Alto da Colina

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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Based On 299 reviews

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  • 1Building
  • 4Floors
  • 132Rooms
  • 2Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. Snacks 11.00-17.00.

Drink

Local drinks 11.00-23.00.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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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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1 bedroom apartment with sea view

1 bedroom apartment with sea view sleeps up to 4 adults with a kitchenette, 4 cooking rings, electric kettle. The 3rd and 4th beds are sofa-beds and cots are available on request. Maid service with towel change six times per week, linen changed twice per week. Deposit needed for the TV remote.

1 bedroom apartment

1 bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 adults with a kitchenette, 4 cooking rings, electric kettle. The 3rd and 4th beds are sofa-beds and cots are available on request. Maid service with towel change six times per week, linen changed twice per week. Deposit needed for the TV remote.

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Poor quality food in a sunbed graveyard!

The Good, the Bad and the very, very Ugly!! Travelled here in October half-term as a single parent with a 12 year-old, having booked it as a late deal for £530 each for the week, all-inclusive. I have to say I would have been VERY upset and disappointed if I had paid full brochure price for this holiday. It was the last week of the First Choice "Holiday Village" season and I felt that once most guests had departed on the Thursday, those of us left until the Sunday were treated as second class citizens, just in the way really! I will try to give an honest and balance opinion: Rooms: Quick check-in. One bed apartment in block 1 was excellent - clean, spacious and well equipped. Comfy beds and pillows. Shower good. Huge balcony with a beautiful view but spoiled by the cheap, uncomfortable plastic chairs. The start of a recurring theme... Pool towels provided are large and soft, but then the bathroom towels are tiny, thin and scratchy. Like a lot of things in this place, the corner cutting just spoils it. We requested a quiet room and paid for a sea view - well worth the extra £28 as we were given top floor (4th) at the far end, so very quiet with a breath taking view. If you don't pay for a sea view you will most likely be in the dreaded block 2 where there are no sea view rooms. Food. Oh dear. We are not fussy eaters but found the food poor quality. Caterring present food beautifully and I got the impression they are making the best of a very tiny budget. It was mostly poor quality, processed, over cooked rubbish. Desserts were 101 ways to present Angel Delight. They seriously need to address the food temperature issue. Not once did I see it being checked so food was mostly lukewarm. Salads cooled by one small desk fan - really?? I know all hotels use leftovers but here it was stretching recycling to way past the limit. We had a bit of a joke going, betting how many times a "new" food would reappear in a different form...sometimes we lost count!! In fairness, breakfasts were quite good, apart from the "juice" (tasted like undiluted squash) and disgusting coffee. There was a snack bar in the splash park which was filthy - the lazy girl just sat reading while flies buzzed around the gunked up mayo & sauce bottles. It doesn't even do hot drinks. Tried booking the "A-la-Carte" restaurant and was told it was full. That was a plain lie - when we checked later, it was actually shut! Second-class citizens again... Drinks: Decent selection on the A/I apart from rubbish cocktails. However, some drinks ran out 2 days before the end of our holiday and weren't replenished. I drink very little and only Baileys but this ran out by the Friday so for the last 2 days I was teetotal. Bar staff just shrugged. Like I said, we were just a nuisance... Pools: Plenty to choose from, area nice if you didn't look to close at the green algae round the edges and the weeds growing between tiles. Grubby baby pool in the splash park - I wouldn't put a baby in there! Splash park great for kids up to 12, but don't count on the lifeguard, he sits playing on his phone. Indoor pool ok but not heated. Not once did I see the pool areas being cleaned and the only time sunbeds were straightened was on the last day of season. Ah, the sunbeds... there were a few new ones and as the hotel was quiet we didn't have a problem getting one but I can imagine in high-season it would be a bun fight as most were old, mouldy, saggy and uncomfortable. Many were broken. Why does a hotel with such potential let itself down with such basics? Pool areas infested with flies which we were told was a problem everywhere but I didn't experience it outside of the complex or at the beach! There is a hotel minibus to the beach at 10am but it returns at 1pm. Albufeira town (the Strip) is a dump. Went one evening with my daughter but didn't feel safe. The old town was much better, felt safe to wander around there and some nice shops. Don't bother with the trip to Loule (Gypsy Market) that the rep said was great. It was awful - hardly any stalls, mostly rubbish and some of the gypsies are at best rude, at worst aggressive - another guest from my hotel was grabbed and verbally abused when she declined to buy. So, would I go here again? Probably not unless the food quality went up and the hotel invested in the things that let it down so badly, like sunbeds. These are not little gripes - don't we all go on holiday to lie on a sunbed and splash in a pool, eat delicious food washed down by our favourite tipple and soak up the view from our balcony on a comfy chair?? Alto da Colina and First Choice, you need to start listening to your customers...More

mermaidsmum, Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Simply the best!

Just come back from a fortnights holiday. Stayed in block two, but for those who couldn't walk up a few steps, block one was available. We normally go 4-5 star. - however the hotel etc, and food was some of the best I have in years! We only got one mosquito in our room in two weeks! There were a few flys around but it would be unfair of me to imply that was due to lack of cleanliness. If someone was ill, in my opinion it was nothing to do with the hotel HACCP. Staff were polite and friendly, even the grounds staff were multilingual. Most annoying experience of this and other recent holidays are the 2% or so, of rude, perpetual complainers, trouble makers and generally enervating people. Could do with some sort of people filter on trip advisor!More

