Wednesday, 12 June 2013

From our Inbox

We were delighted to receive this e-mail this morning:-

"I thought you may like to see a few of the photos we took of the wedding vow renewal that you hosted on 29th May - I have attached a very good one of Sr. Paulo!

I would also like ...
to thank you and all of your staff, who worked so hard to put together what was a truly wonderful and beautiful event!! The service was impeccable - every need was catered for and the food was absolutely delicious!! The tables were beautifully laid up and the terrace looked superb! There really aren't enough superlatives to describe just how wonderful the whole experience was.

I shall certainly recommend you to anyone else I hear that is considering a similar event.

Thank you so much for everything!"

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

10th Festival Med in Loule - Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th June 2013

The Med Festival, organised by the  Loulé Camera, is an event of World Music inspired by Mediterranean culture, which transforms the historic center of Loulé in a parade of artistic and cultural fusion
The 10th edition of the Med Festival takes place this year on 28 and 29 June.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Public Hotel in Portugal today -10th June

10th June is a Public Holiday - it is Portugal's National Day which is celebrated annually. 

Portugal Day, : Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas (Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities), is Portugal's National Day celebrated annually on 10 June.

Although officially observed only in Portugal, Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on 10 June 1580.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Sand Hotel!!!!

Would you like to stay in a Sand Hotel???

TripAdvisor - “Great Golfing Trip”

“Great Golfing Trip”
Stayed here for a week at May half term with the family as a combined base for golf and the beach based on trip advisor reviews. We really liked Amarcao de Pera. Although the resort is quiet it has an attractive sea front with a good choice of restaurants. The hotel is at the top end of Holiday Inn standard - very clean, good attentive staff and in a superb location. Jane on the golf desk was a star co-ordinating our tee times and organising car hire. We booked sea view rooms and they seem to have been refurbished with a modern contemporary feel. The pool was small but very few people in it so fine for a quick dip.

We dined a couple of times at The Raj (Indian restaurant in the hotel) and the food was superb - some of the best Indian food we have ever eaten. Serol - a fish restaurant at the east end of the main promenade was also excellent.

Golf wise all the Pestana resorts were excellent with Gramacho and Pinta being the stand out courses - both just a short 20 min drive from the hotel.

Like other reviews the hotel seems to be popular with Saga customers - probably the first time in a few years that we have been the youngest guests in a hotel!

In summary I would highly recommend this hotel - especially for those looking to combine golf with a bit of time on the beach.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family

Friday, 7 June 2013

Holiday Inn at Fiesa, 2013

We are delighted once again to be at Fiesa....

Fiesa, 2013- the 11th International Sand Sculpture Festival is being held in Pera once again this year. It is the only event of its kind in the Iberian peninsula and given its dimensions is the largest in the world. Open until 25th October - don't miss it.

Music is the theme of the 11th edition of this Festival, which will feature in sand, scenes representative of its expression in various ethical groups, their evolution and various genres, ranging from rock, to traditional music and classical, dance or even the expression religious in the Music.

More information:

Thursday, 6 June 2013

15th Caldeirada Festival - Armação de Pêra

The 15th Caldeirada Festival  will be taking place in Armação de Pêra on 14th, 15th and 16th June,, 2013.

Caldeirada” is a typical Algarvian dish which consists of stewed fish and sea food with potatoes, onions ,tomatoes, pimentos, spices wine and olive oil.

A number of local restaurants, including our Por do Sol Restaurant participate, and as well as serving Caldeirada we will also have other typical fish dishes available.

The Holiday Inn Algarve will serve its ´Caldeirada feast` for dinner daily   and both hotel guests and local residents are invited to join the celebrations.

For more information please contact Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra info@hialgarve.comTel: 282 320 260

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Calendar of Events

What`s On in the Hotel
12th - 16th July - "New Beginnings" Art Exhibition
25th - 27th October - Writing Workshop
23rd-27th December - Christmas Programme
30th December - 1st January - New Year's Programme

Events Nearby
25th May - 25th October - Fiesa - the International Sand Sculptures Festival
12th and 23rd June - Traditional Dancing through the streets of Armação de Pêra
14th,  15th and16th June - 15th Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival - Armação de Pêra
2nd - 11th  August - Medieval Fair - Silves
August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman
16th - 25th August -
Fatacil – Lagoa
September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos

2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

We are delighted that we have once again received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. 

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

"The Holiday Inn Algarve is pleased to once more receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Stuart Hardy, Managing Director of the Holiday Inn Algarve. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Saint Days - Marchas Populares

Three Saints Days are celebrated in Portugal in June. The 13th is St. Anthony’s day, the 24th is St. John and the 29th St. Peter.
Saints’ days are full of fun and dancing.  The streets are decorated with balloons and arches made out of brightly-coloured paper; people dance in the city’s small squares.

There will be street dancing in Armação de Pêra and Alcantarilha.