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 322 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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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.

Buffet restaurant

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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very good hotel for very good price

I was there with family in april 2015, first time in Portugal, hotel have a 3 pools outside and 2 inside,food was really good, everyday difrient, room service very good. clean and tidy, i will recomended that hotel to my friendsMore

Mariusz Z, Basingstoke, United Kingdom

warming up for the Holiday village season

We stayed at Alto da Colina 6th-13th April,booking through Travel republic,after coming here last October with First choice as a Holiday village, as many other people found out not only is their no F,C reps there,half of the facilities were closed, like the kids splash park,pool bar, evening entertainment etc..Even though we were A.I getting anything other than a coke or beer in the day was a nightmare, you had to be fully dressed to go into the main restaraunt and ask there for a drink,not great when you are sat by the pool. Also unfortunately there was 60 french students there for the week,though they were in Block 2 but as the restaraunt over there was closed they would descend en masse into the main one making it seem like a canteen,we ate early every night to avoid them. The lack of evening entertainment left us playing 1 euro a pop games all night,although you could go to the sister hotel over the road some way and pay for your drinks and be entertained,not fair when you"ve paid A,I. The rooms are fab as i"ve said before,really spacious,this time we was in 332 overlooking the pool and the sea in the distance. we hired a car for the week and had some good trips up to the old town ,and different beaches,and spent 2 days at Zoomarine.we had one day of non-stop rain midweek,and as everyone was climbing the walls we were treated too half an hour of kareoke !! flew with easyjet,perfect,bob on time .all in all we made the best of things but would not go out of the Holiday village season again.More

BellasmummyUk, Warrington, United Kingdom

Not 4 Stars!!

Just arrived back from the Alto da Colina what can I say, over the years I have always given honest fair opinions so here goes Arrived with 35 others on a coach, we were the only guests in the hotel ( first 2 days were with 50 French students! (Age 16)) I booked this hotel 4 weeks before departure as the reviews were good and a good price for all inclusive, even though we were a couple we were not bothered by children as the reviews had spoken for them selves we arrived, check in was easy however they wanted to scan credit or debit cards for deposits! TV control, air condition control, towels, safe key = 30 euros per item! Rooms - 1 bedroom apartments dated but cleaned every day so no complaints and clean towels When we booked First choice promoted the resort 3 pools, mini market (closed), play areas (closed), entertainment (minimal) 2 x A la carte restaurants (Closed), pool bar (closed all day), buffet restaurant Pool bar opened at 5 during the day you had to go into the restaurant if you wanted a drink and help yourself, I dont have a problem with this howeveryou have to get fully dressed and when you are by the pool this becomes annoying.Even in the evening you had to drink out of plastic glasses in the bar area Not 4 star standard Food - first day roast beef and yorkshire pudding and fish fingers for children- we are in portugal where is the traditional food, and the vegetarian section was with meat products not what you would locate, the food for me was the big issue, it was not hot, everything was just a luke warm temperature, it was 2 days before I had a hot meal and that was in Albuferia when husband took me out to lunch! we then ate out 3 times over the week we was there just to ensure we had eaten hot food and not lived on Salad we had 3 kinds of entertainment - Monday reptile show - 25 mins, wed a singer - 1 hour and friday parrot show 20 mins not really anything esciting, no mini disco , no activities, no music around the pool area, just a TV in the pool bar playing music channels The Alto da Colina had a sister hotel (Alfagar) approx 400 metres down the road we never visited however we were given a full leaflet promoting food, super market, hairdresser, entertainment every night, bar areas, however we were informed every day that our all inclusive did not work in this hotel - so they hyped the hotel then told us to pay! I appreciate this was the begining of the season and quiet however my money is as good in April as anyone elses in May, June and July!! Would I go back NO - however if everything was open in full season the children would have a fab time and mayhem! however the biggest problem I have was the food it should always be hot and plentiful nd not needing microwaving before eatingMore

1norfolkbroad, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Easter holiday fun!

