Refreshers Bridge Holiday in Rethymnon, Crete

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30 Apr 2019 - 7 May 2019
Duration: 7 nights half board and drinks with dinner excl. flights
Ref: 19021
With: James & Jane Tullett


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The SENTIDO Aegean Pearl and the SENTIDO Pearl Beach both have excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and have both received a Certificate of Excellence.

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James & Jane invite you to join them on their third Refreshers bridge holiday, where you can enjoy relaxed duplicate bridge sessions in the evenings; sharpen your bridge skills in the daily classes, or participate in tours and other activities outside the bridge room with your new found bridge friends and bridge hosts.

The superb Sentido Hotels, Aegean Pearl & Pearl Beach sit elegantly side by side overlooking the blue Aegean Sea in Rethymnon.

The Aegean Pearl Hotel is a 5 star design hotel, and the Pearl Beach is a very good 4 star hotel which has had all its rooms renovated in 2016. We like the ambience of the two hotels, which with each having just over 100 rooms, are smaller than many large resort hotels, and are low key, relaxed and suited to adults and couples. In fact the two Sentido Hotels like to be known as beach and town hotels and not bustling resort properties, and both offer a very professional yet friendly service.

The hotels share many facilities which include terraces; bars; pool restaurant; and four outdoor pools. There is a fabulous shared indoor pool and wellness centre, and we have negotiated complimentary umbrellas and sunbeds for our guests on the hotels private, blue flag beach which is situated directly in front the hotel. During the evening the hotel offers relaxing music and some folklore and Greek dancing. They also arrange accompanied walks and cooking classes for guests. By utilising the two hotels our guests have all the benefits of staying in a smaller, welcoming, relaxing hotel yet having a great range of facilities at hand, which include a fabulous modern conference room for our bridge sessions. You can choose between a design room at the Sentido Aegean Pearl or a standard room at the Sentido Pearl Beach - as the two hotels are so close and everything is shared the only real difference in staying in either hotel is your room preference.

The other reason we have chosen these sister hotels for our bridge group is because of their fantastic location. We believe that the hotels are probably the best placed on the whole island of Crete!

Situated directly on the sea front there is a huge range of shops, tavernas, and tourist facilities in the immediate area. Yet a flat coastal walk takes you into the very heart of one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, the ancient city of Rethymnon. The old Venetian city walls and port are a mere 2.4 kilometres from the hotel, and if you do not wish to endure walking in the Cretan sunshine you can also take a public bus or the Noddy train into the old city which is abundant with numerous shops and colourful history. Venturing outside the town you can visit dramatic gorges, monasteries, time-trodden villages and ancient churches and the spectacular White Mountains.

Programme TBC


Twin/double share in 4* SENTIDO Pearl Beach Hotel:
7 nights: £569 per person

Upgrade to 5* SENTIDO Aegean Pearl Hotel:
£140 per person per week in a twin/double

Single occupancy supplement:
£16 per night in Pearl Beach Hotel
£22 per night in Aegean Pearl Hotel

Side sea view supplement:
£8 per room per night in Pearl Beach Hotel
£10 per room per night in Aegean Pearl Hotel


  • Return airport transfers from Heraklion Airport
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on half board basis
  • Porterage
  • Drink package with dinner - local red or white wine & mineral water
  • Services of our First for Bridge hosts
  • Daily bridge classes
  • Relaxed evening duplicate bridge sessions with prizes awarded
  • Events as specified


Flights are not included in the price of your holiday package to enable you to take advantage of the wide choice of low cost regional flights available from your local airport.

Transfers are included for all flights arriving into Heraklion Airport on our main arrival and departure days. Transfer time from airport to hotel is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. This year flights were available with Easyjet for very good prices throughout April from Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh. There may be additional departure airports available for 2019 once flight schedules are released.


Please note that the 5 star Aegean Pearl Crete will have a tax of 4 euros per room per day payable locally. The 4 star Pearl Beach will have a 3 euro per day tax.

5* SENTIDO Aegean Pearl & 4* SENTIDO Pearl Beach

These two delightful hotels sit elegantly side by side on the sea front in Rethymnon sharing an excellent range of facilities between the two properties, that include a large indoor pool & spa, 4 outdoor pools and a blue flag private beach where our guests have free use of sunbeds & umbrellas.


The 5 star SENTIDO Aegean Pearl is a “design” hotel, very tastefully decorated with modern furnishings that include a satellite LCD TV and DVD player. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided in this 5 star, luxurious property. Most rooms in this hotel have a bath with a shower attachment.


All rooms in the 4 star SENTIDO Pearl Beach Hotel have been recently renovated in 2016. Fifty percent of the rooms have a walk in shower.

Both hotels have the following facilities in their guest rooms:

  • Free WIFI
  • Satellite Television
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer, & selection of toiletries
  • Air conditioning/ heating
  • Complimentary safe deposit box
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Furnished balcony or terrace


Guests can use the facilities of both hotels, but evening meal for our group will be taken in the buffet restaurant inside the Pearl Beach, which is a larger room, and able to accommodate all our group at one time. They have kindly agreed to open at 18.00 hours just for our group to dine before our bridge session in the fabulous bridge room central to both hotels and accessed inside from each hotel.

Breakfast can be taken inside or on the terraces of the restaurant of your reserved hotel, and each offer a good choice of hot and cold buffet breakfast.

Brasserie Loukoulos serves snacks and lunch with views of the sea and the pool.

Both hotels have excellent reviews and a certificate of excellence on TripAdvisor.