Bridge at the Hotel Baia Azul, Madeira

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21 Feb 2020 - 2 Mar 2020
Duration: 10 nights nights half board & drinks excl. flights
Ref: 20015
With: Nigel Durie

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With: Nigel & Pauline Durie

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.

Today Funchal 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 that is well known for its top class restaurants.

We have chosen the excellent 4 star Hotel Baia Azul as our new venue in Madeira. This hotel is in an 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.

This hotel has 215 spacious rooms and was fully renovated in 2016 with décor inspired by the sea. It boasts 3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, a Spa, sun deck with outstanding views over the Atlantic Ocean and gardens. Why not treat yourself to a sea view upgrade and continue to enjoy the vista from your balcony?

We have managed to secure 35 single occupancy rooms for solo travellers on this holiday and our spacious bridge room is unlimited.

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 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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PRICES:

Price are per person excluding flights

Twin/double share: £1129
Since occupancy supplement: £24 per night
Sea view upgrade supplement: £12 per person per night

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    • Return airport transfers
    • Welcome cocktail
    • 10 nights’ accommodation on a half board basis
    • ½ bottle of local wine, beer, or juice and mineral water with dinner
    • Bottle of mineral water in bridge room during evening session
    • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
    • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
    • Events as specified

    We have not included flights in the above package to allow you to choose a local airport to fly from. However we are holding an allocation of flight seats from London Gatwick and can offer this holiday from Gatwick as a package INCLUDING flights.

    FLIGHT INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

    Flight inclusive price: £1409 per person in a twin/double share. Single and sea view supplements above apply.

    Flight times:
    21st Feb - Depart London Gatwick 07:20, arrive in Funcahl 11:15
    2nd Mar - Depart Funchal 12:15, arrive in Gatwick 16:10

Hotel Baia Azul****

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.

GUEST ROOMS:

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

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

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.