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 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.
These spacious apartments have a relaxed feel, with their neutral tones and soft furnishings. They come with a balcony or a terrace for that added space. And they have a twin bedroom, a kitchenette, and a lounge area with 2 sofa-beds. Plus you'll also find air-con, Wi-Fi, and a flatscreen TV included.
We had chosen holiday village Algarve after visiting the one in Rhodes a few years ago (fantastic resort!) After a delayed evening flight we arrived at holiday village Algarve the next day early morning - check in was relatively quick and simple so it was a relief to finally settle down. We were in an apartment style room in block 1, the kitchen was nice although not used as we were all inclusive, the sofa bed and coffee table were broken and the wardrobe doors in the bedroom were a nightmare to open and shut. No toiletries provided in the bathroom apart from a small bar of soap. Hairdryer in the bathroom would cut off every 2 minutes due to overheating, that was annoying. The following morning we realised we weren't given wrist bands so had to go to the reception to get these, we were asked then if we had booked a late check out and we confirmed this was the case and we were sent off with a 'I will have to check the system' (back to this later) The food in the buffet restaurant was clearly displayed and varied and catered to all diets it got better as our stay progressed. We did not get to book Vascos or the Italian restaurant. The main pool area was clean, nice and lively with all the rep activities. Book block 2 if you want a quieter area for napping children. Theres a big pool (max depth 1.6mtrs) and a separate pool for little ones which our 17 month old boy enjoyed a lot! The all inclusive snack bars were out of the way next to the block 2 pool and children's slide area. We don't understand why there isn't a small snack bar near the main pool this appears to be a money making scheme for parents with insistent children! Brilliant play areas for children of all ages. Also worth noting the gym is dire - equipment is not adjustable to height and no treadmill just a small cubby hole in the basement! Sauna wasn't even on. Falls way below its supposed 4 star standard. We spent a day at the nearby beach playa de Lagos which was lovely - costs 15 euros for two loungers with a shelter, we really enjoyed it. We also visited Vilamoura and that was a nice change of scenery and only a short taxi ride away. Overall a nice holiday but definitely did not have a 4 star feel about it. There also seemed to be a lack of communication with the hotel staff and first choice we were told the evening before our last day that we'd have to move rooms as we had had paid for late check out. To be told at such late notice was extremely annoying and when we expressed our annoyance we were fobbed off and told to speak to the reps who would be available the following morning. The reps who are supposed to represent us their customers 'apologised' and thought that enough for us to move rooms..no support or understanding from first choice at all especially if you're a customer checking out. It seemed the emphasis was on having that room available for customers checking in. Disgusting. Overall a nice stay but hotel is miss sold to be a 4 star which it so isn't. Shoddy rooms and facilities but good outdoor areas for children. More
We went to the holiday village with our two children aged 10 and 8, and all had a fantastic time. Quite how some people have so many negative things to say about this hotel is baffling! Yes there are a few little niggles here and there, one or two slightly serious staff members, some people might find the entertainment not to there liking, some of the drinks were not the best, the hotel is a bit out of the way. Oh and if you think of yourself as a five star guest, staying in a four star hotel you might be upset. We had a great apartment with a lovely view in block 1. This was above the "noisy" pool area. What noise? We heard nothing from it. We spent most of our time at the splash pool, which was perfect for our two children. No trouble finding sunbeds on anyday, and could just relax as the kids did there thing. The poolside bar there was very handy for drinks and lunch if you preferred staying outside. Kids club! By far the best thing about this holiday. Ours kids wanted to go constantly, they loved all the reps. I cannot speak highly enough about all of them (Ryan and Sam quality)! Never had any trouble getting in any session, and this made the holiday. All four of us enjoyed the food, there was a varied choice which changed by the day. There was never a time where any of us struggled to find something we liked. We went a few times to the entertainment, the kids liked live and loud, after that it didn't matter as they were back for the late kids club! All in all me and my partner had a great time and our little ones cried all the way to the airport on leaving, which says it all for me!More
