A trio of outdoor pools hog the limelight at the Holiday Village Algarve. Plus, a couple of restaurants and a kids’ splash park co-star.
The 3 pools take centre stage at this place. They serve up activities and slides, and come paired with kids’ splash pools.
Entertainment is key here – as well as HV Live shows and games, there’s a line-up of pantos and stand-up comedy acts that get top marks from guests.
Based on 495 reviews
- Official Rating
The ultimate family holiday
- Clubs for 0 to 11 year olds, run to UK standards
- Meet-and-greets with the Widgets
- Expert-run swim, stage and football academies
- Outdoor activities including archery, Water Walkerz and raft-building
- Child-friendly buffets and at least 2 à la carte restaurants
- 'HV Live' entertainment, exclusive to Holiday Villages
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including kids' evening buffet. 1 visit per week to the à la carte restaurant. Snacks and ice-cream 10.00-17.30.
Unlimited local alcoholic drinks 11.00-23.00. Soft drinks, tea and coffee 10.00-24.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Club
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system.
Interactive family splash pool with slides.
Evening entertainment programme
Our First Choice team have put together a cast of highly trained entertainers, offering an exciting and diverse range of shows, fun and activities. The programme includes themed and party nights, pop shows, bingo, children’s entertainment, cabaret and colourful shows.
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connecting room with limited view
Connecting room with a limited view sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 child with a foldaway 3rd bed suitable for a child - space is restricted in these rooms. You'll need to book 2 of these rooms to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Please note that it is not always possible to ensure interconnecting rooms with your party due to the layout of the hotel.
Connecting room sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 child with a foldaway 3rd bed suitable for a child - space is restricted in these rooms. You'll need to book 2 of these rooms to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Please note that it is not always possible to ensure interconnecting rooms with your party due to the layout of the hotel. Located in Block 2.
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Only go if you shop at Iceland!
Nice enough hotel - room was a little worn but it was the end of the season. The all inclusive option though wasn't worth it at all..think the Iceland adverts and you pretty much have the standard I am talking about. The restaurant(s) were basically like easting at a soft play centre and I felt the hygiene wasn't that dissimilar. Thomson reps wewre a mixed bag - some really helpful but others were either non-existant or more interested in blaring cheesy holiday music out over the stereo - it was like butlins from the 1960's had arrived on the Algarve. The kids club was way oversubscribed and as a result they only got one session of just over an hour with the club - bit of a let down for them and us. We paid £2500 all inclusive for a family of four thinking that would be ok with not having to eat out etc. But given the quality and atmosphere at the main restaurant we chose to eat out 5 nights out of seven. Next tip - don't take restaurant advice from a holiday rep - especially if they have been living off that food standard for the summer - Bank in Albueferia old town was a let down - it was like the chef did his apprenticeship at the HV hotel. We ended up hiring a car, do this from the hotel's reception as it is much cheaper than through Thomson - that said I wished we had booked direct online as we would have got a better car for half the price. The old town area was nice though and the two excursions we did (Dolphin Driven and Aqua Show) were good days out. We took a road trip to Cape St Vincent and then back through Sagres, Lagos and finally to Portimao before getting back - Portimao was lovely and had some very nice beaches. Another trip was to Villamora, quite a nice place with again a good beach. On one of our road trips we took in a few secluded beaches - it was great to hear Portuguese and a number of continental dialects - at the hotel it was the opposite since the place was booked out for Brits abroad by a British country (and I'm British!!). In the end with car hire and additional restaurants + day trips the total cost came in at about £3800 for 1 week. I was kicking myself after that as we could have got a private villa + flights, a decent car and chosen what and where we wanted to eat (and who with) for less. Perhaps the all inclusive label attracts a certain type of person, I'm no snob by any means but I do know that sort of person isn't me. This was probably our first and last holiday we'll book through a high street operator.More
Great for kids
Arrived on 28th August and prior to arrival requested block 1 due to a knee operation but on arrival was allocated block 2 and was told we couldn't be moved as the hotel was full! The room was so small it was hardly big enough for 2 people let alone 3, to get out of bed we had to shuffle to the end, there was no space for cases and the wardrobe was so small even T-shirts were too big to hang....oh and you need arms like Mr Tickle to reach the rail. The food was ok always something to make a meal but it was over run with kids slopping food everywhere. Although some adults were just as bad tasting food from trays and then throwing it back in. The pool areas where lovely always available beds. Activities for the kids was superb and the staff were fantastic they work so hard. The entertainment isn't up to much in the evening and gets tiresome so would definitely recommend Albufeira in the evening as there is nothing around the hotel. Beware of the sickness and diarrhoea bug I was in bed for 2 days and my husband was ill for 5 days, my son then got it and was ill on the plane home and still not right. I know a few people who weren't well but when I reported it they denied of any other reports. Though this may sound negative all in all we had a good holiday but it maybe a while before we return to Europe again.More
