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Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Taste of the Algarve - Contributed

A Taste of Algarve  

http://www.algarveexperiences.com/culinary-tours/a-taste-of-algarve/
 
…food, fun & fabulous times
 

March 27-Apr 2, 2013 ~ Special Easter Offering

Spend a week discovering a health giving cuisine filled with interesting tastes & textures at a relaxed pace. You’ll enjoy select dinners prepared by regional chefs and have the opportunity to chat with them about their food philosophy. You’ll visit the best regional farmer’s markets and shop for ingredients which we’ll then turn into a luscious shared dinner. You’ll tour a citrus grove, an artisanal olive oil producer, sea salt producer, organic herbal tea producer and other local food specialists. This trip only: We’re visiting at Easter and we’ll take in many local Easter fairs & religious celebrations as well as wine, cheese and Port tastings.
 
All of these activities happen at a relaxed pace with plenty of time each day for you to golf, shop or visit a spa. Your Taste of Algarve tour includes all transfers, 4* oceanview accommodation right on the beach, 4 dinners, daily culinary tours, all breakfasts and Welcome & Farewell receptions.
 
I’m an off-the-beaten-track Algarve expert who is a lifelong cook. I’ll be with you for every bite and sip of your Taste of Algarve experience.

Why choose a Taste of Algarve?

  • You demand more freedom than traditional tours offer
  • You enjoy the companionship of others but like your own company occasionally
  • Authentic local food & wine interests you
  • You’d like to discover a healthy, life affirming cuisine
  • Become a Port expert - white, ruby, tawny.
  • Expand your network of interesting people by connecting with foodies of similar interests.
  • Have time for your kind of activities – lounging, beachcombing, exploring, hiking, shopping, birdwatching
“I would never have believed that such a diverse experience was still available. Gwen, your local knowledge and investment in exploring the off-the-beaten-path, traditional Portuguese way of life is amazing. Thanks for providing me with so much more than a standard beach vacation.”
D. Dennery, Sri Lanka, Diversity Facilitator

Armacao de Pera sparkles on the horizon of Praia Grande

What’s Included in A Taste of Algarve?

  • Ample time each day to independently visit local sights of historic or cultural interests
  • Daily scheduled culinary tours to artisanal producers (citrus, olive oil, sea salt, etc.)
  • Stay in the lovely Holiday Inn Algarve in an oceanview room overlooking Armaçao de Pera’s panoramic Praia Grande
  • Watch fishing boats be launched & hauled as well as the daily catch being unloaded; walk the 8 km arc of golden sand at your leisure
  • A free copy of Algarve Dining: Gwen’s Guide to Good Eating and Deciphering the Portuguese Menu
  • Tastings with educational overtones: local wines, Ports (ruby, tawny, white), cheese, olive oil, Piri-Piri sauce …plus much more!
  • Cultural Sessions with Culinary Overtones: visit the best local farmer’s market, visit to a hillside village to explore how essential almonds are to Algarvean cuisine, visit to a citrus grove to pick oranges and lemons, visit to a Spanish border town, an evening or afternoon of Fado singing or Afro-Brazilian jazz in an up-scale café in a mountain town …plus more!
  • Cooking a traditional Portuguese meal - choose produce & participate in a cooking a collective Portuguese meal, regardless of your cooking ability

     
  • Concierge services that support your private explorations – explore independently going where whim takes you, guided by an experienced, knowledgeable person. Your concierge is Gwen McCauley, someone deeply familiar with the Algarve as well as someone who enjoys helping people create experiences that will thrill and delight. She’ll make maps, guide books, field guides, binoculars and other support materials available for your use. And she’ll happily offer detailed driving directions, advice on where to go and wisdom on which spots and activities will meet your specific needs when you are not traveling as part of the small group.
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Monday, 28 January 2013

Sunrise - Armação de Pêra

 
Sunrise from the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra. Many thanks to Mr. John Totten for getting up early to take this superb photo on Saturday morning......

Sunday, 27 January 2013

"Great Hotel” - TripAdvisor . Thank you for reveiwing

5 of 5 stars
Just got back from staying at this great hotel for a week in early January.

My partner and I had a room overlooking the Atlantic, it was very modern and newly decorated with a lovely balcony.

I have trouble sleeping when I am away from home, but slept like a log here every night, lulled asleep by the sound of the ocean.

The food was fantastic, all buffet style and freshly prepared and so varied.

The heated outdoor swimming pool was such a delightful surprise, I didn't expect to be swimming outside in January.

