A trio of outdoor pools hog the limelight at the Holiday Village Algarve. Plus, a couple of restaurants and a kids’ splash park co-star.
The 3 pools take centre stage at this place. They serve up activities and slides, and come paired with kids’ splash pools.
Entertainment is key here – as well as HV Live shows and games, there’s a line-up of pantos and stand-up comedy acts that get top marks from guests.
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Based On 894 reviews
- Official Rating
The ultimate action-packed holiday
- 'HV Live' entertainment, exclusive to Holiday Villages'
- Clubs for 0 to 11 year olds, run to UK standards
- Meet-and-greets with the Widgets
- Expert-run swim, stage and football academies
- Outdoor activities including archery, Water Walkerz and raft-building
- Child-friendly buffets and at least 2 à la carte restaurants
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including kids' evening buffet. 1 visit per week to the à la carte restaurant. Snacks and ice-cream 11.00-17.00.
Unlimited local alcoholic drinks 11.00-23.00. Soft drinks, tea and coffee 10.00-24.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Club
This Holiday Village has a First Choice Kids’ Club that’s split into age groups. There’s Little Stars for 3 to 5 year olds, Super Stars for 6 to 8s and Mega Stars for 9 to 11s. They’re open 7 days a week and most activities are completely free. There’s also a Twinkle Stars crèche manned by qualified UK staff.
Interactive family splash pool with slides.
Evening entertainment programme
Our First Choice team have put together a cast of highly trained entertainers, offering an exciting and diverse range of shows, fun and activities. The programme includes themed and party nights, pop shows, children’s entertainment, cabaret and colourful shows.
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1 Bedroom Apartment with Balcony or Terrace
These spacious apartments have a relaxed feel, with their neutral tones and soft furnishings. They come with a balcony or a terrace for that added space. And they have a twin bedroom, a kitchenette, and a lounge area with 2 sofa-beds. Plus you'll also find air-con, Wi-Fi, and a flatscreen TV included.
1 Bedroom Family Room with Kids' Den and Balcony or Terrace
These light and airy family rooms come with a balcony or a terrace. They have twin beds, and a bunkbed with a kids' den. Plus, you'll also find Wi-Fi*, air-con, and a flatscreeen TV included.
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Not worthy of the holiday village name !!!
Arrived back yesterday after a week of ups and downs ! Where should I start ! When we arrived at the airport we were stood waiting in the HV queue to find out what bus to get on but stood waiting until the rep had finished her conversation with another rep before telling us what bus to get ! Hotel : Hotel very dated and lots of health and safety risks. Slipped over a couple of times, tripped on a slab sticking up by the pool. The grounds of the hotel are lovely but these safety risks need dealing with ! Not worth discussing with the reps as non of them were approachable ! The male rep Ben? Would pass us in the corridor and put his head down rather than speak to us and made no contact for the entire week. Then when we were waiting for the coach to leave we waited around for half an hour he just stood outside for the whole time and did not interact with any guests at all ...... very unprofessional. Obviously needs more training! We did however speak with both the girls on 2 different occasions for separate issues , once to tell them that we had been fed raw chicken a didn't get any feedback! All 3 seem to lack confidence in there job and would hate to think how they would cope in major situation. Restaurant: The main restaurant had no organisation at all , a lack of food choice for a 4 star hotel , lack of staff even the restaurant manager looked scruffy. Thank god for the 2 A La Carte which were enjoyable and the staff were working very hard to make it a pleasurable evening. And even though we were only there a week we also ate out twice just so we didn't have to eat in the madhouse. However the football coach Stu made every effort with our 10 year old to make his holiday fun and an entertaining one. Caroline was the same and interacted with him every time they saw him as were some of the girls from the entertainment team. Terry from the entertainment team could teach some of the reps how to interact with there guests as he obviously has what it takes to make customer experience a good one ! We won't be returning to the holiday village algarve and would question at the standards of a holiday village in the future when looking to book and would advise holiday village users that the is not a very good standard . Very disappointed in some of Thomson choice in staff ! More
Prisioner cell block H
Just returned from 7 night family holiday, although the pools, grounds and young children's facilities were great, this hotel isn't 4 star by any stretch of the imagination especially after paying Â£1200 for 2 adults and a 3yr old. Hotel is made of seemingly two hotels which have been joined together, we stayed in a twin room, block 2. Hotel check in starts by handing over 3 beach towels, one with blood spatters, and a TV remote, held together with sellotape. Twin room had a camp bed thrown in for the child however the room is no where near an adequate size so impossible to move. Raised concerns with the reps who couldn't move room, only offered a hotel change for a further Â£1000 or to take some furniture out. We moved one table into the bathroom and another into the balcony just so we could move round the beds. TV didn't work, couple of light fittings didn't work, beds have all seen better days but the camp bed was nearly in tatters. Room cleaning, towel and sheet changes, I don't believe actually happened although cleaners were doing the rounds each day. Previous guests cheese left in the fridge. Block 2 literally resembles a prison block, very basic, questionable decor, echos of people walking the block. Building work across the road unavoidable, 'restaurant' was a free for all, too loud to have a conversation, each meal time was a case of get in and out in 30 mins. All of which is probably what would be expected from this type of all inclusive. We holidayed early May which is the start of the season but refurbishments in the form of painting in the indoor pool and gym was still going on. We made the most of the holiday and put it down to experience but the hotel is severely lacking in basic facilities, cleanliness or a pleasant atmosphere. Didn't engage with the entertainment so can't comment but very old fashioned and tired format, quizzes round the pool, aqua aerobics etc, very few people seemed to get involved. Fine for a 3 star, if you can find a really good offer but very disappointed based on 4 star rating and price paid and will be making a formal complaint.More
