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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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.
All are included except where indicated.
This Holiday Village has a First Choice Kids’ Club that’s split into age groups. There’s Little Stars for 3 to 5 year olds, Super Stars for 6 to 8s and Mega Stars for 9 to 11s. They’re open 7 days a week and most activities are completely free. There’s also a Twinkle Stars crèche manned by qualified UK staff.
Interactive family splash pool with slides.
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, children’s entertainment, cabaret and colourful shows.
These spacious 2-bedroom apartments have a relaxed feel, with their neutral tones and soft furnishings. They come with a balcony or a terrace offering views of the sea. And they have 2 twin bedrooms, a kitchenette, and a lounge area with 2 sofa-beds. Plus you'll also find air-con, Wi-Fi, and a flatscreen TV included.
These cosy twin rooms have plenty of space and natural light available, plus there's a balcony or terrace. They come with a fold-up bed, to sleep 1 child. You'll also find air-con, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV available.
We visited this hotel for 10 days at the end of June with our 4 year old daughter and my parents. This was our third Holiday Village (HV) in as many years, and although we were reluctant to do another HV this year we thought weâd do it one last time as my daughter in particular had enjoyed the HV theme at both the previous places (Kos and Ibiza) and offered good value. We stayed in Block 2 and on entering our room, we were very disappointed as it was very basic and was a very small space for three people, especially with an additional bed put in there. The air-con was also temperamental. We had a connecting room next to my parents which helped a little as you then got a tiny bit more space in front of both rooms. The room was also facing the main road which was very noisy; both day and night. Anyway, other than the room, everything else was great and taking everything into account, was probably the best HV weâve been to out of the three. The food was good which was pleasing as the food at the previous HVâs wasnât that great. Here, there were always plenty of options and it tasted great too. Some days were better than others, but overall, very good for an all- inclusive. Drinks-wise, there were branded soft drinks and lager on tap, though the wine/spirits fetched mixed opinions. In terms of entertainment, this is what brought us back for another HV experience; the entertainment is brilliant and delivered by a really talented and personable group. Every HV weâve been too has excelled in this area and they didnât disappoint again this year. The only drawback weâd say is that the entertainment evening was hosted indoors where the other HVâs have all been done outdoors, which made a better ambience. However, once we got used to it being indoors, it just felt like the norm. Lois and her team were fantastic and we all enjoyed the entertainment they put on every evening until late, especially our daughter. The hotelâs pools and grounds are also really good and relaxed with plenty to do onsite for the kids. If youâre a football fan like me, it was also great to play adult football for an hour each day with the fantastic HV football academy guys, Adam and Sam. I also found this was a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Overall, a great holiday at a nice place, with a fantastic entertainment team! Weâd certainly recommend if youâre looking for a great value family holiday with loads of things to do.More
We stayed here the first week July 2016, family of 3. Our 8 year old daughter had a brilliant time which meant we could also relax and enjoy our holiday. We stayed in Block 1, lovely big appartment with huge balcony and view of pool and sea. Everything was spotless and the beds were comfortable. If you were not all inclusive ( I think this is only in the winter months) you would make use of the toaster, coffee maker etc but we had no need. Air conditioning was good. The food was excellent, huge choice at every meal, lovely fresh fish and salads, plenty of fruit, 3 or 4 vegetarian options at main meal, plenty for non vegetarians too. Also had kids section with fish fingers, sausages, fries etc but we were lucky in that our daughter likes to try new things! Loved the pancakes in the morning! Only downside is trying to resist having big portions! Our daughter went to kids club this year, wanted to join in with the friends she had made and she had a brilliant time. They did water olympics and loads of other fun activities, always felt they were very safe and well looked after. The kids club reps were fantastic, so friendly and kind, they obviously love their jobs! There was plenty going on at the main pool, quizzes, water bingo, pool party etc but if you want peace and quiet go round to Block 2, very short walk, where the pool is much quieter. There is a great splash park and a couple of water slides, all within very short distance of each other. There was also trampoline basket ball and a high ropes course which our daughter loved. The evening entertainment is very much centred round the kids which is what you would expect from a Holiday Village, our daughter loved Live and Loud and special mention has to go to the entertainment duo Lois and Cameron who were just amazing! Can't believe how quickly they get to know the kids and how much energy and enthusiasm they put into entertaining them. Lois even came down to wave off our bus on the morning of departure when she wasn't even on duty! She was an absolute star and I hope First Choice know how lucky they are to have her working for them. The staff in the hotel itself were all very pleasant, got chatting to Debbie who works in the poolside bar and she was very friendly. I honestly don't know why anyone would find fault with this hotel, I have stayed in many hotels over the years and I had no complaints at all. In a perfect world it would have a decent gym and perhaps spa treatments but you just need to remember that, being a Holiday Village it is geared up for kids and families.More
