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.
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Based On 680 reviews
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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 11.00-17.00.
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
These stylish honeymoon suites come complete with balcony, and a chaise lounge. You'll be welcomed with fruit and wine on arrival. And the suite comes with a flatscreen TV, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobes, slipper, a CD player and air-conditioning that's available from May - October.
Soft neutral tones give an inviting feel to these sleek and modern twin rooms. They come enhanced with sea views and feature air-conditioning - from May to October, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. There's also a balcony or terrace for that bit of outside space. These sleep 3 with 1 extra bed in the bedroom.
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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1-bedroom apartment with sea view
1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 adults with a kitchenette with 4 cooking rings, a toaster, kettle and microwave. The 3rd and 4th beds are sofa-beds. Satellite TV and air-conditioning both require a remote control, these are available from reception for a deposit. Located in Blocks 1 and 2.
1-bedroom corner apartment with sea view
1-bedroom corner apartment with sea view sleeps up to 4 adults with a TV, a kitchenette with 4 cooking rings, a toaster, kettle and microwave. The 3rd and 4th beds are sofa-beds. Located in Block 1.
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Nice place but not 4 star - other holiday villages better
Been to this hv for 2 weeks in August. Had been worried after reading bad reviews but wasn't as bad as we'd feared. Stayed in 2 bed room which was big but needed updating. Bathroom was full of mould and not 4 star. All 2 bed rooms in loud block 1 so expect noise from 10am - midnight. The view we were promised was sea view but this was restricted due to their location. Cleaners only spent a few minutes cleaning your room so the floors were left dirty and the balcony wasn't cleaned once. We had to complain as someone above us kept flicking cigarette ash all over our balcony and still it wasn't cleaned. Food was good and varied. We are veggies and enjoyed the food being clearly marked as it was a pleasant surprise. The Italian is the best but book early. It is like a canteen in the main restaurant but then they are feeding the masses. Thierry in the main restaurant is lovely and a credit to the hotel. We paid 20 euro and he arranged a cake for our son's birthday. When they came out to the table with it they made a real fuss of him. Kids clubs are good but not as good as other holiday villages we've been to which is 8 in total. The last session they always cut short by 30 mins and always looked they like didn't want to be there. The Escape club for age 12 and above didn't exist when we arrived. The hut they used had no info on and it was a disgrace. We were told there wasn't enough kids that age to run sessions but there was loads and all looking bored. We had to complain and then notices did appear but basically they mainly put on the same sessions as mega stars aged 9-11 so this didn't appeal to our teenager who wanted kids their own age to be with. Pools are great and varied from loud main pool block 1, a quiet pool block 2 and splash park and small water park. There are age restrictions on the slides so you have to be age 3-12 really to use them. The blue large slide is for age 8-12 I think. The water is always cold even in the indoor pool and it was 28-30 degrees most days. Hotel location is very remote. We took a Tuk Tuk ride twice which was nice and worth it. Nearest shops 20-30 mins walk away and beach 10-15 min walk. The hotel do offer a mini bus service to the beach that leaves at 10 and returns at 1. The beach is lovely and worth a visit. The shop onsite is tiny and doesn't sell much. There is another 5 mins walk away. Take medication with you as the shop onsite didn't seem to sell any. Entertainment we felt was quite poor. Reps worked hard but we had hoped for more professional acts coming in. There is no adult bar which most other holiday villages have. This shocked us as all the areas of an evening were loud with kids running around. Block 2 is the best we thought. Room views aren't as good but block is quieter and more modern we thought. Block 1 is hectic from 7am to 1am which kids screaming and running around. No one seems to deal with this and it is chaos at times. The reception area is always packed as this is the only free wifi area. It would help if wifi was free throughout. Lots of things lead us to conclude it should only be 3 star and compared to other holiday villages it just didn't compete. Little things make a difference like only having 1 tiny bit of soap which wasn't replaced in a 2 week period, broken sun beds, dated rooms, etc. Having said that the hotel and majority of first choice staff do work hard and try and ensure everyone has a good holiday. One thing we loved was there was plenty of sun beds and umbrellas which was a nice surprise. Our tips would be the following Book block 2 if you can Each lunch in snack bar by block 2 Don't expect older kids to be catered for like the under 11s This place is geared up for young kids Go to the beach and take a Tuk Tuk ride Ask for a top floor room for the views Venture up to floor 4 to take in the views in block 1 Holiday villages in Cyprus and Rhodes are way better so check these out before you book It isn't as bad as some people say so go with an open mind and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.More
