Monday, 31 January 2011

Swim for Shoes - Thank You - contributed

The Amigos das Crianças would like to thank all the swimmers and sponsors who helped raise the magnificent amount of 776.50 Euros for the teenagers and young people at the Gaivota Home in Albufeira.

The money will be used to buy new shoes throughout the year, and this is very much appreciated by the youngsters and the staff at the home.

Peta Birch
January, 2011

Saturday, 29 January 2011

"A Tribute to Harry Warner"

Saturday 19th February at 7pm – Holiday Inn, Armacao de Pera

“A Tribute to Harry Warner”

A dinner and and evening of Light Entertainment at the Holiday Inn, will be given by a professional entertainer, Neil Warner – who is also Harry’s grandson. The price, including 3-course dinner with wine and coffee is a very reasonable €26 and tickets sold on a first come, first served basis are available only from John Goodfellow -– tel 917341251/289999368

The Hotel is offering a double room with afternoon tea and full English breakfast for €50 (single room €34). Please contact the Holiday Inn on 282320260.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Valentines Buffet Dinner Dance Menu - 12th February, 2011

O amor está no ar ... Love is in the Air ….
Verduras e Legumes Proibidos com......... Forbidden Vegetables with……
• Sopa de Espinafres com Queijo de Cabra – Spinach Soup with Goats Cheese
Para Continuar - Followed by …
Salada Amorosa Tropical – Tropical Love Salad
• Salada Amorosa Tropical – Salad with Tropical Fruit
• Salada Luxuriosa - Salad with Seafood
Fantasias Românticas “ Dois Amores”...Romantic Fantasies ....
• Tamboril lardeado com Camarão – Monk Fish with Shrimps
• Tranches de Cherne com Aromas de Romeu – Fillets of Sea Bass with Romeo’s Coriander
Outras Tentações de Julieta - Juliet’s Temptations-.......
• Medalhões de Novilho com Molho Picante – Medallions of Veal with Piri Piri Sauce
• Costeletas de Borrego com Molho Amoroso de Agridoce- Lamb Cutlets with Agridoce love Sauce
Ninhos da Paixão..…Love Nests.....
• Tagliatelle com Tentações do Mar – Tagliatelle with Crab Sticks
Espelho de Romeu...... Romeo’s Mirror ......
• Patê Campestre com Frutos Silvestres – Paté with Forrest Fruits
• Queijos Surpresa com Mel – Surprising Cheese with Honey
Sabores escaldantes para terminar..... To finish with Flourish….
Pecado de Chocolate com Hortelã e Nozes- – St.Valentines Chocolate Love cake
with Mint and Walnuts
Laranja de Paixão Gelada – Chilled Orange with passion
• Vinho da Casa Tinto ou Branco, Água – Red and White Wine , Water
Com musica Romântica ao Vivo ....... Romantic Dancing to Live Music
€:25.00 p.p. iva incl
Don’t miss it . Please book at Reception or contact 282 320260

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Food for thought - come along and join the inspiring tea talk


ALFA, the association of literature and film friends in the Algarve

Event - Friday, 18th February - 5.00pm

British author Derek Edwards will be coming all the way from St. Barbara de Nexe, to give some food for thought - and hopefully start a lively, controversial, enriching discussion.
About what? Come and see, hear, listen, feel, think, speak, participate ...

When? 5 pm, Friday, 18th of February
Where? Hotel Holiday Inn (former Garbe), Armação de Pera in the Bar
How much? Free entry, donations welcome

I look forward to see you and you and especially YOU!

Barbara Fellgiebel
ALFA - Associação da literatura e do filme no Algarve
Apartado 376
8504-913 Portimão
Tel. +351917602607

lit.ALGARVE 15.-18.9. 2011 - 2. international literature festival in the Algarve

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Calling all Algarve Ladies Lunch Clubs

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 7th April 2011, there will be a joint Lunch at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra for the Ladies Lunch Clubs of the Algarve.

An opportunity to meet "old" and make new friends, exchange Club information, enjoy a buffet lunch followed by the speaker of the day.