All the staff were so friendly and helpful and we can't wait to have another holiday here.
 
Room Tip: I would always try to book a room overlooking the sea
 
Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Celebrate Valentines at the Holiday Inn Algarve

15th-17th February 2012

2 nights accommodation sharing twin promenade view room and buffet breakfast

Saturday Night Romantic Dinner dance (16th February 2012)


Three course buffet lunch with wine - Sunday, 17th February

85,00Euros per person in a twin room

Seaview Supplement (2 nights) per person 22.00 Euros
Extra night in twin, per person 26.00 Euros
Children up to 12 years – 50% reduction when sharing room with parents

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 282 320260 or email: info@hialgarve.com

 

Friday, 25 January 2013

Swim for Shoes - Total - 1217 Euros

 
 
Swim for Shoes 2012/13, the annual event to swim or paddle in the Atlantic Ocean has raised a total of 1217 Euros for new shoes for children in care.


Pictured here is Peta Birch (centre) from the Amigos das Crianças for Gaivota in Albufeira with Lidia Guia (left) and Rafaela Santos (right) from the Holiday Inn Algarve.

Peta said that the money will purchase shoes for the youngsters at Gaivota and is vey much appreciated by them and the staff at the home.

Congratulations and many thanks to all those who participated and donated to raise this amount. 
 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

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, Armação de Pêra.

All Inclusive - Don't miss our 20% Early Booking Discount

Holiday Inn Algarve perfect all inclusive beach holidays
Our Promise..... Personal attention creating Great Holidays you'll remember at a price you'll love at the Holiday Inn Algarve

"Winner of Intercontinental Hotel Group - Quality Excellence Award 2012"
 


At the Holiday Inn Algarve we create relaxing and memorable holidays. The golden sandy beach is just steps from the Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera hotel, surrounded by beautiful coastline and quiet fishing villages.

Find yourself on the edge of the beautiful Algarve coast at Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera, facing the Atlantic Ocean in scenic southern Portugal. We are 50km from Faro Airport, with plenty of parking, and close to some of the best golf courses in Europe. Discover peaceful, traditional villages nearby or simply stroll along the 4kms of sandy beach in front of the hotel.

Dip in our outdoor pool as you take in the coastal panorama, and head down to the beach in front of Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera. Enjoy a relaxing massage. Go for a stroll on the promenade and watch fishing boats dock with hauls of fresh fish and seafood.

Why Choose All Inclusive... What's included
  • Guest care service available to assist you with local information
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Private transfer from Faro airport to hotel and return
  • Relax and enjoy a 30 minute massage per person per 7 day stay
  • Complimentary pool towels
  • Entertainment 2 nights per week
  • Weekly sunset barbecue and Sangria during summer months
  • Complimentary WiFi available in bar and reception
  • Complimentary in room safe facility
  • In room tea and coffee making facilities
Meals
  • Buffet Restaurant offering breakfast, 3 course lunch and dinner
  • Ice creams included
Drinks
  • Complimentary national alcoholic and non-alcoholic bar drinks from 12 noon - 10pm
  • Local wines and soft drinks in our buffet restaurant
  • Beer and soft drinks during the day at our pool bar 

  • Minimum 7 nights accommodation  
  • Airport transfers 25% discount off all other hotel services including the Raj Indian Restaurant
For Package prices, further information and reservations,
Please call Reservations on:
(00351) 282 320260
Or email us at info@hialgarve.com

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Art Get Together in the Sunshine.......


 
During the month of January a number of our "regulars" get together to paint. Here are some photographs of the session in the sunshine this morning.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Join us for Carnival

2 nights accommodation sharing twin promenade view room and buffet breakfast

Carnival Three Course Buffet Dinner with wine and Fancy Dress Party (Saturday 9th February 2013)

Buffet lunch with wine on Sunday, 10th February.

Just 85,00 Euros per person in a twin room

Seaview Supplement (2 nights) per person 22,00Euros

Extra night in twin, per person 26.00Euros

Children up to 12 years – 50% reduction when sharing room with parents

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 282 320260 or email: info@hialgarve.com


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Holiday Inn on Youtube

We have three mini films on Youtube - two of the Hotel and one of  the resort Armação de Pêra - see below - we hope you like them.

Holiday Inn Algarve – Clip 1
            Holiday Inn Algarve – Clip 2

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Thank you for your comments - TripAdvisor

"Good location”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 19 January 2013
 
The location is great, especially in high season.

The promenade is at your door step and it makes for a lovely stroll. Of course if you go in winter, after 6 pm it may look like a ghost town.

