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Bridge in Madeira, Hotel Baia Azul

21st February - 2nd March 2020

Play Bridge and enjoy some winter sunshine on the beautiful island of Madeira along with a fantastic opportunity to experience the colourful Mardi Gras Festival around the streets of Funchal.
  • Bridge directed by Nigel Durie and hosted by Pauline Durie
  • 4* accommodation perfectly located near the Lido of Funchal
  • Half board basis and drinks with dinner
  • We visit during the annual Mardi Gras Festival - see the Great Parade of Floats wind its way around the cobbled streets of Funchal

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Bridge in Madeira, Hotel Baia Azul

The Island of Madeira has for many years been a firm favourite with First for Bridge guests for an autumn visit, however this year we are pleased to return in February when the annual Mardi Gras Festival takes place. The Great Parade of Floats will wind its way around the cobbled streets of Funchal with spectacular displays, music and costumes on Saturday 22 Feb before Shrove Tuesday, and events will take place throughout the week.

Nestled in a natural amphitheatre between the sea and a stunning mountain backdrop, Madeira’s capital is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in Europe. Although famous for its Botanical Gardens and traditional Farmers’ Market, today’s Funchal is very much a modern, cosmopolitan city with top-class restaurants. It prides itself as being Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital, where alongside the street markets, botanical gardens, and jacaranda lined avenues you also discover a modern, cosmopolitan rejuvenated city.

We have chosen the excellent 4 star Hotel Baia Azul as our new venue in Madeira. This hotel is perfectly located close to the Lido (Funchal’s beachfront), and the commercial centre, shops, cafes and restaurants are all within walking distance. The hotel runs a shuttle service (with charge) 4 times daily into Funchal centre which is just over 1.9 miles or you can take a taxi or local bus.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Baía Azul, Madeira

The 4 star Baia Azul is ideally located near the Lido of Funchal and close to the Commercial Centre, shops and restaurants. Situated in lovely gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel boasts striking sea views. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2016.
Hotel Facilities & Amenities

The hotel boasts 3 restaurants each with their own style and ambience. We dine in the main restaurant, the Restaurant Atlantic, which offers a variety of buffet dishes, theme night and special menus. A la carte restaurants include an Italian and Portuguese with spectacular views. On the 6th floor you will find the Panoramic Bar which serves fantastic cocktails, and again boasts spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel has an outdoor heated pool with plenty of sunbeds, indoor heated pool with sauna, Turkish bath, Yoga room and a relaxing Spa where you can treat yourself to some massages and treatments.

Room Facilities & Amenities

The spacious rooms are all 25 metres square with large furnished verandas and elegant sitting areas.

  • Free WIFI
  • Kettle
  • Flat screen TV, cable with 40 channels
  • Direct telephone
  • Spacious, fully furnished verandas
  • Air conditioning
  • Writing desk
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer & toiletries
  • Ceiling to floor windows
  • Safe deposit box (charge 13 euro per week)
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning/ heating