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 346 reviews

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

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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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

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.

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.

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Family holiday

The hotel is huge no wonder they call it Holiday village, it has two blocks 1 and 2 we stayed in 1 the rooms were comfy with air conditioning very clean, its perfect for families with kids its got everything for them 6 or 7 pools, play area, kids clubs, entertainment through the day, high wire like Go ape, the First Choice team on sight kept us entertained day and night they did a fab job and was always there to help, the food was lovely they had a wide choice and desserts were to die for expect to gain a few pounds :-), the only fault i could find was the temperature of the pool was way to cold but it didn't stop people enjoying themselves, Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful holiday keep up the good work, would love to go back highly recommend.More

jennifer b, wolverhampton

Great entertaining holiday and food optimising (SW) heaven!

We spent 2 weeks at this hotel in June /July this year and had a fantastic time. As a single parent I chose this hotel due to the kids club and activities. However, my boys (age 8) only attended 2 sessions as they wanted to spend all their time at the football academy or round the pool with their new-found friends. Jay and Stu (football coaches) were very patient, encouraging and great fun for all the boys to be around. The whole entertainment team were amazing and really gave it everything regardless of the time of day or night. The rest of the hotel staff were also very friendly and helpful and I honestly had no complaints. The food in the main restaurant was excellent, very fresh and frequently replenished. For anyone on slimming world food optimising was easy, with lovely crisp salads at all meal times. There was always ham, chicken, or pasta to help fill you up. Despite having ice cream and desserts twice daily (mainly fruit salads with one spoonful of cake/trifle/meringue etc), I still came home 2 lbs lighter.... Proving that all-inclusive needn't scupper all your pre-holiday preparation. The Italian restaurant has amazing food too and it was a nice change to the self service buffet. Snacks are available at the two smaller pools (boys loved the toasties, hotdogs and chips), but not the main pool. This wasn't a problem as it was only a few minutes walk away. Cleanliness of the rooms was great, and the room was very spacious so we weren't tripping over things. If I had any criticism it would be there was no washing up liquid in the room, and as it was only for the 3 glasses we used and bowls for crisps, we never bought any (sorry to whoever ended up in our room after us, but I strongly suspect most people were also rinsing them!). It would be nice if a small bottle was provided. The ropes course onsite was a great hit for my two, who insisted on one last go one hour before we left for our flight home! I confess I did enjoy it too, even the undignified landing from the zipwire! Once again the entertainment team are great at helping and encouraging when needed. Overall we had a fab time and despite my boys not going to the kids clubs, I still managed to read almost 3 books! The boys want to go back next year, and this time I'll be looking to get them into the swim academy aswell as the football. Very good reports of Dave and his team. 😁😎More

EastLothianSooz, east lothian

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

Henleyfilly, Henley-on-Thames

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

Go elsewhere!

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

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