Friday, 28 April 2006

Special Interest Breaks

Winter, 2006-07

Following the success of the courses we ran last winter we are planning a number of courses for this winter, 2006-2007.

Introduction to Portuguese Wine
Middle Eastern Dancing
Stained Glass Courses
An Introduction to the Plants and Flower of Southern Europe
Creative Writing

For more information please contact

Sunday, 16 April 2006

Royal British Legion

The Algarve Branch of the Royal British Legion held its Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Garbe on April 12th, after which, approximately 40 members enjoyed lunch together. The Branch holds Luncheons on the 3rd. Wednesday of every month, meeting in the Hotels Bar at "Any visiting RBL member is welcome to join us. However, there will now be a break and the lunches will resume in September."

Friday, 14 April 2006

Virgin Vie - Make-up Demonstration

Saturday, 22nd April, 12.00 mid-day Richard Branson's famous cosmetic company has arrived in Portugal and will be at the Hotel Garbe on Saturday, 22nd April, 2006 at 12.00 mid-day in the Raj Indian Restaurant. There will be a make up demonstration as well as lots of fantastic spa, make up, skin care & jewellery for you to try – so come along & bring a friend too. If you can't make it but would like to have your own party call Susan on 91 4888772.

Wednesday, 12 April 2006

What's On

Mondays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class (pre-book at Reception)
Mondays – 11.00am – Pilates
Mondays – 12.30am – Aqua Aerobics (pre-book at Reception)
Mondays – 6.00pm – Wine Tasting with WineMine - Raj Indian Restaurant
Wednesdays – 2.15pm - 5.30pm – Bridge
Thursday Evenings – 6.00pm – Pearl Exhibition – Reception Area
Fridays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class (pre-book at Reception)
Fridays –11.00am – Pilates Classes
Friday Evenings – 7.30pm – Duplicate Bridge
Sunday Afternoons – 1.45pm – Millennium Bridge Club
Sunday Evenings – 6.00pm – Silver Exhibition – Reception Area

Saturdays – 10.00am –Middle Eastern Intermediate Dancing Classes (22nd April)
Saturdays – 12.30am –Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing Classes (22nd April)

First Thursday of each Month – 10.30pm – 12.30pm Weekly Writing Circle (6th April)

Saturday, 15th April – Sandra e Jorge – Music for Dancing – 9.00pm
Sunday, 16th to 30th April – ART EXHIBITION - Giracor Annual Art Show
Sunday, 16th April – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm
Monday 17th April – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Tuesday 18th April – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Wednesday, 19th April – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 20th April - Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday, 21st April - Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday, 22nd April – Middle Eastern Intermediate Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 10.00am
Saturday, 22nd April – Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 12.30am
Saturday 22nd April – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 23rd April – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 24th April – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 25th April – Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 26th April – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 27th April – Creative Writing One Day Course with Jenny Grainer -10.00amto 4.00pm
Thursday, 27th April – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday, 28th April – Creative Writing Weekend Course with Jenny Grainer -10.00amto 4.00pm
Saturday, 29th April – Creative Writing Weekend Course with Jenny Grainer -10.00amto 4.00pm
Friday 28th April- Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Saturday, 29th April - Sandra and Jorge – Music for Dancing – 9.00pm
Sunday, 30th April – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm

Tuesday 4th to 23rd April Handicraft Exhibition – Casino de Armação de Pêra-10.00am –10.00pm

The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice

Monday, 10 April 2006

Giracor Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition at the Hotel Garbe - 16th - 30th April, 2006

The Giracor Group is based at the Art School in Lagoa and is composed of at least 10 different nationalities. Each one transmitting to the canvas the influence of their culture.

From 16th to 30th April, 2006 there will be about 20 works of diverse styles and techniques on display in the Reception area of the Hotel Garbe. With a variety of styles and in different medias this artists aided by their maturity and life experiences express themselves creating works that are vibrant with colour, harmonious in shape and sufficiently individual to create works that stir emotions. Works, which are a delight to the eyes and nourishment to the soul.

Come and meet the Artists from 11.30am on the 16th April. They will also be enjoying lunch in the Hotel on that day, and would be delighted for others to join them – 22 Euros per person to include wine and coffee.

To book or for more information please contact the Director of the Group Manuela Vale on 282 461939 or 91 4620044

Thursday, 6 April 2006

Neckermann Award

We were delighted to learn that we have won an award from one of our Tour Operators.

Neckermann Reisen (part of the Thomas Group) asked their clients to vote for the hotels in their programme. The votes were based on standards and quality of the accommodation.

Thank you to all who voted for us.

Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Recipes from the Algarve - Pudim Flan

We often get asked for recipes for one of the dishes that we serve in our restaurant. The traditional Pudim Flan - Creme Caramel is one of the most popular.

Pudim Flan
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 vanilla pod
¼ litre milk

Whisk one tablespoon of sugar and the eggs to a frothy consistency. On a very low heat, gently stir this into luke warm milk. Cut the vanilla pod open and scrape out the inside. Add this to the cream. In a separate pot, melt the remaining sugar and stir continuously until brown. Pour the caramel into four small pastry moulds and top up with the egg mixture. Place in a bowl with hot water and cook very carefully for 30 minutes. Remember not to allow the water to boil and splash into the moulds. Remove the moulds and stand to cool. Just before turning them out, dip them briefly into hot water,

Creative Writing Courses - April

Due to the continued popularity of the Creative Writing Courses we will be running a futher two in April.

Creative Writing Weekend Course - Friday and Saturday, 28th and 29th April, 2006 - 10.00am - 4.00pm - each dayIf you enjoy writing, and would like to learn creative writing for profit or pleasure, Jenny Grainer, a professional journalist, will provoke your writing skills. Start that book or your memoirs for future generations to remember you by? Price per person is 85 Euros. For reviews of Jennys' recent four day course please see

Creative Writing One Day Course - Thursday, 27th April, 2006 - 10.00am - 4.00pmFor those who do not have time for a two day course or if a weekday is more suitable, Jenny will run a one-day shortened version of the course on 27th April, 2006. Price per person is 45 Euros.

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Handicraft Exhibition - Armação de Pêra

A Handicraft Exhibition will be held from 4th April to 23rd April 2006 in the old Casino next to the Tourist information office

Open every day from 10.00am until 10.oopm.

The Exhibition includes typical handicrafts from the Algarve. ranging from basket work to leather, pottery to regional sweets and much more.