Is there anything quite like the feeling of going back to one of your favourite hotels and one of the best all inclusive hotels in the Algarve? Knowing that everything will be just as good as your memories?
Well on the Family Travel Pro’s latest trip to 3HB Clube Humbria we managed one better than that – it was even better second time round! Here’s why we think this is undoubtably one of the best all inclusive hotels in the Algarve for families. Please note, this is not a sponsored post.
About 3HB Clube Humbria
Clube Humbria is one of 4 properties under the 3HB brand in the area, with one more due to join the group in Faro. Clube Humbria is the only all-inclusive resort, however.
3HB Clube Humbria is situated in the small town of Olhos D’Agua, about 35/40 minutes’ drive west of Faro airport and about halfway between Vilamoura and Albufeira. A pre-booked private transfer between the airport and the hotel cost us around 32 Euros to the hotel, and 37 Euros on the return journey.
It is a rare find in Portugal in that it is ‘All Inclusive’ meaning that all your meals, drinks, snacks and entertainment are included. You can find out why all-inclusive can be a great choice for families here, but suffice to say, we love going all inclusive from time to time.
The complex is focused around a main pool and a baby pool, and comprises low rise blocks of one bedroom apartments, complete with bedroom, separate lounge/kitchen/diner area and bathroom.
A very family focused resort, Clube Humbria even has its own water park on-site! More on which later!
About Olhos D’Agua
Olhos D’Agua (or ‘Olhos de Agua’) is situated at the western end of Praia da Falesia beach, which joins it to Vilamoura in the east. To the west is the buzzing resort of Albufeira.
The walk from Clube Humbria down to the beach in Olhos D’Agua takes about 15 minutes with little ones and takes you past a range of restaurants, souvenir shops and bars. There are some beautiful restaurants near the beach, including La Cigale which overlooks the beach. We enjoyed a lovely lunch here, people watching over the beach including a fisherman landing octopus.
You can find much more information about Olhos D’Agua over on Algarve Tourist.
We arrived into Clube Humbria about 10.30am in the morning, long before the designated check in time. We’re quite used to having to wait to check-in, so we’d come prepared with all of our swimming things, suncream etc packed separately so we could enjoy our holiday right from the start. We were extremely lucky though and our room was ready for us.
The staff gave us a comprehensive run down of the facilities available, sorted pool towels for the duration of our stay (10 euro deposit each) and made us feel immediately welcome.
Our 1-bedroom apartment was situated in Block F of the resort which had a balcony with super views over the main pool. We were no more than a five-minute walk from anywhere on the resort and it was lovely and quiet too.
The apartment was light and spacious with modern fixtures and fittings, and most importantly very comfortable beds. The bedroom had two single beds made into a double and the sofas in the lounge pull out to make two further single sized beds.
Having a kitchen and dining area when staying in an all-inclusive resort is rare and whilst some may think it unnecessary, when travelling with children it can be a real bonus. Having the flexibility to have a ‘first breakfast’ in the apartment (surely we aren’t the only ones who do this?!) before heading down to the restaurant for ‘second breakfast’ or getting a take away one evening when children are tired can be really helpful.
The Pool Areas
Wow! This is where Clube Humbria is really one of the best all inclusive hotels in the Algarve!
A large main swimming pool was well-used by families throughout our trip. We never had any issues getting sun loungers around this pool and it is very much the ‘heart’ of the resort. Each day the entertainment team had games and activities going on in the pool with still enough room for everyone else to enjoy themselves.
The baby pool was a real hit for us last time we visited and even with a five year old, it was still a great space. With sun loungers all facing into the baby pool, you’ve always got a good view of your children but can relax a little bit more. The depth of this pool is probably around about 60 cms and it was enjoyed by all of the younger kids. The hotel are a little less strict about the ‘no inflatables’ rule in this pool too, which was fun for some of the older toddlers and younger children.
