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Friday, 30 December 2016

Classic Cars - Armação de Pêra - 1st January, 2017

First Sunday of every month on the promenade in Armação de Pêra from10:00am till 1:00pm

Christmas Quiz Winner and Answers

Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Baldock - who have one a weekend for two. Our thanks to everybody who entered.

1. After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?
Egypt
2. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Who is the patron saint remembered on the 26th of December?
Stephen
3. Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about?
Bells
4. Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the color of the berries of the plant?
White
5. How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts?
He palces his finger on the side of his nose, gives a smile and a nod
6. One of the most famous Cola companies in the world used to have advertisements featuring a happy, smiling Santa Claus. Name the company?
Coca-Cola
7. Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Which are the two other colors, according to Christmas holiday trivia, that are also extremely popular in this season?
Gold and Silver
8. Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus. What are these snacks?
Cookies and Milk
9. Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by many names. What is the French name for Santa Claus?
Pere Noel
10. Two of the reindeers are named after weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer?
Donner, which means thunder in German and Blitzen, which means lightning
11. What are the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave baby Jesus, according to Christmas history?
Gold, Myrrh and Frankincense
12. What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner, from the play, A Christmas Carol?
Jacob Marley
13. What two phrases will you almost always find on Christmas gift tags?
To and From
14. When does the Russian Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas?
January 7th
15. Which country does St. Nicholas originally belong to?
Turkey
16. Which is the most popular ornament used to place at the top of the Christmas tree?
Angel

Pyjama Party tonight


Monday, 26 December 2016

Charity Santa Swim

Thank you and congratulations to all those who participated in the Traditional Charity Santa Swim on Christmas Day in Armação de Pêra.
The weather was perfect, blue skies and high temperatures, however the waves were bigger that had been hoped for.
Santas started arriving from 10.30am, and at 11.00am a great number of Santas ran toward the sea for their annual dip in the ocean
The film crew from SIC was there to record the event.
Everyone enjoyed a very welcome glass of Hot Chocolate and Brandy in the Holiday Inn Algarve Bar afterwards.
A big thank you to all who participated, the media for helping with the publicity, Dave Sheldrake Photography who photographed the event, Lewis Moulson from chillipepperproductions.com for filming, and the paddlers from BlueXperience who added to the excitement and for all the donations - just over 800 Euros was raised yesterday for ‘Espaço Amigos’ charity in Armação de Pêra and ‘A Gaivota’ in Albufeira.
In order to raise more funds - there is another Charity Swim on 1st January at 11.00am - just the way to recover from the festivities of New Year's Eve - welcome in 2017 by paddling or swimming in the Atlantic Ocean - what an achievement ! Come and join us for a fun-filled Charity Swim .. have a dip in the ocean and help to raise money for local children in need.
Come in your pyjamas, bring your swimwear and a towel and go in for a swim - or just a paddle - as long as a part of you gets wet! Then recover in the Holiday Inn Algarve bar afterwards and enjoy a Hot Chocolate. Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that they do so at their own risk. Please bring a donation and help us to raise money for two local charities: ‘Espaço Amigo’ Armação de Pêra and ‘A Gaivota’ - Albufeira.


Christmas Eve Carol Singing

A big thank you to local Theatre Group - The Algarveans, whose members came to the Hotel on Christmas Eve to start off our Christmas Programme with Christmas Carols.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

"First for Bridge"

All ready to welcome our Bridge Group from "First for Bridge" here today.





More Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday to our colleague Iuri Silva! We hope you enjoy your special day.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday to our colleague Marc Fernandes!    We hope you enjoy your special day.



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Quiz, 2016 - Win a weekend for two

1. After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?
Answer:……………………………….………………………………………

2. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Who is the patron saint remembered on the 26th of December?
Answer: ………………………………………………………………..


3. Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about?
Answer: ………………………………………………………………..

4. Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the color of the berries of the plant?
Answer: ………………………………………………………………..…………………………………..…….

5. How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts?
Answer:……..…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

6. One of the most famous Cola companies in the world used to have advertisements featuring a happy, smiling Santa Claus. Name the company?
Answer: ……………………………………………………..……………………………………..

7. Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Which are the two other colors, according to 
Christmas holiday trivia, that are also extremely popular in this season? 
Answer..………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………..

8. Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus. What are these snacks?
Answer: …………………..………………………………………………………………………………………….

9. Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by many names. What is the French name for Santa Claus?
Answer:.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

10. Two of the reindeers are named after weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer?
Answer: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

11. What are the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave baby Jesus, according to Christmas history?
Answer: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

12. What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner, from the play, A Christmas Carol?
Answer:.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

13. What two phrases will you almost always find on Christmas gift tags?
Answer:.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

14. When does the Russian Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas?
Answer:.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

15. Which country does St. Nicholas originally belong to?
Answer:.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

16. Which is the most popular ornament used to place at the top of the Christmas tree?
Answer:.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Please complete the quiz send to info@hialgarve.com before 3.00 pm on the 26th December 2016. All correct entries will be placed in a draw. 

The first one drawn will win a weekend for two in the Holiday Inn Algarve. Answers will be posted in early January.

Sunset from our terrace on Saturday evening

Thank you to Sr. Francisco Freire for sharing this photo with us.


Preparations for pre-Christmas events




Monday, 12 December 2016

New Years Eve - Armação de Pêra


Thank you for your comments


Fabulous position. Book a last minute night away. Took advantage of a late afternoon swim in their heated outdoor pool.
As it is out of season there wasn't much open around so took advantage of the food on offer at the hotel. Very nice restaurant and the food was very food. Good choice of starters hot soup plenty of bread. Food main choice. Fish in sauce, chicken curry, lamb stew, pasta, salads veg, potatoes plenty of desserts. Didn't have breakfast but guests said it was good too.
Will be back next year. Hopefully late summer rather than winter.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Fashion Show

Yesterday´s fashion show - our thanks to the models and to Fiona from Fi-Line Fashions.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Royal British Legion Christmas Lunch



The Algarve Sub-Branch has a membership of 150 and meets monthly. the next lunch is on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017. All visiting RBL members are welcome. For more information please contact Alun Roberts:- Alun Roberts (alunrluz@gmail.com).

Sunrise this morning.

Thank you to Sr. João Duarte


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Classic Cars - Armação de Pêra - Sunday, 4th December

First Sunday of every month on the promenade in Armação de Pêra from10:00am till 1:00pm

First Sunday of every month on the promenade in Armação de Pêra from10:00am till 1:00pm

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thank you for your reviews


Fantastic Place

Came here for a 5 day October break, never been to Algarve before and wasn't sure what to expect. After a good 2 1/2 hour flight from Birmingham and a 30 min taxi ride we arrived at the Holiday Inn Algarve.
Location is honestly about as good as you can get, as close to the beach as can be and the beach itself is superb, massive long and wide and super clean, sea was a nice temperature for a swim, pretty good for time of year.
The hotel is clean and tidy, carpets everywhere rather than tiled floors and caters mostly for the retired folk so no entertainment like parrots or jugglers !
We stayed b&b breakfast was very good, drinks in the bar typical holiday inn bit pricey, (if you are not All inclusive and pay for drinks make sure you get Branded not the local spirits).
The local area is very nice, a small old fishing village, loads of restaurants and cafe bars even at the end of season we found easy to find a lot.
Go on a boat trip to the caves €20 for about an hour very special
Go to the sand sculpture place as well also very good
Go to the beach mid morning and see the fishermen come in with the days catch.
Room tip definitely pay for a sea view and leave your patio door open at night as the sound of the waves are amazing.
Free safe, Tea and Coffee, Fridge and Free Wifi if you sign up to IHG membership just adds to a very nice stay at a very nice hotel in a very nice place.
I would go back for sure and will do.

Another great blog post from Scribbling Lau.


Another great blog post from Scribbling Lau.

Welcome



Introducing our "new" Assistant Manager. We were all very pleased welcome Sr. Francisco Pereira to our team in September.

We wish him every success here at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Milho Verde

Our thanks to Milho Verde - a singing group from nearby Alcantarilha for entertaining us on St. Martins day (11th November).

Everyone thouroughly enjoyed the evening - and we are all looking forward to their next visit.

Friday, 11 November 2016