Just back from a week all inclusive here.....despite what some say it's clearly advertised if booked through First Choice that there is limited entertainment and some activities are not available before 1st May. We enjoyed that, can only imagine how busy this place will be when it becomes a Holiday Village in May. The staff are all really friendly and happy to help out. We booked a private taxi (through First Choice) for the return to the airport on departure but it didn't show and reception helped us massively by asking one of the staff to drive us to the airport in their minibus (thanks Laurent!), which was above and beyond. Food was decent, plenty of healthy options at least which is good for all inclusive. The pools were chilly but ok once you were in them! Room was spacious, didn't seem dated and the cleanliness of the whole resort couldn't be faulted. We met some lovely people there and our 5 year old had a great time. For the price we paid, it was great value for a week in the sun at Easter. If entertainment and being pampered and being waited on is your thing this isn't the hotel for you, but if you want a peaceful location for a nice family break then it is. Also, you can use the splash pool at the sister hotel Alfagar which is great fun if the sun is out!More

Simon G, London, United Kingdom

Not 4* at all - I wont go back.

Okay, here we go. The hotel itself is nice but not a 4 * , the rooms are spacious but the decor is very dated. For the hotel I would say an excellent 2* or an average 3 * If you read the First Choice write up it states 3 swimming pools. - there was one outdoor and one indoor , the other 1 was not not open because 1/2 the hotel is shut... The food is nice, nothing special though. There is no outdoor bar or waiter service, if you want a drink before 5pm you have to go into the restaurant and pour your own, but if you want a g&t before 5pm, you have to find someone who is able to go behind the bar and get it for you. that took 20 minutes one day. Once the Bar is open they serve you in plastic cups, I am a mature family lady, why the hell should i have to drink out of plastic cups.... appalling... this is why it is not a 4* in any shape or form... The Bar is dull and miserable and looks more like a canteen than a bar...... No atmosphere or Character at all. While we stayed there we hired a car for 2 days to explore the rest of the Algarve, we were all inclusive but the hotel would not provide a packed lunch for us as we were not going on organised trips. I have never ever experienced this in any all inclusive hotel before..... just not good customer service in my mind, we have already paid for meals so what harm would it have done to pack us up some fruit, drink and sandwiches. On 2 of the 7 nights there was family entertainment, however I use the word entertainment lightly from 9pm to 9.20 pm ( yes that is right 20 minutes only ) 2 people came it first with reptiles and then with parrots. after the 20 minutes they invited children up to hold the reptiles, I got up with my phone to take a photo to be told very abruptly that i could not take a photo as she was a professional and she was the only person allowed to take photos. ( She was not a professional in any shape or form, my other half is and the you can tell the difference ) .. I found this quite offensive and pointed out that the only person allowed to take photographs of my young son was me, so they took the animal away from my son and said if he wants to hold it I would have to pay 10 Euros. To say i was livid is an understatement. I complained to the hotel who took no notice at all and 3 days later they were back again with parrots doing the exact same thing. thankfully only 1 person in the week I was there paid the 10 euros for a photo. If they had charged 3 or 4 euros and actually been polite about it they may have done better. We were told that there was entertainment in the sister hotel but our all inclusive was not honoured in there, so the choice was, a) sit in an dull bar with no atmosphere, music or entertainment while drinking out of plastic cups or b) go to the sister hotel, pay for our drinks out of glasses and enjoy good entertainment. we did the latter, yet we had not expected to have to do this..... really poor yet again.. Why should we have to pay for drinks in the sister hotel when we have already paid for all inclusive..... We always do an all inclusive early on in the year, and always go for 4* or 5 so I am extremely confident in saying this is nowhere near a 4 * . We have travelled with first choice numerous times and i cannot understand how they can rate this as they have because in comparison with other hotels this is low low low.........More

kAREN K, Macclesfield, United Kingdom

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Alto da Colina
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 322 customer reviews
from £491.49