We have a 3 year old and booked this holiday as it seemed to be very child orientated. I must say it really lived up to expections.
As most parents would agree the main feature of any holiday is the pool and this hotel has 4. We spent most of our time at the one with the water slides and near the water fountains. Our son had an absolute ball. There is also a pretty good play area near there so there really is plenty to keep young ones occupied. At the pool during the day theres plenty of snacks such as hotdogs,pizza, ham sandwiches and ice cream. There is a kids club but we did not use it as there really was no point as our little one did not need any other entertainment. However I must say the first choice staff were brilliant with the children. You also do not need to pack any pool towels as the hotel provides them and gives you a clean one every other day.
The food at the hotel is very good. Im a vegetarian and never struggled to find anything to eat. There is also a kids section with plastic plates serving the usual fish fingers/sausage/Pizza etc. They also have english tea bags for a nice brew in a morning. I must say the BBQ lunch is by far the best the food according to my son and my husband and they do this 1-2 times per week.
On an evening there was the usual kids entertainment which is a bit repetative but our son loved it and thats all that matters to us so we did not mind. The bar by the main pool on the evening is a quiet but nice place to sit for a drink. The larger on draught is San Miguel which we like, the shorts were very nice also, considering that they are local but for 1Euro you can have a branded drink if you wish.
We had a 1 bed appartment and I would defo recomend this if you have a small child with you as you get a seperate bedroom (sliding doors) from the main room where there is a pull out bed for your little one to sleep. The room also has a very large balcony and kitchen with a fridge (ideal if you want to keep milk cold etc) and a TV. It really is a very large room.
We loved the holiday in May so much that we decided to go back in september and again it did not disapoint. But we opted for a standard room on our second visit and given the amount of stuff you have when travelling with a little one (pram, DVD play, toys, books). I would say this room was not large enough the extra for the 1 bed apartment is definately worth the extra money.
I would definatley recomend this hotel if youve got children - our son has not stopped talking about the fantastic time he had. We are going to another holiday village in Tenerief in May as we really think they are brilliant value for money. W will let you know what its like!
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- Holiday Village Algarve Balaia Hotel Algarve