CazzaWestMids, West Mids
Enjoyable Family Holiday
We had high hopes for this hotel complex having paid quite a lot for the holiday. It is quoted as a 4* resort but this may be up for debate. The room we had was in Block 1 which is the noisier of the 2 blocks. The room was a 3rd floor sea view 1 bed apartment with a bed made up in the living area for our 5 year and the whole living space did exceed our expectation. It was big, airy and fully equipped. The balcony was huge too. Even though we were in Block 1 we were not disturbed at night by the noise from the bar downstairs. The restaurant was always busy but was kept fully stocked with all the food options. The menu was varied over the week and the quality of the food was good so we were more than content with the all inclusive option. Our 5 year old son attended the football academy for 4 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. The coaches were friendly and made the 2 hours fly by. They also had a certificate presentation on our last night which was a nice touch. The age old problem of reserving a sun lounger reared it's ugly head during our stay. We used the pool at block 2 as it was quieter and for the first few days we followed the rules regarding saving a lounger and didn't. However on the Sunday the new arrivals didn't respect this rule and the little spot we had come to adopt as ours was suddenly reserved at 0700am. Having a 5 year old it was important that we had an umbrella to give him the necessary shade he required but on day 5 of 7 there were no umbrella's available and a number of taken but empty beds. The following morning I decided that if you can't beat them, join them. However when I returned to my saved spot all my towels and bags had been removed. Apparently the staff do a sweep and collect the offending items. Whilst I appreciate why they do it but it should be across the board and not selective as this had not happened to the other offenders. The first choice staff were a little snippy on this matter. Happily though this didn't spoil the holiday. We only used the splash pool a number of times as it was so busy and didn't use the pool at block 1 at all, but in general I would say the pools were clean if a little chilly. We did play tennis which is free if you take your own rackets and balls. Overall the hotel is not luxury but it was of a good standard with good facilities. We have not stayed at another holiday village so have nothing to compare it to but for us it ticked all the boxes for an good family holiday if a little pricey.More
Glitterchick1967, London, United Kingdom
Not a 4 star!
We recently visited this hotel just for 1 week all inclusive, as a second holiday mainly for the children. In our opinion this hotel is great for the kids as a holiday village should be however be warned there are a lot of hidden extras! Football academy which we paid 32euros per child for 2 days, totalling 64 Euros! Swim academy is extra, razzmatazz drama club is extra, chocolate party, sweet party etc are all extra costs! The children's entertainers are fab throughout the day but the evening shows are very poor! The hotel itself is very dated and tired looking and lacks basic things such as shower mats! The reception staff are very miserable and also not very helpful. The restaurant staff are very rude and speak little English, however the food served in the restaurant is very good. We eat in the Italian restaurant which was very bad! Service was bad and food very poor! The pool snack bar food also very poor! I would not return to this hotel again but I can see a lot of advantages to the holiday villages, but personally not this one, I think it would be more appropriate to advertise this hotel as a 3star plus, as it is very basic.More
Stephanie U, United Kingdom
Great Holiday after inital room disappointment
Spent a week here in August with a total group of 4 adults and 7 children. We had booked and were told of interconnecting rooms but what we got was 4 comp[lete separate rooms, meaning all families were broken up. The hotel blamed First Choice and First Choice blamed our travel agent. No one had an interest in trying to solve apart from moving us and asking us to pay a cancellation fee!. Speaking with the reps I got the sense that none of them had any children (all were no more than 25) and I wished for some maturity in their staff. We got over it within a day and make the rooms we got worked. Block 2 rooms are very small and not for more than 2 people ultimately. The reps overall did their absolute best and were engaging with the children and during the evening entertainment. It is for children primarily so dont expect anything more! Sit back , enjoy and have a drink , this isn't the West End. All inclusive package is worth every penny. Food selection at main meals very varied and always kept topped up. Even for some of our picky eaters they could still find something beyond chips and burgers. One of the dispensing machines remained out of service for the duration of the week but a minor problem. Snack bar staff at the pool had to content with a lot of orders and rude people. Take your time, they will get to everyone I had to remind others, Pools very crowded but that was the time of the year so expected. When going again (and we will) we will go late June when not all the schools are out. Overall a great holiday and highly recommendMore
