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 541 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 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.
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.
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Great for families, not so great for single travellers or couples
We stayed in the Holiday Village Algarve, AKA, Alto da Colina Aparthotel. 16th to 23rd October 2014, weather dry, 24 to 34 degree Celsius. We spoke little Portuguese, but most of the locals and staff spoke English so no real problems with the language barrier. We wanted a week in the sun, we had planned on a cheap week in Spain but Flybe have terminated their flights in to Alicante, and not wanting travel too far to an airport decided to try Portugal flying from Exeter. First Choice did us a good deal for a week all inclusive at the above hotel. To be fair the travel agent did say it was a family oriented hotel and we didn't have an issue with that as it is the week before half term and we didn't think it would be too busy with lots of families there. Nice straight forward flight with Thomson landing just after mid-day, well organised transfer process onto coaches and about 45 minute air conditioned coach drive to the hotel. We were assigned a twin room in block 2 on the third floor accessible by two lifts from reception. At reception we were handed our pool towel each, a key card for the door, remote for the television had credit card swiped and paid for a safe key for 12 euros. The room itself was clean and well maintained, Block 2 a newer block being built in 2009/10 if Google maps is anything to go by. Could see the sea between other buildings and trees but his wasn't a big issue as we weren't worried about a room with a view. Plenty of storage space and safe. Nice roomy balcony with table and chairs. Spacious bathroom with bath with shower, big hand basin and bidet, no shower gel in dispenser and only two tiny bars of soap for the week, we weren't overly concerned as had brought shower gel etc with us. Air-conditioning unit was fiddly but got there eventually, lots of notices about minimising water and electricity, so when your room key was removed from the little box it sat in near the bathroom door the lights and anything else using electricity would turn off. We are both able bodied, if a little unfit, and we had no problem with the climb to Block 1 from Block 2 consisting about 40 oddly spaced steps or boarded ramps for most of the slope, however I would imagine someone less able would probably struggle, therefore Block 1 would be the better choice of the two and would be worth requesting at the time of booking a holiday here. Up and down the slope 3,4 or more times a day for meals at the buffet restaurant, bars and entertainment whilst being based in block 2, good work out for the calf muscles. Food, as we were told when we booked this holiday regarding it being family orientated and the food possibly being geared to what kids might enjoy and having read some reviews about the quality of the food, we were pleasantly surprised. The procedure is enter the restaurant, we were asked for our block and room number and in you go. We used our own sanitising hand gel on holiday but there was a dispenser for the same on the right hand side of the entrance, however it was either missed or ignored by easily 90% of those coming in to the buffet. We aren't obsessive about bugs and the like but with upwards of 200 people some of them quite young handling the food and serving utensils any having no idea what their idea of hygiene was like. Overall the food had a kids choice and a more general choice, with reasonable selection of items for main and dessert. We used the al a carte restaurants twice, firstly the Portuguese themed one and on another evening the Italian themed one, in both the service was excellent and the food very good. If you are not on an all inclusive package I know the a la carte charges and I assume you would have to pay for the buffet restaurant. It has to be said that the noise at times adjacent to the main pools by block 1 was very, very loud and making yourself heard was difficult when passing the activities. We used the pool area beside block 2 as this was described as the quiet pool and generally was. However despite it being hot while we were there the water in the pools was cold at best. The entertainment for the children looked well organised and the entertainment staff looked genuinely happy in their work keeping the children distracted whilst mum and dad lazed in the sun drinking all inclusive booze. There was evening entertainment usually starting at 9 in the evening which was we thought as did some others that this meant all the tired out kids would be off to bed and it would be more grown up entertainment, there were children up to nearly 11 o clock which tempered the tone of any entertainment. There was a water park for the kids at the back of block 1, a heated pool, steam room and sauna and a gym, we didn't use any of these so can't comment on them. We are not ones for laying around in the sun all day and whilst we did enjoy some time by the quiet pool by block 2 we went out and about. We visited nearby Albufiera a couple of times, the old town being nice if a little too many tacky tourist traps, we used a taxi for getting there, called for by reception and it was about 8 euros. We booked some excursions when we booked the holiday. We visited Loule, a small town with a market and some nice shops, bit less commercialised than other places. Visited Zoo Marine, a water/animal park. And a trip up the Guadiana river. Would we go there again? Probably not. This is no reflection on this hotel as we had absolutely no issues with the quality of the accommodation, location, levels of service, even the food was better than we expected and we aren't grumpy old so and so's and have grown up kids and a grandson of our own, but it was too family orientated for us and nothing much for grown ups to do but drink. Whilst we enjoyed our stay and we would visit the Algarve again we would stay in a different type of hotelMore
Jol1965, Exeter, United Kingdom
