oct 2017 - 14 nights: 7 nights all-inclusive at Hotel S’Algar + 7 nights half board at Hotel Bella Playa - £1249 per person

13 Oct 2017 - 17 nights: 7 nights all-inclusive at Hotel S’Algar + 10 nights half board at Hotel Bella Playa - £1399 per person

Single supplement: £42 per week in Hotel S’Algar. NIL SUPPLEMENT in Bella Playa Hotel & Spa.

 

FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

IMPORTANT – PLEASE BOOK FLIGHT EX UK TO MAHON MENORCA AIRPORT AND INBOUND FLIGHT FROM PALMA MAJORCA

There are low cost flights available to Mahon and returning from Palma from many regional departure airports. We have not included these in the package to allow you complete flexibility to secure best flight prices and choice of local departure airport. The transfers between Mahon airport and Hotel S’Algar and between Palma airport and Bella Playa Hotel & Spa are included in the package. Included are the inter-island transfer flights.

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return transfers between Mahon airport & Hotel S’Algar and the Bella Playa Hotel & Spa and Palma Airport
  • Inter-island flight Mahon - Palma
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Hotel S’Algar and 7 or 10 nights Half Board at Hotel Bella Playa & Spa
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail
 

NOT INCLUDED:

Drinks, lunches, travel insurance, and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Balearic Islands introduced a new eco tax in July 2016. This cannot be pre-paid by the tour operator and has to be paid directly to the hotel by guests.

The cost in 2016 was 2 euro per night in 4 or 5 star accommodation - reduced by 50% for stays of over 10 nights

Hotel S’Algar, Menorca

It is easy to see why S’Algar Hotel is so popular with our bridge guests. The large bridge room is attractively set overlooking the huge swimming pool directly facing the coastline. This Menorcan style hotel is situated in a small village of the same name with just a few restaurants and shops scattered around a large open square where you can sip a drink and bathe in the Spanish sunshine. It is the place to completely relax and get away from it all. But if you are looking for action the capital Mahon is only four miles away by local bus, and a number of our guests enjoy the challenge of taking the beautiful walk into the city.

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms are well appointed with balcony or terrace. There are also a limited number of apartments available in the hotel grounds.

  • Bathroom - with bath tub and shower attachment
  • TV - with English speaking Channels
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI in common areas

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

The sports area by the San Luis Hotel is available to guests, and tennis, volleyball and table tennis and use of the gym are included in the all-inclusive package. Bowls, bicyles and the indoor Spa at the S'Algar Hotel are available at a charge.

The standard all-inclusive drinks package is available every day from 10.00am until 11.00pm and will be available to First for Bridge guests in the bridge room. Snacks will also be included at different times of the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant.

The PortBlue S'Algar Hotel & Suite has advised us that due to new ownership some of the hotel facilities have changes. Drinks at Dinky Lounge and use of the spa facilities are not part of the All-inclusive package. Access to the Pizzeria at PortBlue Las Palmeras apartments is no longer available. Snacks are no longer available from the sport area at PortBlue San Luis hotel however snacks are still available at the Sea Club.

 

The Bella Playa Hotel & Spa

The Bella Playa is a very well run 4 star hotel well positioned in Cala Ratjada and just 250 metres the beautiful Agulla Beach. All rooms allocated for our bridge group have recently been renovated and are of high standard.

GUEST ROOMS

Single occupancy rooms will be double rooms for sole use.

The hotel is second in line from the sea and some of the rooms towards the front of the hotel have side sea view or partial sea view.

  • Furnished balcony
  • Cable TV with 4 UK channels
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Fridge
  • Safe deposit box (payable)
  • Bathroom with a bath tub, shower, hairdryer & toiletries
  • FREE WIFI throughout hotel
  • Bathrobe & beach towel are available from reception (payable)

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and spacious terraces, and a wonderful, modern indoor heated pool with hydro jets and massages, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

There is a very good choice of hot, cold and freshly prepared dishes from the buffet breakfast tables. Dinner is buffet style with a wide selection of dishes, including a pasta table and show cooking where meat and fish are cooked freshly each evening. Desserts are delicious and include a good selection of gateaux, cheeses and ice-creams.