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Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Celebrate with Friends and Colleagues

During the festive season, the Hotel Garbe is offering the following menus, ideal for office parties, Christmas functions or simply friendly get-togethers
Christmas Lunch
Smoked Salmon
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Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings
Seasonal Vegetables
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Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter
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Coffee and Mince pies
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Wine and Water
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Hats and Crackers
20 Euros per person

Christmas Buffet Breakfasts
Orange, Apple, Tomato Juice
Choice of Cereals
White Break, Brown Bread, Rolls, Brioches, Croissants,
Ham, Salami, Cold Meats, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce,
Bacon, Sausage, Baked beans,
Mushrooms, Eggs
Yoghurt,
Fresh Fruit,
Cake,
Bucks Fizz
12 Euros per person
Available everyday from 2nd December to 23rd December - please book
Or you can choose the menu
just advise us the number of people and the menu you require and we will create a package for you.

Thursday, 24 November 2005

Guest Review

We went to Portugal and stayed in the Hotel Garbe the first week in November and the weather was really hot. The hotel is fantastic and very clean.

We had a sea view room which I recommend, the views were amazing you get to see the sunset.

Whilst in Portugal we had the chance to book some activities during the week so we chose to go on a Jeep Safari and visit Zoo Marine. The Jeep Safari was really good the drivers were very comical and we got to see some gorgeous views and taste some fire water. In Zoo Marine we watched a bird show, sea lion show and best of all the dolphin show. We also booked to swim with the dolphins which is the most wonderful experience ever. The dolphins are so friendly and amazing animals I recommend this activity to everyone its a once in a life time experience that you never forget.

Everyone at the hotel were very friendly and caring. Six of us stayed at Hotel Garbe (3 couples) and whilst we were there we made a huge dolphin sand sculpture which the manager took a picture of and left a free drink in the bar for us. We made alot of elderly friends whilst we were there. The bar in the hotel was quite expensive so I would suggest that you drank in happy hour 7-8pm.We would recommend to eat in the Raj Restaurant in the hotel the food is great. I also recommend the Happy Talk Chinese restaurant nearby to the hotel it was the best Chinese I had ever tasted. We are glad that we went bed and breakfast as we got to eat out in the evenings and there are loads of gorgeous restaurants in the area. The breakfast in the hotel was brilliant and had a wide variety to choose from.

Overall our stay was fantastic we really enjoyed ourselves and are hoping to go back next year.
traveler rating:*****
Armacao de Pera: Hotel Garbe: "brilliant"Nov 15, 2005:
Jade Lynch, Shrewsbury, England

Tuesday, 22 November 2005


Network Spirit of Christmas Fair
Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra
December 1st 11am – 5pm

If you’re already thinking about what to buy your nearest and dearest for Christmas then make a note in your diary to be at the Network ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Fair on December 1st - it is fast becoming the Christmas event in the Algarve.

The Fair is already fully booked and with even more stallholders than last year – more than 55 - you’ll have lots of craft, gift, food, home and fashion ideas to choose from.

And there’s an extra dimension to the Fair this year with a special ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

If granny’s old teapot is gathering dust on a shelf and you’d like to know what it is worth then bring it along to the Garbe on the day of the Christmas Fair. Antiques expert Janice Paull will be happy to give advice on any old items you have you are not sure about (that doesn’t include the wife!) ...and she’ll also be happy to give hints and tips on how you can go about selling them.
Janice is a specialist in English 19th Ceramics, has been a dealer for over forty years. She is also a member of the British Antique Dealers Association, the Antique Council USA and the International Confederation of Art dealers.

Janice is donating her time and will be at the Fair all day from 11am – 5pm. In return she will be asking for donations towards the work of Network, the Fair organisers, the non-profit making organisation for working women in the Algarve. We suggest a donation of 2 euros per item and ask that you do not bring large items of furniture to the Fair.Please call in advance if you need further information.

Adding to the usual fun of the Christmas Fair will be members of Silves Keep Fit for Charity group who will be CAROL SINGING at 11.30 and 3pm, and the Western Ladies Lunch Club are holding a BRING AND BUY CAKE SALE, again in aid of their chosen charity. If you would like to help out you can take donations of cakes and candy with you on the day.

Network is also holding a RAFFLE AND TOMBOLA in aid of their charity of the year, ACCA, which supports children’s charities and deprived children throughout the Algarve. Great prizes already include a weekend break at the Garbe, luxury Christmas Hamper and much more.

Santa will also be taking time off from his busy Festive schedule to be at the Network Spirit of Christmas Fair throughout the day, encouraging passing trade to visit and to guide visitors around the attractions.

Remember, December 1st is the public holiday so gather some family and friends and make a day of it.

Monday, 21 November 2005

Have you ever watched TV coverage of keen swimmers jumping or diving into the Serpentine?

SWIM FOR SHOES


Diary dates - two opportunities to SWIM FOR SHOES where you can have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and help to raise money for children here who are in need of new shoes.

These will be on Christmas Day and New Years Day at 11.00 a.m. on the beach at Armação de Pêra in front of the Hotel Garbe.

All you need to do is turn up with swimwear, towel and go in for a full swim or just a paddle – the choice is yours as long as part of you gets wet ! Then we can all recover in the Hotel Garbe bar where Carlos Simão, the General Manager, has very generously offered a drink of mulled wine on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day to everyone who has taken part.

Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2006 with a new pair of shoes

Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that you do so at your own risk. If you have family and friends staying over the festive season it will certainly be something different to do !