firstly, don't be put off by some of the bad reviews on here. we almost changed our minds because some of the reviews we read. that said i can honestly say it was the best holiday I've been on. the flight, transfers, arriving at the hotel and departing all went smoothly. we stayed from the 5th to the 12th of October as a couple under 30. on arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a member of staff who served us a sangria. (orange juice for under 18's) beach towels, air con remote and TV remote issued at reception upon checking in. the towels can be changed Wednesday and Saturdays we stayed in room 138 which was excellent. massive room with a lounge and kitchen area and balcony with sea view. the room was clean and well maintained. there are 2 blocks at this hotel, block 1 is where our room was. block 1 i think is the main block as the restaurant and the main pool/activities are. block 2 seemed to be the quieter block with its own pool so if you wanted to get away from the main pool where daily activities are played then block 2 would be better although quite a walk down a steep ramp. the food at the buffet restaurant was nice and lots of choice including veggie options everyday. there is plenty of room to sit so you can always find a table. alot of people reviewing said they hadn't tried the Italian and Portuguese restaurants. i dont understand why because they are delicious. the food is so tasty and well presented and offers something different to the usual buffet where you can have a romantic meal and be waited on. there are plenty of daily activities for adults and children to participate in or if you just want to sun bathe there are plenty of beds around the pools. the first choice entertainment team were fab. even though we were a couple with no kids all the team made us feel welcome and always interacted with us. water polo was one of my favorites at 2pm daily. the evening entertainment program is also very good plenty of fun for kids from 7pm to 9pm and adult themed game shows and entertainment from 9 onward. cant go without mentioning the entertainment team, Polly, Xander, Chris, Ben, Jess, Rachel, Dan, Miles, Alex who really went the extra mile to make the holiday even better. there is a welcoming meeting held by the reps to show you whats on, where, and what time etc you can also book your excursions here aswell. the location of the hotel is excellent. took us about 15 mins to walk to olos da agua and about 30 mins to Albufeira. taxi to Albufeira is about 6 euros where you will find the main strip bars, restaurants, shops etc. there is a shuttle bus provided daily at 10am to the beach, but once you know how to get there its only 10 minutes walk. the free wifi is ok. can be used in the reception and tavern bar areas. but your on holiday who cares about wifi!More
Lovely...apart from some of the guests!
Just pray you don't get the room that was previously inhabited by the kind of idiots who put small children who still wet the bed to sleep without a nappy, then expect someone else to sort out the urine soaked bed and bedding. You do have to wonder what planet some people inhabit to come up with "complaints" like this!More
mermaidsmum, Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Great family holiday
Stayed 9th-19th October with my wife and three kids age 8, 12 and 15. We travelled with friends who have two kids age 6 and 9. We stayed in Block 1 and had upgraded to a sea view which was superb whilst our friends we located in Block 2. Block 1 is by far more convenient for the main pool and activities but the "hike" from Block 2 is a little exaggerated though would be difficult with younger children in a buggy. Check in on arrival was quick. Pool towels were issued on arrival (in return for a credit card swipe) and a glass of Sangria for adults and orange for the kids was welcome after a long journey (the transfer is quite short at 40mins) The rooms are spacious and well laid out with a fridge, kettle, toaster, hob and microwave. The beds are a little firm but not unbearable and the apartments were cleaned daily with the bed linen changed once per week. The food in the restaurant was excellent for all inclusive with a varied choice each day. Even the kids always found plenty that they liked and ate well throughout. The themed evenings were good (Mexican and Italian) and a glass of fizz on two nights was a welcome change. The staff in the restaurant do a great job keeping the tables and serving areas clean and tidy. We didn't use the snack bars much but on the odd occasion that we did had no cause for complaint. The main pool is fantastic and big, and this is where the entertainment team are based during the day. There's lots of activities for the kids as well as adults. Adult water polo each day was great fun and very competitive! The kids clubs are all very well run and the activity is wide and varied. Some of the things our three did were volleyball, raft building, archery, crossbow, circus skills, water walking. Our youngest also did the Football Academy with coaches Stu and Donnie. This costs 48 Euro for 4 days and he loved every minute of it. Special mention has to go to the entertainment team. Polly, Xander, Chris, Ben, Jess, Rachel, Dan, Miles, Alex were absolutely fantastic with the kids as well as the adults, taking time to sit down and chat with guests when the opportunity arose. These guys really made our holiday special with their enthusiasm and energy during the day and stage shows in the evening. They work very hard to ensure you have a great time. In summary we'd recommend this hotel to families who want their kids to have a great time trying all sorts of activities whilst the parents have a chance to relax by the pool!More
cbn1970, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
What a let down
Sold as a 4 star but so wrong! merely a 2 star, food very good but hotel is rubbish, beds very uncomfortable, we had a light bulb out all week despite reporting it to three reps. The air conditioning only worked when it felt it would, the shower gel dispenser in the bathroom was never filled, no fridge !! One of the pillows had a hole in it so the stuffing came out all over the floor but was never replaced. No ATM on site? Lots of loose tiles around the pool constituting a trip hazard! The area is great but this hotel needs a manager who knows how to control the staff and prioritise work schedules.More
Peter J, Waterbeach, United Kingdom
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