Thursday, 31 May 2007

Company Christmas Parties

Why not hold your Company Christmas Party in the Algarve?

For the first time we are offering our Christmas Party menu to Companies who would like to combine their Company Christmas Party with a few days in the Algarve -

What's included

2 nights accommodation and buffet breakfast
3 course dinner with coffee
Wine with your meal
Hats and Crackers

62 Euros per person


Smoked Salmon
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Roast Turkey and all the Trimmings
Seasonal Vegetables
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Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter
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Coffee and Mince Pies

Single room supplement - 24 Euros

Extra nights

Single 32 Euros per night
Double/Twin 40 Euros per room per night

Prices include buffet breakfast.

For more information or to make a reservation e-mail tel;00 351 282 320260

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

A Study Visit to the Hotel Garbe


We are the 16 students of the Bar Service Course of the School of Armação de Pêra, who visited the Hotel Garbe on 9th May, 2007.

Now we are almost finishing this school year and next year will be our turn to work as trainees.

Under these circumstances, we came to visit the Hotel Garbe, which our school has had the pleasure and the luck to cooperate with.

Last year five students, from the 13 of a previous course, have been working in this hotel as trainee barmen and barmaids for about three months and after a final exam in July, they have got a 2nd level certificate in the professional area of Bar Service. From these 13 teenagers some went on studying for the 3rd level in professional schools and others began working in the hotels where they’ve performed their trainings.

About our course, and just to give you an idea about the skills and competences we have to achieve, let us tell you that there are three main areas of studies: the social cultural, the scientific and the technological.

The first includes several subjects, i.e. Portuguese, English, History and Citizenship, Physical Education, Information Technology and Health, Hygiene and Security at Work. The second area includes Maths and German Language and the technological area includes the specific subjects of Bar Service. In what concerns this specific area we have 384 hours of lessons during the year. 65% from these lessons are spent in practical activities related to cafeteria, drinks service and special services.

Enclosed to this short explanation we are sending some photos of our visit to your hotel.

We wish to thank you for your kind reception at the time and look forward to starting our training with you in a near future.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Popular Saints

Three Saints Days are celebrated in Portugal June. The 13th is St. Anthony’s day, the 24th is St. John and the 29th St. Peter.

Saints’ days are full of fun and dancing.

The streets are decorated with balloons and arches made out of brightly-coloured paper; people dance in the city’s small squares.

The picture above shows is from the "Marchas" last year in Armacao de Pera

Friday, 25 May 2007

Thank you for your comments

From: r.j.vreeswijk
Sent: quarta-feira, 23 de Maio de 2007 9:04

Subject: re: Congratulations!

To the management of the Hotel Garbe,

My wife and I stayed recently at your Hotel for a short leave.

We wish to inform you that we spend a wonderful time with you.

We specially would like to mention the excellent service and attention that was rendered to us by your staff of reception and the housekeeping-department.

We do hope you will inform them and thank them again for all their effort to make our stay so pleasant.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. & Mrs. Vreeswijk.

Thursday, 24 May 2007

International Festival of Sculpture in Sand (FIESA),

The 2007 International Festival of Sculpture in Sand (FIESA), in Pera dedicated to `The Wonders of the World and Portugal' will open on 7th June, 2007.

Fifty sculptors of twenty different nationalities are already working at the site in Pera to construct 15 monuments, using thirty five thousand tons of sand.

The Temples of Angkor, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Eiffel Tower the Pyramids of Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Empire State Building, in New York are some of the monuments that will be featured

Part of the exhibition will be dedicated entirely to Portugal, with constructions including the Tower of Belém, a Portuguese caravela and a statue in sand of the Fernando Pessoa.

During the four months of the Exhibition 170,000 visitors are expected, the festival closes on 7th October, 2007.

Monday, 21 May 2007

Special Interest Workshops - Winter, 2007/8

This winter, 2007/8 we will once again be running a number of workshops at the Hotel. Planned for this year are:-

An Introduction to Portuguese Wine

Creative Leisure Painting

An Introduction to the Plants and Flower of Southern Europe

Creative Writing

An Introduction to Travel Photography

Improve your bridge

If you would like further information about any of these workshops - please send e-mail to
Painting on the beach of Armacao de Pera - Feburary

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

'Harp John' Dinner

On 6th and 7th June the Raj at Garbe will be hosting an evening of wonderful entertainment, a three course Indian Dinner, accompanied by the languid sounds of 'Harp John".

John Dalton aka Harp John has been playing the harp for many years. Fluent in three different types of harp (the Celtic harp, the larger Paraguayan harp and the Electroharp) he plays a diverse variation of music, from popular classics to Strauss waltzes, jazz standards, pop hits, golden oldies and a wide range of Celtic and Latin American pieces as well.

