Friday, 30 November 2012

Raj Indian Restaurant closing for holiday


Please note that the Raj Indian Restaurant will be closed from 10th December, 2012 until 22nd January, 2013.

We have extended our November Special for the first nine days of December.
Raj Special Menu
Available from 1st November 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

Thursday, 29 November 2012

'A3 Art Christmas Sale' - Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

'A3 Art Christmas Sale'

sale of original art and photography and Christmas gifts

Friday 14th December - Monday 17th December

3pm - 8pm each day
Original acrylic paintings and photographic prints with a range of competitively priced gift items on sale exclusively at the Holiday Inn hotel.

Dave Sheldrake is known for his wonderful photographs of the beaches and landscape of the Algarve. He creates wonderfully sharp and clear images which are full of light and colour. Dave has been walking the 'Secret Coast' of the Algarve with his camera, capturing its crumbling cliffs, deep pools of blue water and amazing sunsets.

Alyson Sheldrake's paintings have been described as "fun and colourful, with a strong design element" and her work is vibrant, eye-catching and original. She has recently been exploring bright and bold flower paintings alongside her sought-after Algarve landscapes.

Alyson & Dave are both delighted to be able to showcase their work again at the Holiday Inn hotel, Armação de Pêra. The event will be clearly signed, with free parking almost beside the hotel; and the Christmas Sale will run from Friday 14th December to Monday 17th December from 3pm to 8pm each day. The artists will be present throughout the event and look forward to meeting you.

You can see more of Dave and Alyson's work on their website

For more info please contact - Alyson Sheldrake

Monday, 26 November 2012

Gentle Jazz Recovery Day – Hangover Brunch – Tuesday, 1st January, 2013

Dia de Ano Novo - 3ªFeira -1 de Janeiro 2013 11.00 hrs – 15.00 hrs
A buffet feast with “ Black Velvets” from 11.00am to 4.00pm
With Rui Sax
Variedade de sumos de fruta
A selection of fruit juices
Variedade de cereais Choice of cereals
Iogurtes e fruta fresca
Yoghurts and seasonal fresh fruits
Pão branco, pão integral, croissants e torradas
White, wholemeal bread and rolls, brioches, croissants and toast
Compotas, marmelada e mel
Jams, Marmalades and honey
Carnes frias, patés e queijos
A selection of cold meats, pate and cheese
Ovos, bacon, e salsichas
Eggs, grilled bacon and sausages
Tomate assado, feijão vermelho e cogumelos no forno
Grilled tomatoes, baked beans and sautéed mushrooms
Bifinhos grelhados com ananás da Madeira
Grilled fillets of veal with pineapple from Madeira
Arroz à Valenciana Rice “Valenciana”
A delicious rice dish cooked with ham, sausage, peppers, tomatoes and green peas
Variedade de Sobremesas
A choice of Portuguese cakes and pastries
Café, chá, leite e leite com chocolate
 Coffee, tea, milk or chocolate
          € 20.00 - Iva Incl. Taxa 23% incl.

Rui Sax playing for your entertainment during brunch Pequeno Almoço “ Ressaca” com Rui Sax ao saxofone.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Father Christmas Walk in Armação de Pêra

Saturday, 1st December 2012

We are delighted to announce that the Banda Filarmónica da Casa do Povo de Alcantarilha have confirmed that they will play for the participants at the start of the Armação de Pêra Father Christmas walk on 1st December at 11.00am.
The Banda Filarmónica da Casa do Povo de Alcantarilha, formed in December 1977 with about 25 musicians

Making this event even more enjoyable, the band will play some of the songs from their repertoire welcoming all participants and making the official opening of the event, which will support the collection of food for the Food Bank, helping to raise food or money for the poorest.

Commencing at 11.00am two trainers, Angelo and Antonio from Fit Gym will lead the walk and finish it off with relaxing exercises.

The Holiday Inn Algarve invites you to make a healthy walk and help the Food Bank with this amazing job, in the collection and distribution of food.
Please bring your donation. - Preferred items are olive oil and milk cartons, but all dried food will be accepted. Alternatively, you can leave your donation in cash with one of the representatives of the Food Bank to join us. All donations will be greatly appreciated. 