All ladies are very welcome to participate. For more information please contact organiser - Carole Good-Dixon, e-mail: Mobile: 966571639 Tel: 282312079

Monday, 17 January 2011

Algarve Sunshine

If you’re feeling cold and rather blue
Then we have just the cure for you.

A warm sunny terrace with a nice sea view
A drink in your hand and dinner for two.

Let us welcome you to the best place in town
Where you’ll just be so comfy and forget that frown.

Spoiling yourself will be such a breeze
With friendly faces all eager to please

Enjoy a nice breakfast overlooking the sea
Soak up the sun and in heaven you’ll be.

A walk on the beach for some clean fresh air
Forget all your worries, you just won’t care!

You deserve to escape the big winter freeze
So give us a call now and book with ease!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Angels’ Feathers - Theatre Dinner - 26th January

Contributed - Carolyn Kain

The odd couple
A one-act comic play ‘Angels’ Feathers’ is about to be staged at the Raj Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra. Written by Algarve playwright, Nicky Moran.

The dreamlike plot is full of humour and well grounded by two down to earth performances. The play’s author takes the lead roll alongside Dutch actor, Thomas Hartmann playing the part of an insomniac in charge of a multi-national company.

An unlikely meeting between the pair provides a hilarious opening. The poor old woman, whose short-term memory is failing, has no difficulty recalling her deceased husband and his problems with water retention after drinking 20 pints of beer! Surprisingly, as the couple get to know each other, the woman has valuable advice to offer the neurotic man and they come to share a common goal.

Tickets for a three-course Indian meal with wine, coffee and show €30
Telephone to reserve a table: - 282 320 260

Friday, 14 January 2011

Join us for Carnival

2 nights accommodation sharing twin landview room and breakfast

1 Carnival Dinner and Fancy Dress Party (either Saturday, 5th March or Tuesday, 8th March)

Price: 68 Euros Per person in twin room

Single Supplement (2 nights) 24 Euros
Seaview Supplement (2 nights) per person 24 Euros
Extra night (bed and breakfast) per person 23 Euros
Children up to 12 years – 50% reduction

The Armaçao de Pêra Carnival Parade takes place in the afternoons of 6th and 8th March, 2011.

To book or for more information please e-mail:

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Quiz Night Success


More than 30 people, a mixture of hotel guests, Portuguese and local ex-pats took part in the first of Lynn and Martin's charity quiz nights at the Holiday Inn Algarve on the night of Monday 10th January.

After 5 challenging rounds a close run contest saw the 'Ashes to Ashes' team emerge victorious. The raffle in aid of the Gaivota childrens home in Albufeira raised an above target amount in this the first of a quartet of nights which run through to April.

Don't miss the next Quiz Night - Monday, 7th February, 2011.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Golfers Winter Blues

We have a cure for your winter blues
and it’s so much better than any 7 night cruise.

Shut your curtains and block out the cold
Then click on our site and you will be sold.

Let us welcome you to a room with a view
Great food and good service through and through.

Relax on a terrace with views to the sea
Enjoying the vino or a cup of tea.

We’ll arrange you some golf wherever you choose
With offers so great you simply can’t lose.

Soak up some sunshine along the way
As you practice your swing, and enjoy your day

Playing golf in the Algarve is just so nice
and we always offer the very best price.

There are no gimmicks, no hidden tricks
Just contact us now for that sunshine fix! E-mail: Tel: 00351 282 320260

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

From our Golf Desk

Dear Helen & Jane

Thanks again for making our stay over Christmas & New Year so enjoyable! We had a delightful room with a great view, & it was good to see how nice the refurbished rooms were. It was also good to see that the staff has barely changed, we met "old" friends in every department & made a few new ones. We certainly appreciated the service & attention that has carried on from the dear old Garbe.

The golf & hire car arrangements were once again simple & efficient, & many thanks for the last minute changes you made to ensure we avoided the odd inclement day. We played 5 dry rounds on some of our usual courses. Salgados is becoming a favourite, followed by Silves which is always a challenge. We look forward to returning soon, as it's always a delight to see you all as well as the sunshine.

Kind regards

Ray & Barbara

Thursday, 6 January 2011

A Romantic Weekend

Celebrate Valentines Day at the Holiday Inn Algarve

Bring your loved one for a Romantic Weekend in the Holiday Inn Algarve with its breathtaking seaviews views.