Lou2020s, Bolton, England, United Kingdom

Holiday

Just back from a week at the Alto da Colina , Albufeira. The hotel is great, lots of reps who were extremely helpful & friendly. Restaurant had a variety of food each day, we were a party of grandparent, daughters & grandchildren & all were catered for, children enjoyed being able to choose each day.The restaurant staff were polite & kept tables cleared & clean.Lots of entertainment which the children & adults enjoyed going to. Rooms were spacious & clean, we were in family rooms, although we were all inclusive there was a fully stocked kitchen area for use if needed.Reception staff were helpful & polite. Definitly a place we would like to return too. About 35 mins from the airport.More

rosemary6152, Dawlish, United Kingdom

Great first impression of Holiday Villages

Just back from a very enjoyable week at the Holiday Village Algarve, being our first visit, Myself, partner (and excited three year old) were unsure what to expect, but left very satisfied with our experience. As a young family, the hotel, staff and facilities met most if not all our needs. The five pools, splash park and water slides meant that daytime pool sessions remained varied and interesting during our week stay, although as many reviews before me have mentioned the pools are quite cold for children even the indoor one. The swim academy, was a fantastic experience for our little'un, and would recommend to any parents who have young children taking their first steps in learning to swim. The swim coach Becca, was brilliant in encouraging our daughter, who started the week screaming every time we left her side, to being able to swim a width of the pool by the end of the week. We found the dining experience enjoyable, the staff do a good job, providing a varied number of dishes at lunch and dinner. IMO, the vast majority of food was of a very high standard, offering options for both adults and children, with both local dishes and 'home comforts'. Bread is often dry, and dessert options seem a bit limited, but overall we rated it very highly. The Portuguese A la Carte was well worth the visit, a great selection of mains, and a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the buffet. The bars were well staffed during our stay, service quick and friendly. The inclusive selection of drinks were a bit limited, but pretty standard against other all inclusives. Tried to refrain from giving our daughter too much of the fruit juice, as it was very strong and rather sugary. Rooms were cleaned to a good standard everyday, and the general standard of the hotel and surroundings were very high throughout our stay. The area that really makes this hoilday village stand out though is the first choice staff and entertainment team. We can't speak highly enough of the job these guys do the make the kids experience as enjoyable as possible. although the evening entertainment will become repetitive for adults, the kids seem to absolutely love it, the entertainment team really throw themselves into it with great energy. Traveling during October, you always risk poor weather, as was the case for the final three days of our holiday, when the heavens opened and we experienced an torrential algarve downpour. The First Choice team showed their best qualities during this time organizing 'rain parties' and film sessions to relieve the frustrations and kids and parents alike. Of the excursions on other, we only attended two, the ZooMarine, which was a great day out with lots to do, and the slide and splash park. The latter had good facilities, but not enough to do for our three year old to keep her entertained for more than a couple of hours, let alone all day. We would definitely recommend the alto da colina to young families like our selves, and will be exploring the holiday village experience again in the future.More

Liam P, Swindon, United Kingdom

Honeymoon at the Holiday Village

We have just returned from a 2 week honeymoon stay at the Holiday Village Algarve (Alto Da Colina) and we had an amazing stay and could not recommend it more, especially for families. This Hotel is listed as 4 star+ but as a family hotel it is easily 5 star as there is everything you need and could want available on site. Add to this the fantastic entertainment team, great hotel staff and really good food available on All Inclusive and you cannot go wrong. As this was our Honeymoon I did a lot of research before we went, I read the negative reviews and had some reservations but as it had already been booked there was not much I could do. The negative feedback seemed to be based upon location and quality of food. First of all the location is not REMOTE as some people say. That would imply to me you were cut off from everything and would struggle to get to the town centres or touristy locations of Albufeira. This is not the case unless £5 each way in a taxi is beyond your budget. Reception will order a taxi and we generally did not have to wait long, ten minutes later you are in Old Town with its quaint little streets, shops, market stalls and restaurants. Just off the main square is the route to (In my opinion) the best Beach. It has great Beach bars, loads of space and stunning scenery. During the ten minute cab ride to Old Town you will pass through New Town, this again is just a very cheap very quick taxi ride but can easily be walked in around 25mins. We did not venture into New Town as we were with young children and Old Town was the place for us but it had plenty of bars and restaurants on the strip. With regard to the food and Hotel itself it gets 5/5 from us. I do not understand how people gave these aspects low scores unless they were very unlucky and had a bad experience. That was not the case with us; the food was varied and plentiful with locally sourced fish on the menu almost every day. The English menu was always very popular however I didn’t eat anything from it during our 2 week stay as I had many options and did not need to revert to English. The food is fresh no matter what time during service you go in and is constantly replenished. The Hotel was always immaculate and the rooms were cleaned to a good standard everyday bar Sunday. The reception staff are fantastic and very helpful, especially the man who manned the desk overnight till early morning, I didn’t get his name but he helped get the Doctor out to our Daughter and arranged for and spoke to the Taxi driver to take me to the Old Town to the overnight Pharmacy. The entertainment team were brilliant, they make the holidays for the Kids and they put on great evening entertainment. I was lucky enough to walk away with the very sort after Russell the Brussell T-shirt after being awarded Man of the Match at Water Polo; they really play on these details and make it all a lot of fun. The energy the have is staggering and they deserve credit. We went during non-peak times so we had no problem with getting tables at the entertainment venue or anything else and we cannot comment on that. Special mention to the Swimming Academy coaches who filled our Daughter with confidence and had her swimming without support in no time. Becca became a favourite during our stay but they are all excellent and if you can spare the money it is well worth it. Overall fantastic stay loved every minute and plan to go back in May! P.S. Only criticism would have been the pillows as they sound like a packet of crisps when you’re trying to sleep on them, however we found out ON THE LAST NIGHT that you can remove this cover and then they become very comfortable indeed.More

Jay S, Manchester, United Kingdom

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