For such an old hotel (60s), it has been maintained nicely. I got an upgrade to sea front, which was nice. The room was simple but comfortable. I found it strange that they only offered Decaf coffee in the rooms. Regular coffee would be a great option for a customer to have. As a Platinum, I got free wifi in the lobby, which was nice. In room is an extra charge.

There is a bus stop right by the hotel (maybe 1 min walk) if you want to take the bus to Lisbon. You can even buy tickets at the front desk, 20Eur. Very convenient. The other bus stop is less than 10 min walk, if you want to go to Albuferia, etc.

There is a supermarket maybe a 2 min walk for basics. In front of the supermarket, there is a red Postal box, self service - you can buy stamps on one side and mail on the other. Directions are easy and in multi languages, including english.
  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
 

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Celebrate with us


Not to be missed - Fatacil - 16- 25 August, 2013


The Lagoa Handicraft, Tourism, Agriculture, Trade and Industry Fair which brings thousands of visitors to the town of Lagoa.

Besides the festive atmosphere that is to be found in the town all week long, visitors are attracted by the enormous quantity and diversity of products that can be found here. With products ranging from woven articles,copper and wrought iron, lace, wooden objects, pottery and ceramics, cork articles, wickerwork and basketry, everything can be found.

It is also possible to fine some of the finest examples of the traditional Algarve cuisine not only the genuine sausages (morcelas – a kind of black pudding – or farinheiras – pork sausages made with flour) and smoked hams, but also the famous regional sweetmeats and desserts (based on figs, almonds and flour), dry fruits and nuts, medronho (arbutus-berry brandy) and fig liqueur, as well as tasty cheeses made from ewes’ milk.

There is a varied programme of entertainment every day, with performances including shows and concerts produced by some of the best and most popular Portuguese musicians. This is a an event that you cannot afford to miss!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Golf News



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Thank you for your comments - TripAdvisor


5 of 5 starsReviewed 15 January 2013
 
Overnight Stay December 2012 - 2 adults and 2 children - Loved it!

Arrived early and able to check in with no dramas.
Reception was warm and friendly.

We were upgraded for free to two sea view rooms which was a huge surprise and was truly amazing! A lovely small balcony overlooking the beach and ocean!

We had two rooms next to each other - rooms were a good size (actually quite large for European standards) and were very comfortable. Both room and bathrooms were spotlessly clean.

Rooms had a small fridge and tea and coffee making facilites as well as English TV!

There was a buffet restaurant for breakfast / lunch and dinner. A bar for snack and drinks.

Free Wi-fi is only available in bar / reception area. There is also a hotel computer available for use in lobby.

This hotel is right on the beach and is a very short walk to restaurants / shops.

As with most of the coast many things close for winter in this town however there were still enough restaurants / café , souvenier shops open to have a choice. There are two small supermarkets within walking distance.

The winter sunset here is unforgettable and this place was a highlight of our 5 week trip.
The kids loved being on the beach and splashing in the water (yes - even in Winter!)

With summer crowds I am sure this is a totally different town but in December we loved it!
  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January Ladies Lunch

A few photos from the Ladies Lunch that took place today in the Hotel.

Our speaker was Angela Morado - Vice Consul at the British Consulate in Portimão.

Angela spoke about how the Consulate is focusing on reaching out and engaging with people in volunteer organisations, encouraging the ladies to become volunteers and help provide support to vulnerable citizens.
 
There are more photos on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/holidayInnAlgarve

Raj Indian Restaurant Promotion - February, 2013

Don’t miss this Promotion

- February 2013


One in four will be our guest !

 

 

Book a table for 4 persons and the 4th person will be  free of charge! *

 

Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !  www.rajatgarbe.com/voucher.pdf

Book your table now - Tel: 282 320260


Offer valid 1st - 28 February 2013


* 25% discount will be deducted from your total restaurant bill 

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


Raj Indian Restaurant
Holiday Inn Algarve
Avenida Marginal
8365-909 Armação de Pêra
Tel: 00351 282 320260

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Thank you to The Water Dog Staff

 
We were delighed to recieve yesterday a further 215 Euros for the Swim for Shoes fund.  Our thanks to The Water Dog team who participated in the swim and asked their customers for sponsorship. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

