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 477 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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Beautiful views, very clean, lovely staff, excellent reps but poor beds and drinks!
Just came back from 14 days Been to 2 other HV's. The old Majorca one which we loved and the one in Corfu. Best bits Reps were better here, not so 'in your face' and more mature, in a good way. Lovely people. Views from block one were beautiful. Sea view balcony is best that we have ever had. Local staff friendly Not too big so never silly queues and felt friendly Pools were lovely. We didn't find cold after the initial shock and lovely to cool off. Very clean. Cleaned every day but one. Bad bits Bed were very hard! Barely slept. Snacks at pool bars were poor in comparison to other all inclusives, in variety and standard Drinks, apart from beer, sub standard. The white and rose wine were awful! At previous HV (Majorca one at least) drinks were better, and cava used to be included? Ice creams for sale that not in all inclusive. I think they shouldn't be there as unfair on children. Beach average and a miles walk away. Sun beds uncomfortable, need replAcing Entertainment indoors only Gym dreadful!! It would be better to not advertise it. On the whole, we had a great time because the sun shone every day and the pool was beautiful and children happy etc However, not 4* hotel. I don't like drinking from plastic or paper cups! I can understand why this is necessary around the pool but we have had glasses of an evening before. Wine needs drastic re think. We couldn't even drink it as a spritzer but beer nice. Lovely staff and very clean More
IbbyHcat, Nottingham UK
Never Again! Very disappointed.
We are a family of 6 just returned from the Hv. We had been here a couple if years ago and had a great holiday however it was not the case this time. Unfortunately this time we were in block 2 and had connecting rooms facing a road. We had specifically requested block 1 having 4 children under 5 and another on the way. From the start we were pawned off by the reps saying potentially a room may become available in block 1 after blaming falcon in Ireland for the room mix up. Falcon in Ireland passed the responsibility back to the Hv. A lot of chasing up resulted in disappointment. Maybe on change over day a room would become available I was told if a family didn't turn up. However when this did occur ,I was told the room needed to be left for 3 days in case the family suddenly flew in by easy jet. Even the reps acknowledged our room was not suitable for our family having no kitchen or dining facilities. Bottles had to be washed in the bathroom. Rooms were cleaned every day apart from Sunday however they were not clean. Talk about been given the run around. We were offered an alternative hotel for the last 5 nights at an extra cost of 875 euro which was further away again from block 1 however at that stage the little ones had made friends and were happy to stay at the splash pools. We put up with their upset 3/4 times a day when they had to make the cliff climb back to block 2. The pools were freezing and the sunbeds very uncomfortable. On a positive note the food was good plenty of variety and the girls in the dining room were very helpful and friendly. The kids loved the splash pool and slides and they had a great holiday. Such a pity about our accomodation and the responses we received from the reps in the Hv. Basically they were reading from a script and were of no help. More
Cold water pools
Great setup for children with excellent kids club staff. Would have been useful if there was some notice about coldness of water play areas especially for toddlers so could have taken suitable clothing for them. Also hill between blocks was not particularly child friendly!More
71MCF, London, United Kingdom
Highly recommended for family holiday!
We are already considering returning here for next year. We spent 10 days here and can honestly say that our expectations were well and truly exceeded. We had a room in block 1 and I would say that if you have the option you should try for block 1. Block 2 is a short walk from everything and there is a bit of a slope to navigate. I think some of the negativity toward block 2 that I have read has been exaggerated however. There is plenty for the kids to do. All age groups are catered for but I reckon that upwards of 14-15 it might not tick all the boxes. The Thomson reps were great and really focussed on ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves. There was an excellent choice of food every day. We never had to wait for a table and only ever experienced minimal waits at the buffet counter. The all inclusive drinks were good. No complaints here and certainly not watered down as some have stated. We went on two excursions, the trip to Loule and the boat trip. Both were very good and excellent value. I tried to think of any negatives to warn people about but I simply cannot. Brilliant holiday!More
2nd class holiday village
Just returned today from 10 nights at the holiday village in Portugal and I have to say very poor in comparison to the other holiday villages and for that reason I would not return. Pools - great kids pool which we sat around everyday as towels were out very early round the main pool and I'm sorry but refuse to get up at the crack of dawn on holiday. Poor snack bar at kids pool and if I had been handing over money there and then would have asked for it back. Lots for the kids to do in this pool but no sign of any reps or entertainment team anywhere and all entertainment was around the main pool. The pools are freezing not sure how they get it that cold which put us all off going in. Sun beds are very old and some were even broken. Restaurant or canteen as it should be named was too small for the amount of guests and too noisy and people were knocking into each other constantly. Food was excellent and to a very high quality and very efficient friendly staff. Rooms - we were in block 2 which looked like self catering apartments and felt like the cheap seats of the holiday village. If you have any issues walking do not go in block 2 as there is a very steep hill to all facilities. Block 2 is however very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. Gym - call me sad but I do always go to a hotel with a gym that was not a gym it was a 1980's dungeon in an old room in the basement. This should be taken out the brochure, I was even told by a rep it was rubbish. Evening venue - smelt of toilets the whole time, disgusting Entertainment - the same most nights but the team work so hard and are a credit to first choice. Room - beds made and towels changed but not cleaned once we had crisps on the floor the whole 10 days and they were there when we left along with the old sweets from the previous occupant. Could also do with some adult entertainment in the main pool bar after hours as every shuts down about 10.30/10.45. Had a lovely we'll earned break with family but will not be returning to this hotel, not a four star this is a three star hotel.More
Nicmac1, Dunstable, 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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