Monday, 26 September 2011

Hotspots Bowling Club

Hotspots Bowling Club are the first of a series of Bowling Groups that are staying here this Autumn. This photo was taken on the terrace outside the Raj at Garbe Indian Restaurant.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

“Superb in every way” - TripAdvisor

Reviewed 20 September 2011

We've just returned from 9 nights at this exceptional hotel. From the fantastic pre-sales service (nothing was too much trouble in terms of organising our room, advising on travel and ensuring we got the most from our holiday) everything about the hotel and it's staff are first rate.

We booked via the IC Hotels booking site and used some of our Priority Club reward points, so we paid an additional 24 euro per night for a sea view - absolutely well worth the cost as the views are simply stunning. We had a fabulous suite on the top floor, the refurbished rooms are luxurious and have a fabulous huge bathroom. The balconies are somewhat small but with such stunning views you really don't notice, and they make the perfect spot for an early morning coffee or late evening G&T!

The rooms are equipped with everything you need, tea and coffee, fridge, wide screen TV and lots of space - fabulous. A very comfy bed and excellent service in rooms.

The public areas are cool and spacious with a modern feel, the Boavista bar has the most amazing views and does a fabulous happy hour where cocktails and drinks are almost half price - an absolute must - don't miss this chilled out hour! We had breakfast on the terrace from time to time - again stunning! The pool area was a little crowded but there are several levels and we found we preferred the upper levels where the views were again absolutely amazing. The pool itself is fab!

Armacao was a real surprise. Although we've travelled extensively in Portugal it was new to us. It does have some high rise buildings but you don't see any of this from the Holiday Inn - just the glorious beach and coastline. However, the resort is truly Portugese, the food and service was some of the best we've experienced, at immensely cheap prices. The old town is lovely, we really enjoyed sitting at Pedro's Bar (on the Fisherman's beach) for a mid morning coffee and tostas (for the grand sum of 3 euro!).

Top Tips - sea view room a must, get a suite if you can, happy hour is brilliant value for money, best restaurants for us were Cozhina Do Mar (old Town) 10 euro for 4 courses!, O Fernando (just across from Holiday Inn - lovely fish dishes), Happy Talk Chinese Restaurant (turn left from Hotel and head away from the Town - it's the last restaurant). A superb holiday - we will definitely be back.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Recipes from the Algarve - Arroz Doce

Sweet Rice Pudding

1 cup of rice 2 egg yolk
3 cups milk ½ cup of sugar
1 tsp ground lemon peel 1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp cinamon 1 tbsp sugar

Put the rice into boiling water and after five minutes drain off the water. Bring the milk with sugar and vanilla to the boil.
Add the rice and cover. Simmer until the rice is soft. Break the egg yolk and mix with lemon peel. Stir this into the rice pudding. Fill into small glass dishes and stand to cool. Turn over and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Folklore Dancing

Once a fortnight (on Mondays) - a local Folklore Group performs in the Bar Boa Vista of the Hotel.

Our guests can enjoy watching (and participating) traditional Folklore Dancing and lively music.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Coming up - MozART Group - Lagoa - 7th October

Group MozArt - String Quartet - Cabaret and Comedy
The MozArt group from Poland performs for the first time in Portugal.

This string quartet, presents classical music in a creative, original and very comical way. Musical entertainment for the whole family.

Filip Jaslo - Violin
Michał Sikorski - Violin
Paweł Kowaluk - viola
Bolek Błaszczyk - Cello

Date: Friday, 07 October 2011 21:30
Location: Municipal Auditorium in Lagoa, Lagoa
Price: 15 Euros

Monday, 12 September 2011

Raj at Garbe - September Promotion

Complimentary Somosas when you next dine in our famous Indian restaurant ! Don’t miss your chance to sample our delicious “Vegetable Somosas”

Triangular shaped filo pastry filled with minced vegetables and deep fried.

Offer valid until 30th September 2011

Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !

Book your table now ! Tel: 282 320260 E-mail:

This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other Raj Promotion