Just back from a week at Holiday Village (also known as Alto da Colina) in Balaia, Portugal. Hotel resort was fantastic for families. We stayed with your 2.5 year old daughter and she had a fantastic time. The First Choice Reps were amazing, just so dedicated to making it a great holiday experience and always happy to help or answer questions. We stayed self-catering so didn't eat in the buffet restaurant, but we did eat in the hotel's own portuguese restaurant which was ok - not a great selection of food. Had the piri piri chicken which was very bland! We were expecting some 'heat' from the sauce but didn't get any. There is a shop onsite which is okay and handy for us next to block 2 - we took a lot of packet foods with us to save money and im glad we did as the same pasta packets were in the shop and much more expensive! There isn't much around the hotel to be honest - it's not a busy 'resort' - we walked about 20mins up the hill towards Olhos d'Agua to a bigger supermarket there one day and stocked up on some salads which were better than what was on offer in the hotel shop.
We ate in the 3 Maria's 3 times during our week and the food was just soooooooo good and pretty reasonable prices too - It is just up the road to Olhos d'Agua and about a 10-15min walk. We tried the portuguese cataplana which was a fish dish and was yummy! It was 25 Euros for 2 people and was served in a big silver dish with 3 types of white fish, lots of prawns and clams in a lovely light sauce based on tomatoes and corriander I think it was - served with lots of boiled rice. Also had 2 great steaks there. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the staff were really nice and friendly and I would definately recommend it - they do a meal-deal type thing as well for about 11 euros per person for a 3 course meal - it wasn't really out kind of food as we like to try local stuff - but if you are just looking for fish and chips, omelettes, soups and desserts then it seemed good value.
Back to the hotel - there are lots of swimming pools and plenty of seating areas. We stayed by the family/kids splash pool most of the time and our daughter loved it! There is just so much for kids to do, and when the kids are happy it makes a difference! You even get towels free and changed 3 times a week for taking to the pool!
We stayed in Colina Block 2 and i'm glad we were in that block, it was much quieter (apart from the noisy neighbours above us who dragged furniture around a lot and had a very noisy boy who whoooped all the time from 7am - he was our 7am alarm clock!). The apartment was a 1 bedroom apt and was really big and spotless clean! I have absolutely no complaints at all about the accommodation or facilities onsite.
If you have young kids then this is a great holiday village to go to, but perhaps not the kind of place if you want to also be in the hub of a busy resort, as it isn't! You can get a taxi easily into Albuferia but we didn't bother.
The Beach was lovely at Santa Eulalia, which was only a short 10 minute walk through the Alfagar hotel/village complex opposite the Holiday Village - you follow signs through the complex for the beach and along the cliff top and down some stairs which are not too steep. We didn't take the buggy though.
We have not been to the other First Choice Holiday Villages so can't compare it - but it was good value, very clean and safe with loads of stuff for everyone to do.
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- Also Known As:
- Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Hotel Albufeira
- Alto Da Colina Aparthotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
- Club Alto Da Colina
- Alto Colina