As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered


For further information please contact
Vicki Good 282 320 260 mail@hotelgarbe.com
Verna Kinder 282 449395 pvkinder@mail.telepac.pt

Sunday, 20 November 2005

Diary of Events, December, 2005

Thursday, 1st December – Network Christmas Fair– 10.00am
Thursday, 1st December – Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday 2nd December – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Saturday, 3rd December – Belly Dancing Intermediate Classes 10.00am
Saturday 3rd December – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 4th December – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.00pm
Monday, 5th December – Folklore Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 5th December – Art Exhibition – 6.00pm – Reception Hall
Monday 5th December – Sing a Long with RITA – 9.00pm
Tuesday, 6th December – Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 7th December – Musical Quiz with RITA – 4.00pm
Wednesday, 7th December – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 8th December – Mini Fashion Show – Fiona – 4.00pm
Thursday, 8th December - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday, 9th December – Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday,10th December – Belly Dancing Beginners Classes – 10.00 am
Saturday, 10th December, - Sandra and Jorge – Music for Dancing – 9.00pm
Sunday, 11th December – Carlos Pontes – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Monday 12th December – Art Exhibition – 6.00pm – Reception Hall
Monday 12th December – Nuno – Resident Organist – 9.00pm
Monday 12th December – Sing a Long with RITA – 9.00pm
Tuesday 13th December – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Wednesday, 14th December – Musical Quiz with RITA – 4.00pm
Wednesday, 14th December – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 15th December – Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday 16th December – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Saturday, 17th December - Belly Dancing Intermediate Classes – 10.00am
Saturday 17th December – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 18th December – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.00pm
Monday 19th December – Art Exhibition – 6.00pm – Reception Hall
Monday, 19th December – Sing a Long with RITA – 9.00 pm
Monday, 19th December – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 20th December – Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 21st December – Musical Quiz with RITA –4.00pm
Wednesday, 21st December – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 22nd December – Mini Fashion Show – Fiona – 4.00pm
Thursday, 22nd December - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 25th December – Swim for Shoes – dip in the Ocean – 11.00am
Sunday, 25th December – Carlos Pontes – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 28th December – Musical Quiz with RITA – 4.00pm
Sunday, 1st January 2006 – Swim for Shoes – dip in the Ocean – 11.00am


THE FACILITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT FEATURED MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

Wednesday, 16 November 2005

What's On














Weekly
Mondays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class
Mondays – 11.00am – Pilates
Mondays 12.30am – Aqua Aerobics
Mondays 6.30-7.30pm – Stage School– (for children 7-11 years old)
Tuesdays – 10.30am - Social Bridge
Wednesdays – 10.30am - Yoga – Classic
Fridays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class – (New Class)
Fridays –11.00am – Pilates Classes
Fridays - 2.30pm – 4.30pm –Duplicate Training Bridge
Fridays – 6.00pm – Pearl Exhibition – Reception Area
Fridays - 7.30pm - Duplicate Bridge
Saturdays - 10.00am - Belly Dancing Classes
Sundays - Afternoons - 2.00pm - Millennium Bridge Club

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

To look forward to


Art Exhibition at the Hotel Garbe

Lidia de Almeida, artist and private tutor will be exhibiting her work in the Chelb Room on the first floor of the Hotel Garbe in Armacao de Pera on Saturday, 19th November from 6.00pm. Drinks and "nibbles".

Lidia de Almeida was born in Faro in 1953. When she was four years old she moved to Venezuela and it was here that she studied Art. Lidia specialized in diverse areas: painting on porcelain, sculpture, Inca art, painting on fabric, etc. She returned to Portugal in 1988 and opened an Art School - the Planet Art. At the Exhibition, there will be a varied selection of modern and contemporary art mainly oil and acrylic on canvas

Thursday, 10 November 2005

The first of our Activity Holidays is currently taking place here in the Hotel:


Picture shows two of the students (Pat and Brian) with some of their completed projects from the Stained Glass Course with tutor Barbara Camph– see below for full list of courses.

Other course dates:-
January
Painting 9th, 10th, 11th & 13th
Photography 9th, 10th 12th & 13th
Wine Appreciation 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th
Stained Glass Course 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th
Creative Writing 30th, 31st, 2nd & 3rd February

February
Photography 6th, 7th, 9th & 10th
Painting 6th, 7th, 8th & 10th
Flowers of the Algarve 13th, 14th, 16th & 17th
Belly Dancing 20th, 21st, 23rd & 24th
Stained Glass Course 20th, 21st, 23rd & 24th

To book of for your copy of our brochure, please contact us on +351 282 320 260 or email activities@hotelgarbe.com

Saturday, 5 November 2005

NEW YEAR’S EVE PROGRAMME


Thursday, 29th December, 2005
Arrival
Welcome Cocktail Party with Music from our Resident Organist
Buffet Dinner with wine
Dancing to Live Music
Accommodation

Friday, 30th December, 2005
Buffet Breakfast
“Arabian Nights” Fancy Dress
Buffet Dinner with wine
Dancing to Live Music
Accommodation

Saturday, 31st December, 2005
Special Last Day of 2005 buffet breakfast with Bucks Fizz
New Years Eve Gala Buffet Dinner
All night dancing to Live Music
Brazilian Dance Show
After midnight
Traditional Soup
Buffet of Salads and Cold Meats
Dessert Table
Accommodation

Sunday, 1st January, 2006
Special New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch
New Years Eve Dip in Sea for Charity followed by Hot Chocolate for the Swimmers

Price: 310 Euros per person in twin room

Single Supplement per night 12 Euros
Seaview Supplement per person per night 12 Euros
Children from 2 to 12 years - 50% reduction sharing room with parents
Cots Free