Christmas & New Year Bridge in Armacao de Pera, Algarve

Prices from £699


20 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Duration: 7 OR 14 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: 18076
With: Rob Richardson


Prices from £699
Single Supplement: £12 per night
Deposit: £150

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**We strongly recommend booking early for this popular holiday. Single occupancy rooms are limited and last year we sold out and a number of guests were disappointed. Also flight prices for this period can increase dramatically nearer to the date of travel.**


This will be our third Christmas and New Year at the Holiday Inn. Our guests and staff particularly love the wide range of festive activities and gala dinners that the hotel arranges for their guests enjoyment over this period.

The Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera, formerly known as the Hotel Garbe, is a very well established hotel with British Holidaymakers, and continues to live up to its reputation as the place to stay on the Algarve.

The hotel boasts an enviable position directly on the flat, seafront promenade in the heart of Armacao de Pera, with incredible sea views from all public areas including the delightful spacious restaurant, relaxing bar, and our wonderful bridge room! There is no road or path between the hotel and the beach - you are so close you can hear the waves and feel the spray of the sea.

Armacao de Pera is also a typical Portuguese town that is open all year round so you can easily walk out the hotel and find a good choice of very reasonably priced tapas bars and cafes to choose from. The shops are also very individual with lots of craft shops - not row upon row of souvenir shops filled with the same old tat! The endless yellow sandy beach stretches for as far as the eye can see, and in the centre of the town the brightly painted fishing boats are pulled up the beach with their daily catch.

The hotel has only 185 rooms, and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. In the lounge you will find card tables; and plenty of board games, and English books to share amongst the guests and you can enjoy free WIFI throughout. Set apart by its hills from the rest of Portugal the climate here is dry and sunny all year round. Perfect for walking; swimming in the outdoor heated pool and of course playing golf!

The Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera, formerly the Hotel Garbe, is a much sought after hotel and reputed to be situated in one of the finest locations on the Algarve. The hotel sits directly on an endless sandy beach and has wonderful sea views from all public areas. It is also positioned on the sea front promenade in Armacao de Pera so it is easy to walk out of the hotel and enjoy a stroll along the coast and through the town centre. The town has a typical Portuguese ambience as the locals jostle for fresh produce in the market and the fishermen bring in their daily catch and pull their brightly painted boats up the beach.

We have chosen the Holiday Inn for its excellent position, and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and good food and service. The staff make everybody so very welcome, and the hotel offers afternoon tea and biscuits, and festive fizz and nibbles and various activities to celebrate the season. You could even join in the “Charity Challenge” and jump the waves on New Year’s Day, followed by a hot chocolate or a Bloody Mary in the Bar Boa Vista!

Our wonderful bridge room looks directly out over the beach and yellow sandstone cliffs, and you can hear the waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping the sand. The Algarve enjoys a sunny all year round climate which makes it ideal for walking and sightseeing. Armacao de Pera is an excellent base to explore the Algarve with places such as Sagres, Silves, Lagos and weekly markets within easy reach.

December and January are great months for golf and all of the courses offer their low season prices and a few have "Winter Specials" available i.e. 2 golfers and a buggy for a reasonable price.


Day 1
18:00          Meeting for ‘single’ players
19:45          Welcome Pairs

Day 2
10:00          Welcome Meeting
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Random Teams

Day 3
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Open Pairs

Day 4 (Christmas Eve)
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45           Open Pairs

Day 5 (Christmas Day)
14:30          Open Pairs
18:30          Gala Dinner
19:45          Swiss Pairs 1

Day 6 (Boxing Day)
10:00          Seminar
19:45          Swiss Pairs 2

Day 7
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:40          Multiple Teams

Day 8
18:00          Meeting for ‘single’ players
19:45           Welcome Pairs

Day 9
10:00          Welcome Meeting
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Championship Pairs Qualifying

Day 10
14:30          Open Pairs (Main Bridge Session)

Day 11 (New Year’s Eve)
18:30          Gala Dinner
19:45          Open Pairs

Day 12 (New Year's Day)
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:45          Championship Pairs Final

Day 13
19:45          Multiple or Swiss Teams

Day 14
10:00          Seminar
14:30          Open Pairs
19:40          Prize giving/Farewell Pairs


  1. We encourage guests to play together whenever possible. When it is necessary for a member of the First for Bridge team to partner guests , that partnership will play without standing. However, masterpoints will be awarded as usual.
  2. We try to keep to our published programme but we do sometimes have to make changes.


7 nights - 20 December 2018, Xmas: £699
14 nights - 20 December 2018, Xmas & New Year: £1149
7 nights - 27 Dec 2018, New Year: £739
Upgrade to sea view & balcony supplement in a room for 2 people: £12 per person per night
Single supplement in land view room: £12 per person per night
Single supplement in sea view & balcony room: £32 per person per night


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return transfers from Faro airport to hotel*
  • 7 or 14 night’s accommodation on a half board basis. Wine & water with dinner
  • Afternoon tea & biscuits
  • Gala dinner on Christmas Evening and New Year’s evening
  • Festive programme that includes various drinks and nibbles
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail
  • *Transfers are included on our changeover days. Private transfers can be arranged on different arrival and departure days for a cost of £50 per vehicle each way (up to 4 people).

    The Holiday Inn (formerly Hotel Garbe)

    Perfectly located on the sea front promenade in Armacao de Pera and overlooking a long sandy beach. A warm, friendly hotel that offers a genuine welcome, good food and service.

    The upgrade to seaview rooms is well worth the extra supplement.


    • Television
    • Fridge
    • Full bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer
    • Safe deposit box (free of charge)
    • Tea & coffee making facilities
    • Standard inland view rooms face the promenade, and many do not have a balcony
    • Sea view rooms have small furnished balconies

    Please note all sea view rooms have bath with a shower attachment. Walk in showers are only available in land facing rooms.


    The hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool, small gym, hairdressers and treatment room (charge), lounge with card tables, board games & books, panoramic bar and restaurant with sea views, free WIFI throughout and a dedicated golf desk in hotel offering preferential rates at nearby courses.