Grandparents holiday with family
We have just returned from a week at the holiday village. The hotel is Very child friendly to the extent of forging adults,but this said the hotel ticked all the boxes for our grand children which is what the holiday was all about. The food choices were fine we all found something to eat although the food is only warm never hot. The buffet restaurant is quite small and so gets very busy early in the evening.plenty of high chairs for the little ones also plastic plates and cutlery so it worked well. We also went to the Portuguese-Italian restaurants both very friendly and also looked after the little ones very well. The pools are very cold to start off but you soon get used to the cold(or you go numb) the children's splash park and slides very good with a small snack bar beside to get drinks and food we also used indoor pool but this is also cold but all pools are great fun for children. We did not use the kids club so cannot comment but the children we saw all looked like they were having fun. We did go to some of the children's evening entertainment pepper pig videos and some other rep lead dancing and games all went down well. Bar service fine only two alcoholic drinks per person can be ordered works well, hot drinks also available. Rooms very good with lots of room we were in block one so a little noisy but not to bad as most people have small children so noise stopped when the shows closed. Overall very good family holiday but not a restfully one if you are not going with children don't expect a adult holiday as this is as it says on the tin a family holiday village.More
Excellent for families and kids alike, overal, a great place
What a lovely place to stay with a 2.5 year old! Lots going on, but wasn't always advertised, if you were not at the main pool you might miss out on knowing that something fun is going on there e.g water sorbs, raft building, paddle boarding etc. Lots of activities for 3 year olds plus at the kids clubs, some of which are also free. Food- plentiful and tasty, but, some things got a little repetitive at times. I am quite fussy, and there was always something to eat. I loved the puddings! Lots of choice at the pool bar, but this could get quite busy as it is small, but the staff do their best -! There is another bar near the quiet pool, it's always quiet and they offer other snacks and drinks. We loved the park and kiddies pool with the slides. There are signs everywhere about not reserving sun beds, however, on some days you had to...some people had to sit on the grass or on the bar seats, there do not seem to be enough for everyone when it's a busy time. On our last night, not sure if it was because there were lots of early flights the next day but the restaurant was packed! We chose to go a little earlier than normal, glad I did, as soon after people were Quing at the enter acne as there were no tables. There are two beaches within walking distance and the old town was lovely, you can get a bus from the hotel for a euro for a return. This was good to break up a ckoudy/rainy day. All of the reps were hard working and friendly. My partner enjoyed an adult game of football, which I think they do a few times a week, he also enjoyed the paddle boarding and high ropes...you have to be over 6. We felt that the children's entertainment went on a bit, my son enjoyed it though. Probably personal preference. Some things like toilets arnt signposted , so took us a while to locate the ones near the kiddies pool. Not suitable if you are not very able bodies...lots of slopes and steps around. Good spacious room. We were glad that we were in the main block 1, as we were close to everything. BUT some people staying on the ground floor corridor made an horrendous amount of noise whilst returning to their rooms at night, e.g kids shouting and slamming doors. We had a really enjoyable time, but I wouldn't want to stay in the school holidays as it would be too busy with too many ques. Not a huge amount to do if it rains, but I would say that's normal!More
Good, but too many little niggles to be great
Just back from 10 days here for a first family holiday with a 1 year old. Hotel is actually 2 joined via a bridge. Block 2 hosts the supermarket, speciality restaurant and a quiet pool. the rest is in and around block 1. Within the hotel there are a number of very steep ramps, not ideal when pushing a child in a buggy, and dangerous when wet. It's actually only used as a holiday village May-Oct, the rest of the time it's an aparthotel 'hotel a colina' . We stayed in block 1, room was spacious and clean, no complaints there. On 2 occasions ran out of hot water, whilst having a cold shower is not great for adults, bigger issue with children needing a bath after a day in and out of pools. Food was generally good, always something to eat, but it's a small restaurant, so choice could be a little limited. Plenty of high chairs, but frequently ran out of children's plates and cutlery, and when it rained restaurant could not cope with the numbers leading to queuing to get in and kitchen couldn't keep up with demand. Pools are cold, outdoors you can accept, but given they run swimming lessons indoors, it might be idea to heat that one a little. Creche and kids club are good. The creche offer a stay and play 12-12.30 daily, which is nice for the younger children to get a sense of normality and out of the sun. Evening venue is too small and warm, on multiple occasions we couldn't get in and thats before the shows. Entertainment itself is exactly what you'd expect at this kind of place, not my cup of tea but can't complain. Daytime entertainment was a little lacklustre. Maybe because it was start of the season, but staff seemed a little under enthused and didn't really promote anything. Hotel offers a coach into the old town twice a day, but you can get a taxi for around 8 euro if you don't fancy their timings. Beaches are nice, if a little walk. While hotel works opposite the nearest beach seemed to be left on the main road, down past the petrol garage and then through the grounds of club med. Overall had a great holiday, just it's just seems a bit of a make do holiday village, missing a number of the touches of others. We did book the baby package through first choice, this was very handy with a steriliser, buggy, blender, bottle warmer, changing may and sun tent all provided in the room. We also used the boots click and collect service to get baby essentials at the airport on way out, certainly saves filling cases with nappies and wipes.More
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This hotel operates as a Holiday Village with all the benefits from May-Oct.