Joanne H, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Amazing hotel, Fab Staff, Great for kid's
Just spent a week at the holiday village with my 2 children of 1 and 3. The hotel rooms in block 1 are great very large and clean with big balconies. The facilities including pools slides splash park and playgroud are fab for kids of all agesm the staff really made the holdiay so good with the children. I really could not compliment this hotel enough. More
me my boyfriend my uncle my nan and my 2 young cousins( 8 and 10) came to stay at the holiday village from the 31st August until 7th September. My uncle lives in Sweden and was so desperate to stay in one of first choice holiday village due to there reputation with kids. He came over to the UK to travel as you cannot book a holiday village out of the UK. He chose Portugal due to many peoples recommendations and the fact me and my boyfriend had been 2 years ago and loved it. When we arrived it was a bit of a shock to find out that there is literally nothing around people say 20 minutes walk to albufeira more like over an hour. The hotel looked nice the rooms we were allocated were great they were 2114 and 1210 they had lovely views over the pool and of the sea in the distance. Food wasn't the best we have had in an all inclusive the 2 kids sometimes found it very hard to choose something they liked there was no chicken nuggets on offer or anything like that I have a allergy to dairy and found it quite hard to choose stuff to eat as most dishes they kept cooking contained cheese. One day I watched the chef use the spoon from the cheese pasta and dip it in the rice so therefore i could not eat the rice as it was full of melted cheese. This annoyed me bait being a kids hotel I thought many kids must have problems with cows milk and him doing that was just dangerous. The breakfast in the morning was probably the best breakfast I have ever had in a hotel they used real english bacon and sausage not the usual rubbish the serve you when you go abroad. The snack bars were rubbish with plastic cups and plastic plates one lady serving and an option of burger pizza hotdog or chips not impressed. Sunbed wars was great in the morning (NOT) most of the time we found sun beds round the pool at block 2 as the main pool always had beds reserved from really early in the morning which was a shame. This hotel urgently needs entertainment in the night there is nothing for miles outside the hotel so therefore first choice need to come up with something ASAP. They provide you with small entertainment in the kids club area which is in a tiny room and to be honest rubbish the kids were not at all interested they actually got really bored. This one night a group of english dancers were performing and they were great that was the only night out of 7 that the kids actually stayed and watched. Due to the hotels location we spent 200 euro on taxis in a week getting to and from albufeira it was approx 10 euro each way the taxi fare kept on changing. The holiday was a disappointment to my uncle and the kids who had travelled from sweden and paid a lot of money. Warning about slide and splash its not all what its made out to be the bus picks you up in the morning from the bus top outside block 2 and takes you on a journey that takes around 1 hour to the middle of nowhere and that is were you find slide and splash. The kids were that bored after 2 hours we had to pay 40 euro to get back the hotel as the bus did not come to pick you up until 4.00pm. The slides were ok for children (a lot better water parks in spain) but after the kids had been on them all they got irritated waiting in big queues. The beach near the hotel is not the best I can't get over how murky the water is in portugal nothing like the pictures show. Overall we would not return to this hotel and most probably a holiday village ever again. My advice go to a normal 4 star hotel with decent reviews on trip advisor don't spend on a holiday village or certainly not this one.More
823Leahliverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Just returned from holiday village algarve and was the best holiday we have had our children are 6 and 3 years of age and it suited us beyond our expectations. Hotel staff very friendly, holiday reps and entertainment were great constantly on the go entertaining adults and children. The selection of pools are great everyone is great to be around. Splash pool great for youngsters. Entertainment on every night although you are singing the songs in your sleep but they put there all into it. Block 2 is slated on here but we found it the better block to go bk to at end of the night and as for the steps up to the main block is made out to be like mount everest is a joke they are not that bad although not for older people. Rooms lovely clean and very big food good for all inclusive you won't starve. ZooMarine got to be seen and well worth the money. We are returning next year.More
FiskBrown, Sunderland, United Kingdom
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This hotel operates as a Holiday Village with all the benefits from May-Oct. The remainder of the year, this hotel operates without the Holiday Village benefits under the name 'Alto da Colina'.
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