Just back from a weeks stay . Place was Amazing !! We stayed in block 2. Newer block exceptionally clean and most comfortable beds I've ever slept on !! The plus points , food was superb , a kids buffet and lots and lots of options for adults. Staff very friendly and all helpful .. Activities are plentiful and varied for all ages ..even skateboarding and scootering in the skate Park !! Adults included .. In particular I have to mention Adam and Sam the football coaches who were fantastic with the kids really engaging and encouraging got to know kids and helped them get involved ! The reps in the clubs and the pool area were Also super and encouraged the kids to take part . The reps work really hard to make your stay a fabulous one .. Plenty of sunbeds round the pools and they have a superb policy here to remove towels before 9 am if you are not sitting at your beds !!! This means you can get sunbeds at 10 or later in the many areas around the pools !! Brilliant !!The hotel is really clean and comfortable and the staff are all helpful and very friendly. The snack bars are in block 2 or at the splash pool and again great variety of foods offered ..the splash pool bar is open till 11 serving snacks !! Down side or negatives ... Really small things the all inclusive finishes at 11pm. It really wouldn't be much to extend to midnight .. The entertainment is indoors. Again would be good to have an outdoor venue as its so nice in the evenings to sit outdoors...and the main pool bar is indoors think an outside bar would make life easier for all as it does get a bit slippy inside . .. Apart from that it's a great hotel !!! 8 euros to old town in a taxi or 10 in a tuk tuk if you like a crazy experience !! Thanks holiday village staff for a fantastic holiday we will be back !!More
We stayed at the Hv Algarve from the 14-21 July. We are a family of three, myself, my husband and our 5 yr old daughter. You will have seen that there is a clear divide between people who have loved it here and those that thought that it was heavily overpriced for what they got. I feel this is largely because of room allocation. We were in block 2, in the tiniest room ever! It really was small and when you see what other people have in block 1 it really leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. As others have Said it is quite a steep walk to block 1 where everything is I.e main buffet restaurant, snack bar, main pool, pub, main reception, entertainment hall, kids club, play area and splash park. In block 2 you have the quiet pool, snack bar and the a la carte restaurants. We enjoyed the quiet pool and the snack bar there is fine. It cooks everything to order from a small menu which consists mainly of burgers, pizza, toasties and sandwiches. The main buffet restaurant is ok. I always found something to eat. Everything is self service, which includes drinks. I think they should change this as if they could serve you drinks it would be nicer, less of a canteen feel and more of a dining out experience. There were some issues with sun beds, you can't reserve before 9am which is good but doesn't stop everyone getting up at silly o clock and sitting on them until 9am passes and they can go no get their breakfast having secured their spot. It's a pain, but it happens in most places. Just be aware that if you want a particular spot you will need to nominate a family member to 'hold the beds hostage' until 9am. Evening entertainment.... Held in a hall, totally rubbish. Children's play area... No cover so can only use at night as too hot in the day Drinks..... Pretty dire Kids club.... Only used it once but from what I heard, very good Block 2 rooms.... JOKE!!! No kettle, no fridge, no bathroom amenities other then tiny bar of soap!! Basic as basic can get. Beds were quite comfy though. We went out a couple of days to slide and splash and to the old town, Thoroughly enjoyed these days and recommend it. We used the tuk tuk for town visits and they are great. To sum up we feel the four star status that this hotel has must be based purely on the activities they offer because everything else is no where near a 4 star!!!! Our daughter doesn't see holidays in the same way as us and when asked she thought it was the best holiday ever and would go back tomorrow! She made some lovely friends, as did we, for this reason and for the trips out I have enjoyed the break but would I go back to holiday village Algarve? No. They charge far too much for very low quality accommodation, food, entertainment and drink. We are told that the Majorca and Rhodes holiday villages far exceed their counterparts as they are 5 star resorts. We may try those in the future but having seen the prices they are in comparison to other 5 star resorts I doubt it as I just don't think they are worth it. More
Well am a few days in to my first trip to a Holiday Village. Finally got the kids off to sleep so thought I'd use some free time to share my early thoughts. Well I have to say having spent what I consider to be a small fortune on this two week trip, expectations are high I can honestly say I have not been disappointed. Facilities are brilliant, my five year old is occupied all day long. Even able to put two year old in to daily activities to break the day up from the scorching sun. Food has been truly excellent with options to suit all. Now for why I said "almost" perfect. Didn't get much sleep for first few nights, for two reasons. 1) beds are shockingly uncomfortable. Both my wife and I woke up crippled for few days, mattresses are thin and hard. Also Our double bed is two beds pushed together not joined. One false move and you disappear down the middle. Having said that, the hotel were quick to remedy our complaint and put some mattress toppers on which so far have done the trick. 2) second reason for lack of sleep might give you a head start as it took me three days to work it out. "Orange Juice". Yes, they have this stuff called "orange juice" (part of the all inclusive package) that doubles up as the stuff you expect to have with breakfast and also the stuff you expect to drink in more diluted form during the day. Well you only have to look at this stuff to realise it ain't no natural shade of orange. This is no robinsons real fruit, it's orange, luminous in some lights, light doesn't penetrate it, it's so vividly orange. I worked it out of course because one of my kids was drinking apple juice and the other one was drinking this orange stuff. To state that my son with the orange preference was climbing the walls each night was an understatement. Last night he was doing somersaults on the bed on and off for an hour until he decided to dive straight at the bed guard which gave way and he landed in a heap on the hard floor. So my advice is if you want to come a way feeling like you've had a relaxing time, don't let your kids anywhere near that stuff. P.s another couple just told us the same story tonight about their kids and their realisation it's the orange. Overall though really enjoying the holiday, highly recommended. More
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This hotel operates as a Holiday Village with all the benefits from May-Oct.