Bridge & Walking on Cyprus
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Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-10 miles), both led by our qualified Guided Walking leaders and carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the hotel in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening.
- Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 6 and 10 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Half Board en-suite accommodation, EBU qualified Bridge Director, transport to and from the walks, bridge fees and prizes
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our partner hotel
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable Bridge Directors for each holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - play Bridge together, eat together and relax together
The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Pafos, just a short promenade walk from the picturesque harbour and archaeological sites. There are 327 en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished. Facilities at the Athena Beach include tranquil gardens, indoor and outdoor pools and a bar with a large, comfortable terrace. The hotel is also renowned for its warm and friendly staff who are on hand to make your stay extra special. Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet.
This accommodation has been branded 'Hotel Plus' as this hotel is close to the shops and local services and has a good range of facilities that add the "Plus" to your holiday.
The hotel has comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and breathtaking sea or land views.
All rooms have flat screen LCD satellite TV and radio, direct dial telephone, WiFi (small charge), safe deposit boxes (small charge), tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, complimentary toiletries and air conditioning/heating.
This hotel has beautiful views of the Mediterranean and hotel’s tranquil gardens.
The leisure facilities of this hotel include 3 freshwater swimming and 2 paddling pools, a waterslide, indoor pool (heated during November to March), indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, floodlit tennis courts, a 24-rink indoor and outdoor Bowls Green facilities and mini golf.
In the hotel’s Elixir Spa there is a heated pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a fully equipped gym and a hairdressing salon. There is also a choice of professional massages and facial and body therapies, aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate.
There is a mini market/souvenir shop, jewellery shop, free parking, laundry and dry cleaning facilities and a currency exchange.
This is an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.
Dinner is a 3-course meal with the entré and dessert served from the buffet. The main course is served to your table. There will be a vegetarian menu option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.
Lunch (payable locally)
A picnic lunch can be ordered in advance from the hotel or purchased from the shop on the lower ground floor which is open Monday to Sunday 7.30am until 10pm.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before your evening meal with your fellow guests. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. The hotel's location is ideal for a leisurely stroll into the old town, where you can watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing drink at one of the pavement café bars around Pafos harbour front; just follow the path from the beach front. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat.
9.30am–3.30pm: A choice of guided walks lead by experienced HF Holidays' walks leaders
5.00pm-10.30pm: Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal
Small prizes will be awarded for competitions held during the holiday
Please note: You are of course free to opt out of any of the sessions but it would be helpful if you could let your leader know should you decide not to attend any of the evening competitions. The evening competition is structured by Duplicate Bridge movements which organise which competitors play which opponents and when and on which boards. In order to ensure fair competition and the correct “”balance”, we are obliged to ask that guests either take part in the whole evening competition (ie from 5pm through to 10.30pm) or “sit out” the entire competition on any particular evening. Please inform your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you intend not to attend the evening bridge competition.
On one day we’ll travel together on a sightseeing day; alongside the most scenic stretch of coastline on the island, where we stop to see Ancient Curium. Here we’ll discover the infamous House of Eustolios, which proudly boasts its intricate mosaics, and magnificent amphitheatre overlooking the sea. We will then drive through beautiful mountain areas to reach the charming village of Omodhos, built around one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus, the Holy Cross. This is also one of the best wine producing villages where traditional white stone buildings line the narrow cobbled streets. We visit the old wine press and enjoy a traditional meze lunch. On our return we will stop at the island’s most famous landmark, Aphrodite's rock, the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love, a great backdrop for those important holiday photos.
If you are on your own, there is no need to worry about whom you are going to partner, as partnerships will be arranged when necessary, and may be changed from day to day. Leaders are always happy to play when required and enjoy partnering all guests.
On 7-night holidays there is a free day, when you may relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel or to explore the local area independently.
What to bring
Bridge: All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
Walking: To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Please bring a rucksack, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and personal first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
Please read our Safety on Guided Walks leaflet which will be sent to you with your tickets and holiday paperwork. This contains invaluable advice including what to wear and what to bring on holiday.
Cyprus has always been fought over, from the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Empire to the Arabians during the Crusades, the British and the civil struggles with Greeks and Turkish. Its easy to see why, throughout history, this Mediterranean gem has been so sought after. Modern day Cyprus is no different and the island is a popular holiday destination. It offers visitors an ancient history to marvel and explore with the Greco-Roman sites on the island, one of the largest within walking distance of our hotel.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and dominated by a vast mountain range, The Troodos Massif. The diversity of the flora and fauna is amazing; the best time to see this is early Spring when we visit the island and again in Autumn.
Pafos – Pafos is located in the western part of the island and is the largest resort in Cyprus. Its star attraction is the host of archaeological gems in the heart of the lower town, Kato Pafos. The main archaeological site, Nea Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features an incredible array of Greco-Roman mosaics yet surprisingly was only uncovered in the 1960s by a farmer ploughing his field.
Shops & facilities: There are a number of local shops across the road from the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities. When shopping for gifts, traditional crafts such as pottery, lacework and woven basket products are found in Pafos.
‘With flight’ holidays
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
We offer flights from Gatwick and Manchester (regional flight supplement £60) to Pafos.
If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Pafos takes 30 minutes.
All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.
HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel in the following ways:
HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Pafos airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £8.50. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.
Our Airport Taxi service operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details.
From Pafos airport by taxi transfer £31 per taxi single journey.
Cherie has spent her professional life in primary education, as a teacher and successful headteacher of 3 schools throughout the country. She is now a retired Primary Head, having also spent many years as a local magistrate. Cherie loves playing bridge but, more important, is just passionate about teaching bridge. She is an EBU qualifed bridge teacher and runs her own successful bridge school and, with her husband Dave, organises bridge weekends in Bournemouth which are fantastic fun for everyone. Cherie says "Bridge is a truly amazing, obsessive game, but most of all it’s about having fun, making special new friends and having a wonderful social life". In her spare time she’s a keen cyclist and walker with her husband Dave, who is a walk leader for HF Holidays.
Dates & Prices
|7 May 2017||
CPBRW - Cyprus Bridge & Walking
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
- Sea view: £7 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person