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 464 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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Fantastic facilities for families
We stayed at the Holiday Village Algarve at the end of July and start of August 2014. We are a family of 5 with kids aged 10, 8 and 2. We stayed in 2 connecting rooms in block 2. Check in was straightforward with helpful staff and our rooms were ready when we arrived even though it was only midday. The rooms are next to each other with a connecting lobby. We were initially given only keys for the rooms but were provided with a key to the outer lobby door when we asked at reception. The rooms were clean with plenty of space. The air conditioning was a bit hit and miss but as the building is fairly new it still rarely felt too hot. I think it is mostly apartments that overlook the pools in both blocks, our room overlooked a road but we could see the sea beyond! Most facilities and activities are in block 1 which is up a small slope from block 2. Block 2 has its own pool and bar and also accommodates the supermarket and al a carte restaurant. It was a five minute walk from our room to the restaurant in block 1 and the slope did not cause us any difficulty, including our 2 year old! The facilities at the Holiday Village are fantastic. The main pool is huge with a separate toddler pool. Part of the pool is used for activities which run throughout the day. We are not interested in early morning sunbed reserving, but there were usually some available when we wanted to use the pool. There is loads of extra space around the pool where you can put a towel on the grass if required. The slides in the splash pool kept my kids well entertained. A lot of the slides are quite small but still fun. The big red slide was very slow! There is another deep pool and a toddler pool next to the splash pool and a water play area. There is also a bar providing drinks and good quality snacks. The pool in block 2 is lovely too, but there is no separate toddler pool. There are also indoor pools. Kids clubs run at 10, 12, 2.30, 4.30 and 7.45 each day (the evening one is later for the age 9-11 group). There is a wide range of activities; aeroball, raft building, archery, aqua Olympics to name just a few! The minimum age for each group is strict â my daughter was not able to join the older group â but kids can move down to the younger group if there is space. The clubs are very secure and the staff are brilliant. There are also family activities running throughout the day including pool inflatables, water walkers, water polo, party dances, quizzes, etc. The entertainment staff work really hard and are very friendly and welcoming. We really enjoyed the food at the main buffet restaurant. There was a great selection of dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner with traditional favourites as well as local dishes and theme evenings; my personal favourite was Italian. During peak times there tended to be a reasonable queue for whichever counter the chips were on but everything else was easy to get to! The restaurant offers self service drinks; soft drinks, juices, hot drinks, wine and a beer tap. There was a good selection of all inclusive drinks at the other bars including a range of spirits, wine, beer, sangria and some cocktails (these were from a machine and not the best Iâve tasted!) The staff at the bars and restaurant were on the whole very attentive and efficient. We felt the evening entertainment venue was too small for the size of the hotel, by âprime timeâ a lot of people were having to stand. I canât really comment on the prime time evening entertainment as we only stayed a couple of times and then not for long, but we felt the kids entertainment was very repetitive and us adults were quite bored of it after a fortnight â that said, the kids really enjoyed it and were keen to go back every night! It starts with the Widgets puppet show followed by I 5 live which is basically a combination of games and party dances. Again, the entertainments team work really hard and put all their energy into the shows. The location of the hotel is quite far from any sort of resort centre. It is about a half hour walk in either direction to get to shops, bars and restaurants. Both areas are pleasant, but the walk is along the road so not very exciting, particularly for the kids. We took our first walk to the beach without reading the directions provided at the hotel, turning right from the supermarket â this route took us down a lot of steps but with a really great view and a lovely beach at the bottom. The route suggested by the hotel â left from the supermarket â was a much easier route, especially with a buggy, again ending at another lovely beach, this one including some lovely cliffs, caves and rock pools. It was about a 20 minute walk to the beach. Taxis to Albufeira old town are inexpensive â as a group of 5 we had to take a more expensive larger taxi and it was still only 8 euros. The old town is lovely with a mixture of culture, shopping, entertainment and beaches! There are plenty of trips that can be booked through first choice at the hotel which are decent value. Overall, I think the hotel was brilliant. The food, pools and daytime activities for all the family were great, however the evening entertainment could do with a bit more variation and I would prefer to be a bit closer to a resort centre.More
Sandie W, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Awful sick bug strikes again!
I wish I had read the reviews before I went, but as it was our third time at this hotel, I thought I knew what I was getting. I did not bargain on my daughter getting the bug on the morning of our return home, and then I had it. Truly a terrible sick bug, the worst I have ever had, aching body and chills. I did hear of other people being sick the day before we left. The reviews about the pool water are terrifying, as it was so hot my kids spent most of the time in there. It really isn't good enough, measures should have been put in place to control the bug and there is no excuse for dirty pool water at a hotel like this. We had ants all over our room and in the bathroom. The venue entertainment centre did have a terrible smell of raw sewage, we couldn't bear to sit in there. We re visited as our kids loved it previously but never again!More
Never again..total rubbish
Shoebox size room for family of 3. Shouldn't be expected in 4 star aparthotel (whoever gave this rating should have their head examined). We were met with arrogance and sarcasm by hotel staff. The Thomson reps were gibbering fools. When we pointed out that the room was small it was stated the room had limited space and could sleep 2-3. I pointed out that 10 people could sleep in the room if you staked them high enough...... We decided to make the best of it and requested a kettle and a refrigerator which was met with a blank stare and the a sigh....eventually the next day these things showed up in the room. The cleaning service of the rooms was crappy and we had to call the reception twice to get the room cleaned. To use the washing machines is 5 â¬ and the iron 1 â¬. The hotel food was under all critic and wasn't fit for human consumption. The buffet breakfast and lunch was like feeding time at the zoo. All inclusive is royal ripoff with crap wine and strange tasting San Miguel. I had to smile when people block booked the sun beds at 6a and on another funny note I also found a taxi service that was substandard to anything I have ever seen before and completely unreliable. The so called block 2 of the hotel had the architecture of an asylum. The only good thing was that my son had good time and made loads of friends but I won't be back again.More
Kemalmbe, Bray, Ireland
Second visit to this HV and just as good as first! Rooms clean and large! Food from breakfast to tea super and plenty of variety! Soft drinks and beer super (cocktails and shorts need improving) All swimming pools and splash park excellent. My little boy (the mini Messi) went to the football for 4 days - he loved it and the 2 coaches were brilliant with the kids. Holiday definitely one for the kids and that's all us parents want. Had a great time and would recommend. Don't understand how people can give this place a negative review - there again some people always look for something to complain about rather than just enjoy themselves!More
Amber W, Manchester, United Kingdom
Another great HV!
