Beautiful and unspoilt, Port Stephens is a wonderful holiday destination with sparkling waterways, glorious beaches and national parks. It is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Sydney.
The Anchorage is a first-class boutique hotel located right on the waterfront at Port Stephens. We will be playing bridge looking out over the hotel’s marina where dolphins often gather.
The bridge holiday includes:
♠ Three nights luxury accommodation with breakfast each day
♥ Seven bridge sessions
♦ Two intermediate bridge lessons
♣ Three dinners in the Galley Kitchen Restaurant
The Holiday Program
The holiday is suitable for players of all standards with friendly duplicate sessions and fascinating intermediate lessons. You can play as much or as little as you wish and you can turn up to any session without a partner and have a game. There is time to participate in the bridge program and also enjoy Port Stephens’ glorious scenery.
The program commences on Tuesday 2 April with a duplicate at 2 pm. There are afternoon and evening duplicates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and a morning duplicate on Friday. Masterpoints and prizes will be awarded in all duplicates.
For players who wish to improve their skills, there will be fascinating intermediate lessons on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Over the last few years the Anchorage has undergone a six-million-dollar renovation and the resort’s eighty rooms and suites are now elegantly decorated in coastal Hamptons style. In 2016 the hotel won the prestigious Luxury Guest House Australia category at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
All rooms in our booking are spacious Anchorage Rooms with great views over the marina, Corlette Beach and Port Stephens. All rooms have individual airconditioning, an ensuite with walk-in shower, minibar, a smart TV with cable channels, internet access, hair dryer, and tea and coffee making facilities.
This year our holiday includes dinner each evening in the hotel’s Galley Kitchen Restaurant. The Galley Kitchen Restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the marina and swimming pool.
Other hotel facilities include Hemingways Bar with a great choice of whiskys, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a number of guest lounges. The hotel also has a luxury spa featuring BABOR cosmetic products.
Around Port Stephens
There are many nearby attractions to tempt you away from the bridge table. You can swim or wander along white-sand Corlette Beach next door to the Anchorage. A few minutes drive away are magnificent beaches, boutique wineries, a craft brewery, olive and macadamia farms, fresh seafood outlets and an oyster farm. You may like to walk up Tomaree Headland to enjoy the spectacular views or try one of the many easy local bushwalks. Nearby historic sights include convict-built Tanilba House and Nelson Head Inner Light Lighthouse with its café and tearooms. Worth visiting is Tilligerry Peninsula to see the koalas as well as the aquarium at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters. You can take a four- wheel-drive tour through the fascinating Stockton Bight Sand Dunes.
The whale-watching season runs from June to November and in Nelson Bay there is a number of cruise operators offering dolphin and whale cruises. The Anchorage’s reception will book cruises and also offers a sunset sail experience on a luxury yacht departing the hotel’s marina.
There are plenty of sporting options for those looking for outdoor activities. Golfers have the choice of four courses including the 27-hole layout at Nelson Bay Golf Club, Pacific Dunes Golf Club at Medowie and Horizons Golf Resort at Salamander Bay. The local bowling clubs welcome visitors and there are quality tennis courts for hire.
If you would like to shop there are a string of small townships with galleries and specialty shops to explore, including Nelson Bay, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay, and Soldiers Point.
Bookings can be made by phone or by forwarding a deposit of $200 per person or the full holiday price with the booking form.
The holiday prices of $1045 twin or double and $1395 single include three nights accommodation in Anchorage Rooms, daily hot breakfasts, three buffet dinners, bridge lessons, lesson notes, bridge sessions and coffee and tea during sessions.
The holiday prices do not include transport to or from the Anchorage, tours, lunches or beverages at dinner. Light lunches are available at the Galley Kitchen and at the nearby cafés and restaurants.
The hotel has a number of one-bedroom Captains Suites and one and two-bedroom Loft Suites. Upgrades to Captains and Loft suites are available from $70 per suite per night extra.
Additional nights may be booked at $229 per Anchorage Room per night, including breakfast. The Anchorage sometimes offers special rates for two or more night stays on their website — www.anchorageportstephens.com.au.
Non-bridge players may also participate in the holiday. The non- bridge player price is $845 per person for a double or twin booking and $1195 for a single booking.
Final payment is due by Friday 1 March 2019.
Deposits are fully refundable for cancellations made by 1 March 2019. After this date cancellations will incur a loss of deposit as well as the Anchorage’s cancellation fee (50% to 100% of accommodation costs).