Bridge on the Island of Rab, Croatia, Hotel Padova

Prices from £1,249


2 Jun 2018 - 12 Jun 2018
Duration: 10 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 18030
With: Eddie & Kathy Williams


Prices from £1,249
Single Supplement: £17 per night
Deposit: £250

Book now

Availability: In stock

From: £1,419.00

To: £2,598.00

Your Total Price: £0.00

* Required Fields

Your Total Price: £0.00

Secure your holiday with a
deposit today?

OR CALL TO BOOK: 01473 660800


The Island of Rab is known as the most beautiful island in the Adriatic Sea. It is the greenest island, and has no less than 22 sandy beaches and many stone beaches with clear, pristine waters - in fact the whole island is one big bathing place. It is situated in the midst of the Kvarner Islands, and each morning an array of tourist boats depart the quayside in Rab Town offering diverse and interesting boat trips to neighbouring islands – Cres, Krk, Losinj, Pag and many others.

Rab Island is also known as the “Happy Island” and you will find the locals sincere, genuinely welcoming and very proud of their safe island with an almost zero crime rate.

The Hotel Padova has a fantastic location on the seashore in Padova Bay, directly facing historic Rab Town with the famous four spires on its skyline. The views from the hotel are simply unique and beautiful and can be enjoyed from its spacious terraces, and lounges, restaurant and from the bridge room itself. The position of this hotel could not be better and both the hotel and surrounding area are extremely accessible for anyone with walking difficulties. We highly recommend this hotel.

The hotel itself was purchased by the Valamar Hotel Group in 2016 and has undergone a £7 million refurbishment. This modern hotel really is spotless and brand new and with only 170 rooms it is big enough to offer excellent facilities for our group yet small enough to navigate your way around and enjoy its lovely relaxed and friendly ambience. The hotel boasts a brand new spa and indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool and terraces.

Medieval Rab Town is a hidden gem full of culture and beautiful buildings with a maze of alleyways and cobbled streets, open squares, gardens, museums and a delightful town park encircled within its high well preserved town walls. Climb the Romanesque bell tower of the Cathedral for amazing views across the old town and islands. Shopping here is fantastic with an abundance of small specialist shops selling Italian clothes, handbags, jewellery, local crafts and products. There is also a huge choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in the old and the new town. Rab town can be reached easily from the Hotel Padova by a 15 minute coastal walk with gorgeous views or a taxi boat from the hotel jetty across the inlet for 10 kunas (approx. £1.30).


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.

View an example of a one week holiday >>
View an example of a 10 day holiday >>
View an example of a two week holiday >>


Twin/double share: £1249 per person
Single supplement: £17 per night
Upgrade to sea view: £5 per person per night

Please note we have 20 single occupancy rooms available for this holiday. Our Bridge room has the capacity for 20 tables maximum.


  • Return flights to Zagreb
  • Airport transfers including ferry to Rab Island
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 10 nights’ accommodation on a half board basis
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Events as specified

We are pleased to advise that we have secured the following flights with British Airways from Heathrow:-

02/06 BA0848 LHR 0815 ZAG 1135
12/06 BA0849 ZAG 1230 LHR 1400

Once you have arrived into Zagreb Airport the coach transfer time is approximately 2hours 40 minutes to Stinica, from where we take a 15 minute ferry crossing to Rab Island, and on to the Hotel Padova.

Hotel Padova****

The Hotel Padova has under gone a massive 7 million refurbishment in 2016, and offers immaculate, new and spacious facilities throughout. The views from its terraces, lounges, and restaurant across the Adriatic Coast and the historic town of Rab are simply stunning & something quite special to see.


All rooms are modern, spotless, comfortable and well equipped with a choice of sea view or inland view.

  • Free WIFI
  • Satellite colour TV
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer, toiletries. Rooms have walk in showers
  • Large, wide, furnished balcony with 2 chairs & table
  • Ceiling to floor windows
  • Safe deposit box - free of charge
  • Mini-bar (stocked/with charge)
  • Air conditioning/heating


Dinner and breakfast is buffet style with a very good choice of local and international dishes and show cooking. The restaurant is exceptionally spacious and well laid out, and like the relaxing bars and lounges in the hotel it affords amazing views across the inlet and over the historic town of Rab from its terraces.

The hotel boasts an excellent, brand new spa area with saunas and good size indoor pool and gym for complimentary use. There is an outdoor pool and sunbeds in front of the hotel.

The Hotel Padova has three shops, including a minimarket, boutique and souvenir shop.