recently returned from a week at this holiday village. Attended with my two daughters aged 3 and 7. Having stayed at a holiday village in Spain last year I was really looking forward to something similar but was really disappointed. The apartment space was great, however the bed was like laying on the floor, you could actually feel the springs in the mattress. the bed that pulled out from the sofa was more comfortable but the side was hanging off it. Food - great if you like pork. pork was literally on the menu every night, most of the meat was cooked to within an inch of its life and everything else was swimming in grease. Breakfast finished at 10, at which point everthing was packed away and you had to wait behind the hotel staff getting their food to use the toaster etc. once the machine was turned off at 10 with my toast in it! a real let down compared to other all inclusives we have stayed in. no option to get bottles of water etc. the wine in the all inclusive was undrinkable. Staff were on the whole rude. except for one waitress, I think her name was Corina who always had a smile, wherever she was working in the hotel. Drinks in the bar (and mine were mostly soft drinks) were practically thrown across the bar at you. almost felt like i wanted to aplogise for putting them out! One particular Rep made you feel like you were putting her out if you asked something of tried to book something, was snippy when she answered you and just made you feel like youd asked something really stupid. entertainment was poor. the majority of the reps looked like they would rather be somewhere else. there was no outside entertainment in the eveings, it was all held in a stuffy indoor hall area, bit like a community centre hall. we didn't bother as the kids wanted to be running around outside. the bar area in the hotel smelt terrible, was like some old pub with limited seating, no atmosphere at all. the pool area is great, clean and plenty of space for everyone whilst we were there. we mainly stayed by the botton splash pool which was better suited to my childrens age and they loved it. realy great space for them with slides etc. there was a snack bar area there which served the usual range of snacks, all pretty poor. they also served no tea/coffee at all. the entertainment team didn't come down to this pool so the smaller kids didn't get to be involved in any dancing round the pool etc. location - there is not a lot in the immediate vicinity but the old town is a 10 euro taxi ride away and there is a bus to the beach each morning although I think it comes back really early. overall we enjoyed our holiday as we were happy to enjoy time around the pool and head out in the evenings. but if you want a lively social eveings sitting out in the balmy fresh air with a drink then its probably not for you! also be aware that if you book a twin room you will be ina different block to the main hotel. we weren't aware of this and my parents who also came were in a completely different place to us despite us booking as a group.More
We couldn't fault this in any way, went half term with 8 yr old, our first time at a holiday village and not disappointed. We were in block 2 which was quiet, had quieter pool and a games room. Our son attended footie academy which was really good, and though he didn't do kids clubs he had a fantastic time, and is desperate to return next year, but seems hotel may be altering and not staying as holiday village, which will be such a shame. I've read recent reviews saying staff were not enthusiastic, but we had no complaints. Restaurant was ample size, huge selection of food, meat, poultry, fish, and Sunday roast! Plus plenty deserts, starters, so much to choose from and really good quality. Staff worked so hard to clear tables and keep place clean, again i've read adverse reviews, but i can only report what we found, which was excellent. Plenty of pools and kids splash area. Loads of kids clubs, and other activities poolside if you want them. You can't book this for next year so maybe it's altering after all, really hope not!More
Where to start!!!!! When we booked this holiday we were a little worried as there were so many mixed reviews we didn't know what to make of them! We went with a group of 7 4 adults and 3 kids aged 2,7,8. When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely man at the reception called Thierry with a glass of juice or sangria. Rooms- we were in block 1 410 & 412! The rooms were a great size, great big living areas a good size bedroom and brilliant size balcony! A lot of people said it was very noisy but I thought it was ok. Air con was a god send. The food- breakfast was great u could always find something for everyone... ie sausage, bacon, egg (fried, boiled or scrambled) different cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts & lots more. Lunch & dinner were a hit or a miss u would maybe get something to everyone's taste 1 lunch or dinner but not both. We were there was 3 kids and some nights there wasn't a lot of selection for them! The snack bar next to the splash park & water park was good, it ranged from burgers, hotdogs, chips, toasties, salad boxes & lots more and kids defo enjoyed eating here more! Drinks- before we went people were complaining about plastic glasses but they are only plastic at pool area and that's obviously because there are kids about for safety reasons!! There were glasses in the dinning hall. There was San Miguel on tap at every area, there is white, rosÃ¨ & red wine in the dinning area. There is white fizzy wine at the pool bar with most kinds of fizzy juice aswell. There is tea, coffee, latte machine in dinning hall! We only went to the entertainment a few nights and they nights we went our kids really enjoyed it!! None of our kids wanted to go to the kids club during the day or for some evening activities but talking to a lot of families in resort they have great reviews. Staff- most of the staff were lovely, some need to learn how to smile lol but there was 1 very lovely girl who was so happy & helpful and always spoke to the kids, I think her name was Karina ( she worked a lot of the pool bar) The Italian in the hotel wasn't to our taste and a few of the staff were alittle rude or just didn't seem to have a friendly manner about them!! And no spag Bol or no lasagna, what Italian doesn't Serve any of these?? If u are looking for a good Italian we would DEFO recommend fratelli's is amazing we went twice in a wk lol!! I would recommend this holiday village as it was good and the kids loved it but I think if we were to go again we would prob eat out a few times again! More
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This hotel operates as a Holiday Village with all the benefits from May-Oct.