Bridge & Bowls at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus

Prices from £649


4 Mar 2020 - 18 Mar 2020
Duration: 7 or 14 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: 20017
With: Andrew Kambites


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This wonderful hotel is widely commended by First for Bridge guests for its excellent cuisine and service. The position is ideal – directly overlooking its own sandy beach and a lovely flat coastal walk takes you directly into Paphos harbour. The Athena Royal Beach is First for Bridge guest’s favourite hotel within this hotel group. Our guests love this adult only four star superior hotel because with just 208 bedrooms it is smaller and more intimate than its neighbouring hotel - and of course we have the wonderful Royal or Artemis Hall dedicated to our group for our bridge sessions and seminars.


The hotel’s position is perfect, offering a flat coastal walk to Paphos Harbour, or the option of using the frequent bus service directly outside the hotel. There is also a wide choice of shops, bars, cafes and tourist facilities very close to the hotel making it ideally situated for a bridge holiday.

Guests were very impressed with the excellent service and the quality and choice of dishes at breakfast and evening meal. They also loved the wide range of facilities on offer in this beachfront hotel and many took advantage of the complimentary bowling package arranged for First for Bridge clients. The dance classes also proved very popular and there is so much to do for non-bridge playing partners.

Paphos has been a firm favourite with British holiday makers for many years. In March the weather is usually pleasant and making it an ideal escape from the cold UK climate. If you find time to tear yourself away from the bridge and bowling and everything else the Athena Royal Beach has to offer you will find a great choice of excursions available ‐ to the Troodos Mountains, Limassol, the villages of Latchi and Polis, Kyrenia in Turkish Cyprus, and the divided capital Nicosia. Hiring a car is also a great way to see the island and car hire is inexpensive and, in Cyprus, they drive on the left!


In addition to the full programme of duplicate bridge which will appeal to players of all standards, we also include a complimentary bowling programme , which includes 7 four‐hour bowls sessions over a 14 day period with the hotel Bowls Coordinators . The Hotel group has fantastic bowls facilities which include 18 full size outdoor rinks, 6 full‐size indoor rinks and 12 short mat bowling rinks.

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 of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

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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It is possible to extend your bridge holiday with us in Cyprus and add a week in Northern Cyprus, Famagusta, staying at the splendid Arkin Palm Beach Hotel.

You can either book 3 weeks from 4th March and stay two weeks at the Athena Royal Beach, Paphos followed by one week at the Arkin Palm Beach Famagusta.

Or you can stay 7 nights in Paphos arriving 11th March followed by 7 nights in Famagusta.

Either way we will transfer you from the Athena Royal Beach Paphos to the Arkin Palm Beach Famagusta on 18 March.

The cost of the extra week is £699 for 7 nights Half Board (plus any sea view or single supplements) and it INCLUDES three excellent excursions to Kyrenia & Bellapais, Famagusta & Salamis Ruins and the divided capital Nicosia.

Full details of the Famagusta holiday can be found here >>

IMPORTANT - Please note the week in Famagusta is a "Play & Explore Bridge Holiday" which means it is more relaxed bridge. Guests explore or relax during the day and in the evening we play duplicate pairs and award Masterpoints. There are no Swiss Events this week. It is simply a holiday with bridge and good company!

If you wish to book the twin centre option you will need to book your outbound flight into Paphos, and your inbound flight back from Larnaca using one of the flights listed below. Our reservations staff will gladly advise you, and are able to assist with bookings.

25 March Depart Larnaca 20.15 Arrive Gatwick 23.25 EasyJet
25 March Depart Larnaca 16.40 Arrive Stansted 19.35 Jet2 Airlines
25 Mar Depart Larnaca 15.25 Arrive Heathrow 18.20 British Airways
25 Mar Depart Larnaca 15.25 Arrive Bristol 18.45 EasyJet
25 Mar Depart Larnaca 23.10 Arrive Manchester 02.15

The journey from Paphos to Famagusta takes just under 3 hours, and the transfer back from Famagusta to Larnaca airport is just an hour.


Twin/double share:
04 Mar 2020 - 7 nights: £649
04 Mar 2020 - 14 nights: £1099
11 Mar 2020 - 7 nights: £689

Single occupancy supplement: £12 per person per night
Upgrade to sea view room: £8 per person per night
Upgrade to superior land view room: £12 per person per night
Upgrade to superior sea view room: £25 per person per night

Please call to book superior land view and superior sea view rooms.


  • 7 or 14 nights’ accommodation on a half board basis
  • Return airport transfers from / to Paphos Airport
  • Complimentary fruit and wine will await you on arrival in your room
  • Complimentary Bowling programme which includes 7 four hour bowls sessions over a 14 day period with the hotel Bowls Coordinators
  • Complimentary dance lessons with the hotel’s dance leaders twice a week
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • All bridge fees and prizes
  • Events as specified


Flights, optional excursions and activities, travel insurance and items of a personal nature i.e. phone calls, laundry etc.

There are many low cost regional flights from the UK to Paphos, and we have not included them in our package to allow you to choose your preferred flight schedule. Transfers from Paphos airport are included on Wednesdays, our change over days, to and from the hotel. If you choose to arrive or depart on a different day there will be an additional supplement charged to cover your transfer costs.

Athena Royal Beach Hotel****

This luxurious adult only 4 star superior hotel is set in its own grounds that have direct access to a sandy beach. Facilities include one indoor and three outdoor swimming pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, tennis court, a health spa, table tennis, boccia, shuffleboard, and indoor and outdoor short mat bowls and outdoor flat bowls green.

Guests have complimentary beach towels, and sunbeds and umbrellas around the pool and on the beach.

The sea view rooms offer impressive views directly over the gardens and coastline and are well worth the supplement.


  • Full bathroom with bath with an overhead rain shower & flexible hose
  • Complimentary toiletries and hairdryer
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Wine and fruit in room on arrival
  • Furnished balcony or terrace
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary safe deposit box
  • Free WIFI
  • 40 inch LCD Flat TV
  • Direct dial telephone


We dine in the Pygmalion Restaurant at 18.30 hours each evening before bridge, and choose from the huge selection of buffet dishes on offer, and enjoy delicious , fresh show cooking.

There are a la carte restaurants available and extra services available if you upgrade to superior rooms or suites.

Please note that some of the a la carte restaurants open at 19.00 hours and you may not finish dinner in time for evening bridge.

Please note that electronic and manual wheelchairs are permitted in this hotel but mobility scooters are not permitted.