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Holiday Village Algarve Balaia
Ranked #98 of 521 Hotels in Algarve
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Back on the 30th May, having spent a week here and I must say it was very nice. The staff were really good as was the food. Very clean hotel, lovely apartments.The entertainment team did a great job. I dont undrestand some of the negative reviews, but the brits always find something to moan about, we have been to three holiday villages, this is tops so far. I would certainly go back. For those of you reading this, dont be put off by the negatives - give it a go!

Room Tip: Corner Rooms are nice, with an extra balcony
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Such high hopes for this holiday. Cost a fair whack and was recommended by several people - we thought this would be amazing. Sadly, it fell far short of this. The "restaurant" was little more than a canteen serving British food, with the odd Portuguese "speciality" for good measure. The noise level in here was atrocious. It was so loud, I had to shout across a table for 4 people to engage in conversation. The accommodation was nice - beds could do with being changed, but nice decor etc. Housekeeping wasn't fantastic. There was half an inch of dust on the bedside tables at the end of 2 weeks. The entertainment staff did a good job, however, they seemed to think that all the music needed to be at nightclub volumes - again, not great around the main pool or indeed whilst eating lunch outside. The evening entertainment was held in The Venue. Little more than a dingy social club which smelt of drains!!

All in all, a real shame to be honest. The local towns were nice, people were very very friendly - would revisit the Algarve, but I'm afraid we will never visit a Holiday Village again!

Room Tip: Go for block 2 - down some steps, but away from the main campus and the noise
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Well where shall we start???

The day we arrived we had rain which reminded us of home so straight away Hubby wanted to go home, 2nd day was rain but we went into the indoor pool and tried to make the most of it.
3rd day the sun came out in the afternoon and the FUN began :)

The hotel - As we have been to the Costa HV this one is on alot smaller scale, but fantastic!!! Everything is within walking distance for all activities. The rooms are spacious and always clean and tidy, hotel is always clean, can't fault them at all :) The management of the hotel are lovely, friendly and very helpful on many occasion did we pop to reception, questions answered and help given :)

The Food - Great selection and some days couldn't decide what to have, all restaurant staff very friendly - and Dee always welcomes you with a smile for Breakfast, Lunch & Tea :) Also Laura was a fab Bar maid in the Tavern Bar

The Kids Reps - FAB FAB FAB, wish we could have gone to kids clubs as the family activities were crazy!!!! Charlotte and her gang (as i can't remember all your names) were great the kids (and big kid Simon) had a great holiday with all the activities- Leanne look us up when you are back in December, we'll meet in Aylesbury

The Evening Entertainment - Classic laugh a minute!!!!
SAM, I will miss my dip in the pool with you, even if it was cold ;)
Sam, Adam, Miles, Hannah & Rhian you are all so talented and dont know where you get all your energy - you're always smiling and so happy - You've all made our holiday one to remember :)

Swim & Football Academy - Our daughter could not swim before we went on holiday and now after 5 lessons with Dieter she is confident and using the technics he has been teaching them. My son can swim, but since being with Dieter for 5 lessons has got confidence and now swims with his face under water.
Our Son did Football this year as we met Steve at Costa HV last year through the academy - Again you have 2 great coaches there, Steve & Ryan - I have been asked to say the adult football has crippled my husband lol

We have had a fab holiday, meeting new families and ones from last years holiday - but most of all the REPS made this holiday one to remember xxx

Will miss you all
Dippy, Moody Boy, Connor & Amber xxxx

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1  Thank Fordy419
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Just got back from a week at holiday village. 1st time booking with first choice and probably last. The hotel facilities and food are ok but never more than a week as does get pretty repetitive. There's a similar hotel opposite called alfagar apart hotel which you can book self catering and it's not full of English, nice mix of nationalities and same facilities. First choice entertainment is stuck in the 80's with evening bingo, pool party which consists of the staff blaring out awful cheesy music to everyone sitting peacefully round the pool, dancing round the pool. The 'craziest' bit is when they jump in the pool, however this is deserved punishment as the pools are freezing. Our daughter is 6 and did not really enjoy the kids clubs as they tend to mix 3-8 year olds together and consequently cater for the younger one's. The evening entertainment is in a room which feels like a function room at butlins, you soon forget you are somewhere very beautiful. We ended up going out of the resort everyday after the 2nd day to find some class beaches, local one (santa eulalia) is very nice and Arrifes is very beautiful.

