Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Not to be missed - Jazz Night with Rui Sax

Enjoy a three course Indian Dinner with Wine and Coffee

Raj Indian Restaurant

Friday 30th March 2012 - 7.30pm

Don’t miss it book now. €24.00 per person/por pessoa

Special rate for overnight accommodation & breakfast: 28 Euros – per person

For more information or to book please contact 282 320360 or


Jantar Indiano ao som do melhor Jazz
no Restaurante Raj
Sexta-feira 30 de March 2012

Faça já a sua reserva.

Monday, 27 February 2012

'What a fiddle!' at the Holiday Inn


The Holiday Inn Algarve was the latest venue to host a “Help for Heroes” fund raising event, on the night of 15th February, and what a night it was!

Attended by more than 120 expats who were treated to good food and fine music from ‘The Oxford Fiddle Group. ’The ‘Fiddlers’ played a variety of music from different regions of the UK as well as from the other side of the Atlantic namely the USA and Canada.

The group presented the music with humour and expertise. "We were so lucky to have the full group on the night as some of the group only just made it to the check-in at Gatwick due to a road accident on the motorway en route to the airport," said organiser, Carole Good–Dixon.

Everyone present enjoyed and applauded their professionalism and skill, and again the Algarve expat's generosity was also to be applauded raising a fantastic €1,520 on the night from ticket donations of €5 each and a very successful raffle.

The organizers Carole Good–Dixon and Lin Hartley would like to thank all those who donated some wonderful prizes to the raffle, the Holiday Inn Algarve who made the night go so smoothly with excellent service, but most of all those that attended this marvellous event and for their generosity.

A cheque for £1,262 is now on its way to H4H in the UK. Carole said “We have raised over €10,000 since we started these events, which is amazing, and shows such support for our wounded service personnel”. Keep up the good work Algarve expats!

For more information on forthcoming events in the Algarve contact Carole on:

T: 966571639 or 282312079

Friday, 24 February 2012

Social Media Workshop - Facebook & Twitter - Thursday, 1st March, 2012


This workshop is for business and personal use alike

If you are unsure how these two powerful mediums work this short course is for you!

learn about privacy settings
the three different types of accounts
keeping your personal life seperate from your business

setting up an account
the meaning of # and @
what is a 'tweet' and the magic '140'
find out about all this and more.
Arrive at 10am for registration course begins at 10.30

workshop €49.90
workshop & lunch €72.90
group booking (4 persons) €159.90
workshop & lunch €244.90

for booking or more information contact us
+ 351 969224111

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

"People in a Place Apart"

Just published: new book about the Algarve

A very unusual new book about the Algarve has just been published. It is certainly not your average tourist guide.

It gives a deeper understanding and fascinating insight into the region by focusing on the remarkable array of foreign cultures and outstanding individual personalities who have visited or inhabited the south of Portugal over the years. It takes in the whole period from ancient times to the present day.

The book is called People in a Place Apart. It is by Irish journalist and author Len Port who lives in the Algarve. This new non-fiction title is available exclusively from Amazon as an eBook.

People in a Place Apart contains intimate portrayals of royalty, political heads of state, explorers, outstanding warriors on the high seas and in the air, celebrated writers and stars of sports and entertainment. The famous characters included are as diverse as Henry the Navigator and Henry Cooper, Vasco da Gama, George Galloway and Paul McCartney.

The early chapters deal with people during momentous periods in the Algarve’s history, from the first Phoenician explorers and the Moorish occupation to nationhood and the Age of Discovery.

The later chapters consider the movers and shakers from the Swinging Sixties to our economically troubled times right now. While much of People in a Place Apart is about the famous and influential, parts of it dwell on villains and victims, as well as infamous mysteries, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann included.

A print edition of the book may become available later in the year, but for now it is only available as an eBook that can be read on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Android-based devices.

If you haven’t got a Kindle, you can get a free peek into the book on your computer.

Just type the title - People in a Place Apart – into the search box of an amazon website.

When you see the front cover of the book, click on to it. Then you’ll see an invitation to ‘Look Inside’. Click on that. There it is!

The three main websites - depending on whether you want to see the book priced in euros, pounds or dollars: portugal;;

From our Golf Desk

'Hello' to all our golfing friends,
we bring you good news to shake off those cold winter blues!

Morgado & Alamos - 1 round free! Yes, play 5 rounds and pay only for 4!

7 nights - € 380

Palmares - 3 or 7 nights - € 275 or € 385

Try out all 3 combinations of the new courses - Praia, Lagos and Alvor - a treat not to be missed!

Easter Specials 2 - 15 April - from just € 329 - 5 nights with 3 rounds golf - buggy included
on selected courses!

New group offers - 1 in 8 goes free! Amazing but true; complimentary bed and breakfast and golf too!

Playing selected courses - contact us for further details.

Cheap flight offers - and

There are many flights from new destinations flying into Faro Airport

Consider bringing hand luggage only and save even more!
(remember the hotel provides many essential toiletries)

Golf Club Hire
Keep flight costs down & hire your clubs - hassle free!