2013 Bank Holidays in Portugal - Feriados

Tuesday, 1st January - New Year´s Day
Tuesday, 12th  February-  Entrudo - Carnaval
Friday, 29th March - Sexta Feira Santa – Good Friday
Sunday, 31st March – Easter Sunday
Thursday, 25th April - Dia da Liberdade
Wednesday,  1st May -Dia do Trabalhador – Labour Day
Monday,  10th June - Dia de Portugal
Thursday, 15th August - Assunção de Nª Senhora
Sunday, 8th December - Imaculada Conceição
Wednesday,  25th December  - Christmas
Wednesday, 1st January 2014 - New Year

Friday, 11 January 2013

Like us on Facebook

We have a Holiday Inn Algarve Facebook page where you can find a lot of useful information about the hotel, Armaçao de Pêra, nearby restaurants and things to do during your stay. Please click the button below and like us on Facebook

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Thank you for your comments - TripAdvisor

“A Cracker of a Christmas 2012”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 NEW

We had a great time, from the big welcome on Christmas Eve until departure on the 27th. The buffet meals, particularly on Christmas Eve, the wine and the entertainment were excellent.

We had booked whilst staying on the Algarve earlier in December and Claudia could not have been more helpful. We had previously stayed for one night in May on the 4th floor and decided we wanted to be on that floor again and were given a fantastic room, large, bright and sunny, with views to die for. I was reminiscent of being on a large cruiseliner as we had such a wonderful view of the sparkling sea under bright blue skies and welcome sunshine. The beds, pillows, large flatscreen TV and bathroom were all great, and the maid-service and cleaning could not be faulted.

Weather was perfect throughout our stay, with temperatures around 18 or 19 in the daytime, and the sun shone non-stop. On Xmas Day there is a Charity Swim in the sea and we were amazed how many people participated, including my husband (although he did not have a Santa Claus outfit like a lot of them), followed by a swim in the heated swimming pool which felt like entering an oven after the chilly Atlantic waves. The hotel repeats this at New Year but unfortunately we had to return to the UK.

All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and I'm sorry but cannot remember their names, other than Claudia on Reception who worked throughout the whole period we were there with a smiling face and nothing was too much trouble - she booked a hair appointment for me on Boxing Day and that was was excellent too..

Thoroughly recommend this hotel, which is right on the beach, with such a sheltered swimming pool and sunny lounge and bar areas, all with fantastic views. Recommend sea view rooms to catch the morning sun and the evening sunset. We slept each night with the doors open onto the balcony and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach below ensured a perfect sleep.

The sea front at Armacao de Pera offers a great walk with many pavement bars and cafes open throughout Christmas - our particular favourite was Fortaleza where we sat sipping a glass of chilled wine and watched the world go by whilst picking up a tan in the fantastic hot sunshine.

We had a hire car and the journey to the airport took 45 minutes. Algarve Shopping at Guia is only a short drive away on the 125 and was open on Boxing Day. So much to do in the area for both young and old in the middle of winter. We will most definitely be back in 2013.

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Friday, 4 January 2013

IHG Quality Excellence Award


We are delighted to announce that the Holiday Inn Algarve has won a Quality Excellence Award at the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) Star Awards.

A Quality Excellence Award recognises hotels which have demonstrated 12-months of consistently high customer service and quality scores in guest satisfaction surveys and are given to only a small number of hotels across Europe.

Our Managing Director, Stuart Hardy said: This award recognises all the hard work and team effort we’ve put in this year. We’re constantly striving to go the extra mile so guests can expect a consistently top notch experience when visiting our hotel and we’ll continue to work together to keep delivering the same experience each year.”
 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Christmas Quiz Answers

Congratulations to Mr. A. Covell who answered all the questions correctly and has won a weekend for two at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

1. In the song, the 12 days of Christmas, what gift did my true love give to me on the 7th day of Christmas?
Seven Swans a swimming

2. Who wrote the song "I’m dreaming of a white Christmas"?
Irving Berlin

3. On Christmas day in 1864 the traditional swim in the Serpentine first took place, in which park?
Hyde Park

4. Who popularised the Christmas tree in England in the 19th century?
Prince Albert

5. What is the name of the fruit sauce which is a traditional accompaniment to the Christmas Turkey?
Cranberry

6. Which word, associated with Christmas, comes from a Greek word meaning "we can act anything"?
Pantomime

7. "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents" is the first line from which literary classic by Louisa May Alcott?
Little Women