To all those wishing to attend just show up in Armação de Pêra opposite the Holiday Inn Algarve (former Hotel Garbe) dressed in Father Christmas outfit !

No entry charge – all donations to the Food Bank appreciated

Thank you to Banda, Fit Gym and Remax Praia for the support of this event.

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

Travel Bloggers to Rally in the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra next March

“Join us for the inaugural offering of Travel Bloggers Rally Algarve where committed travel bloggers and writers learn, discover and have fun in order to improve at their craft.” That’s our invitation to this new group of professionals who are rapidly changing the face of travel writing and journalism.

Travel Bloggers Rally – Algarve …unique learning in a unique place will be held March 15, 16 & 17, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra with a focus on the key issues travel bloggers deal with daily: Motivation, Maintenance and Money.
The purpose of TBRA is to not only provide skill building information to travel bloggers but to offer many opportunities for networking, deepening relationships with other bloggers and to discover the beauty of the Algarve, its culture and its people. For sponsors it is a great opportunity to support increased coverage of the area and to bring more visitors to the region. Algarve based travel bloggers are invited to join international participants by offering pre & post conference tours of ‘off the beaten track’ Algarve so that its richness gets highlighted and deep connections are established. 

We call ourselves a Rally for a very specific reason: Rallys are highly interactive, participant driven experiences. And that’s what TBRA is about, highly interactive participant experiences. We’ve invited 3 of the world’s top travel bloggers to offer informative, inspirational and provocative plenary sessions. Participants will then get to set each day’s agenda that focuses on their personal travel blogging issues, challenges and successes. Truly … unique learning in a unique place.

Our keynote speakers are:

Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Evelyn’s Journeywoman monthly travel tips newsletter is read by 65,000 woman worldwide, her website receives over 1M hits annually and she has 21,000 Twitter followers. Evelyn is our Motivation expert.

Andy Jarosz, 501 Places, London, England. Andy is one of Britain’s leading travel bloggers and travel writers. Andy blogs for National Geographic Traveller and many other top travel organizations. He has 13,500 Twitter followers. Andy is our Money expert.

Zoe Dawes, The Quirky Traveller, The Lake District, England. Zoe was 2011’s Best Blogger in Britain. Besides her own blog, Zoe offers writing training services. She has 9,000 Twitter followers. Zoe is our Maintenance expert. She’ll also offer a post Rally travel writing workshop.

More information about Travel Bloggers Rally Algarve, its agenda, keynote speakers and event hotel is available at

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Book Signing - 6th December, 2012

In case you hadn’t noticed - Christmas is approaching fast and ideas for presents to give are on everyone’s mind.

Reading material is always a safe bet and if you love the Algarve, then Jenny Grainer’s book ‘Portugal and the Algarve NOW and THEN’ about her many years in Portugal is a must to put on your list.

Jenny and her husband the composer Ron Grainer, theme tune writer of such TV classics as ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Steptoe and Son’ came to live in Albufeira when it was no more than a pretty fishing village and the dictator Salazar ruled the country. Her charming stories of the local people she met, the famous stars who walked the streets unrecognised and the customs of living during that time give a fascinating insight to the recent history of the country and particularly its most southern tip.

Live through the 1974 revolution with her and the rapid changes after as a poor and uneducated country was dragged into the 21st century. Share some of her amusing experiences as well as the sad and shocking ones and the many challenges the people of those days underwent to emerge as the modern, but still beautiful Algarve of today.

Jenny will be presenting her book at ‘The Holiday Inn Algarve’ in Armaçao de Pera on Thursday 6th of December from 4.30pm.

Portugal and the Algarve NOW and THEN’ is also available in e format from Kindle on

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Royal British Legion Lunch

A few photos from the Royal British Legion lunch which took place here today. The Algarve Sub-Branch now has a membership of 150 and meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Holiday Inn Algarve for lunch..All visiting RBL members are welcome and please join us in the Bar for pre-lunch drinks at mid-day.
For more information, visit:

Mini Fashion Show

Our thanks to the models in the Mini Fashion Show which took place yesterday in our Bar Boa Vista Presented by Fiona of Fi–Line Fashions

Next Mini Fashion Show will be on Wednesday, 6th December, 2012.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Public Holiday - 1st November

1st November is a Public Holiday in Portugal.

It is All Saints day.

The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs.

During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.