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.
Heated indoor pool
With whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the indoor pool is a great alternative to the busy outdoor pools.
Kids' outdoor pool
Little ones get free run of their own pool, which is near the main swimming pool.
Rooms ► View all
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.
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.
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When the chips are down.
Far too often this site is used to grumble subjectively about the most trivial matters and the true reflection of a hotel team and the customer service they provide can be hidden behind a fog of superfluous nonsense. Shortly after arriving in The Algarve with my wife Joanne and son Oliver, I began to feel unwell and cutting a long story short, ended up spending 5 days in hospital with double pneumonia. This was obviously a worrying time for us all but the minute I left for the hospital, Jo Wright (The Manager) and the rest of team came to the rescue. Nothing was too much trouble, Oliver was looked after by the entertainments team, my mother who flew over from England was made very welcome and on my return from Hospital Jo even went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication. Becca and Jack were absolutely fantastic with Oliver but the rest of the guys Josie, Liz, Adam and Miles deserve special thanks too. Chris & Joanne Thorn.More
CJT2264, Manchester, United Kingdom
We stayed as a family holiday in three apartments and all were very clean and spacious,coupled with a kitchen area although not required due to the wonderful food served which catered for everybody's taste with a massive selection of dishes to choose from.The staff were extremely courteous,friendly and very helpful throughout the hotel..... But top of the list has to be the General Manager Jo Waight who was forever helpful offering advice,directions and suggestions to make our holiday the success it was.... Having personally been in the catering industry for many years is such a pleasure to meet a General Manager with such an engaging personality... Lastly the only criticism we all shared was the rather poor evening entertainment but did not detract from any of us from experiencing a great holiday.... Thanks again Brian CapstickMore
Fabulous summer holiday
The hotel is as it is shown in the pictures. The room we had (block 1, room 406) was spacious and very clean. It was kept very clean with a regular change of towels, emptying of bins etc too. Pool towels were provided on check-in, with a refundable deposit, which saved lots of suitcase space and weight. If you're into your views, ours was fantastic. Overlooked the main pools, local village and sea â beautiful. The holiday village was suitable for all of our three children, aged 9, 7 and 3. The main pool is great and never a dull moment with the reps keeping activities going on all day. The flumes/slides pool was brilliant for our 3 year old as it was shallow enough for her to come down the slides on her own, so much more fun for her without us hanging around her 'just in case'. The flumes were great fun for our 9 and 7 year old with a deeper pool also nearby so they didn't have to go back to the main pool to play on their crocodile or jet ski (inflatables of course). The evening entertainment was really good. Always geared towards children, even the adult entertainment, but was still great to watch. The food in the main restaurant is great quality and variety for most tastes. Always looked very fresh and was constantly replenished. The kids clubs were brilliant and gave our children, and us, a small break from each other, as well as something else for them to do. The reps were really friendly and nothing seemed like too much trouble. Free wi-fi, although I was only able to use this in the reception area. Only one negative comment to make and that is that there's not enough sun loungers to go around. There are signs for people not to reserve them, however, no-one adheres to it and no-one ensures this rule is enforced either. There is enough space for them to provide more so maybe if enough people ask they may increase them. All-in-all a fabulous holiday which I would recommend to any family.More
Jenna159, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Lovely family holiday
Stayed here in October when it was part of the first choice holiday village season. Travelled with my sister, her husband and 3 children (4,9 & 11). What a fun packed, relaxing two weeks. Travelling in October to Portugal we were worried about the weather, however but for one day of rain the temp was high 80's everyday. Plenty to do from archery, football, poolside quizzes, water polo, indoor bowls and much more. Can be as active or sedentary as you like. The pool is absolutely huge, if a little cold. There are plenty of sun loungers, I can't imagine it feeling too busy even in the height of summer. There is a quieter, smaller pool down the slope at the other side of the hotel. The bar does shut early, at 11pm. However this may be later in the high summer. We are well everyday, with the theme nights being great. The Italian and Portuguese a la cartes are in the same restaurant with different nights for the food. They were nice, but not worth a visit more than once. I'd return to this hotel as a family, but for couples I wouldn't recommend it as it's very geared towards children More