We're a family of four (with two boys aged 5 & 6) and we stayed at the Alto da Colina for ten days in early August. We've previously visited Holiday Villages in Spain (our rating 4/5) and Majorca (our rating 4.5/5). Transfer and check in were great and we were allocated room 319 in block 1; a behemoth of a room with two separate sleeping areas divided from the lounge/kitchen by sliding doors. Including the sofa beds, this room could have slept 8 people. In addition to having enough beds, there would have been ample living area for 8 people too. Air con is plentiful and the balcony was huge. We had paid a supplement for a sea/pool view. The Maid Service was good. Six times a week, except a Sunday. Friendly and efficient. Usually from 9.30am onwards and our room was always complete by midday at the latest. We spoke to a couple who had booked an apartment in Block 2 and they said in comparison they felt like "second class citizens" as their rooms were tired and cramped. Still, there's a nice quiet pool outside Block 2, where there always seems to be sunbeds and it has it's own snack bar and the mimimarket. Onto the subject of sunbeds. Changeover days of Thursday and Sunday mean that there are plenty of beds available until after lunch. On the whole, guests are responsible about the number of sunbeds they reserve. As a guide, a trip downstairs between 7.15 - 7.30am will see you score premium beds around any pool. Whilst 8am onwards leaves you with the shadier options or ones without umbrellas. It was genuinely never a big issue though. All the pools are fantastic and for our family the splash pool, slides and adjoining swimming pool was perfect. More grown up than the option in Majorca, yet not the full on water park offered in Spain. The snack bar in this section of the grounds was great too and kept restaurant dining down to two visits a day. The All Inclusive option is adequate. All the drinks you'd expect minus the Slush Puppies offered in Majorca (2013). In comparison, ice creams are from a pot rather than some of the premium brand 'lollys', which were again on offer in Majorca in 2013. In terms of First Choices performance, there's a good selection of staff at this hotel. They range from those who you can have a good chat to (Alex and Adam), to the downright daft yet entertaining (Miles). Jack, the swimming coach deserves a particular mention. He had both our boys performing beyond their capabilities during threes sessions and he also took time out to muck about with them in the pool whilst taking bookings. Well done. Kids Club was safe and secure, although it feels like some of the topics need a bit of an update. They've been very similar for the three years we've been visiting Holiday Villages and on occasions the boys came out saying they'd had a good time but looking a little bored. Widget Party and Chocolate Party excellent as usual. The Kids Club facility also look a bit battered. Staff were constantly having to fight with a broken patio door entrance and some of the exterior rails were broken. This didn't affect your faith in the staff or the childrens safety, however it just looked unprofessional and not what we've come to expect for the Holiday Village. Worthy of credit are the local staff. The bar staff were really efficient and friendly despite the contempt with which some of the guests treat them. As your stay goes on you'll also learn to appreciate Thierry, who will no doubt be serving you your welcome Sangria. He always has a friendly welcome to the restaurant for you, if you take the time. Onto the food, which is most certainly the 'jewel in the crown' of this Hotel. Breakfast is good and as other reviews mention you get a satisfactory choice of both Traditional English and Continental. We only had lunch in the Palm Restaurant on our day of arrival but it was fresh with some lovely local salad offerings. Evening meal really was excellent for each of our ten days. The Sunday roast was as good as any UK carvery; Mexican night was great; all the meat choices were cooked perfectly and not too fatty (steak and lamb particularly good); the soups lovely and Wednesday saw the best prawns I've ever had. There was the normal 'Kids Corne' but for the first time (due to the choice and quality on offer), our boys regularly selected from the adult options. Tables in the Restaurant were invariably always available, although changeover days can get busy early on and on occasions the girls then struggle to turn the tables. As an improvement, it may be better for staff to seat diners (as they do in Spain and Majorca), which in turn generally gives a more systematic approach and ensures all tables are presented as they should be. All in all though, a real tick in the box for the Chef. The best food we've ever had at an AI. Evening entertainment was good and as with Spain, there's an entirely separate bar and seating area, which allows you to escape the Widgets and i5Live as you see fit. Unlike Majorca, there was seating available for the evening entertainment right up to about 8.30pm, so you never felt pressured to eat too early or too quickly just to get a table. Outside the Hotel, we took a walk to the beach, which took about 15 minutes at a slow pace. There are multiple routes, just follow your nose. The quickest and easiest route takes you through the grounds of the Hotel over the road. We also visited Albufeira Old Town. Staff at Reception in Block 2 booked the taxi for us which cost 7 Euro's each way. The Town wasn't as quaint as it may sound, but decent enough for a change of scenery and the normal tat shopping. Just be mindful when you visit. The daytime was like walking into a furnace and we're told the evenings can be very busy and a little raucous? In summary, another fantastic overall experience from First Choice's Holiday Village range. From the three we've tried they really have a great formula. We never go back to the same place twice, nor do we verbally recommend to other people but in this instance we may well make an exception. More
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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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