Martinhal, Sagres – Portugal
Hotel Type: A luxury 5* beach front hotel & resort designed with families in mind.
Location: Overlooking the beach in the unspoiled Western Algarve. It is set in landscaped grounds within a protected natural park boasting dramatic scenery, towering cliffs and golden beaches. It is a 90 minute drive from Faro airport.
Style: Fabulous family seaside sanctuary.
Rooms: Family friendly luxury hotel rooms and spacious villas. There are 37 luxury rooms, 55 ocean houses, 28 bay houses, 39 garden houses, 10 pinewood houses, 45 luxury villas and 23 Mimosa villas.
Our Favourite Room: Philippa’s favourite is their Ocean Houses, these villas have a sea view and work brilliant with small children!
Ideal For: Family escapes. This hotel has everything you could wish for and more.
Swimming: There are 5 swimming pools situated around the grounds of the Martinhal. Head to the pool hangout area for some sunbathing and relaxation.
Dining: The Martinhal has 3 restaurants with different cuisine offerings. O Terraco combines quality products from both ‘surf’ and ‘turf’ for a contemporary dining experience, Os Gambozinos is Italian with an a la carte menu featuring antipasti, salads, pizzas or pastas and As Dunas is their beach restaurant specialising in fresh fish and seafood. All of the restaurants are family friendly with special children’s menus and dedicated children play areas.
Activities: Activities galore! The Martinhal boasts 2 tennis courts, multi-purpose sports field, 5 swimming pools, a spa, table tennis tables, pool table, a den for teenagers with PlayStations, Water Sports centre with windsurfing, paddling, kite surfing and kayaking facilities, a Martinhal l Bike station with bike rentals and tours. Guests can also explore the national park on foot or by eco cart, go diving, take a boat trip or jeep safari, learn to surf or dolphin watching.
Spa: Set in its own secluded grounds it in oasis of calm. The Finisterra Spa offers a range of massages and treatments using organic spa products for ladies, gentlemen, tweens, teens and even babies. There is also a sauna and a steam room located here too.
Children: Children are extremely welcome here.
Accessibility: Hotel Martinhal has been significantly adapted and has specific bedrooms to manoeuvre a wheelchair. The hotel even has an adapted check in desk.
Low Season Price From: €152 Per night for a Beach Room with a partial Sea View. Self- catering.
High Season Price From:€375 Per night for a Beach Room with a partial Sea View. Self- catering.
Open: The Martinhal is open all year round!
We love this hotel because it really has thought of everything to keep families happy.
Although slightly larger than our other hotels, we couldn’t let this one go! On the southwestern tip of Portugal – the very edges of Europe, Martinhal has all the facilities of a resort, with the feel of a beachside retreat. And most importantly, it has everything you could think of to keep families of all ages happy for a week. Or two. Parents can properly wind down, whilst toddlers and teens have endless fun and adventure. With a wide, sandy private beach, there are water sports galore, and for those looking for some land-based fun, there’s tennis, cycling and horse riding and a very relaxing Spa. We love the villas here. They give you the flexibility to self-cater, and to use the fabulous choice of restaurants, and the resort’s takeaway service. The staff are so smiley and friendly and could not be more helpful – making you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Easy to get to, this remote part of the Algarve has a very unspoilt vibe and the dramatic landscapes are worth exploring.
Dotted around the grounds, surrounded by landscaped gardens, and lining the beachfront, the suites, villas and townhouses are architecturally stunning, giving the resort a village feel. Spacious and supremely comfortable, each one is designed around families. All the hotel rooms have private balconies or terraces looking out to sea, and can easily fit in a cot. Choose between the Terrace Rooms in the main building or one of the wooden clad Beach Rooms, set in clusters along the seafront. For larger families, the Beach Suites have interconnecting rooms. One bedroom Apartments give guests more flexibility with a self-catering option, and these are found in a walled garden within the main resort. They are bright and airy and come with a terrace or balcony, with some having a bunk bed in the living room. Our favourites are the Vilas Mimosa, with their sweeping views across the resort and the Sagres peninsula. They are impressive two and three bedroom townhouses – perfect for families – where you have the resort at your fingertips and privacy at the same time. In the heart of the resort are the two to three bedroom Ocean Houses, with their living spaces on the top floor (some have better views than others), and are just a few steps from the beach. The Garden Houses sit in parkland, with their own pool. Contemporary design, mixed with comfortable furnishings and a sunny terrace, they are great for families. The Luxury Villas are enormous! With private gardens, a pool and fabulous sea views, they are the most luxurious way to enjoy Martinhal.
Portugal has one of Europe’s most delicious cuisines, and Martinhal celebrates all the traditions and flavours in style. Start the day at O Terraço with views out over the Atlantic, or try their modern Portuguese dishes throughout the day. Os Gambozinos serves Italian favourites, and As Dunas is the place to go for the catch of the day. Some of the restaurants offer children’s buffets and have play areas so parents can savour lunch and dinner and a glass or two. You won’t go hungry here… the Pool Bar serves snacks all day, and there’s even a pop-up grill in the village square. And if you want a break from self-catering, you can enjoy the resort’s takeaway service.
Children and babies are given the warmest welcome here. All the accommodation is family friendly, with interconnecting rooms and suites and family sized villas, with three toddler pools across the resort. There’s a crèche for babies, as well as five kids clubs catering from two to 17, all with a range of activities specifically designed for each age group. From pizza workshops to T shirt designing to surfing lessons, the club can be used for just one day or a whole week. There’s plenty for older kids too outside of the club – from tennis to horse riding, and there’s even a BMX bike track. Guests with babies can pre-book all the equipment you need, from nappies to sterilizers, whilst stair gates, cots, baths and buggies are all on hand for you to use. The kid’s menus are carefully created, and the chefs will even make purée for babies.
There’s so much to do here for both adults and children alike. The resort’s own beach is wide and sandy, with a variety of water sports on tap, from windsurfing to paddle boarding, and from kayaking to sailing. There are four heated pools, not including the separate toddler pools, tennis courts and every sort of bike possible available to rent, with guided tours regularly organised. And of course, there’s the Spa for some well-deserved pampering. We especially like the treatment list here – mummy body wraps, daddy massages and teenage facials. Martinhal has left no stone unturned!
Sustainability is very much built into the architecture of Martinhal, constructed using sustainable materials. It relies largely upon solar power, whilst electric cars are slowly phasing out other vehicle types, encouraged by charging points in the car park. Organic produce features heavily on the menu here, whilst the hotel also actively engages in many conservation projects.