Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Book Signing - Thursday, 6th December, 2012

If you haven’t yet read ‘Portugal and the Algarve NOW & THEN’ then take advantage of this opportunity.
Jenny Grainer – well known local author – will be at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra on Thursday 6th December from 4.30pm with copies of her intriguing book for sale which she will be happy to sign for you.
If you think the book is about travel then think again!
Jenny has lived in the Algarve since 1968 when Portugal was still under a dictatorship and the book is just full of stories about her life amongst its people both in times past and present in the ever changing Algarve.
Live through the revolution with her hear of the now lost customs of its people, of their poverty. Her book will surprise, shock and charm you but you will know and understand so much more about this fascinating corner of Europe when you’ve finished it.

For more information - 282 320260 -

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Monday, 29 October 2012

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Friendly staff, good view and good food - what more can you wish for?

Posted 18 October 2012

We stayed with a group of 49 people, there was at least 2 other groups in the hotel - but the catering staff had no trouble providing us with a good selection of well cooked food for the whole week. The bacon was the best I have sampled outside of the UK! We paid extra for a sea view and it was well worth the money.The staff could not have been more helpful, and considering how busy the hotel was - this was no mean feat.Would certainly consider returning.
Mini-Fashion Show
Tuesday, 6th November 2012 at 4.00pm
in the Bar Boa Vista

Presented by Fiona of Fi – Line Fashions
All Welcome!
For more information please contact Fiona: Address:Avenido do Rio, Edificio Almadraba, Loja B, Armação de Pêra, 8365-102

Friday, 26 October 2012

British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, we were delighted to receive an award from the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in recognition of 10 years loyal membership.

Pictured above is  Chris Barton and Adriana Silva from the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce presenting the award to our Assistant Manageress - Manuela Brito.

With over 500 members, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1911, is an independent, non-profit organisation that sets out to promote the interests of its membership in respect to commercial links between businesses in the United Kingdom and Portugal

For more information about the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce please see:-

The Great Father Christmas Walk

Saturday, 1st December 2012
                       JOIN US !

For the very first time there will be a Father Christmas Walk along the promenade of Armação de Pêra. What a wonderful way to start the festive season !

All you need to do is turn up at Armação de Pêra in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly the Hotel Garbe) in your Father Christmas hat or outfit.

Save the date on your diary – Saturday 1st December 2012 at 11.00 a.m. – you can have a healthy walk and help to raise food or money for the Portuguese Food Bank which does such an amazing job collecting and distributing food to those in need. On this weekend food collections will be made at supermarkets nationwide and we would like to add our own contributions to this collection

Please bring your donation with you. - Preferred items are olive oil and packets of milk, but any dried food items will be accepted. All donations offered will be greatly and gratefully appreciated. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL.

Adults and Children are welcome to take part, as long as you understand that you do so at your own risk.

For further information please contact: Holiday Inn Algarve - 282 320 260 -

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Santa needs your Help

      8th Annual Shoebox Drive for the Elderly

 Castelo dos Sonhos registered charity has more than 200 elderly in need living in this area.   This Christmas we would again like to help them and we now planning the 8th Annual shoebox drive for the Elderly. The boxes will be delivered by the Castelo dos Sonhos team. We hope you will participate.

Here is what you’ll need to do:

1.     Find an empty shoe box. – most shoe shops  are only too pleased to give you one

2.     Decide whether your gift will be for a man or a woman

3.     Fill your shoe box with a variety of gifts (each gift may be individually wrapped)  – see suggestions below.  Please pack carefully and wrap breakables well.

4.     Wrap the shoebox and label for man or women, or couple.

5.     Deliver filled shoeboxes to Castelo dos Sonhos or the Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly Hotel Garbe) between 15th November and 1st December, 2012 –

·        shampoo, soap, body lotion, bath gel, foam
hairbrush, comb, mirror,

·        woolly hat, gloves, scarf, socks, hankies, tights, small shawl

·        sewing kit

·        shower cap

·        torch

·        packet of tissues

·        face cloth

·        comb or brush

·        tea towel

·        small notebook and pen

·        sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits – please ensure they are well in date

·        Small ornament

·        Christmas decorations

·        Christmas card

 Do not include:-


For more information please contact David or Celia Mossman on 282 332665 or e-mail

New Ladies Lunch Club at Holiday Inn Algarve

The Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra is delighted to announce that the inaugural lunch of their brand new Ladies Lunch Club will take place on Wednesday, 14th November, 2012.

Free to join - all ladies welcome.

Take this opportunity to catch up with "old" friends and make "new" ones. - just 15 Euros per person.

A three course buffet lunch to include wine will start at 1.00pm and be followed by a speaker - this month, Verna Kinder - who moved to the Algarve in 1995, who will talk about local charities and how we can help. These difficult economic times are proving challenging for everyone and there are ways we can work together with benefits for all concerned.

Come early - the Bar Boa Vista is offering a special 25% discount on drinks from 12.00 - 1.00pm to all Ladies attending the Lunch.

Book Now.- Carla on 282 320260 or Carole -

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012

Book Signing Success

We were very pleased to have Jenny Grainer here in our Bar Boa Vista last Thursday afternoon signing copies of her book ‘Portugal and the Algarve NOW & THEN’ 

After reading a passage from the book, Jenny was delighted to sign many copies for the audience.
Our thanks to Dave Sheldrake of A3 Art for photographing the event.. 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Raj Special Menu

Raj Special Menu
Available from 9th October until 9th December, 2012

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

Our Chef has chosen a selection from our best selling dishes for you to enjoy over the next few weeks

Pappadoms served with a yoghurt dressing, tamarind sauce and onion salad
Traditional Vegetable or Chicken Pokora’s
Breast of chicken and a selection of vegetables, lightly fried in our Chef’s special aromatic batter and served with salad


Onion Bajhi
Onions finely sliced mixed in gram flour and deep fried

Chicken Korma
A famous dish of diced breast of chicken served in a mild sauce of cream and coconut


Chicken Chana Daal
Tender chicken simmered in a spicy chick pea sauce


Karahi Gosht

Tender lamb cooked in a rich sauce of spices, coriander and fresh mint


Saag Gosht
Lamb cooked in spicy sauce of spinach, chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms and finely sliced chillies


Our vegetarian option - Panch Ranghi Sabji
A colourful blend of green peas, carrots, paneer, green beans and potatoes

Choose from

Plain, garlic or Peshwari naan or boiled, pilau or vegetable rice

€ 14.75 per person

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