James K, Dublin, Ireland
A very enjoyable holiday
Have just returned from a two week stay at the Holiday Village with three children ages 14, 12 and 7. As stated by other reviewers it is a kiddies paradise. There seems to be a disconnect with travel agents here and the resort about room types and the locations of blocks as we had requested one thing and found we had the total opposite which ultimately ended up being the better option. Having requested Block Two we were in Block 1 which is the main block and closer to all activities and has the larger of the swimming pools. A word of advice, go to your welcome meeting as you will be advised as to the activities such as the high ropes, etc., that have to be booked in advance as this avoids disappointment. We found the hotel reception staff pleasant but distant. A special mention should go to Thiery in the Restaurant who always greeted us by name and room number and was charming with the children. The restaurant is superb with great food choices and hardworking and efficient staff. We only had one quibble and that was that all drinks teas, coffees, juices were dispensed through a machine which was slow and laborious. Orange squash instead of fresh orange juice for breakfast a big disappointment and not what you expect from a four star hotel.The Reps and the Entertainment Team who are not hotel employees but First Choice staff were extremely hardworking and on site by 8.30a.m. until 11.00p.m., every day but their workload combined with the fact that they are all under 25 means that the adult entertainment suffers and whilst oozing with enthusiasm it is akin to the worst of the X-Factor auditions and they really need some guidance with this but that didn't stop the children dancing their socks off. However, any query that we raised with the reps was dealt with promptly and professionally and to our satisfaction. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed the soccer academy (10-12 daily except Sat) which was run by Stu and Jay who were, for our money, the best two members of staff on the Entertainment Team. Stu sought out the boys on the morning of our departure and saw us onto the bus and the boys were sad to say goodbye. If there is a downside to the Holiday Village, it is the lack of organised activity for teens who seem to fall between the cracks. There was daily water polo for adults -v- Entertainers in the pool but you had to be 16 and over to play and which was cancelled some days due to lack of numbers whilst teens were idling in the lobby on their phones! I thought that this would have been an ideal activity for teens who are closer in age to the Entertainers. Whilst I accept that it can be difficult to get teens involved, I felt that all the manpower and effort was directed towards the smaller children and with a bit more balance and effort, teens could and should be included. I did notice that a lot of the teens gravitated towards James on the Entertainment Team and followed him around as he did activities with the smaller children. Maybe he should be put in charge of the Teen Escape as he gave the teens as much of his time as was practical. The rooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels supplied every day. Don't load your suitcase with beach towels as we did, as they are provided and changed every 3/4 days. We had a one bedroom bunk room in Block 1 which was spacious and well equipped. However, there was no washing machine or iron in that room type. There are two washing machines and a dryer located on the 4th Floor Block 1 at a cost of 5 euro per wash plus another 5 euro for the dryer which is a bit pricey and tokens for the machines are available at reception. An iron and ironing board are also in this area at a cost of 1 euro for 20 mins. As for sun loungers and umbrellas, we found there was adequate numbers of everything but like every other resort I have ever visited it's the early bird that catches the worm. Trying to get information for an independent trip to Lisbon proved difficult. Neither the hotel nor the First Choice Reps seemed to be well versed in matters external to the Holiday Village with the exception of the organised run of the mill trips to Zoo Marine and waterparks run by First Choice. We found the reps inexperienced and the hotel disinterested. We eventually got assistance from the Head of Security at the next resort who double jobs as a taxi driver at night! All said,we thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks and whilst the holiday was expensive, the all inclusive option is so good that it was money well spent. We would definitely return if the teen activities were to be improved on.More
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