We visited Martinhal in October half term 2012. My first impression was that it was like a funkier more modern version of Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall if anybody has been there. The beach and the way the hotel was built into the cliff was eerily similar. We stayed in a two-storey appartment. It was really well appointed with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large open plan kitchen/living area upstairs with super views over the bay. It felt a bit like an Ikea room set! It was great having the room cleaned once a day and the beds made et. Along with the two restaurants, the whole thing felt like having the best of both worlds - self catering but in a hotel. We ate in some nights and went out others, depending on how tired the children were. It was also lovely not having to jump out of bed in the morning in order to get to breakfast!
Martinhal isn't the most luxurious or spoiling place I've been but it was great for the kids. They really enjoyed the kids club, which was an absolute god send given the weather was NOT good. Generally, our children don't spend that much times in kids' clubs but the cool temperatures meant the pool and beach were not options for a lot of the time. There are several pools (including an indoor one - although this didn't appear to be heated), play areas, tennis courts, kids club etc but one can't help but wondering whether this is all necessary because of the weather? I've been told it can be very changeable all year around.
The spa was good although getting a slot was tricky - again, because the beach and pool were out of the question much of the time I guess that is where all the grown ups went when their children were at the kids' club!
When the sun did come out, the beach was beautiful. At times the sea was very rough but other days it was lovely and calm - great for paddling! On the sunny days, the main pool area was fairly crowded and it was difficult to get a bed, so I'm not sure what it would be like in the middle of the summer holidays.
One of our favourite features was the fact the restaurant had a balcony overlooking a giant sandpit and trampoline. Our children loved this, and it meant we could sit and relax while keeping an eye on them. There was a separate little play area for very small ones. Most of the staff were very friendly and great with the kids but not all.
We may well come again but I think we'd visit in the summer months when there is more chance of better weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is the finest luxury family resort in Europe. Positioned within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres, on Portugal’s unspoiled western Algarve coast, Martinhal is where luxury meets Nature. Martinhal welcomes families and couples, and the greeting is warm, open and generous. Guests feel at home. And it’s memorable. This is where life-long friendships will blossom, and where lasting impressions will be made. Stylish, contemporary architecture complements the organic personality of the resort, which has been shaped to blend effortlessly into the indigenous landscape. This is function and form at its best. This is sustainability. And Martinhal is more. For conferences, weddings and celebrations, Europe’s finest luxury resort sets the scene. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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