8. Whose is the first voice to be heard on the original recording of Band Aid's 'Do they Know It's Christmas?
Paul Young

9. Who wrote the Christmas story, "The Snowman"?
Raymond Briggs

10. What colour is Santa Claus' belt?
Black

11. Who were Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar?
The Three Wise Men

12. From the Christmas Carol "Good King Wenceslas", where was Good King Wenceslas the King of?
Bohemia

13. In what year was the first Christmas card produced?
1843

14. What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
White Christmas

15. What Christmas drink contains sugar, milk and eggs?
Eggnog

16. What 1990 movie told of a boy's experience of two men breaking into his house during Christmas?
Home Alone

17. Counting Rudolph, how many reindeer are there?
Nine

18. What is the most popular tree topper?
Angel

19. Which fizzy drink company featured a big smiling Santa in it's adverts?
Coca Cola

20. What do elves wear on the tips of their shoes?
Bells

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New for 2013 - All Inclusive Beach Holidays

Holiday Inn Algarve perfect all inclusive beach holidays
Our Promise..... Personal attention creating Great Holidays you'll remember at a price you'll love at the Holiday Inn Algarve

"Winner of Intercontinental Hotel Group - Quality Excellence Award 2012"
 


At the Holiday Inn Algarve we create relaxing and memorable holidays. The golden sandy beach is just steps from the Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera hotel, surrounded by beautiful coastline and quiet fishing villages.

Find yourself on the edge of the beautiful Algarve coast at Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera, facing the Atlantic Ocean in scenic southern Portugal. We are 50km from Faro Airport, with plenty of parking, and close to some of the best golf courses in Europe. Discover peaceful, traditional villages nearby or simply stroll along the 4kms of sandy beach in front of the hotel.

Dip in our outdoor pool as you take in the coastal panorama, and head down to the beach in front of Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao de Pera. Enjoy a relaxing massage. Go for a stroll on the promenade and watch fishing boats dock with hauls of fresh fish and seafood.

Why Choose All Inclusive... What's included
  • Guest care service available to assist you with local information
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel and return
  • Relax and enjoy a complimentary 30 minute massage per person per 7 day stay
  • Complimentary pool towels
  • Entertainment 2 nights per week
  • Weekly sunset barbecue and Sangria during summer months
  • Complimentary WiFi available in bar and reception
  • Complimentary in room safe facility
  • In room tea and coffee making facilities
Meals
  • Buffet Restaurant offering breakfast, 3 course lunch and dinner
  • Snacks menu available at pool area
  • Ice creams included
Drinks
  • Complimentary national alcoholic and non-alcoholic bar drinks from 10am - 10pm
  • Local wines and soft drinks in our buffet restaurant
  • Beer and soft drinks during the day at our pool bar

And....the price includes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All Inclusive
  • All taxes & charges
  • Airport transfers
  • 25% discount off all other hotel services including the Raj Indian Restaurant
For Package prices, further information and reservations,
Please call Reservations on:
(00351) 282 320260
Or email us at info@hialgarve.com

Swim Success

 
"The Run" - Christmas Day, 2012
 
Swim for Shoes 2012/13, the annual event to swim or paddle in the Atlantic Ocean has, this year, so far raised just over 1000 Euros for new shoes for children in care.

"The Run" - 1st January, 2013
 
Many congratulations and thanks to all those who participated on Armação de Pêra beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve either by paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea !

As one swimmer said it was not only a good way to raise funds for charity, but also a fun way to spend Christmas Morning.

On Christmas day a film crew from TVI filmed the whole event and interviewed a number of participants. This brought a lot of national attention to the event when it was shown on their News Programme. http://www.tvi.iol.pt/videos/13770453 Minute: 20.54

Father Christmas was well represented - who after singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "A Todos um Bom Natal" ran down to the waiting sea.
 

The money will be going to buy shoes during the year for the teenagers at A Gaivota, Santa Casa in Albufeira. Each child at school needs a pair of trainers and plimsolls and the excellent amount raised means that all the teenagers will be fully kitted out.

Certificates were awarded to all those who got wet and everyone enjoyed a "Hot Chocolate " in the Holiday Inn Algarve bar afterwards. 
The Holiday Inn Algarve would like to thank all those who took part and all those who watched. Thanks also to all those who helped us to publicise this event.
The Holiday Inn Algarve Ladies Lunch Club January lunch will take place on Tuesday, 15th January, 2013.

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 our speaker - Angela Morado - Vice Consul at the British Consulate in Portimão. Angela was born in South Africa and moved to Portugal in 1986, and started working at the Consulate in October 1988.

Angela will speak about how the Consulate is focusing on reaching out and engaging with people in volunteer organisations, and how we can encourage people to become volunteers and help provide support to vulnerable citizens.

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.- telephone Carla on 282 320260 or e-mail info@hialgarve.com