Great rates from €45 per week with free delivery to the hotel.

No gimmicks, no tricks,

just contact us for your sunshine fix!

Contact Helen or Jane - T + 351 282 320 260

Monday, 20 February 2012

March Quiz Night - Monday, 5th March, 2012

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pera

Monday, 5th March 2012

In the Raj Restaurant

Lynn & Martin’s

With fund raising raffle
proceeds to
Algoz School for Autistic Children

Starts 8 pm
€2.50 per person
Teams of 2 – 6 people welcome
individuals can be added to a team

Tel Lynn on 919 266 770 to book your table
or just turn up on the night
everyone welcome

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Oxford Fiddle Group

A big thank you to the Oxford Fiddle Group - last night was just superb.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Calendar of Events

What's On Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Sunday, 6th May - Mother's Day Lunch
Wednesday, 16th May - Royal British Legion St. Andrew Lunch
June - Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival
Wednesday, 20th June - Royal British Legion Summer Lunch
Wednesday, 18th July - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 15th August - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 19th September - Royal British Legion Battle of Britain Lunch
Wednesday, 17th October - Royal British Legion Battle of Trafalgar Lunch
Saturday, 3rd November - Royal British Legion Poppy Ball
Wednesday, 21st November - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 12th December - Royal British Legion Christmas Lunch
Tuesday, 25th December - Swim for Shoes - Dip in the Sea for Charity
Tuesday, 25th December - Christmas Day Gala Dinner
Wednesday, 26th December - Boxing Day Treasure Hunt
Monday, 31st December - New Years Eve Gala Dinner and Dance
Tuesday, 1st January - Swim for Shoes - Dip in the Sea for Charity

Events Nearby
29th March 1st April – 2012 Vodafone Rally
Sunday, 8th April Easter Sunday Festa das Tochas Floridas (Flower Torches Festival).
21st-22nd April - Compak Sporting - Grand Prix of Portugal, Pinhal, Pêra
4th-6th May - FIA GT World Championship - International Autodrome of the Algarve
26th-27th May - Universal Trench - Grand Prix of Portugal – Pinhal, Pêra
May - October -
Fiesa - the International Sand Sculptures Festival
June – Festival Med - Loule
June - Algarve International Fair - Lagoa
June - Traditional Dancing through the streets of Armação de Pêra
June - Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival - Armação de Pêra
28th July - 5th August - Medieval Fair - Silves
Sunday, 12th August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman
August - Fatacil – Lagoa
6th - 9th September - Fitasc Universal Trench World Championship - O Pinhal, Pêra
Sunday, 16th September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos
5th, 6th and 7th October –
Sagres Birdwatching Festival
October - World Superbike Championship - International Autodrome of the Algarve
October - Algarve Historic Festival - International Autodrome of the Algarve
November - Le Mans Series 2012 - International Autodrome
of the Algarve

Monday, 13 February 2012

Tripadvisor - “The place to go to chill out and relax!”

Reviewed 10 February 2012 NEW

My wife and I returned home to Yorkshire yesterday after 11 lovely days at The Holiday Inn, Armacao de Pera, Algarve.

It was a welcome escape from the horrible UK weather. The hotel is modern having recently been refurbished. We had a fabulous sea view,well worth paying for.

The food was excellent especially on the two occasions we did a free dinner exchange with the Raj Indian restaurant in the hotel. You only have to pay for a drink whereas in the main dining room the wine is free.

The staff were very helpful especially Claudia on front desk. Nothing was too much trouble. The safe was free which is unusual in Europe. We had half board and the food was very good but next time we go we will probably go bed and breakfast so we can try the local places to eat.

The swimming pool outside is always heated,but it is a bit cool when you get out.

We were lucky with the weather. It was brilliant sunshine every day but was cold in the morning and evenings. There was no entertainment which didn't worry us. The hotel was about two thirds empty for some reason and the guests were mainly OAPs like us apart from a few golfers. This meant that there was no queuing for the restaurant or the bar and our room was cleaned before 10am. The drinks are a bit pricey so try the happy hour between 6.30 and 7.30pm,40% cheaper. The water dog bar over the road is very reasonable and the owner Charlie, makes you feel very welcome.

There is free wifi in the lounge and bar which I found handy for sending and receiving family emails.

All in all a welcome winter break. PS BBC1,Sky news,Sky sport and Euro sport on tele.

Room Tip: Pay for a sea view on a high floor. Perfect peace and tranquility.
See more room tips
Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple

Click here for more from TripAdvisor

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Gearing up for St Patrick’s Day celebrations


The St Patrick’s Society of the Algarve is gearing up to celebrate Ireland’s national day with a gala dinner on Saturday March 17th at the Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra.

It is the society’s biggest annual event, with all the traditional music, dancing and craic associated with St Patrick’s Day the world over. In Lisbon, the Irish Association Portugal will be holding a similar event in the Hotel Miragem in Cascais.

The Irish have enjoyed close links with Portugal at least since the 15th century. Those links are closer today than ever. Less than a thousand Irish nationals are registered as living in Portugal but the real figure is probably much higher. The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations for people living in Ireland.