11th - 13th February, 2010
2 Night Break
68 Euros per person

2 Nights accommodation
and Buffet Breakfast
and Romantic Dinner on 12th February

Single ……..12 Euros per night
Seaview ……..12 Euros per person per night
Extra night (bed and breakfast)……. 23 Euros per person per night
Dancing to live music in Bar Boa Vista

Don't Miss It - book now - 282 320260 or e-mail
Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra, Algarve, Portugal

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Special January Rate

€22 per person per person per night - valid until 31st January.

Relax and unwind for a few days
Twin or Double landview room from only €22 per person per night inclusive of full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea and biscuits

Monday, 3 January 2011

Swim for Shoes - New Years Day

Congratulations and thanks to all those who participated in the Annual Swim for Shoes on New Years Day on the Armação de Pêra beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve, either by paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea!

We are delighted to say that the total of donations raised to date from the swims on Christmas Day and New Years Day and our Boxing Day Treasure Hunt is €756 which will all be used to buy new shoes for children in care

For more photographs, please click here


was held on Sat December 4th at the Holiday Inn , Armação de Pêra.

The Angels Theatre Group performed their Christmas Cracker Show for one night only, to a large and enthusiastic audience, most of whom had arrived sporting festive head-wear !

The Holiday Inn supplied a full buffet with wine.

The angels on the Tombola tree were made specially by the Junior pupils of The Colegio International de Vilamoura.

The evening started in traditional style with the Salvation Army Band and Singers from Sao Bras de Alportal,ensuring everyone entered into the Festive Spirit.

From then onwards the audience was treated to a spectacle of poems and songs, that included Santa,Elves,a Toy Soldier,a Snowman,Angels ,a Nativity play and children from the Algarve Juniors, all introduced by the Fairy Queen played by Marion Griffiths.

Left to right: Marion Griffiths, Capt Kent Ringborne, Joy Behennah

The Angels costumes were made by Andrena Sharpe.

The audience were encouraged to sing-a-long to carols and pick festive jokes out of the large Christmas cracker. The Grand Finale, was The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each table was designated a “day” and competed to loud and boisterous help from the cast to give the best and loudest chorus. The live music was provided by Mary Legg on the piano.

The Angels Theatre Group entertain for Charity. Their current beneficiary is Centre Algarve. This is a project to supply holiday accommodation for people with Special Needs. The Angels are happy to announce that they are now in a position to spend 5,000 euros on the Centre.


Trip Advisor

Beautiful location, ideal for more mature guests!

The hotel was fine. We had views over the sea and beach which were well worth paying extra for. The recently updated room was clean and fresh with a huge wardrobe. The TV was newish yet there were only 2 English channels available.

The bar overlooks the beach and the superb staff were very accommodating (there is free afternoon tea and cakes, that wasn't advertised but very welcome). The breakfast was, as other comments mention, very good.

We stayed over the Christmas period and had hoped for a relaxing week. We were not disappointed, as the few guests that were at the hotel were, shall we say, more mature. The town itself is odd. Many, many empty high-rises tower over the town of traditional touristy bars and restaurants.

The walk on the beach from the hotel to the fishermens huts is superb and the sandy beach is lovely. The updated promenade is lovely too, with sealife mosaics and clever lighting.

We would go back to the hotel to see how Holiday Inn have continued to improve things (hopefully the outside are, pool etc), but we wouldn't stay in the town!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

2011 Calendar of Events

Events in the Hotel

28th-30th October - Writing Course

23rd-27th December - 2011 Christmas Programme

29th December - 1st January - New Year Programme

Events Nearby

22nd May - 22nd October - Fiesa - the International Sand Sculptures Festival

August - Medieval Fair - Silves

Sunday, 14th August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman

19th - 28th August - Fatacil - Lagoa

Sunday, 18th September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos

Coming up - Singing of Janeiras - Silves

Silves Council have once again organised "Singing of Janeiras".

Taking place at 9.30pm on Wednesday, 5th January.

This Portuguese tradition is to celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to Baby Jesus.

Seven different choral groups will sing traditional music in the main square of Silves.

For more information - please telephone: 282 440800