Furthermore since coming to the Algarve, John has even started to play typical Portuguese Fado.

Standing Ovation Algarve has the great pleasure of launching him in his first public appearance.

On 6th and 7th June, John will be giving a talk on the history of the harp, illustrated with many musical examples from around the world. The story of the harp will take listeners from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to ancient Ireland and Britain across to South America with the Conquistadors and on through the centuries to the present day.

A fun, light hearted and relaxing experience not to be missed.

The event will be held in the Raj Indian Restaurant in the Hotel Garbe and will include a three course Indian Dinner with wine. - 7.30 pm - 8.00pm - 30 Euros per person.
Limited numbers - please book - 914599933 or 968337711 or e-mail:

Monday, 14 May 2007

It is always a pleasure to receive messages like this

Dear All at Hotel Garbe,

Belinda and I had a wonderful stay at your hotel from 4th May to 7th May. We were very happy with our room; we had a meal at the Raj which was great.

The bottle of champagne on Saturday morning, on the day of our 1st wedding anniversary, was completely unexpected but absolutely fantastic. What a lovely gesture – thank you very much.

The choice at breakfast time was excellent and varied – we really appreciated that.

We really liked Armacao de Pera; we found the people really friendly and the other restaurants we went to were great.

All in all we agree that we would come back again and stay at your lovely hotel.

Thank you for the fantastic weather!

We will be recommending your hotel to our friends and look forward to seeing you again.

We really appreciated your hospitality, thank you.

King regards

Jeremy and Belinda

Friday, 11 May 2007

Total Harmony at the Hotel Garbe

Chloe Artes Hellier, Holistic Therapist, Beautician, Aromatherapist FHT Registed has just taken over the Massage and Beauty Salon at the Hotel Garbe in Armacao de Pera.

Its new name Total Harmony reflects the new Holistic Treatments which include Reiki, Crystal Healing and Hopi Ear Candles that Clhoe is offering along side the traditional beauty treatments. Also available are number of packages which pamper from head to toe – starting at 58 Euros for the Face, Body and Soul Package – a visit to Total Harmony is a must.

Total Harmony is open from 10am to 7pm, seven days a week. To make your appointment please call 964874370 or e-mail

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Additional Middle Eastern Dancing Class


Forget Botox and anti cellulite potions, diets and exhausting keep fit routines -

If you want to escape the drudgery of everyday day life into something more feminine and adventurous why not come and experience the fantastic lift to your senses that Belly Dance can bring.

Classes have been held on a regular basis in the stunning location of the Raj at the Garbe for three years now, enjoyed by many students who travel from far afield.

Up to now the sessions have been held on Saturdays on alternate weeks. From June the 4th a new class will be added on alternate Mondays from 2.30 to 4.30.

Aimed primarily at students who have never ventured into this art form before there will be a few more experienced students who can’t get enough of a good thing and have been demanding extra sessions to their fortnightly fix.

It is hoped these new classes will accommodate those who are tied up with ‘change-overs’ and have needed to avoid Saturdays and working mums who need to be around at the weekends for their duties as family taxi drivers.

If you have ever dreamed of finding the real sensual you come and give it a try, you don’t need to have had any previous dance experience and diets are definitely banned, the more curves the better!

If you need any further information or to clarify any health issues please contact Jeanette on 286512679

Monday, 7 May 2007

Swim for Shoes - Update and Thank you

We were delighted to receive this photograph with the e-mail below from A Gaivota, Santa Casa in Albufeira which is the Orphanage we supported when we "Swam for Shoes" on Christmas Day and New Years days.

I met with Fatima at the shoe shop and we had great fun choosing with the girls, she brought them in two bus loads. They were all so well-behaved and polite and asked me to send on their thanks to everyone who helped raise the money.
Fatima has also bought shoes at Makro, and is taking the boys to buy sports shoes.

It is so nice that the teenagers can choose their own shoes, in the shoe shop they kept bumping into girls from their school doing the same thing with their mums, it was really good fun, and Fatima and I enjoyed it almost as much as they did.

I am sending you my latest newsletter.

Best wishes and once again many thanks for all the help.


Friday, 4 May 2007

Hotel Garbe – Golfers Special Offer – Summer 2007

We have just just published on our golf website our Summer Special’s for Golfers - there are still lots of low cost flights available from all airports for June, July and August. Book early to avoid disappointment.

This a great opportunity to enjoy some great golf, some Algarve sunshine and our fabulous beach at the same time.

Prices are available for extra golf and non golfers

Please contact Helen or Jane on
Tel: 00351 282 320 260

See also our Summer Specials at Hotel Carvoeiro Sol