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 302 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 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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Poor quality food in a sunbed graveyard!

The Good, the Bad and the very, very Ugly!! Travelled here in October half-term as a single parent with a 12 year-old, having booked it as a late deal for £530 each for the week, all-inclusive. I have to say I would have been VERY upset and disappointed if I had paid full brochure price for this holiday. It was the last week of the First Choice "Holiday Village" season and I felt that once most guests had departed on the Thursday, those of us left until the Sunday were treated as second class citizens, just in the way really! I will try to give an honest and balance opinion: Rooms: Quick check-in. One bed apartment in block 1 was excellent - clean, spacious and well equipped. Comfy beds and pillows. Shower good. Huge balcony with a beautiful view but spoiled by the cheap, uncomfortable plastic chairs. The start of a recurring theme... Pool towels provided are large and soft, but then the bathroom towels are tiny, thin and scratchy. Like a lot of things in this place, the corner cutting just spoils it. We requested a quiet room and paid for a sea view - well worth the extra £28 as we were given top floor (4th) at the far end, so very quiet with a breath taking view. If you don't pay for a sea view you will most likely be in the dreaded block 2 where there are no sea view rooms. Food. Oh dear. We are not fussy eaters but found the food poor quality. Caterring present food beautifully and I got the impression they are making the best of a very tiny budget. It was mostly poor quality, processed, over cooked rubbish. Desserts were 101 ways to present Angel Delight. They seriously need to address the food temperature issue. Not once did I see it being checked so food was mostly lukewarm. Salads cooled by one small desk fan - really?? I know all hotels use leftovers but here it was stretching recycling to way past the limit. We had a bit of a joke going, betting how many times a "new" food would reappear in a different form...sometimes we lost count!! In fairness, breakfasts were quite good, apart from the "juice" (tasted like undiluted squash) and disgusting coffee. There was a snack bar in the splash park which was filthy - the lazy girl just sat reading while flies buzzed around the gunked up mayo & sauce bottles. It doesn't even do hot drinks. Tried booking the "A-la-Carte" restaurant and was told it was full. That was a plain lie - when we checked later, it was actually shut! Second-class citizens again... Drinks: Decent selection on the A/I apart from rubbish cocktails. However, some drinks ran out 2 days before the end of our holiday and weren't replenished. I drink very little and only Baileys but this ran out by the Friday so for the last 2 days I was teetotal. Bar staff just shrugged. Like I said, we were just a nuisance... Pools: Plenty to choose from, area nice if you didn't look to close at the green algae round the edges and the weeds growing between tiles. Grubby baby pool in the splash park - I wouldn't put a baby in there! Splash park great for kids up to 12, but don't count on the lifeguard, he sits playing on his phone. Indoor pool ok but not heated. Not once did I see the pool areas being cleaned and the only time sunbeds were straightened was on the last day of season. Ah, the sunbeds... there were a few new ones and as the hotel was quiet we didn't have a problem getting one but I can imagine in high-season it would be a bun fight as most were old, mouldy, saggy and uncomfortable. Many were broken. Why does a hotel with such potential let itself down with such basics? Pool areas infested with flies which we were told was a problem everywhere but I didn't experience it outside of the complex or at the beach! There is a hotel minibus to the beach at 10am but it returns at 1pm. Albufeira town (the Strip) is a dump. Went one evening with my daughter but didn't feel safe. The old town was much better, felt safe to wander around there and some nice shops. Don't bother with the trip to Loule (Gypsy Market) that the rep said was great. It was awful - hardly any stalls, mostly rubbish and some of the gypsies are at best rude, at worst aggressive - another guest from my hotel was grabbed and verbally abused when she declined to buy. So, would I go here again? Probably not unless the food quality went up and the hotel invested in the things that let it down so badly, like sunbeds. These are not little gripes - don't we all go on holiday to lie on a sunbed and splash in a pool, eat delicious food washed down by our favourite tipple and soak up the view from our balcony on a comfy chair?? Alto da Colina and First Choice, you need to start listening to your customers...More

mermaidsmum, Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Simply the best!

