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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Buffet meals. Snacks 11.00-17.00.
Local drinks 11.00-23.00.
All are included except where indicated.
This pool is the largest on the Algarve.
The second pool is on the gardens and is a little quieter.
With whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the indoor pool is a great alternative to the busy outdoor pools.
1 bedroom apartment have a twin bedroom, 2 sofa beds in the lounge, kitchenette, a shower in the bath and a balcony or terrace.
1 bedroom apartments have a twin bedroom, 2 sofa beds in the lounge, kitchenette, shower in the bath and a balcony or terrace with a sea view.
Just returned home 2nd August with my family. ( son age 8 and daughter age 3) This was our 8th time visiting holiday villages so can compare Egypt x 2 , Benalmadina, Cyprus x 3 Turkey and now Portugal. As a holiday I would rate this as our best, maybe it's the kids getting older and being able in join in more of the activities that made it special but there was just something abut the place we all liked. The hotel is split into two blocks, block 1 is where all the emtertainment and dinning happens, block two is mainly accomodation the themed restaurants and a small pool Its less than 2-3 minutes to get to block 1 so dont worry if you are put there. The hotel isn't as pretty to look at as Cyprus or Eygpt and is located about 500 metres away from the sea and about 4 km from Alberfera 7â¬ to 10â¬ taxi ride each way. (Try the tuc tuc at the hotel or even a 1 hour sight seeing tour with them.) The food was really good in the main restaurant and I never got bored of it. The themed restuarnts Italian and Portugese was basically the same food but served to you. The restaurant is in block 2 and is basically a standard restaurant, other holiday villages had proper chinese italian themed restaurants. This one ha no theme at all. We tried both the first week and didn't bother the 2nd week as we thought it wasn't worth the effort, we prefered the main restaurant. (The themed restaurant has room for improvement. out of all the holiday villages this was the worst) The hotel was full to capacity during the school summer holidays and occasionally the main restaurant was full, with people struggling to find a place to sit, the entertainment building was very busy and on many nights we couldn't get in after 7.30pm so we missed the entertainment. Again is another area for improvement they need a bigger room to cater for the guests the main reason we pay Â£4K-Â£5K for our holidays is to be entertained at an all inclusive.) As usual the entertainment team were brilliant and the soccer academy and Swim academy excelled . A swim coach called Tom really stood out for us, we had a few private lessons with him and our 3 year old daughter. he really knows how to get the best out of your kids he really built up her water confidence ready for swimming lessons back home. my Son had a great time at Soccer Academy with Adam and Sam and spent 6 days with them, idela place for kids to make friends early in the holiday. Also don't miss the aerial walking and zip slide both my son and I did it. They were plenty of pools the main pool is massive and there s a large childrens pool at the side of it. all the entertainment is based around here, the only issue being is the snack bar is at the other side of the hotel next to the splash park and small childrens pool and a medium sized pool. We spent our holiday around these pools. Sun loungers can't be reserved before 9am . the rep came around every day and picked up towels and belongings and put them in reception. You can get around ths by sending one family member to the pool with the towels and stay there until 9am then go for breakfast with the family. Love it or hate it , it stops people getting up at 5am reserving sunbeds then having a day at the beach and coming back for 1 hour late afternoon. My only real gripe was the gym. its very poor and located in a basement with no aircon, no loose weights 5 old antiquated machines , chest press, pull down. rowing machine, bike, sit up bench and another abs machine. I took up running whilst there and found a few good 10Km routes which was agreta way to see the surrounding area. I love dthe place and would return back but I do like t try different places no doubt another HV as they are ideal for kids..More
Great hotel with excelent infrastructures. The apartment was great, super clean and tidy with an excelent kitchen and bathroom. The pool area is also great with plenty of room for everyone. Maria LuÃsa beach is a walk away, which makes it a great option for beach vacation lovers.More
