Bridge in the Balearic Islands - Twin Centre Holiday

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5 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Duration: 14 or 21 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: 18063
With: Colin Simcox, Rob Richardson


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Single Supplement: £15 per night at La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique. **No single supplement at the Hotel Bella Playa & Spa**
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La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique:
Director: Colin Simcox
Host: David & Gill Gold

Hotel Bella Playa Hotel & Spa:
Director: Rob Richardson
Host: David & Gill Gold

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience two different Balearic Islands on one holiday. We stay the first week at our luxurious five star la Quinta Menorca by Portblue boutique hotel in Cala’n Bosch, and then you have the option of staying another one or two weeks at the very popular Bella Playa Hotel & Spa in Cala Ratjada, Majorca. The interisland flight between Mahon and Palma and hotel transfers are INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday, and we will escort you as a group between the two destinations.

The three week holiday represents great value for money, and we have a limited number of single occupancy rooms at the Bella Playa and Spa for NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT. This means the single supplement for the full two or three week twin centre holiday is only £105.00 for the whole duration.

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 seventh 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 are complimentary to its hotel guests.

Cala Rajada has a busy marina 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.

La Quinta Menorca by Portblue (also rated well on TripAdvisor), has for many years been a popular bridge venue for First for Bridge guests. This award winning 5 star boutique hotel offers unrivalled luxury and is very well managed by Gustavo and his superb staff who have always taken great care of our guests and offered excellent service on each of our holidays.


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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05 Oct 2018 - 14 nights: 7 nights at La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique + 7 nights at Hotel Bella Playa, half board - £1450 per person

05 Oct 2018 - 21 nights: 7 nights at La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique + 14 nights at Hotel Bella Playa, half board - £1869 per person

Single supplement: £15 per night at La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique. NIL SUPPLEMENT in Hotel Bella Playa & Spa.




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 La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique and between Palma airport and Hotel Bella Playa & Spa are included in the package. Included are the inter-island transfer flights.



  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return transfers between Mahon airport & La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique and the Hotel Bella Playa & Spa and Palma Airport
  • Inter-island flight Mahon - Palma
  • 7 nights at La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique and 7 or 14 nights at Hotel Bella Playa & Spa. Half board accommodation at each hotel
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail


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


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 2017 was 2 euro per night in 4 or 5 star accommodation - reduced by 50% for stays of over 10 nights. We have not yet been informed of the 2018 eco tax charges.

La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique

This luxurious, low rise, Spanish-style 5 star hotel has 82 rooms including six suites each with its own balcony or terrace overlooking the pool and beautifully landscaped gardens. All bedrooms have air conditioning, safe, mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, bath and shower plus hairdryers. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and wellness centre.

Dinner is á la carte with a buffet starter and desert and waiter service.

The spa offers a tremendous range of health and beauty treatments so there is plenty of opportunity to spoil yourself and relax away from the bridge table.

The hotel is situated about 9km. south of Menorca’s old capital Cuitadella. There are regular buses as well as the hotel courtesy shuttle service which will be timed around your programme. The resort has a small, vibrant harbour, numerous shops & restaurants and is within easy walking distance of the two sandy beaches of Son Xoriguer and Cala’n Bosch.


Hotel Bella Playa & Spa

The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa 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.


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)


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.