In summary if you want class don't book here and if you want Blackpool in the sun definitely book here

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

This is our second time at this holiday village (2 adults & 2 kids). we travelled 9-16 may. The weather was great, although it rained on our last morning but cleared by 12. Please take no notice of any bad reviews....its a fantastic hotel. The rooms have a fully fitted kitchen just like home, it was not needed as we always go here all inclusive. The rooms are big, beds comfy and you have individual aircon in the living room and bedroom. The hotel itself is very clean and well kept. The staff are very helpful and will do anything asked of them. The reps work tirelessly providing activities all day for all ages. The kids clubs are great and I know my children 5 & 3 are catered for and very safe. The food is of a good standard, always plenty to choose from no matter how fussy you are. The only slight downside is that the beach is about 5 min drive away. Although that never bothered us as the are plenty of pools and slides for the kids. Its a short taxi ride to the strip or old town and costs about 5 euro. All in all we love this place and have already booked to go back later in the year, a lot of people we've met there do. Keep up the good work!!!!!

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I would like to erase doubt over some troubled people on here about this hotel. We had reservations after booking when reading some of the previous reviews last year but I would say they are people who complain or moan because they can or their poor experience was a reflection of their own issues ( fussy - pessimistic - etc ). Come on - get over yourselves!!!!
HOTEL:- Clean and well looked after. Split into 2 main blocks
RECEPTION STAFF - Helpful - good English
CLEANERS - Excellent - spoke English - cleaned daily, towels every two days
FOOD - fantastic choice, never the same, hot, well presented, some food cooked in front of you. It was far better than we expected. Food was replaced instantly.
DRINKS - as you would expect.
SUN LOUNGERS - plenty to go around - towel policy, but did see the odd family flout the rules, however in general no mad rush to get a lounger.
ROOMS - We were in Room 001 in Block 1 just down from the reception. Double balcony end corner. These are the rooms to go for. Flat screen TV, with USB and HDMI. Was able to plug kids android tablet into socket to watch movies when they needed to chill out from the pool and general excitement. The TV's had local BBC and ITV channels if that's your bag! Ours was clean and bigger than expected, sliding doors to separate us and the kids ( Family Room ). Also had modern and clean kitchen at end of the room. Air con, shower, bath, hairdryer, twin balcony.
NOISE - This room and others at the end are quiet. Its people that make hotels noisy so it will travel down corridor if people shout. Other than that quiet for sleeping.
STAFF - Entertainment during the day is constant and great fun. There is plenty for kids and family activities to do. Pool party etc.
NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT - funny or what. It's the staff that make it and obviously can't vouch for the future but if you're travelling this year I expect you will see the same bunch. SAM and ADAM are hilarious and the rest make up a great entertainment bunch.
POOLS - there are several. Main pool looks lovely with the surroundings, Splash area, Pool with slides ( Kids loved this one ) which includes food hatch for AI food and drink offers. They all look lovely, they are clean and safe, my only gripe which is pretty much common with all, is they are cold. Didn't stop the kids going in everyday.
In general this was a great fun packed holiday, there are two tennis courts, a three quarter sized football pitch with artificial grass, archery range, indoor pool ( didn't use it though ) 3 pool tables, two internet enabled PC's a few arcade machines.
One other matter that concerned a lot of people was being put in block 2. Our room overlooked the steps to block 2 which has a few steps to be honest. I saw plenty of people push their buggy's up and down. Hey it's a good way to burn off that great, plentiful food. If you have problems getting around then it may be a hindrance, other than that it took me and my 5 year old 20 seconds if that to get up them after going to the supermarket which is at the end of block 2. Since I was on holiday I didn't see the rush to get up the steps in a hurry anyway - who cares!
What more can I say! We are not Chavs, this isn't a Haven site in the sun. We are an easy going family with good standards and morals with well mannered children.
Well done first choice and thanks for a great holiday. I will up some pictures soon to show you all how lovely it all it.
The Robinsons :)

Room Tip: Block 1 - End of building - we were in room 001 in block 1 - Double balcony low noise - sun in morni...
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This was the first time I have been away in 11 years. Never been to Portugal before. The only thing I would say is, the weather wasn't great so I wouldn't recommend going in May. Never been all inclusive either, loved it. The food was really nice and there was loads of variety. The hotel was clean and the room was spacious with a fab balcony. The hotel, as a whole was worth the money. The evening entertainment kept my son entertained and the reps at first choice were very friendly and approachable. Didn't use the kids club but there's loads of info displayed in the reception area.

Very very good. Recommend this hotel.

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Address: Balaia, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve
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