Family holiday for 6 of us (3 adults, 3 children. 1 adult n all 3 kids on the autistic spectrum and 2 have learning delays). Hotel is decent enough but could do with a fresh lick of paint and quite a few things need repaired (tiles fallen off walls, broken tiles on the lift floor which was fixed when we were there), there were 3 pool tables, I don't think there was a time where all 3 were able to be used and for the last 2 days of the holiday only one was working. There's a games room that doesn't have a great choice of games, but that's fine....we didn't go on holiday to play loads of games lol but, yet again, constantly needed things to be fixed. The rooms were spacious and clean with a large balcony, air conditioning worked a treat, decent storage space for clothing in the wardrobe, adequate kitchen utensils, microwave and hob worked fine. Like other areas of the hotel the furniture is a bit dated. The hotel staff are polite, friendly and helpful from the staff at reception to the chambermaids to the restaurant staff, they were all lovely. Most of the First Choice staff were great although we did feel let down by a couple of the kids club staff. After explaining about our youngest's additional needs and explaining his behaviour they said it would be no problem and they would manage, they only had spaces in a few of their sessions as our son needed one-you-one, after three sessions they totally u-turned and said they couldn't take him, to me it's like they dangled the carrot then pulled it away. While I totally understand that my sons needs are very demanding it would have been easier to deal with if they had just said no from the beginning. Most of our time was spent at the children's splash park and pool and we always managed to get a few loungers, even later on in the day, the pool was never packed so there was plenty space to swim and play with the children. There is a small water park there, it's great for younger children but it doesn't say in the brochures that the age limit is 12 years old for the water flumes which disappointed my 14 and 15 year old. There is a poolside bar which serves various snacks and soft drinks, also has wine and beer but no spirits (you have to go to the bar in block one for them). Two of the children tried the High Rope Adventures, it was a great experience for them (we had been to the Costa Del Sol HV and their High Rope trail was non existent), our daughter got herself all tangled up in one of the sections and was getting a bit panicky but the instructor (FC rep) Dave, came back to our daughter, got her calmed down and helped get her untangled and encouraged her to finish off the trail, he was fantastic with her and we were very grateful to him for his patience. There's a shop onsite at the bottom of block two, it has a decent variety of items and cost a bit more than local shops but you expect that from onsite shops. There's a local shop literally about 3 mins walk away from the hotel but it's not a big shop, however a 15-25 min walk (depends on how fast you walk lol) in either direction from the front of the hotel will get you to an supermarket, (if you're getting a lot of shopping remember to get a local taxi number, buses seem to be few and far between). Lots of touristy/souvenir shops in nearby Albufueria. There's also a day trip to LoulÃ¨ which has 2 markets on a Saturday, one locally called the 'gypsy market' and further up the town a food market. I love going to markets and was a bit disappointed to find it was a lot smaller than I expected but they had some lovely things for sale. Because i got round the gypsy market so quickly I went up to the town centre n started looking through the back street shops and found some unusual and lovely trinkets to buy. On the bus stops closest to the hotel there are signs for an open top tour bus which we thought would be a nice day out. We were told by the staff that the signs have been there for a couple of years but the bus doesn't stop there and doesn't come as far out as the hotel (if you walk for a while towards Albufueria eventually you'll come across a stop that the tour bus does stop at) so we decided to have a tuk-tuk tour of the town, it cost â¬40 per tuk-tuk for an hours tour which isn't too expensive plus we had lovely chatty drivers who told us lots about the area, definitely worth a go. Not the worst holiday we've had, but definitely not the best.More
Visited hotel in October. Couple with child 1 year old. Hotel very good in all aspects: food, very nice staff, unfortunately don't remember names (one man waiter in restaurant by quiet pool and one woman in bar close to reception). We had upgraded room in main building on second floor with large terrace. Room large with kitchen facilities, very clean. Area very well kept clean and neat. Some walk to the beach but taxi not expensive. Recommend beach: small Olhos d'agua and massive Falesia. We liked a lot Old Albufeira town with markets and restaurants. Only 1 minus which was water in pools very cold even indoor. P.S.Very good and tasty food in restaurant close to quiet pool you can book visit included in all inclusive. Definietly recommend that hotel. 1 of the best holidays we had. Hopefully will back some day. Thank you.More
We stayed as a family of 8, 6 adults and 2 children, we had such a great time, the hotel was very good we stayed in block 1 the rooms were a little dated but very good, the balcony's were very big that all 8 could sit and have a drink on. the restaurant was very good, their was plenty of choice and was enjoyable to eat. the bar and its staff were very nice. all the Thomson reps were great they were all very helpful and very good with the kids, the hotel was a great place to stay and we all came away even after 2 weeks saying we wasn't ready to go back home because we'd all had such a great time and that says a lot to me.More
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