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.
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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.
Rooms ► View all
1 bedroom corner apt sea view balcony or terrace
1 bedroom corner apartments have a twin bedroom, 2 sofa beds in the lounge, kitchenette, shower in the bath and a baclony or terrace with sea view.
2 bedroom apartment with sea view and balcony or terrace
2 bedroom apartments have twin bedrooms, kitchenette, shower in bath and a balcony or terrace.
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Good resort but wouldn't go back
Stayed here early May so fair few small children and unfortunately not great weather, however the reps and entertainment team did a good job of providing activities for the kids. The following is not really a complaint but personal grumbles. Overall a lovely place and we had a good holiday The family room was spacious and clean, however we had to ask for our sheets to be changed during the week and for extra towels every day as there were three of us but only two towels....this was a bit annoying to ask daily.... The pool towels were also only to be replaced weekly, had the weather been better and we had used the towels everyday I dont think they would have lasted a week. Food was very good- personally I was a little disappointed to be served tinned fruit most days instead of prepared fresh fruit- such as tinned pineapple/peaches/pears and fruit salad. As we were AI a packed lunch option was offered when taking a trip, we inquired about this and were given a carrier bag and told to help ourselves from the breakfast buffet for lunch, no packaging, no cutlery and a small 300ml bottle of water. I didnt feel this was acceptable, we ended buying lunch out. The resort allowed a 'sun advisor' to set up around the pool on different days and lecture everyone with a microphone about suncare and then promote selling her suncreams- again I dont like this when on holiday. Our apartment was placed on the ground floor next to a fire door which wasnt supposed to be used but was used constantly as a short cut to the shops and 2nd hotel through day and night which was incredibly noisy. Wifi was quite poor, there was an option to pay to upgrade but when I asked I was told there would be no difference in the service cover- so didnt bother. Bars- only one member of staff in the main bar, drinks, hot drinks and ice creams so was incredibly busy at times and long waits, the pool bar didnt serve hot drinks which usually wouldnt matter but as it was quite cold at times it would have been nice to have an options, the food at the pool bar was poor quality.More
Just come back from a week here, wonderful hotel, clean and spacious. We booked through First Choice and the reps were all amazing, so many activities for the young and old. Great atmosphere throughout the hotel. Rooms cleaned everyday. Great choice of food all was excellent quality. We would definitely return. All rooms in Block 1 have a sea view. Block 2 is a newer building but away from most activities and no sea view.More
Donna D, 503748
Great for families
Returned today from a great 5 night stay at Alto da Colina. I had originally booked to stay in the sister hotel, Alfagar 2, located across the road but due to an overbooking (nothing to do with the hotel, it was the website we booked with), we stayed here. As other reviewers have said, it converts to a First Choice Holiday Village from May and as such is very geared towards families. We travelled as a family of 4, with 2 children of 7 and 12. As it was early in the season and not school holidays it was very quiet and some of the facilities were unavailable. I imagine when the season kicks off it would be a kids paradise with loads to keep them busy. The pools were just about warm enough to swim in (the kids didn't care about the cold!) and the whole pool are was very clean and well maintained. There is a lovely splash park, which was open 3 days out of the 5 we were there due to the unseasonably hot weather (about 24 degrees throughout our stay). A lifeguard was present in the splash area and was very vigilant. We had a 1 bed apartment on the 2nd floor with a great sea and pool view. The room was classed as 'superior' however I would describe it as basic but clean. The kitchen was well equipped but only a hob, no oven. There were no toiletries provided as in other 4 star hotels and there was no 'luxury' element as expected with a 'superior' room. All staff were very helpful and the cleaners worked tirelessly. We stayed B&B and breakfast was a good standard with a good choice of cereal, fruit, bread and the usual bacon and eggs etc. The hotel is quite a distance from the Strip (best avoided unless you are on a stag/hen do and/or over the age of 25!) and the old town. The hotel runs a shuttle bus to the old town at 1euro per person twice a day but spaces are extremely limited. We spent a fortune on taxis everyday as we are in the old town everyday. There are some lovely restaurants there. Avoid some of the ones directly on the main square as you will pay a premium for the location. The hotel is close to Santa Eulalia beach, which is lovely. Just walk through the Alfagar hotel and down the steps. About 10 mins from the hotel. We had lovely toasties at a beach bar there, which I think was called O Pescado. Lots of reviewers have said the steps down to the beach are steep. We found them fine. Those with prams or limited mobility might struggle. Overall, we had a great stay and were sad to leave. We would definitely return, perhaps slightly later in the season, May/June time when all the facilities are available but not in peak season when I think it would be too busy for our taste. More
Good holiday in resort type hotel. Friendly staff. Early season so not too many people or children which suited us perfectly. Nothing particular to do in hotel in evenings. Apartment was very spacious with separate sleeping area an excellent kitchen facilities if required. We were all inclusive which was ok. Food was fine but I like local food on holiday and I'm not sure there was much that was typical Portugese although we did have sardines one evening. Not impressed with wines in dining hall so stuck to beer and water. Lovely facilities for children in separate area, water slides etc. Would be excellent for family holiday. A little out of the way for going walkabout in the evenings but free bus into town in the mornings. Can walk to beach and fishing village during the day. Taxis reasonable and easy to use.More
Excellent for families
We booked this a week before we went and really recommend this hotel to other families. My boys 10 and 7 really enjoyed themselves. At this time of year there was no entertainment round the pool but they kept themselves busy and although the outside pools were cold as the season was just starting, we made use of the inside pool which was a great temperature and spotlessly clean. The food was excellent (we were all inc) and we were pleased with both the food quality and variety. Ice cream (good variety of flavours) was available all day straight after breakfast. Wasn't too keen on the rose or white wine but it was easy to drink with a dash of lemonade in. San Miguel on tap which kept my other half very happy. Water park was closed but children could still swim in the pool and access the smaller slides. They let us keep our room for 3 hours after check out with no charge as if was low season. Great holiday...would go back.More
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