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 546 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
Just returned from a week and I must say my grandkids love it although they didn't join in the kids club they loved the pools, the hire wire adventure and the evening shows We had a one bedroom apartment overlooking the sea & pool which was excellent, maid service was very good as was the pool area The food was very good with lots of choice and the bars & snack bars were good also, the only downside for me was there wasn't much around and a taxi into own was 8 euro each way Overall I would recommend this hotel for anyone with childrenMore
Ideal family week away
Would agree with previous comments about being nervous about negative reviews. However, we neednât have worried. We travelled as a couple with a 7 year old daughter and my mother-in-law (16th â 23rd Oct). As we had booked 2 twin rooms, we were in Block 2. There is an element of being a bit of a walk from the main pool and certainly, our rooms were on the top floor at the furthest point from Block 1. However, this was only an issue when we had forgotten anything from the room and had to nip back for it. I believe Block 2 is a newer building and therefore the rooms are slightly more modern. The rooms were lovely with their own separate entrance and made inter-connecting by a small vestibule entrance which could be locked for security. Positives:- Food was fresh, well cooked and great variety. Staff are all extremely friendly and attentive. Animation team were superb. Great range of activities for the children. Hotel is clean. Evening entertainment for children is excellent. Negatives:- Some of the sun loungers are broken and others covered with mildew and need replaced. The entertainments room feels a bit âclubâ like and could do with more comfortable seating to make it more like a lounge bar. Pools are freezing â but worth braving it out as once in, you get acclimatised. This is the best all-inclusive dining we have experienced. The buffet restaurant offered a great selection and we were impressed with the quality of the food. We enjoyed being able to dine in the outside area of the restaurant on most occasions. This is also the best animation team I have encountered on holiday. They really work hard to include everyone and are all great with the kids. Overall, we had a great week and would definitely consider going back again. (Although itâs really best suited for families with kids). I would recommend October as I think the height of summer could get a bit overcrowded. We had no problems with finding sun beds each day and the restaurant and bar areas were never overcrowded. We were lucky enough to get a good week of weather â between 24-30 degrees but I think you take your chances at that time of year. Oh, and the beach is just lovely!More
Debbie M, Perth, United Kingdom
Home with more than a tan.
We stayed at the Holiday village Algarve 19th/26th October and had a great week weather wise with a 3 day heatwave of up to 34 degrees.We stayed in Block 1,fabulous big rooms with a double balcony,we could of easily shared a room as we was a party of 4 but had 2 rooms. The first impressions on our first afternoon were of the slide/splash area,the sunbeds were utterly filthy,I have never seen any as bad,the lifeguarding was very poor too,for 6 of the 7 days there was one old fella sat looking at his phone,not watching at all,and the slide tower is very high,I compare this to the holiday village ibiza in May,where there was 4 lifeguards in the splash zone alone,another significent point is that up at the main pools and further afield to the quiet pool by block 2 there was no lifeguards at all ,all week,which is ludicrous with deep ends and so many children. But back to cleanliness,all week there was no mopping of pool areas unlike ibiza,I picked up litter on a few occasions,but the general cleanliness was poor,so that on arriving home Sunday we have had to take ouy 8yr old to the drs to be told she has picked up impetigo and now has a terrible sore face and a week on antibiotics. In regards to other things ,the girls in the restaraunt are very good at clearing swiftly,it was kept clean even when some of the people who came on our flight made a mess like pigs all around them.Good selection of food,nice and fresh/hot, wine palatable too. The evenings was the widget/I 5 live as we were expecting,and then shows by the reps after 9 no external acts on but fine. Didn"t speak to many of the reps as our girl was with her nan and enjoyed her time with her so no kids club needed,special mention to Miles for such caring and patience with our girl on the high ropes course. The beach is lovely,20 min there walking half hr back as uphill,which we did on day 2,then took the shuttle from the hotel at 10 and it collects you at 1pm,great service.We walked to The strip one evening,nothing apart from restaurants and takeaways so not missing much if you dont go. All in all a good holiday,apart from the cleanliness outside as the rooms were kept immaculate,but I can see why they had the sickness epidemic here in the summer,having seen one mum nod towards the pool when her little lad wanted a wee even though the loos were 20 ft away.unfortunately people like this dont help.More
BellasmummyUk, Warrington, United Kingdom
Amazing family holiday... Ignore any negative reviews!
I never write reviews however feel in this case I should do after seeing negative comments about this holiday village before going. It was one of the most relaxing family holidays I have ever been on.... The kids (all 3) were kept fully entertained and happy and so were we!! The entertainment team are so friendly and welcoming, they work so hard and deserve a special thanks... First choice take note!!! I hope you appreciate them!!! Already looking at booking again for next year.More
Thompson Holiday Village Algarve.
My family and I have recently returned from an absolutely fantastic holiday at Alto de Colina or the Holiday Village Algarve. This was our longed for autumn break and we really couldn't have asked for any more, We flew from Exeter to Faro with consummate ease, on time, good flight and great Thompson staff. Transfers were smooth and well organised. Hotel was clean throughout and our apartment in Block two faced the pool and was quiet in the evening. Staff were pleasant every day and worked hard to keep all areas of the hotel clean. Most spoke English and were pleased when we used out basic Portugese to say please and thank you. Great pools for the children, slides in some quieter pool in Block two if you need a break from the kids. All inclusive food was to my taste, as I prefer regional specialities. The variety and quantity was amazing. Those who prefer the British specialities will not be disappointed either. The First Choice Reps worked tirelessly to keep the holiday makers amused, I was amazed at the number of hours they were on site and the activities they are turned their hands too ! We had two organised excursions to Slide and Splash and Zoo Marine both of which we booked before we got to Portugal but they were available with the holidy reps in the hotel. Zoo Marine was wonderful with dolphin shows, sea lions, parrots and birds of prey, there is even the opportunity to swim with the dolphins at additional cost. We bought a second day ticket as we had such a great time. The transport was all included in the ticket price. We had an afternoon with Quadventura, a quad biking team who are based locally who can give you a 2 or 4 hour tour of the local area which gets you off the beaten track. We saw almonds, carob, oranges, aubergines and local communities. Rory and Claire are great to learn from and the cool iced tea in a local tavern was welcome as the day we went was 35oC ! (Apparently not normal weather for October !) We had a wonderful week in Portugal and we were very lucky will transfers and flights back, with no delays or difficulties. I ould say that this holiday was the best I have ever had. Nothing was too much trouble for the hotel staff. I would recommend this hotel without hesitationMore
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