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
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.
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.
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lovely short break
we were in block 2, it was no hardship, a short walk from there to main pool area and dining room. Excellent quality and selection of food and drinks. Very pleasant and helpful staff, and brilliant entertainment team, they put on a very good Saturday night show. lovely spacious family room, very clean. Internet was temperamental, and we usually gave up trying, but this small thing was by far out weighed by all the positives. Would definitely stay here againMore
Best time was getting on the plane to fly home
We were in Block two and for some one with copd (lungs) we ask to change but to no avail.Food cold at every meal good job they had a microwave Entertainment good for children at the venue no seats most nights.all entertainment in side, no out door stage.Gents toilets disgusting two sit down toilets only one working Plus no locks on the doors,nearly had some one sitting on my knee at one time. two urinals only one in use,no hand dryer working,two swing doors one hanging of the other did not exist. Ladies had a good view. Most sit down toilet seat were called leg nippers as they were all loose did have the one in are very small room fixed after complaints.More
a true review - hope it helps
Holiday Village Algarve Below is a full and honest/objective review of this resort for anyone thinking of booking here. Date of travel â 7th to 18th August (peak school holidays) Mum, Dad, 2 x daughters (ages 7 and 4). Cost of all inc 11 night stay flying from Luton Â£4300. My overall rating of whole holiday package 4* (just) but could easily be made 4*+ with a few tweaks Would I stay again â yes (but maybe not at peak prices unless some of the negatives were worked on - then yes, definitely would return at peak time/prices). POSITIVES Staff â the best bit of the holiday HV team are simply AMAZING. So much energy, drive and enthusiasm! And fun and personable!! This section made the holiday for us. The entrainment team are 2nd to none! Lois, Josh, Elle, Conor, Rachel and Co. Kids club ditto â all so lovely and canât do enough for kids. Razzmatazz girls Sophie and Tash and Swimming Academy, Dave simply awesome (these were the ones who worked with my girls but know the football academy and other swim coach were also fab!) Hotel reps â Kelly, Toni and Mollie really kind and super helpful and friendly. Hotel â lovely. Very tidy and Clean (in the most part). Staff friendly and helpful. Lovely facilities. Quick to sort any issues if you made them aware (like we had ants in our ground floor room â they came and sorted it instantly and the issue was resolved). Food and Drink â nice. What you would expect to be honest. Proper sausages at breakfast. Frozen Cocktails nice touch. Good selection so wonât go hungry or thirsty. Fizzy white wine available ï Lovely restaurant with plenty of seats at all times. Sunbeds â the good ones are good quality and comfy. Rule that no towel reservations allowed before 9am. If you want to get a bed before this you have to stay with it and not just reserve it with a towel! The reps do come and collect them up if you leave them before 9. Rooms (we stayed block one â ground floor â pool side - one bed family room with bunkbeds in bedroom and 2 x large single beds pushed together in lounge area â NO SOFA!) â spacious and comfortable. Good facilities in kitchenette (inc fridge). TV â main UK channels available. Think there was a DVD player in kids room? Loads of power points. Free aircon with remote and Free WIFI (see negatives). Pool/splash park â One word - awesome. Service â considering we went at peak time it didnât seem that manic to be honest. Only 1-2 people in front of me each time I went. Activities (peak time anyway) â never bored. Always something on thatâs fun. No faults at all there! So much to do. Free pool towels â changed on a Tues and Sat. Decent quality and size. NEGATIVES/THINGS NEED IMPROVING Food and drink availability â (apart from in main restaurant at opening times) no help yourselves to anything except water. Everything requires service. You are unable to get any drinks between 11pm-7.30am on all inc. No (free) food between 10-10.30am or after 9pm. 2 snack bars â one at splash park and one at block 2 pool (3-5 min walk from main pool). No eating at main pool. Would be good to have self-service drink and snack stations dotted about. And the free ice-cream so kids could help themselves when wanted (at main pool esp!). Only 2 alcoholic drinks per adult allowed at any one time. There should also be water available 24 hrs, I didnât find anywhere that this was offered? Evening entertainment venue â ITS INSIDE, EVEN IN PEAK SUMMER! Very dated (like a working manâs club from the 80âs). Needs to be bought up to date and they need to build an outdoor one for peak summer (I understand this may be on the cards??). Not enough tables and chairs â no tables left after 8pm. Hard when you have 2 kids, one who wants the âshowsâ and one that wants the âparkâ. Sunbed availability â rubbish (peak anyway) â unless you are an early riser and are prepared to sit out on it until 9am. Simple fact is â not enough! Plenty of space for more to be put out. I was out by 7.30-8am to ensure I had a bed at main pool by my room. None left after 10am. With the 9am rule as well made breakfast at 9 very manic! Pool patio floor area (not actual main water pool) should also be cleaned daily â think it was once a week. Safety - Only 1 life guard at splash pool, none at main or other pools - and pool is very deep at points in main pool. So if you have little ones who canât swim I suggest taking arm or belly bands and make them wear them at all times! Rooms: towels â plenty of them but the size of a postage stamp and you have to pay for a safe! WIFI â donât rely on it! It does work (main one in reception and one for your room â max 2 devices on room one at any one time) but is very temperamental at times and every time you want to use it you have to log back on again OTHER POINTS If you get block 2 donât fear â you donât have to walk up a steep ramp/steps to get to block one (as some reviews have said). There is a lift in reception at block 2 which leads to a bridge on level 2. No more hardship than being at the far end of Block 1 in my opinion. Would imagine much quieter over in Block 2 as well. And there is a snack bar, pool and the supermarket there as well.More
Good value rooms good in block 1 at the time of writing this we are still here some people are complaining about block 2 I can only comment on where we are the rooms are very clean and are serviced every day , the food is excellent there is good verify and of a high standard there is a section for children which is a good thing as the counter is low which children like the entertainment is good and the staff are very helpful I have traveled a lot and can honestly say I will return here again and would recommend it for families The bad points the lifts are slow but not as bad as some people say . The town is a distance away but taxis are responsible 8 to 10 euros for up to 5 people to get the and is worth going to very good shopping and great bars , cafÃ© and restraints all in all very good place to stayMore
Very good hotel
This is my fourth HV holiday. I am a single grandparent and I travel with 3 children. The hotel was very accommodating and I got the room I requested, pool side, ground floor (this room wouldn't suit every one as it can be noisy and busy). The room was spacious, clean with everything I needed. The air con was excellent and not noisy. All the hotel staff In the reception, bars and restaurants were all very pleasant and willing to help. I didn't take note of the names of the kids club staff etc however I do remember Josh him and some others (sorry about lack of names) did a very entertaining rendition of titanic, round the pool. There was plenty going on every day and my 3 were entertained day and night. I found all the reps to be very helpful, even tho they were being costantly harrassed by kids. I managed to get a sun bed by the pool every day, which is a first for me. I also always got a table in the restaurant without a problem or wait. It would have been good if the snack bar had been by the main pool, but I didn't find it a problem. More variety with the food, maybe themed nights, would be good, but generally we always found something we liked. The evening entertainment was ok, again I didn't have a problem getting a seat. On the whole we had an enjoyable week, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back or recommend it to other families.More
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