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.
2 bedroom apartments have twin bedrooms, kitchenette, shower in 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.
This was our third visit and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves once again. The one bed apartment has lots of space and everything you would need for SC even though we were AI. The room was clean and the cleaners came every day except one which was a bank holiday in Portugal, this was notified in advance so no problems there. This hotel is firmly aiming at families so there is always something going on, its up to you how much you want to join in, our children prefer the family activities over the kids club now they are a bit older but they are still pleased when they get a certificate for winning something. The pools are fantastic, we spent most of the day by the activity pool where things are happening all day long. The quiet pool looked good when we went to block 2 for the shop. The slide pool area was a lot busier. The kids loved the high ropes course, we did have a problem on the first day as we got there are 9.50 for a 10am session to be told it was fully subscribed. We got there earlier on day 2 and got on, then they changed the system so you could book your time at the reps desk to save you hanging around. It would seem that they were taken by surprise that older children had arrived in the half term week! The restaurant is very good considering they are mass catering, there is always plenty of choice and something for everyone. We went to the Italian and this was very good, delicious pizzas and it was nice to be served rather than going to the buffet. The main restaurant does get busy, particularly for evening meals, but this is to be expected when you have a family hotel and most people want to make the most of the sun/activities then there is a short window to eat before going to the evening entertainment, having said that there were always tables free when we wanted to eat, at worst we had to wait a couple of minutes for clean cutlery to be put out. The entertainment team were very good and we enjoyed the kids and adult shows. The sports coaches were also good. The sunbed situation at the main pool did leave some people annoyed. Sunbeds cannot be reserved before 9 am, if you do leave towels on them the reps clear them away unless you are there. This works OK but the problems arise during the day. If you go to do one of the activities, or go in for lunch, you end up leaving your stuff on the sunbeds as you don't know how long you will be, you are not really going to take it all into your room, then bring it out again in half an hours time. I witnessed one group threatening to throw peoples towels in the pool as there were no beds available when they got to the pool, and several were left with towels on and no sign of any people using them. This could easily be solved by having more sunbeds, and letting people use them on the grass areas, there is plenty of room for another 50 or so beds. We were only there for 1 week so only ventured out once,taking a tuk-tuk to the old town, this is a must for anyone visiting Albufeira for the first time, its the best way to travel around in our opinion and not much more than a taxi. This is a great hotel for a family holiday, as a repeat visitor it is nice to be recognised by Thierry and by Dave (swim coach) it shows they are fully engaged in their jobs and not just on auto pilot. Well done to everyone, we probably wont be back but this is because we have been there 3 times now and there are other places to visit.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
I travelled with my husband , two daughters, one of which had her partner and two children also. This hotel met all our needs and we wished we were staying longer than the week. The entertainment programme for the children was excellent - my grandson loved the swimming and football academies, my granddaughter loved the widgets and they both loved all the evening entertainment. we thought the food in the general restaurant was great - lots to choose from and we all ate well. We were less impressed with the a la carte options but it was nice to have a couple of meals served to us . The pools were great, we were in block two which was quieter and often used the more peaceful pool there. I thought the enforcing of the rule around non reserving of sunbeds was a good idea and gave people a fair shot at getting a decent position - although we always got beds near the quiet pool anyway. Kids loved the slides and water park. We only went out a couple of times - for a great day at Zoomarine (fab) and a couple of beach trips but really there was no reason to leave as there was so much to enjoy on site. The only very slight negative was that we just couldn't drink the spirits - they were awful - the beer was fine though and we aren't big drinkers so no worries there ! we would love to go back and have no hesitation in recommending !More
We were travelling as a family group. Mum and Dad, 2 children and both sets of Grandparents. We travelled with First Choice in early June for a one week break. My wife and I were more than a little apprehensive as we are not keen on all inclusive holidays following a previous bad experience. What a difference we had a lovely time. The hotel/resort was first class. The facilities for children were amazing and on this trip I have to compliment the First Choice reps who were based at the hotel they were !excellent!! Kelly was the one I dealt with mainly and she really corrected my negative thoughts on Thomson reps. If a problem cropped up they were there to help correct it. A Very Hearty thanks to Kelly and her happy band of colleagues. The hotel accommodation consisted of individual suites. Double bedroom, sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, entrance foyer and a bathroom with full size bath with shower over and even a bidet. The balcony was very big with access from sitting room or bedroom and gave us a superb view over the 3 swimming pools and gardens. The food in the restaurant was very good with a large and varied choice at each mealtime. the staff here were helpful and efficient. All in all a pleasant experience despite the unusually bad weather we encountered. dadMore
Just got back from a weeks stay at Alto da Colina. Very speedy check in. The staff were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The menu catered for all tastes and I particularly enjoyed the fresh prawns and fish. The restaurant made a cake for my daughters birthday which made her day special. The snacks in the pool bar were made to order and filled in the gap when you were feeling peckish. The accommodation was bright and cheerful and made me feel at home.More
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