Just come back from a fortnights holiday. Stayed in block two, but for those who couldn't walk up a few steps, block one was available. We normally go 4-5 star. - however the hotel etc, and food was some of the best I have in years! We only got one mosquito in our room in two weeks! There were a few flys around but it would be unfair of me to imply that was due to lack of cleanliness. If someone was ill, in my opinion it was nothing to do with the hotel HACCP. Staff were polite and friendly, even the grounds staff were multilingual. Most annoying experience of this and other recent holidays are the 2% or so, of rude, perpetual complainers, trouble makers and generally enervating people. Could do with some sort of people filter on trip advisor!More

Lou2020s, Bolton, England, United Kingdom


Just back from a week at the Alto da Colina , Albufeira. The hotel is great, lots of reps who were extremely helpful & friendly. Restaurant had a variety of food each day, we were a party of grandparent, daughters & grandchildren & all were catered for, children enjoyed being able to choose each day.The restaurant staff were polite & kept tables cleared & clean.Lots of entertainment which the children & adults enjoyed going to. Rooms were spacious & clean, we were in family rooms, although we were all inclusive there was a fully stocked kitchen area for use if needed.Reception staff were helpful & polite. Definitly a place we would like to return too. About 35 mins from the airport.More

rosemary6152, Dawlish, United Kingdom

Winter family break

Excellent hotel. We stayed here over Christmas and New year and the complex was very quiet. We had a sea view which was beautiful and definitely recommend. Apartment was large, clean and the balcony was huge, perfect for eating out on! The weather was warm but chilly in the morning and especially at night. I wouldn't bother with taking shorts this time of year. The bar and restaurant was closed for winter but you can eat in the buffet restaurant at the sister hotel (Alfagar) but we ate out in other restaurants in the area. The cottage restaurant was our favourite! .... The indoor pool was open from 10am till 7pm and is heated. Our visit to Lagos zoo was fantastic and a great day out. We had a lovely time and are already planning our next visit! 😃More

angie111003, Waterlooville, United Kingdom

'Overall good for the price we paid (December 2014)'

We booked this hotel because the reviews were mainly favorable and the price was good. It’s a very large hotel and we visited off season. The bars and restaurant were closed. Their sister restaurant were open for food across the road however we did not try it. The girl on reception when we arrived was really pleasant and friendly as was the gentleman the next morning. Our room/apartment was very large, fourth floor, looking over to the side as opposed to sea view. There are great ceiling to floor windows in the bedroom and sitting room and the view was great. Great big flatscreen TV, its in the sitting room and no chance of looking at it from the bed. Had a number of english channels. Huge sitting/dining/kitchen area. Kitchen has all you need to be self sufficient, but no wine glasses, tea towel or sink cloth. Apartment was very clean and well maintained. Bed was hard and not the most comfortable, but we have experienced worse. The pillows had plastic protector but you could take it off if you wanted. It was a little chilly in December and apartment was not particularly cosy but it would probably be perfect in the summer. It had a huge balcony with four chairs and a table and the view was great. We noticed that there was a good few small black flies on the ceiling of the balcony, this meant we could not leave the doors open this was not an issue for us as it was December and perhaps the flies are not there in the summer. Two issues I would have; the complex says it has a gym, it does not ! There is a basement room under the pool area (it smells like chlorine and is not for the claustrophobic); it holds very little and I would describe it as a very poor and sad gym and if you could manage a work out, I imagine it would be bad for your health because of the stuffiness. Also €7 per day for your wifi in the room, and that’s per day even if you are there for two weeks! Wifi in the reception is free. If you have issues with noise, the eclectic panel inside the door of the apartment has a fairly loud hum; bit like an annoying fridge. Takes about 20 minutes to walk to the ‘strip’ from the hotel and over an hour to walk to the ‘old town’. Overall a huge hotel apartment, that was quiet (except for the electrical hum) for a reasonable price in December (I would not stay in the summer, it would be my ideal of hell) and depending on the price in the summer could be ideal for a family resort holiday, if that's what your looking for, as long as you are not counting on having a Gym.More

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