Monday, 30 May 2011

2011 Christmas Programme

A Cracker of a Christmas 2011

Friday 23 December 2011
● Check in with a Welcome Glass of Port Wine
● Tea and Festive Fancies in the afternoon
● Christmas cocktail party with "Shocking" Champagne
● Welcome buffet dinner
● "Ho Ho Ho" in the Bar Boavista

Saturday 24 December 2011
● Famous "Full English" buffet breakfast (includes smoked haddock too!)
● Festive fun & games in the Chelb room
● "Melting Moments" T Dance and our special mince pies
● Candlelight Christmas Eve buffet dinner with Christmas Carols
● Live music and merriment in the Bar Boavista

Sunday 25 December 2011
● Happy Holiday Breakfast – Bucks Fizz, bacon, kippers etc
● The Great Christmas Challenge – take a dip in the sea for charity! (or just dip your toes in the water) great fun with a Hot Bomba for those that dare !
● Christmas Cake Celebration – sample Christmas Cakes from around the world
● Gala Dinner – Don’t miss Santa’s visit
● Christmas Quiz and sing song in the Bar Boavista

Monday 26 December 2011
● "Hare of the dog" Boxing Day Breakfast with Bloody Mary’s
● Afternoon tea with gingerbread men and biscuits
● Treasure Chest Challenge – explore the town to find the treasure
● Wine and dine buffet dinner
● Fancy footwork with Folklore festivities
● Live music in the Bar Boavista

Tuesday 27 December 2011
● A farewell buffet breakfast with all the trimmings

Our programme includes 4 nights accommodation sharing a twin bedded room

Price: €398 - Per person sharing a twin bedded room with promenade view

- Single Supplement - €14 per night
- Seaview Supplement - €14 per person, per night

Arrive early, or stay an extra night for only € 31 per person, per night as part of our package

Silves Medieval Fair - 9th - 15th August, 2011

Friday, 27 May 2011

Puppet Day - “Don Roberto” - 11th June, 2011

Don't miss this puppet show from the popular Portuguese theatre of glove puppets.

Performed about three centuries ago by companies or lone puppeteers who travelled the length of the country entertaining at fairs, beaches and festivals, it gradually got lost over time, remaining only in the childhood memories of an older generation.

From the European tradition of popular puppets, the Teatro D. Roberto has little need for stagecraft, depending purely on the characters and the action that develops between them.

The Barber
On his wedding day, D. Roberto decides to go to the barber’s for a shave. Despite plenty of incidents, the barber carries out his task and finally presents the bill. D. Roberto refuses to pay. They fight and D. Roberto ends up killing the barber. Death comes in search of the victim and wants to take D. Roberto with it. A life-and-death battle which, of course, D. Roberto wins, killing Death itself.

The Bullfight
With no dramatic plot as such, this piece describes the different stages of a Portuguese-style bullfight with its typical characters: the bull herder, the bullfighter and of course, the bull.

Date Saturday, 11 June 2011 11:00

Venue: Armação de Pêra
11.00 Praia Minigolfe
18.00 Praia dos Pescadores

Click here for more information.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Contributed - Royal British Legion

Algarve Events for the 90th Celebrations - Please support us!!!

In the Algarve the 90 years of the RBL will be remembered at an Evensong service at the beautiful Chapel in the grounds of the Vila Galé Albacora Hotel, Tavira at 6pm on Sunday, 12th June and there will be a 90th Anniversary Bar-B-Q at the Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra on Wednesday 15th June at 12.00 noon for 1pm with a 40% reduction in bar prices.

The price for the Bar-B-Q, which includes wine and coffee, is €20 as normal.

For Bar-B-Q reservations please see the front desk or for any other information or to contact the RBL please telephone 919055959.

The 13th Caldeirada Festival

will be taking place in Armação de Pêra on 25th and 26th June, 2011.

Caldeirada” is a typical Algarvian dish which consists of stewed fish and sea food with potatoes, onions ,tomatoes, pimentos, spices wine and olive oil.

A number of local restaurants, including our Por do Sol Restaurant participate, and as well as serving Caldeirada we will also have other typical fish dishes available.

The Holiday Inn will serve its ´Caldeirada feast` for lunch or dinner daily on both days and both hotel guests and local residents are invited to join the celebrations.

