Bridge in Makarska, Croatia - Valamar Meteor Hotel

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12 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019
Duration: 7 OR 14 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 19057
With: Mark Hooper


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Single Supplement: £16 per night
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As with all of our club standard First for Bridge holidays, this holiday uses duplimated boards during the bridge sessions, awards Masterpoints, provide hand records and are licensed by the English Bridge Union. This holiday is suitable for those who play regularly at club level.

The Valamar Meteor Hotel is beautifully situated right on the palm fringed, sea front promenade in pretty Makarska. They hotel is built sideways towards the coast which means every room has magnificent views overlooking the crystal-clear Adriatic in one direction, and the dramatic Biokovo Mountains in the other. It is the perfect place to just relax on your spacious balcony and enjoy the stunning scenery all around you.

Makarska is a charming, old Croatian town with cobbled streets and a main square that features a market, and a Franciscan monastery that dates back to 1614. It is also abundant with stylish cafes, bars and boutiques that overlook a colourful marina. There are cafes and bars in the direct vicinity of the Valamar Meteor Hotel and a flat 5 minute walk takes you into the old town itself. The bus station is approximately 190 metres from the hotel entrance making exploring easy thanks to its excellent transport links.

Makarska is also a great base from which to explore the Dalmatian Coast. Split, the capital of Dalmatia is an historic nucleus where much of its Roman structure still survives within its fortified walls. Trogir, another UNESCO world Heritage Site is influenced by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians and brimming with palaces, churches and towers. Not to be missed is a visit to Mostar, which has been greatly restored after the 1990 conflict, with its Turkish houses and the Old Bridge Stari Most spanning the deep valley of the Neretva River. And not forgetting Croatia is a country of 1244 islands so a boat trip to a neighbouring island is a must!


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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Twin/double side sea view share:
12 Oct 2019, 14 nights - £1299
12 Oct 2019, 7 nights - £950
19 Oct 2019, 7 nights - £920

Single occupancy supplement: £16 per night

Please note we have 30 single occupancy rooms available for this holiday. Our bridge room has the capacity for 20 tables maximum.


  • Return flights from London to Split. Regional flights available at a supplement
  • Return airport transfers from Split airport to Valamar Hotel Meteor
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 or 14 nights’ accommodation on a half board basis
  • Participation in the full bridge programme including seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Events as specified

Transfer time from Split airport to Makarska is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Valamar Meteor Hotel****

The Valamar Meteor Hotel has been a long established First for Bridge favourite hotel for many years. It has extremely welcoming with friendly staff, many who have worked at the hotel for a long time and are familiar with our bridge holidays. The location is superb - directly on the lovely sea front promenade, and just a short walk into the main square and old town of Makarska and its lovely marina.


All rooms have large furnished balconies and boast stunning side sea views across the horseshoe bay and crystal-clear Adriatic on one side, and the dramatic Biokovo Mountains on the other.

  • Free WIFI
  • Satellite colour TV
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer & toiletries. Rooms have baths with shower attachments over them.
  • 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
  • Direct dial telephone


Dinner and breakfast is buffet style with a very good choice of local and international dishes and show cooking. There are many comfy lounge areas where you can sit and relax after bridge and enjoy a glass of local Dalmatian wine.

The hotel boasts an excellent, indoor spa with sauna, and a very good size indoor pool and gym for complimentary use. There is an outdoor pool and sunbeds and terraces in front of the hotel overlooking the beach.

Amenities in the hotel include an activity programme, table tennis, TV lounge, books, games, a kiosk and souvenir shop.