A favourite with families, this modern hotel is home to one of the biggest pools in the Algarve and puts 2 sandy beaches in easy reach.
With 3 swimming pools plus 2 just for kids, Alto da Colina is a sure-fire hit with water lovers. There are also 2 Blue Flag beaches in walking distance – Santa Eulalia beach, one of the best in the region, is just 15 minutes’ away.
The hotel is on a small hill in laid-back Balaia, but Albufeira is just a few minutes down the road in the hotel shuttle bus, which can also drop you off at the beach.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Snacks 11.00-17.00.
Local drinks 11.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities► View all
Main outdoor pool
This pool is the largest on the Algarve.
2nd outdoor pool
The second pool is on the gardens and is a little quieter.
Heated indoor pool
With whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the indoor pool is a great alternative to the busy outdoor pools.
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Absolutely loved this HV. So much to do, weather was great bar one day but we still found lots to do. Room was very clean, we stayed in block one overlooking the pool and had a sea view. The evening entertainment was brilliant and the reps clearly love what they do, very funny and made great shows. The food was great, really can't complain as so much on offer and Thierry always new the room number, very efficient waiting staff. All in all I loved this stay and will definitely be coming back More
Good family resort
This is a good family resort with plenty to do for the kids. Rooms are clean helpful staff, and a decent choice of food. Visit the Portuguese, and Italian restaurant. It does have a few weaknesses , as the main restaurant is very busy at meal times, entertainment is pretty basic. There will always be something to complain about for those that want to complain. But I have enjoyed my time here!More
Best hotel have ever stayed in, was amazing with kids the staff were so kind and went out of there way to cater to the kids. And the food and drink was 5* star quality. My daughter had the most amazing time and memorable. Will be back next year !! XxMore
ok for kids
Nice hotel, very clean, food ok and plenty of choice. the rooms had very little lighting, hard beds and in need of new furniture. TV very small. Maid service 6 times per week... excellent. The apartments are in two blocks, 1 and 2. Block 2 is the quiet pool area and will suit older people with no kids. Block 1 is larger, noisier and where the kids all play, ok for those who like noise etc . We didn't see the first choice reps at all in block 2 and what we saw of them as we walked about seemed to me that they weren't very pro active. Personally I wouldn't go there again but can't fault the place for those with children. Visit Ricardo's bar near the shop within the complex and there is the most pleasant girl working there where nothing is too much trouble for her. She deserves a huge pay rise. P.S. the local vodka and bacardi served througout the complex is close to un-drinkable and the san miguel larger not much better.More
Tiny bit disappointing
The hotel is nice and staff polite. However not at standard of previous Holiday Villages. Little things like the restaurant staff have not got uniforms, (Ibiza all uniformed and greeted by manager every time). No life guards! (Massively worrying for families!) 2 pools never have life guards and one has 1 watching slides, slides and splash pool. Although never saw life guard for the first three days! The cleanliness and reception staff are excellent. The 800 meters to pool is a 30 mins walk or a terrifying parts of broken and wobbly slats down a cliff! I have enjoyed location, however due to lack of walk to a beach and more importantly no life guards I will not return and may not nook a holiday village again. Disgusted that a brand like First Choice HV allows hotel to have no life guards. The all inclusive drinks awful. Either rubbish wine or San Miguel lager. Loads of lovely local wines and beers so why serve up rubbish. The holiday advisors, activity staff and child entertainers nice. Especially Lloyd and Pete. However the lack lustre evening entertainers much to improve. This years staff can not sing and have no stage presence ( where are people like Rae Rae?) The hotel also treated us to a 3 woman dance troupe that was completely wrong market! ( should have been in a strippers bar!)More
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