For more information please contact Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra
mail@hialgarve.comTel: 282 320 260

Coming up

Thursday 16th June - Midsummer Celebration

Special Midsummer Open Day & Presentations
Algarve Mediterranean Garden – HAPIMAG

The Algarve section of The Mediterranean Garden Society invites you to join us to celebrate midsummer at the Algarve Mediterranean Garden at the Hapimag resort, Albufeira. This garden is a unique showcase for the use of native plants on a large scale and is developing into a remarkable resource for all gardeners wishing to learn more about bringing nature into their gardens. In previous visits we have been able to follow the development and planting of this unique and beautiful garden. This Garden Open Day will include illustrated talks by the Landscape Architect and designer of the garden, Claudia Schwarzer and also Biologist, Udo Schwarzer together with guided tours of the garden. Hapimag Gardens Manager, Marilyn Kahan, will also take a group around the garden and will explain the practical management techniques for constructing and maintaining the garden. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

We will have a special dinner menu concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the Mediterranean followed by a magnificent theatre show based on the life of an olive tree through the year. Members of the MGS Algarve Group will have an information stand. Join us to celebrate Midsummer and meet others interested in welcoming nature into their gardens.

Midsummer Algarve Garden Open Day

2pm: Welcome - meet at the bar, with coffee/tea

2.30-3.15pm: Presentation “Rock Roses of the Algarve (Cistus)” by Claudia Schwarzer (Break, 30 mins, question/answers)

3.45pm - 4.30pm: Presentation "Flower Professionals: Butterflies of the Algarve" by Udo Schwarzer (Break, 30 mins, question/answers)

5pm-6.30pm: Guided walk round garden – Marilyn Kahan, Gardens Manager will talk about the construction and establishment of a sustainable garden, Claudia & Udo Schwarzer will talk about the botany and biodiversity in the garden.

6.30pm onwards: Mediterranean Herb Aromas - Special restaurant dinner menu

9.30pm: "My Wonderful Olive Tree" theatre show in English - music, fun and flowers !

Price per person: €25
Overnight stay: €50 per fully equipped apartment, per night (2 - 4 people, 2 - bedroom apartment)

Please contact Rosie Peddle, as above, numbers limited, replies as soon as possible and by Monday 13th June at the latest. Bookings for accommodation can be made direct with the resort by contacting Katrin Geissler Tel. 289 540 561 or The Hapimag web site in English is Further details and directions sent to all attendees.

The Mediterranean Garden Society
Web Site -
Portugal Branch

Contact - MGS Portugal, Mrs. Rosie Peddle Email: Tel: 289 791 869

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Contributed - Free coaching sessions

Free coaching sessions from Health and Life Transitions at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra, Friday, 27th May, 2011.

Following the success of their last free coaching clinic in April, Dr Graham Dexter of Health and Life Transitions is offering his services again this month on Friday, 27th May, at The Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra.

For anyone interested in looking at their life, their business or their team’s effectiveness this is a great opportunity for you to experience a coaching session, to discover if and how coaching might work for you.

Remember that we also specialise in work place coaching and recognise that business or work/life stress issues can be relieved with some simple techniques. Our work within organisations equips us to deal with company and individual development and performance issues. So you are free to bring any issues you like to make an assessment of how we can support you.

There are five appointments available between 10.00am and 4.00pm and if you think that coaching could help you in your personal or business life then please contact Graham on 937 343 802 or email

Monday, 16 May 2011

Contributed - coming up in June


Online Business Marketing for the Non Technical
"Online Business Marketing"

A Workshop for
Businesses in Portugal

Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra
Wednesday, June 22nd 2011

This three hour practical workshop is packed with ideas and techniques that will drive more customers to your website and/or premises at zero, or very low, cost.

I'll demonstrate how these simple techniques work for me .. and how they can for you.

Nothing I will show you is difficult and you don't need technical skills. These are easy to follow, practical bits of advice you can implement in minutes.

In fact most of these ideas are so quick to implement you can bring a laptop or Smartphone and implement these simple business strategies before you leave the workshop.

The topics covered include:

* How to get your business, product or service on Page One of Google - and how I've used this technique to gain customers from the other side of the world.

* How to obtain the names of your website visitors - and how to keep in touch with them for years after their visit.

* How to automatically discover what people are saying about you, your business and your competitors - without leaving your desk.

* How to get your business, products or services in the paper, in magazines and on websites worldwide - and how this free online technique results in regular radio interviews and interview requests from the dailies

* Why you should promote your business on Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Places and Satnav - and how to do so without spending anything!

* AND a lot more.

The one hour version of course was recently run in the UK at Bedford College where 138 attended. In Portugal we are running extending this event to three hours and packing in more detail. Choose from a morning or afternoon session.

Book now pay later

25 Euros per person (20 Euros per additional person booked on the same application)

Invoiced now - pay later (pay cash on the door).

Money Back Guarantee

If after one hour you tell us you have not seen ways to significantly improve your online marketing we will refund your money in full.

