Dates: 25 May – 1 June 2019
Price: from £1,290pp (12 places left)
A SEVEN DAY OPEN WATER SWIMMING FESTIVAL ON THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF MALLORCA. 7 DAYS, 12 SEA SWIM EVENTS AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN.We are proud to be teaming up with Best Fest to bring you an exclusive week-long Best Fest SwimQuest experience for 2019. Not only will your SwimQuest trip include entry to as many of the Best Fest open water events as you wish, we will also be running video analysis technique sessions at The Best Centre, and the SwimQuest team will look after you for the week, transporting you to swims, getting you ready for your events and cheering you on! All Best Fest swim events will take place in the beautiful waters around the town of Colonia Sant Jordi. The town is famous for the amazing beaches that lie either side of the town and the island of Cabrera, Spain’s first protected nature marine park, that lies a few kilometres away.
- Price: £1,290pp
- Includes entry into all of the Best Fest swims (complete as many or as few as you wish), as well as technique sessions and SwimQuest staff to help organise you, transport you and prepare you for your swim events.
- Dates: 25 May - 1 June 2019
- Minimum swimming requirement - you should be comfortable swimming the distance of the events you would like to enter in open water
- Average daily swimming = depends on swim events you choose
- Maximum group size: 12
- Approx sea temperature range: 17-20 ̊C
- Non-swimming partners welcome.
- Accommodation in the 4* beachside Marques Hotel
- Entry into as many Best Fest swim events as you wish
- Additional video analysis technique sessions from the SwimQuest team
- Breakfasts and dinners at the Hotel Marques
- SwimQuest guide/s
- Transport to and from all swim starts
- SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Mallorca Palma airport (see ‘Getting there’ tab for more information)
- Wetsuits and fins (if required)
- Alcohol purchases
- Single room supplement (see accommodation tab for single supplements and room options)
THE MARQUES HOTEL, MALLORCAOur SwimQuest tour is situated in unspoilt Colònia de Sant Jordi, where traditional Mallorca has been preserved to a large extent. Looking out over the fabulous En Trench bay and just a 10 minute walk from The Best Centre, The Marques is ideally situated for your swimming vacation.
YOUR ROOM CHOICESWe offer all guests on this tour a sea view room. Standard tour places (£1,290) will be allocated a twin share room with a guest of the same gender. Should you wish, you can add a single room supplement of £350 to have your own private room for the week.
your SWIMQUEST BEST FEST swimming holiday itineraryYour itinerary for the week is entirely based on the weather and your ability. SwimQuest and Best Fest may have to adapt the open water and pool swim times to ensure that we have the best possible weather windows for our open water swim sessions.
SATURDAYGuests arrive at the Marquez Hotel. We will meet at 5pm for a welcome drink and safety briefing followed by dinner.
SUNDAY - 5km TOWN TO TOWNAfter breakfast, your SwimQuest guides will help you get ready and will transfer you to Sa Rapita ready for today’s swim event, the 5km Town to Town sea swim. This 5km race goes straight across the bay from the town of Sa Rapita to the Marques beach next to our hotel. You’ll be swimming in some of the most beautiful and clear water in the Mediterranean. Your SwimQuest team will be able to transfer your gear, and will meet you at the finish line, where we will cheer each other in before lunch. After lunch, we will head to the Best Centre 50m pool for a video analysis session, which will be reviewed before a well deserved dinner back at the hotel.
MONDAY - 4.5KM ROUND THE ISLANDWe’ll be starting at the small beach to the left of our hotel and heading out and round the small island just off the beach, turning left and following the coast past some small islands towards the iconic Colonia lighthouse. We take a turn around the island off Cala Galiota and head back towards the start, eventually landing back on the hotel beach where we’ll have a well-deserved coffee and a tasty Spanish pastry waiting for you. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to complete an additional bay swim to stretch and relax ahead of tomorrow.
TUESDAY - 1.5KM ROUND THE ISLAND & 2.5km "tell me your time"In the morning, we will take you to Es Dolc Beach for the 1.5km swim towards the Phoenecian trading island, before heading back and into the Port Beach. After lunch, we will take part in the Best Fest’s “Tell Me Your Time” swim. For this swim, you will be asked to guess your time for the 2 lap, 2.5km distance - the closest predicted to actual time will win the race!
WEDNESDAY - es carbo italian volcanoToday’s swim starts at the stunning Es Carbo beach a 30-45 minute walk from our hotel. Swim back past a series of small islands and over fascinating sites including piles of broken roman pottery used as ballast by ancient boats. On arrival back at the Port Beach we will have an early & hearty paella lunch waiting for you. Wednesday afternoon will be an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate ready for tomorrow’s longer swim.
THURSDAY - es trench beach race 7/10kmThis is the longest swim of the week, and runs alongside our hotel and one of Europe’s most well-known beaches, Es Trenc, famous for its incredible stretch of beautiful sand and the amazing turquoise water. The race is a “there and back” multi-lap loop – the number of laps swum depending on the distance entered.
FRIDAY - THE 220 Triathlon Corberana Challenge 1.9/3.8KToday's event takes place in the waters off the small Cala Galiota beach. The ungroomed part sand, part rocky beach is small and intimate, with the coastal boardwalk running around it and offering supporters a great opportunity to walk, cheer and take photos as you swim. Offering 2 Triathlon specific distances, the 220 Triathlon Corberana Challenge takes swimmers out of the sheltered cove and into the bay, taking a wide triangular loop that passes in front of the small rocky Corberana island before heading back towards the beach to the finish, or a 2nd lap!
SATURDAY - fresh water relayJoin the SwimQuest team and take part in the Best Fest’s Fresh Water relay. This is always a fantastically fun and competitive way to end the week, with teams racing 4 laps of a 500m course in the sea next to the Marquez Hotel. The SwimQuest team/s will be made up of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4. Any one person can swim a maximum of 2 legs in the relay. After lunch we will say our goodbyes and transport you to the airport for you afternoon flights. We advise you to book flights from 4pm onwards if possible.
GETTING TO MALLORCA
Palma Airport – (Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI)There are many flights from the UK, Ireland and Europe directly to Mallorca’s Palma Airport (PMI). We let you book your own flights as there are so many choices and special offers available with many airlines. When you are looking to book, we recommend searching on www.skyscanner.co.uk to find the cheapest flights.
TRAVEL TO YOUR HOTEL
Universal Hotel Marqués Plaça Molí de sa Sal s/n, 07638 Colònia de Sant Jordi Mallorca, Spain Tel: 0034 971 65 51 00Should you wish to pre book a taxi transfer you can do so here via mallorca-taxi.com. Alternatively, we will introduce you to your fellow swimmers a few weeks before the trip so that you can organise travel arrangements together. Arrival time: we will meet at The Marques hotel for 5pm on Saturday 25th May. Departure time: we advise booking flights from 4pm on Saturday 1st June.
WHAT DO I PACK?
- At least 2 swimming costumes
- Wetsuit (optional)
- Swim fins (optional, although useful for additional speed and for technique drills if you have some)
- 2 pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (note you will receive a SwimQuest dry bag)
- Sandals/aqua shoes / flip flops – for getting wet
- Insect repellent
- Fleece or warm jumper
- Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
- A waterproof watch (optional)
- Travel insurance details
- Trainers / sports gear (optional - if you like to run, there are lots of woodland trails from the hotel)
READY TO BOOK?We’re excited about meeting you in Mallorca. To book your trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements.
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure for this trip. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.
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