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 296 reviews

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

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. Snacks 11.00-17.00.

Drink

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.

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.

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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 six times per week, linen changed twice 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 six times per week, linen changed twice per week. Deposit needed for the TV remote.

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Great first impression of Holiday Villages

Just back from a very enjoyable week at the Holiday Village Algarve, being our first visit, Myself, partner (and excited three year old) were unsure what to expect, but left very satisfied with our experience. As a young family, the hotel, staff and facilities met most if not all our needs. The five pools, splash park and water slides meant that daytime pool sessions remained varied and interesting during our week stay, although as many reviews before me have mentioned the pools are quite cold for children even the indoor one. The swim academy, was a fantastic experience for our little'un, and would recommend to any parents who have young children taking their first steps in learning to swim. The swim coach Becca, was brilliant in encouraging our daughter, who started the week screaming every time we left her side, to being able to swim a width of the pool by the end of the week. We found the dining experience enjoyable, the staff do a good job, providing a varied number of dishes at lunch and dinner. IMO, the vast majority of food was of a very high standard, offering options for both adults and children, with both local dishes and 'home comforts'. Bread is often dry, and dessert options seem a bit limited, but overall we rated it very highly. The Portuguese A la Carte was well worth the visit, a great selection of mains, and a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the buffet. The bars were well staffed during our stay, service quick and friendly. The inclusive selection of drinks were a bit limited, but pretty standard against other all inclusives. Tried to refrain from giving our daughter too much of the fruit juice, as it was very strong and rather sugary. Rooms were cleaned to a good standard everyday, and the general standard of the hotel and surroundings were very high throughout our stay. The area that really makes this hoilday village stand out though is the first choice staff and entertainment team. We can't speak highly enough of the job these guys do the make the kids experience as enjoyable as possible. although the evening entertainment will become repetitive for adults, the kids seem to absolutely love it, the entertainment team really throw themselves into it with great energy. Traveling during October, you always risk poor weather, as was the case for the final three days of our holiday, when the heavens opened and we experienced an torrential algarve downpour. The First Choice team showed their best qualities during this time organizing 'rain parties' and film sessions to relieve the frustrations and kids and parents alike. Of the excursions on other, we only attended two, the ZooMarine, which was a great day out with lots to do, and the slide and splash park. The latter had good facilities, but not enough to do for our three year old to keep her entertained for more than a couple of hours, let alone all day. We would definitely recommend the alto da colina to young families like our selves, and will be exploring the holiday village experience again in the future.More

Liam P, Swindon, United Kingdom

Honeymoon at the Holiday Village

We have just returned from a 2 week honeymoon stay at the Holiday Village Algarve (Alto Da Colina) and we had an amazing stay and could not recommend it more, especially for families. This Hotel is listed as 4 star+ but as a family hotel it is easily 5 star as there is everything you need and could want available on site. Add to this the fantastic entertainment team, great hotel staff and really good food available on All Inclusive and you cannot go wrong. As this was our Honeymoon I did a lot of research before we went, I read the negative reviews and had some reservations but as it had already been booked there was not much I could do. The negative feedback seemed to be based upon location and quality of food. First of all the location is not REMOTE as some people say. That would imply to me you were cut off from everything and would struggle to get to the town centres or touristy locations of Albufeira. This is not the case unless £5 each way in a taxi is beyond your budget. Reception will order a taxi and we generally did not have to wait long, ten minutes later you are in Old Town with its quaint little streets, shops, market stalls and restaurants. Just off the main square is the route to (In my opinion) the best Beach. It has great Beach bars, loads of space and stunning scenery. During the ten minute cab ride to Old Town you will pass through New Town, this again is just a very cheap very quick taxi ride but can easily be walked in around 25mins. We did not venture into New Town as we were with young children and Old Town was the place for us but it had plenty of bars and restaurants on the strip. With regard to the food and Hotel itself it gets 5/5 from us. I do not understand how people gave these aspects low scores unless they were very unlucky and had a bad experience. That was not the case with us; the food was varied and plentiful with locally sourced fish on the menu almost every day. The English menu was always very popular however I didn’t eat anything from it during our 2 week stay as I had many options and did not need to revert to English. The food is fresh no matter what time during service you go in and is constantly replenished. The Hotel was always immaculate and the rooms were cleaned to a good standard everyday bar Sunday. The reception staff are fantastic and very helpful, especially the man who manned the desk overnight till early morning, I didn’t get his name but he helped get the Doctor out to our Daughter and arranged for and spoke to the Taxi driver to take me to the Old Town to the overnight Pharmacy. The entertainment team were brilliant, they make the holidays for the Kids and they put on great evening entertainment. I was lucky enough to walk away with the very sort after Russell the Brussell T-shirt after being awarded Man of the Match at Water Polo; they really play on these details and make it all a lot of fun. The energy the have is staggering and they deserve credit. We went during non-peak times so we had no problem with getting tables at the entertainment venue or anything else and we cannot comment on that. Special mention to the Swimming Academy coaches who filled our Daughter with confidence and had her swimming without support in no time. Becca became a favourite during our stay but they are all excellent and if you can spare the money it is well worth it. Overall fantastic stay loved every minute and plan to go back in May! P.S. Only criticism would have been the pillows as they sound like a packet of crisps when you’re trying to sleep on them, however we found out ON THE LAST NIGHT that you can remove this cover and then they become very comfortable indeed.More

Jay S, Manchester, United Kingdom

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

Amazing Time

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

Capppy, Brighton

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 – 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

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