Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Medieval Experience

Are you planning a visit to Silves Medieval Fair (2nd - 11th August) Why not book the Medieval Experience and totally immerse yourself??? We have ‘Medieval Experience’ tickets available at our Reception. €60 per person - includes a personal guide, welcome drink, use of Medieval costume, Medieval Banquet, queue-less entry and privileged seating at the castle shows and and the jousting tournaments. Está a pensar numa visita à Feira Medieval de Silves de 02 a 11 Agosto 2013?

Reserve já a “Experiencia Medieval” e disfrute desta experiência única, enriquecedora e certamente inesquecível. Dispomos de entradas para o Programa especial ”Experiência Medieval” na nossa recepção. - € 60 por pessoa - inclui um guia pessoal, bebida de boas vindas, traje Medieval Medieval para vestir na feira, assistir ao Torneio Medieval, a deliciar-se com uma refeição de época no Banquete Real e a disfrutar, num local privilegiado, do espectáculo que se realizará no Castelo do Silves.

Barbeque menu for this Saturday - 3rd August, 2013 - Eat as much as you can.....

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Fatacil - Lagoa - 16-25th August

Every year, since 1980, when it was held for the first time, FATACIL – the Lagoa Handicraft, Tourism, Agriculture, Trade and Industry Fair – brings thousands of visitors to the town of Lagoa.

VIew from Bar Boa Vista - 11.00am this morning

Our thanks to Luis for taking this photo this morning

Monday, 29 July 2013

Review Raj Indian Restaurant - "Very good value"

 Reviewed 23 July 2013
We ate here on a "quiet" night, but, this in no way spoilt our enjoyment,

We were quickly served with poppadums and a relish tray whilst we chose our meal. Very tasty.
I had fish pakora for a starter and found varied pieces of white fish in a delicious soft spicy batter.

For our mains we all chose a different chicken dish and no fault could be found. Between the 3 of us we shared one rice dish and one naan bread and we could not finish it all. That gives you an idea of how generous the chicken dishes were.

The service was excellent, in no way obtrusive.
  • Visited June 2013

Sunday, 28 July 2013

“Looking forward to August”

4 of 5 stars 
My husband and I stayed here in 2009 and 2010 and the perfect location of this hotel and the great facilities has stayed in our minds.

The beach is second to none and a stroll into resort in the evening rounds off a perfect day.

Having read continuing positive reviews we have decided a return trip in August is a must this year. (No better way to celebrate a 50th birthday in my mind). Counting the days.

Room Tip: High floors for views out to sea. See the fishermen' lights on the horizon at night.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Great Christmas and New Year Challenge - 10th Year

Once again we will be "swimming for shoes" during the festive season.

Diary dates - two opportunities to SWIM FOR SHOES where you can have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and help to raise money for children here who are in need of new shoes.

These will be on Christmas Day and New Years Day at 11.00 a.m. on the beach at Armação de Pêra in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly the Hotel Garbe).

All you need to do is turn up with swimwear, towel and go in for a full swim or just a paddle – the choice is yours as long as part of you gets wet ! Then everyone who takes part can recover in the Holiday Inn Bar and enjoy a Hot Bomba on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day.

Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2014 with a new pair of shoes

Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that you do so at your own risk. If you have family and friends staying over the festive season it will certainly be something different to do!

As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered

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

“Great hotel. Best we have stayed in in Algarve.”

We really appreciate it when our guests take the time to review their holidays, this one is from Expedia:-

“Great hotel. Best we have stayed in in Algarve.”

We found the hotel to be well sited in an area that at this time of year was quiet. Restaurants, cafes and shops open but not the crowds. The hotel was situated right next to the beach.
Our room looked out over the sea and beach. We opted for an executive room which I would recommend you do. It was modern, large and had a double aspect view.
The staff at the hotel were all friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good but we didn't eat there in the evening as we had opted to eat locally for this week. There was a wide range of places to eat within walking distance. Although the evening menu at the hotel looked good. We did eat in the bar when we arrived late evening and this was good. Bar prices were cheap for a hotel we thought ,especially if you aimed to be there at happy hour.
Rooms had a kettle and there were plenty of teabags etc replaced daily. The hotel was run very efficiently and the reception staff helpful. We opted not to hire a car. There was a bus stop next to the hotel as was the taxi rank..
The hotel is great for walking along the beach to the left or right along the beach and then up onto the cliffs were you can walk all day. We opted to walk on one day for about 6 hour have a late lunch and taxi back. We have stayed at 4 other 5 and 4 star hotels in the Algarve and this was by far the most enjoyable stay. We left relaxed and refreshed.. We will be back next year.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Enjoy a relaxing week of sunshine and golf

Play golf on a selection of the Algarve's top golf courses which rival the best in Europe.

   Enjoy a relaxing week of sunshine and golf


August - € 589

7 nights accommodation sharing a twin room
Buffet breakfast
Welcome drink
3 rounds of golf with complimentary buggy to share,
playing Morgado, Alamos and Salgados
Additional nights or extra golf available on request.
Offers are subject to availability - price per person based on two golfers sharing.
Contact Helen or Jane - T + 351 282 320 260 - -

The view this morning at 9.00am

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The beach today - 1.15pm

HolidayCheck Quality Selection 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the HolidayCheck Quality Selection 2013, which is given to hotels because of continuous great reviews by guests.

