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.
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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.
There are regional and international options to choose from, and kids get their own menu.
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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 three times per week, linen changed once 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 three times per week, linen changed once per week. Deposit needed for the TV remote.
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Great for kids
We were in Block 1 (1316) sea view and over the pool, which is the place to be for kids and for day and evening activities. We rented an apartment which was not much more than a room and gave us lots more space. My children were 16 and 11. Great activities for the 11 year old but wouldn't take older kids there. My daughter and I still had a great time but more through the trips we went on of which there are plenty and well organised: we did the two water parks - my kids prefered Slide and Slip but I liked the Aquaworld which had the highest drop slide in Europe. We also did the Zoomarine which my children preferred to everything, we did the dolphin show, sea lion show and birds of prey - always split on whether it's fair to keep animals couped up but they appeared very well cared for. They had birds to pose in pictures for which I'm usually skeptical about, but again, my kids loved that! The hotel food is pretty good and a wide variety is supplied. The one off visit to the Italian and Portuguese restaurant (we had both as we were there for 2 weeks were a bit disappointing bar the traditional Portuguese seafood dish as it was pretty much the same as the usual buffet food. The reps were really great though, so helpful and we had a lot of interaction with the football coaches as my son is football mad and they were brilliant! Activities by the pool were good and optional, great for kids too and did partake in the pool volley ball - why not?! My skeptical son who said he didn't want to meet anyone there had a ball with other boys of his age, met through football and elsewhere - barely saw him at times! There are pool tables, basketball machines etc to keep them amused but they mainly made up their own games of Man hunt. They have a brilliant Go Ape style (wooden bridges in trees and zip wires) course which is 15 minutes walk down the road. This isn't offered as one of the trips from the hotel but was great, the kids really enjoyed it, one of the highlights of the trip. Do go into the Old town in a tuk tuk, we saw sand sculptures, rode on segways, there is a huge blow up obstacle course in the sea which you swim out to for 6 euros. Plus my highlight of the trip an AMAZING gourmet ice cream shop as you walk straight into the town after the escaltors on the right - went there every time we visited town and they had a completely different set of flavours each time - heaven! Overall a great holiday and would recommend for people with kids under 12 which is who are mainly there anyway.More
Last choice with First Choice! Pretty poor for on a number of things: Health and Hygiene - very poor; no baby changing facilities around the pools especially the splash pool area where folk dumped baby nappies in the bins around the pool and which weren't emptied all day long despite the roasting heat and the fact that they were spilling over by mid day. The smell was pungent by noon! No baby changing facilities around the pool toilets (which themselves often lacked soap, dryers or hand towels and often had saturated floors). I walked into the child's female toilet at the splash pool during my stay to fetch my daughter to find a man and women cleaning a toddlers bottom over the sink followed by its swim wear! Disgusting and very inappropriate! And after the first 4 days without soap and hand dryers I had to complain to the hotel staff. The manageress told me the maintenance staff had been asked for days to fix the problem!? Isn't that her job to get it done. Safety The pools in the 3.main areas are very deep in parts but the only pool with any staff monitoring is the splash pool. It's very poor that there are no other lifer guards. I raised this with First Choice Hoiiday Advisor Jade who told me that all their staff were trained in life guarding and they are always around which is complete nonsense - the First Choice activity staff frequent the pool at block 2 predominantly for activities and are oblivious and absent elsewhere. The only presence they had in the other areas are passing by infrequently or for different activities. Security - none; anyone get access this Holiday Village from a number of areas block 1, block 2 or the splash pool. The toilets at the spool pool which children use are behind the bar, our of site and next to a gate which swings open onto a car park; so they can either be knocked down, abducted or assaulted if some maniac decided to do so. And there's not one member of staff that cares. Relaxation Doesn't really exist here because it's so busy and the above being a concern - you will be lucky to get into the pool for a relaxing swim for the plethora of inflatables, diving, squirting or cluster of individuaks treating any one particular pool as a walk up bar with their beers! Just a little organisation could limit the activities to one area but then there's no staff about. Snacking If you want snacks like ice cream or toasters etc it doesn't happen at the activity pool area around block 2 - you have to walk to the splash pool where you can get a soggy toastie, cold chips or a congealed burger! Or there's the block 1 snack which no one goes to because it's so remote! On the plus side the weather was great and the food in the restaurant is good though it is let down with the free for all, massacre around the buffet areas. So if you like your food and don't mind pulling up a small child or ignorant individual who doesn't comply with the queuing civil approach to meal times - go elsewhere. All off these points were obviously insubstantial to First Chioice's Manager who determined to be elusive throughout our 2 week stay. So in all all we can say is First Choice is our Last Choice!!More
T G, Glasgow, United Kingdom
2nd visit- just a good!
Just back from our 2nd visit to the Holiday Village Algarve and still fabulous! So much to do for our kids (age 8 & 5), they are entertained constantly by the fabulous entertainment teams- James, Sam, Pete, Carla, Ryan, Charlie, Jemma, Jem, Stu, Jay . Chase, Aidan and Lloyd (sorry it I've forgotten anyone!) They work so hard- even when there are no activities planned they are still round the side of the pool throwing the kids in which my kids just loved! The reps on site jade, Ashley and Jess are very friendly and helpful and nothing is too much bother for them. A big thanks must also go to the fabulous Thierry and Fatima who greet you at the restaurant every day which huge smiles. Thanks again for the delicious birthday cake Thierry! Food in the restaurant is extremely fresh and a huge variety. Snacks at the pool bar as equally as good and a visit to the Portuguese and Italian restaurants on site is a must. Evening entertainment although cheesy was a hit all round and there was even some great dad dancing spotted! If there was one negative it would be that the poolside bins are not big enough for the amount of people on site. They overflowed everyday with some debris ending up in the pool so could do with being emptied more than once a day. Would highly recommend this hotel- accommodation extremely comfortable, food delicious and staff just amazing! Thanks again for a fabulous holiday- we will def be back again! Damo, Helen, Calum and abby !More
Heleng250179, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Another great holiday village
This is our third holiday village and we were not at all disappointed, went June/July with husband and 2kids 10 and 8, rooms are spacious with lovely views, pools were great, had no trouble getting sunbeds, Food was great, loads of choice and you could always find something to eat, which was good as my daughter is a very fussy eater! Staff were friendly and helpful, the transfer from the airport was a lot quicker than the brochure states, it was only 30 mins! Kids clubs are fantastic, all the reps work really hard. There's free wifi in reception, if you want it in your room you have to pay. We would definitely go back.More
Susihart, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Best Holiday Village
Very impressed, spacious room, fab view, great kids club, splash pools are great, not too big. Nice and quiet when it needs to be. Food brilliant. Only improvement would be to have english tv channels. The 2 there were we had v bad snowy signal. Normally wouldnt mind but with our son so tired we had a few nights in.More
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