The third pool area is set a little outside of the main area towards the kids club and playground and is essentially an on-site water park. This is one of the things that really makes this one of the best all inclusive hotels in the Algarve in our opinion. 4 waterslides plus a big water play frame make for hours of entertainment for the whole family.
The waterslides can only be used by children between ages of 6-17 years old. However, if a younger child is more than 20kgs, the hotel may let them have the required ‘blue wristband’ to indicate they can use the slides. We were lucky on this one!
Food and Drink
Having been to Clube Humbria before, we knew that the food and drink would be good but we felt that they had really taken what was very good before, and made it even better!
On arrival at the buffet restaurant, each family is shown to their table by the host. This really goes a long way to decrease any feeling of ‘canteen’ about the restaurant and is a very nice touch. It also provides a nice touchpoint between the guest and the staff, always with lots of humour!
Breakfast was very good with fresh eggs and pancakes cooked on the grill in front of you each morning. The variety of fresh fruits, pastries, breads and other cooked items was great too. In other all-inclusive resorts we have been to, getting coffee and tea can present a bottleneck at breakfast, but there were plenty of coffee machines for everyone to use easily – important for family holidays!
At both lunch and dinner there were great choices for both adults and children. There was always a pizza station (freshly made in front of you!) and pasta station and a buffet area for children. Grilled fish and meats were on offer each day and plenty of salads, vegetables and puddings.
On three nights of the week there were ‘themed nights’ for dinner including ‘Portuguese Night’, ‘Tropical Night’ and ‘Around the World Night’ which even had sushi.
Allergies were well-catered for, with clear signage on dishes at each meal. We requested a dairy free picnic lunch one day for a trip to Zoo Marine, which was no hassle for the staff at all.
Soft drinks, wine, beer and water were available at each meal too. We particularly enjoyed the flavoured waters which changed every day, and the wine of course!
Snacks, Ice Cream and Bars
In addition to the main buffet restaurant, there was a snack bar open from noon each day until the early evening. This had great kids food, including burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, fruit, yoghurts and cakes and was a great way to get the kids an early tea each day if they couldn’t wait until later.
Ice cream, slushies and a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were available from 10am from the main bar. This is one of the great benefits of an all-inclusive holiday as you’re not paying out for all the ice creams and extras. It’s so nice to be able to say ‘yes’ that bit more!
Facilities for Children
Aside from the pool areas, the hotel has a super climbing frame by the water park which is nicely sheltered too.
There is a kids’ club open each day, with a great programme of activities for kids over four years old. Whilst we didn’t use it on this trip, the staff seemed very attentive and we noticed a good policy of ensuring that the children in their care were all wearing identification so that they were clearly part of the kids’ club. The kids club is also conveniently just by the water park so parents could be just outside it on the sun loungers if they wished.
There was also a small games room by the bar area with pool tables and various computer gaming machines.
Throughout the time we were there, we also noticed staff making an extra effort with an impromptu bouncy castle one day and a free popcorn and candyfloss machine after dinner one evening. It’s these little things that really make this one of the best all inclusive hotels in the Algarve.
It was noticeable how much effort 3HB are putting into making Clube Humbria a more sustainable hotel and they have moved away from single-use plastics at the bar and in the restaurant. There are also recycling bins throughout the property including for the bottled water that is available from reception.
The hotel has been awarded the Gold Travelife standard as part of its commitment to improving sustainability and this is evident throughout the resort.
We were blown away by the friendliness of the staff at Clube Humbria and can’t speak more highly of them. They really do go the extra mile to ensure that we had everything we needed. From arranging transfers to Zoo Marine with their preferred supplier, Almond Transfers (complete with kids seats each time), to arranging access to the onsite gym and helping us with dinner reservations out for one evening, they really couldn’t have done more.
Would we go back?
In a heartbeat, yes!
This is undoubtably one of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Algarve and the perfect base for your family holiday. The quality of the apartments, pool areas, food and the exceptional customer service levels make this truly hard to beat in the Algarve.