Prices will rise in a few weeks so book now.

Location: Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Date/Time June 22nd 2011 -

Morning Session 9.30am - 12.30 pm
Afternoon Session 2pm - 5pm

To book your place or for more information - click here

Saturday, 14 May 2011

"Great Place to Stay” - TripAdvisor Review

Armação de Pêra - Holiday Inn Algarve
Date of review: 12 May 2011

Having just returned from a great holiday at the Holiday Inn, Armacao de Pera, we have to say that the standard of service was second to none. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly and we had a very relaxing holiday.

The views from the bar and restaurant are simply stunning, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, especially at sunrise and sunset when it is totally breathtaking. The walks on the beach were also very pleasant.

We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone considering a visit to the Algarve.

Click here for more from TripAdvisor

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Great weather

........... Lots of Sunshine

From our golf desk

Summer Offer

June 2011 Golfer €430 - non Golfer €330
July 2011 Golfer €540 - non Golfer €440
Per Person

Offer Includes:

7 nights sharing a twin room
Complimentary upgrade to a sea view room
Buffet Breakfast
Welcome Drink
Dinner with our compliments one evening during your stay with us
Traditional Port & Mineral Water in your room on arrival
3 rounds of golf at Morgado, Alamos and Salgados
with shared use of a complimentary buggy
Additional nights or extra rounds of golf available on request

All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions.

For reservations or further information
contact Helen or Jane

T +351 282 320 260

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

“Perfect location,excellent hotel” - TripAdvisor Review

Date of review: 8 May 2011

Just returned from this hotel for third time,and loved it just as much as the first.wonderful location over looking the beach. The rooms and general area's are spotless. we went bed and breakfast,and there was plenty to choose from. You could not fault the hot and cold buffet breakfast with something for everybody.

The staff are most polite and very helpful.

We hope to return in the near future.

Click here for more from TripAdvisor

No Diving Band

We were delighted to welcome local band - No Diving to the Hotel last Saturday evening and thought you might like to see a these photos.

From TripAdvisor

“This hotel has an excellent beachfront location,is very comfortable,and staff are helpful and friendly.”

Date of review: 9 May 2011

We stayed at this hotel for the last week in April, having been recommended by friends and were suitably impressed.The breakfast menu is self service,with a great variation and excellent quality.The hotel has a swimming pool,with ample sun beds and a drinks/snack bar poolside.
We spent six days there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Click here for this review - and more from TripAdvisor

Writing Course coming up in October

Friday, 6 May 2011

Charity Quiz Nights - Contributed

From a series of fun Charity Quiz Nights held at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armacao de Pera since the start of the year which were presented by Martin Binks and Lynn Love 500 Euros have been raised for the Gaivota Home in Albufeira. It is understood the funds will be used to provide much needed dental treatments for the teenagers who live there.

Lynn and Martin would like to thank everyone who have attended their quiz nights, donated raffle prizes and most importantly bought raffle tickets on the night as well as the Holiday Inn Algarve for providing the venue.

Contestants ready for battle

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

TripAdvisor today....

“Rest assured you will not be disappointed with this Holiday Inn”

Date of review: 3 May 2011

The Holiday Inn in Armacao de Pera, formally known as the Garbe Hotel, is worth every bit of it's 4 stars.

The rooms are excellently presented and very comfortable and I think just about all of them have a sea view. The view from our room was close to being the best we've ever had.

The swimming pool albeit small was heated just enough to make it a pleasure getting in and out. When you are in the pool you just look out over the beach into the sea. Fantastic.

The staff were also first rate. We booked three nights in an emergency using priority points and you would have thought we'd paid top rack rate, the service was first class.

We also tried the Raj restaurant,which is attached to the hotel, again first class.

We will be back.

See this review on TripAdvisor

Sunday, 1 May 2011

What's On - May, 2011

9.30hrs Pilates Advance Class - Chelb Room
11.00hrs Pilates Intermediate Class - Chelb Room

18.00hrs Silver Jewellery - Reception Area

18.00hrs Pearl Exhibition - Reception Area

9.00hrs Pilates Advance Class - Chelb Room
10.30hrs Pilates Intermediate Class- Chelb Room
11.30hrs Pilates Beginners Class - Chelb Room
19.30hrs Duplicate Bridge - Chelb Room

13.45hrs Bridge - Chelb Room

18.00 hrs Silver Exhibition - Reception Area


BAR “BOA VISTA” OPEN - 10.00 – 24 hrs

21.00 HRS
Wednesdays Live Music 21.00 HRS

Every Saturday “SANDRA & JORGE” 21.00 HRS

The facilities and entertaiment featured may change without notice.