We are honoured and delighted and  would like to thank the guests who reviewed their stays at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Raj Indian Restaurant on TripAdvisor

“Lovely Indian food”
5 of 5 stars 
"This is part of the Holiday Inn, very nice inside with great views. I have to say that this was the tastiest Indian meal I have had in a long time.
Had the Lamb Karai Ghosh (I think), not too spicy but really full of flavour. Excellent! "
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Friday, 12 July 2013

"Fully deserves its recent Trip Advisor Award"


by atw1946 (Warrington)
One of the first big Hotels in the Algarve, I think it was built in 60´s ,so its position is second to none in Armacao, right on the beach, but they are up to date with service, facilities, rooms etc with a BIG PLUS. As other have said the Public areas , restaurant ,bedrooms had had a serious well thought renovation , the main bar has a view unequalled sea views .

The hotel is surrounded by small shops , mini supermarkets & great restaurant s , spoilt for choice , ,. The Hotel has a separate India restaurant called the Raj ,and the food in the main restaurant is very acceptable , the breakfast is particular good , wide choice , quality food . Bedrooms are furnished to a high standards , balcony are little small by modern standards , but adequate .

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

"I Summer Fit" - 13th July - Armação de Pêra

"I Summer Fit" Armacao de Pera, will take place on July 13, at 18h00, on the promenade near to the Holiday Inn Algarve.

You will have the opportunity to try different sports: Zumba, Step, Combat Fit Cycling:

The planned programme is as follows:

18.00 - Zumba 18.30 - Step
19h00 - Combat Fit
19:30 - Cycling
20:00 - Zumba

TripAdvisor - Relaxing Holiday

My husband and I had a most memorable holiday at the holiday inn in the Algarve last year we escaped the cold weather in the uk and returned home rejuvenated but slightly overweight due to the lovely meals provided for us.

All the staff were friendly and helpful and we have decided to return next year Once again we have booked through Saga and hope to return to our previous room 401 or similar on the topfloor -we so enjoyed the magnificent views
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Monday, 8 July 2013

Diving in Armação de Pêra

You can now book a trial dive with the Scuba Diving Centre - DIVE SPOT - in our swimming pool. 

Contact our reception and discover how easy and safe diving is. 

The Dive Spot team will offer instructions on basic diving skills..   An activity everyone can enjoy.

Super Stars World 2013 - Portimão - 19th - 21st July, 2013

Super Stars World 2013 is taking place at the Autrodromo, Portimão - International Race Track of the Algarve next weekend.

Enjoy an exciting racing weekend weekend with the International Superstars Series, the Sprint GT and the Ferrari Challenge. Top class racing categories, spectacular races and dream cars with over 500HP.

 For tickets or more information:  00 351 282 405 618

Friday, 5 July 2013

Summer Barbeque Nights - Holiday Inn Algarve

Every Saturday evening during July and August, guests, from both within the hotel and from outside, can enjoy the sumptuous tastes of the juicy meats, piri piri chicken and fresh fish, not forgetting the tasty salads and mouth-watering table of desserts.

As always the enviable terrace and restaurant of `Por do Sol´ is the setting and Sangria will be flowing the whole evening long Price per person €: 22.00 including Sangria

Live Music for Dancing

For more information, or to book - 282 320260

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Snail Festival in nearby Porches - Starts today - 3rd - 7th July, 2013


"Brilliant Stay” - TripAdvisor

Reviewed 27 June 2013 NEW 
Brilliant 4 night stay for my birthday and hen do! Everyone was so attentive, pleasant and with great genuine hospitality skills. The little extra touches such as a glass of champagne at breakfast and the deputy manager sorting out all the banners and balloons on the terrace for our cocktails and champagne was fantastic and very much appreciated. The rooms were great too and superbly clean as was the rest of property. Indian restaurant at hotel very reasonable, good food and nice staff. Bar staff very friendly and very good at juggling and delivering 7 different cocktails at same time! Hotel in great position overlooking beach, would thoroughly recommend for relaxing break or business.
  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

11th Convent Confectionary Show - Lagoa - 17th to 21st July, 2013

Taking place at the Convento S.José in Lagoa
Free Entry- Opens at 18h00
Shows: 22h30
More information
+351 282 382 424
+351 282 380 473

Silves Medieval Fair - 2nd to 11th August, 2013


Next month - 2nd - 11th August - Silves will be going back in time to the period of the Middle Ages in Portugal. Open from 6.00pm.
An event not to be missed. Visit Silves and experience this return to the past. Organised by Silves Camara

Click here for more information

Monday, 1 July 2013

Raj Indian Restaurant - July Promotion

Don’t miss this Promotion -
 Our special menu for the month of July 2013 - just 14.75 Euros per person.

Our own special cheese, mixed with mild spices, dipped in gramflour and
deep fried to a crispy finish.
A selection of mixed vegetables and paneer pokoras, vegetable Tikka served
with a spicy yoghurt sauce.
A sizzling dish of chicken, lamb and vegetables marinated in our chef’s special spices

Diced breast of chicken marinated in fresh coriander and green chillies, mustard seed,
fried with dry red chilli and served with a fresh coconut sauce.
Tender pieces of lamb in a hot, rich, spicy sauce of peppers, aromatic ginger and cumin.
Mixed lentil curry with cumin, cloves, ginger, garam masala, chilli, onion, tomatoes and cream

All dishes are served with Pilau Rice and Naan

A traditional Asian dessert with carrot, milk and dried fruits

€ 14.75 per person

For more information or to book please contact - 282 320360 or -
Don’t miss it book now

Pop Up Gallery - 12th-16th July, 2013