Brilliant holiday all round
We visited between 13-27 July 2014. This was by far the best AI we (2 adults/6 year old/3 year old) have stayed in, staff were excellent all round (both hotel staff and the first choice staff), the hotel/apartments/bars/pools/toilets/grounds etc. were extremely clean and staff were constantly cleaning and clearing the dirty pots away etc. they were really efficient. There was so much for the kids to do here and the staff work so hard making sure everyone is having a fabulous time - most sessions at the kids clubs are free (which we didn't know about as we haven't been to a HV before and weren't giving any information about them from the first choice team) but we didn't really use them as our kids preferred to be with us. The entertainment shows in 'the venue' near the playground on the night are brilliant for the kids who loved them but they do get a bit repetitive for the adults and these weren't really our thing and do get really busy so that if you don't get there early there aren't any seats left - we tended to stay in the main bar at block 1 were you could just chill out. We stayed in block 2 which we worried about reading the other reviews but the apartment was lovely, clean and spacious we stayed in a 1 bed apartment with a full kitchen and the block itself was nice and peaceful on the night as the bar at block 2 closes at 10.00 pm, perfect for us as our 3 year old was ready for bed at around this time and had no trouble going to sleep with the peaceful surroundings (It is still quite noisy up at block 1 until gone midnight from speaking to other guests). The steps between the blocks aren't as bad as people on here make out either (unless you are really lazy and don't like any form of physical activity) and didn't detract from our holiday at all and there is also a ramp all the way up for buggies etc. There are 3 different pool areas which we alternated between as we were there for 14 nights, all the pools we found lovely, clean and offered something different, the kids were happy whichever pool we went to. Block 2 pool = perfect for a quieter day - not as big an area as the other pools but easier to get a sunbed here without getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve. There's a sun trap outside the bar on the decking area later in the afternoon and early evening and also has the only snack bar that offers pancake/crepes during the day - yummy. Toilets at this pool close by and easy to access and snack bar/bar too. Block 1 pool = really large pool which is a lot louder and busier than block 2 pool. It has the First Choice Team providing a range of activities and entertainment all through the day which my 6 year old loved, the only bad thing is there is no snack bar here, you either have to go down to block 2 or to the splash park area and the nearest toilets for this pool are right inside near the reception which is a bit of a pain as you can't go in there dripping wet, bit of a pain if you have small children who need to go there and then! Also, it is a bit of nightmare to get sunbeds round this pool, people moan about it being the Germans reserving all the beds but at this hotel we only saw people from the UK and definitely no Germans - there are signs everywhere stating 'do not reserve sunbeds' yet we heard of people getting up at 6am to reserve their spot :( the annoying thing was lots of the beds had towels on them all day but you never actually saw anyone come to the bed as they had maybe gone to a different pool or out for the morning. Splash park/waterpark area = again fairly large area with splash park and playground, medium sized pool, baby pool and water park pool, slides etc. snack bar/bar in the middle, plenty of sunbeds and tables/chairs to sit at and toilets easily accessible at the back of the snack bar. Lots of fun had at this pool area and was probably the childrens favourite! Food at this hotel was fabulous, there was so much variety, there is definitely something for everyone here. The buffet restaurant had a fantastic range and for lunch and dinner we didn't have the same meal twice in 2 weeks as the choice was huge and varied (especially if you like to try out new/different/local food like we did). We also visited the Italian and Portuguese restaurants twice each and loved the food in both, the restaurants are situated in block 2 but definitely worth a visit although the service down there is a little slow at times but the food more than made up for it. All in all a fantastic holiday had by all and we would definitely return in the future :)More
James H, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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