The St Patrick’s Day celebrations in both the Algarve and Lisbon bring together members of the resident Irish community, but they are open to visitors as well as expatriates and all friends of Ireland regardless of nationality.

The Algarve celebrations begin with welcome drinks in the bar of the Holiday Inn at 7pm. Dinner in the dining room with its magnificent view over the ocean starts at 7.45pm. The MC and DJ for the evening will be Mike Bristow. A troupe of young Irish dancers will perform after dinner. Guests will be dancing the night away until well past midnight.

Tickets are priced at €32.50 for members, €35.0 for non-members. The dining room comfortably accommodates 100 guests but early reservations are recommended and appreciated by the organisers. For more information or to make a booking, phone Marie Healey on 939 564 614 or 282 352530.

The Holiday Inn (formerly the Garbe Hotel) is offering 10% off their special winter rates for guests wishing to stay overnight. For prices and to book overnight stays directly: info@hialgarve or 282 320260.

Friday, 10 February 2012

1960's Fancy Dress Night - 25th February, 2012


1960’s Night

Dance the night away to the music from the 60’s
in Bar “Boa Vista”

Saturday 25th February 2012

Noite Regresso aos “Anos 60”

No Bar “Boa Vista”
Sábado 25 de Fevereiro 2012

Todos bem vindos!
All welcome!

The view from the Holiday Inn Algarve this morning - great day for the beach

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Carnival Fancy Dress Buffet Dinner

Saturday, 18th February, 2012 - 19.00hrs – 21.30HRS - Restaurante “Por do Sol

Saladas à Escolha -- Chef’s Salads -- Salatauswahl

Sopa de Legumes -- Vegetable Soup -- Gemüsesuppe

Rolinhos de Peixe Recheado com Camarão – Rolled Fish Fillets with Shrimps -- Fischfilet mit Garnelen

Tranches de Pescada com Banana -- Hake Fish with Banana -- Schellfisch mit Banane

Peitinhos de Frango com Ananás -- Chicken Breast with Pineapple -- Gegrillte Hähnchenschnitzel mit Ananás

Lombo de Porco Recheado à Tricolor -- Roast Loin of Pork stuffed with Red Pepper Celery and Carrots – Gebratene Schweinelende mit Sellerie,Paprika und Mohrrüben

Massa Gratinada -- Oven-Baked Pasta -- Uberbackene Pasta

Espelho de Queijo -- Cheese -- Käse

Espelho de Presunto -- Smoked Ham -- Räucherschinken

Sobremesas à Escolha -- Selection of Desserts -- Nachtischbüffet

Vinho da Casa Incluído -- House Wine Included -- Hauswein Inklusive

Fancy Dress party and dancing to live music in the bar - 21.00hrs - Prize for the best outfit. Prémio para o Melhor Traje - €:24.00 p.p.23% Iva incl.

To book or for more information - Tel: +351 282 320260

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Pancake Racing on the beach


Tuesday 21 February 2012 - 10.30am

On Armação de Pêra Beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve at 10.30 hrs

Races for Children of all ages – Mums, Dads and Grandparents too!
€1 per race (Prizes for all winners)

Pancakes will be served in the Hotel Bar “Boa Vista”
with all sorts of delicious sweet and savoury fillings

The Quiz will be a table quiz - it will begin in

Bar “Boa Vista” at 12 noon - € 2 per adult € 1 per child

Sale of chutneys, marmalades and jams
Sale of secondhand books


All proceeds to Association for the Protection of Animals in Algarve

All welcome !

For more information telephone Jane at the Holiday Inn Algarve (282 320260)
or Jenny (919 041 903) or email

Coming up in Lagoa

Quiz Night Winners

The February quiz night saw a close fought 3-way battle with the lead changing hands a number of times during the 5 rounds. Finally there was a win for the `Diamond Grenadiers´ by just half a point from the two other leading contenders with a further two teams not far behind.

Funds were raised for the ´Algoz School for Children with Autism´ during the evening.

The next quiz night is on Monday 5th March in the Raj Restaurant, Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra and will be raising funds for the Algoz School for Autistic Children

Starts 8 pm
€2.50 per person
Teams of 2 – 6 people welcome
individuals can be added to a team

Tel Lynn on 919 266 770 to book your table or just turn up on the night everyone welcome.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Thank you for your comments

Sent: segunda-feira, 30 de Janeiro de 2012 11:33
To: Jane and HelenSubject: Golf Break

Hi Jane and Helen,

Now safely returned to the UK, where it is grey, damp and cold. The sunshine of the Algarve seems a million miles away!

Our golfing break was hugely enjoyable and its success owes a lot to the efficiency of your arrangements and the pleasant manner with which you dealt with all of our enquiries and comments. So, thank you both very much. Thanks also to the staff at the Garbe who, as always, were unfailingly polite and helpful.

We'll be back next year!

Kind regards,


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Special February Rate

Relax and unwind for a few days

Twin or Double landview room from only €26 per person per night inclusive of full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea and biscuits

For more information, or to book please call 282 320260 or

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