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Mon 1 Apr - Mon 8 Apr 2019

VidaMar Resort Hotel

Algarve, Portugal

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The Hotel

The splendid 5* hotel is set beside a tranquil nature reserve, a glorious soft white-sand beach and the infinite blue of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a memorable bridge holiday in the glorious spring sunshine of the Algarve, the breathtakingly scenic southern coastal region of Portugal famed for its endless beaches, bustling towns and charming fishing villages - a favourite for generations of British travellers.

Four restaurants take you on a culinary journey. Our half-board arrangement is based on meals at the Ocean buffet (international cuisine), but you may ‘dine around’ with €15 per person credit at Mamma Mia (Italian), Aji (Oriental) or Sunset (Mediterranean) restaurants.

Other resort amenities include three saltwater pools, exotic gardens, walkways across the beautiful natural dunes and the SEA SPA, offering a range of indulgent treatments and therapies.

Rooms

The rooms are superb – contemporary, hugely spacious (measuring 42m²) and complete with airconditioning, en-suite bathroom, complimentary wi-fi and tea/coffee-making facilities. The resort view room is included in the price, bedroom upgrades are available as outlined below. The sole occupancy supplement is £210 for the seven nights.

  • Nature View room: £159 per room
  • Pool View room: £238 per room
  • Ocean View room: £357 per room

We will endeavour to satisfy individual requests, but please note these cannot be guaranteed and previous clients will need to advise us of specific room numbers if they wish to occupy the same room. Holidaymakers requiring wheelchair assistance must confirm this at the time of booking and state the nature of their disability.

Half-Board

Holiday prices are per person on a half board basis, sharing a twin or double standard room and are inclusive of bridge fees. The prices stated are for twin occupancy of a room and include travel by scheduled BA flight from London Gatwick to Faro Airport (transfer time 45 minutes to the resort).

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About The Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, is a region of hidden delights, of golden beaches framed by limestone rocks, of small, simple restaurants with fresh fish.

In the east it’s as though time has stood still: the wave of mass tourism that washed over much of the Algarve has not touched this region, leaving a tranquil landscape of whitewashed villages and groves of cork and olive trees.

The wild, western Algarve, meanwhile, surrenders to the power of the Atlantic – it is all about nature, surfing and the sea.

Algarve Bridge

This event will encompass bridge seminars followed by the opportunity to play set hands with the assistance of the experienced team. There will be duplicate bridge sessions every evening as well as some afternoon sessions fitting around the excursions, all played in a friendly atmosphere.

Programme to follow . . .

Sandy Bell

Sandy Bell

Sandy worked for the De Beers diamond group in personnel management for the last 16 years of her career. Having been invited to apply to become a magistrate, she was appointed to the Magistracy in 1985. Sandy gave up work in 1991 in order to spend more time sailing in the Mediterranean with her husband and sailing their boat across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

Sandy has played social bridge for 25 years and in 1995, after an amicable separation from her husband, she decided to set up a bridge club in the local yacht club in Port Solent near Portsmouth where she was living. Single people were encouraged to join and it was surprising how many widows and widowers attended on the first night who were delighted to be welcomed as a single player. Sandy is a member of EBUTA and has been teaching improvers' bridge for the past two years which she thoroughly enjoys. In May 2004 she was assessed suitable as a Club Director.

Graham and Sandy met 10 years ago sailing and soon discovered their passion for bridge. Graham is a retired naval officer and during his retirement has built several cruising catamarans of varying lengths. He has been a social bridge player for 40 years or so and is enjoying assisting Sandy with her Mr Bridge responsibilities.

Algrave Tours

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Away from the Bridge Table

As well as the bridge programme, there is time to relax by the pools or at the beach and there are a number of optional tours available.

Tours

Highlights of Faro

The rich history of Faro, now the administrative centre of the Algarve region, includes occupation by the Romans and the Moors, ransacking by the Earl of Essex (during which time the great book collection of the Bishop of Faro was ‘relocated’ to Oxford’s Bodleian Library) and two city-wide architectural transformations following earthquakes in 1532 and 1755. Most of the grand buildings we see today date back to the 18th century, though echoes of earlier centuries remain. On this half day excursion, which includes a guided walking tour, the stones of Faro tell their fascinating story.
Half day • £39 per person

Silves and Monchique

The ancient city of Silves was the former capital of the Algarve, reaching the height of its prominence and strategic importance during the Moorish occupation, but referred to as the ‘Kingdom of the Algarve’ as late as the 19th century. This half day excursion takes in the Moorish Castle and 13th century Cathedral of Silves, then the typical village of Monchique, set high in the hills, where there will be time at leisure to shop for traditional local handicrafts.
Half day • £39 per person

Wine tasting at Sir Cliff Richard’s house

Adega do Cantor is Sir Cliff Richard’s spectacular property in Guia – he has loved the Algarve for 40 years and is very hands-on in producing his own range of wine, from grapes grown in the vineyard grounds. Our half day excursion includes a guided walking tour around the vineyards with an explanation of the winemaking process and a tour of the temperature controlled Adega where the grapes and the young wine matures in barrels. No visit would be complete without a tasting, of course, and we sample the (literally) house wine with local cheese, smoked ham and sausage. There will also be an opportunity to shop for Algarve souvenirs near Adega do Cantor as part of this excursion.
Half day • £52 per person

More Information

Holiday prices are per person on an all inclusive basis, sharing a twin or double standard room and is inclusive of bridge fees. The prices stated are for twin occupancy of a room and include travel by scheduled BA flight from London Gatwick to Faro Airport (transfer time 45 minutes to the resort). Regional flights are available as detailed later on.

We will endeavour to satisfy individual requests, but please note these cannot be guaranteed and previous clients will need to advise us of specific room numbers if they wish to occupy the same room. Holidaymakers requiring wheelchair assistance must confirm this at the time of booking and state the nature of their disability. The same applies for any special meal requirements on the aircraft.

Flights

The price includes BA flights from London Gatwick.
1 April 2019 London Gatwick (LGW) / Faro (FAO) 09:10 / 12:05 BA2694
8 April 2019 Faro (FAO) / London Gatwick (LGW) 17:35 / 20:25 BA2697

When the programmed flights are full we will endeavour to obtain seats with another airline, but there may be a flight supplement .
Fuel surcharges: Holiday prices currently include a fuel surcharge. Should fuel prices change we reserve the right to add a variable fuel surcharge.

Authentic Adventures are able to book regional flights with low cost airlines on your behalf subject to availability from Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester. This may incur an additional cost. If you would like to fly from another regional airport which is not listed, please telephone for details. Due to the nature of low cost airlines, flight prices can vary. You will be advised of the cost at the time of booking. Payment for these flights would need to be made in full at the time of paying your deposit.

Additional Supplements

Sole Occupancy Supplement: £210 per room for the seven nights.
Nature View view: £159 per room for the seven nights.
Pool view: £238 per room for the seven nights.
Ocean view: £357 per room for the seven nights.

Booking

To make a booking please call my office on 01483 489961 and my staff will be able to assist. You need to ensure that you have read and are happy to agree to Authentic Adventures Essential Terms and Conditions and have your passport details to hand. Authentic Adventures will then confirm your booking and also send you the necessary travel documents prior to travel.

This holiday is operated in conjunction with Authentic Adventures (ATOL 3552).