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Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Urbanizacao Quinta do Martinhal | Apartado 54, Sagres 8650-908, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Sagres
London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent 1 week in Marthinal with our 2 year old daughter in September. We could not recommend the resort higher for families with young kids. Very friendly resort with superb facilities. Choice of different swimming pools and a very short walk of 100 meters to a beautiful beach.

Good selection of restaurants with good quality food. The hotel rooms were excellent with beautiful views. My only fault with the resort was the gym facilities or lack of them! I was unable to work out in the morning due to lack of equipment such as a weights bench/dumbells etc.

Will definitely return and strongly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
We are delighted to learn of your wonderful family experience at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in September 2012.
Many thanks for all the compliments and for recommending us so highly.
We all look forward to host you again soon for another fantastic holiday where you may also experience our positive progress.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The stunning Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is the only five-star property in this lovely, unspoiled corner of western Algarve. And what a resort! Surrounded by the Costa Vicentina National Park, it’s the jewel of the region, with its opulence, exceptional restaurants, extensive sports and recreation venues, spa and stunning setting. What’s more, it welcomes children and is designed not only for couples in search of a relaxing escape, but also with families in mind. Best place for a peaceful and luxurious holiday in the Algrave!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
It is a pleasure and very gratifying to know that our Clients feel exactly as you do!
Many thanks for taking the time to post your warm words. We will look forward to your return!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

We just spent a short week there and it was one of the most relaxing week we had in a long time. Our kids had a great time in the kids club, playing tennis, swimming in the indoor pool, driving their miniscooter all around the resort....
We were amazed to see that even during the low season the activity family programme was still on.
Great resort in a great location

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
That’s what holidays are meant to be: relaxing… It’s also great to hear that your children had plenty to without having a dull moment. Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is indeed ideal for families all year around as we have always so many activities on offer as well as so many luxurious comforts to enjoy!
Many thanks for all the compliments. We look forward to welcoming you all back again for many more wonderful experiences!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

It's not an easy mix, family friendly and 5 star, but this place nailed it. The villas are large and comfortable, babysitters in the restaurants to play with the kids while we eat our lovely meals (albeit, kids running back and forth, but we all have them so no one cares), heated pools, gorgeous beach, kids club, game room for older kids, tennis.... It just goes on and on. And then the beaches in southern Portugal are amazing! It's hard to leave the resort except that these places are so pretty! If you want a vacation, with your kids, go here!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
How wonderful to know that you and your family had a perfect vacation at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel.
The Martinhal Team thanks you for your fantastic review! It’s heart-warming to know all our efforts are recognised. As you kindly mentioned, at Martinhal we do take every aspect seriously and we also strongly believe that small details do make a difference.
We all look forward to providing you and your family with many more special and unique 5 star holiday experiences.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We spent 10 days over New Year at Martinhal - 3 adults and 2 small children each at different stages of a nasty flu that started its rounds at Christmas. Despite our illnesses we managed to have a lovely time - mostly due to the amazing warmth, care and thoughtfulness of the staff. Could not praise them enough. In addition the hotel rooms were beautiful and a pleasure to be confined to for convalescence. The food, facilities, childcare/kids club were all great and there is plenty beyond - the coast and beaches east and particularly north of Martinhal are magnificent.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely review.
We are delighted that the quality of our service, attention to detail and dedication has surpassed your expectations and made the difference in the enjoyment of your stay despite the illnesses – we trust that the whole family is doing well now. Winter is a wonderful time to be at Martinhal and we all look forward to the pleasure of hosting you again and to provide you and your family with plenty more memorable experiences, as well as organising more exploratory trips around our wonderful region at the south-westernmost point of continental Europe.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed in the beach room with full sea view for 5 nights. The beach is maybe a 3 minute walk from the beach rooms. These rooms are superb as you have a stunning view and you can hear the sea all night - not in a loud way more a soothing you to sleep way. There are also beach rooms partial sea view and they are just as described - same style of room but not a full view of the sea. This was our second visit to the Martinhal after having visited during the first year in 2010.

All staff encountered were very good as before from reception to maid service, restaurant and maintenance staff. All very friendly and courteous and had obviously been trained to very high standards. The cleanliness of the rooms and all equipment was as spotless and in great condition as it had been during my first visit 3 years ago. The maids were great as they would nip in if you were just gone for breakfast for half an hour and they would have the place spotless on your return.

The main O Terroco restaurant was closed for a couple of weeks whilst its being extended so I'm sure this will add to the experience in the Martinhal. We dined in O Terroco restaurant the last time and the 5 course menu there is superb. Not cheap but definitely worth trying at least one night. As such on this occasion all food had to be taken in As Dunas which was fine - some nice seafood choices. A couple of nice restaurants in Sagres itself but many are closed in January. Fish is the main speciality which was superb - try the sea bass!

We stayed in Early January - deliberately as we knew the place would be very very quiet. Which it was! We had the pools and restaurants to ourselves which suited us fine. We went in October the first year and it was busier but not too crowded - this may have changed since as the resort is certainly gaining in popularity. I would say choose your time wisely as if you're going for a quiet relaxing couples break then avoid certain times of the year as this is a family resort and as such the peak holidays season would be jammed with lots of kids etc. (I'm not anti kids - its just it wont make for a relaxing couples break :-) Next time I go back I would say it will be March/April - we were lucky with the weather in January maybe 17/18 degrees most days. Also, the rates can vary widely depending on the time of year you pick.

I would advise getting a car if you're staying for any length of time as there are things to see in the area and the town of Sagres is maybe 1.5-2 miles. There are mini markets on the way to the town which are fairly well stocked for those who are going on the self catering option. There are also nice towns within half an hour drive that are worth a look. All in all a very nice relaxing break and cant wait to go back....

Room Tip: Beach rooms with full sea view are the best if you're going as a couple. The partial sea view b...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
We do aim to provide all our valuable guests with memorable experiences, not only by pampering our guests but also paying close attention to details that do make all the difference. We are proud of our prime location overlooking Martinhal Bay and neighboring protected Natural Park, fantastic facilities, luxurious accommodation, as well as the our warm winters. Indeed the fantastic winter microclimate that we have in Sagres and Martinhal is often the key factor of attraction for our guests returning during these warm winter months.
While periods outside of school holidays, and especially the winter months, are excellent for couples visiting without children, we certainly try to ensure that couples visiting at other periods are well-looked after too.
We are too looking forward to your return – hopefully soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went twice to the Martinhal and experienced a sea view villa the first time and then a garden view villa on the second trip. I would say that it is worth paying the little more money to get the sea view as waking up in the early morning with the beach and sea at your horizon is really unforgettable. sitting on the top floor veranda with a nice Nespresso coffee (machine provided by the hotel with complementary capsules). The rooms are nicely designed with a modern clean nordic design with flat screen TV and free wifi. The garden view villa was just as nice but you realise you can't quite relax as there is always guests going back and forward in front of the house. It felt a bit claustrophobic the garden house after experiencing the bay view.
there are many outdoor activities in the resort with indoor and outdoor pool, tennis court, gym, sauna, spa, bike rental, small shops.
during the day there is a morning and afternoon kids club where children can play safely supervised by a friendly staff, most of whom speaks english. Most hotel staff will always make the effort for you to feel at home.
The only criticism that I would give is the restaurants long waiting time. Literally you could spend the afternoon to have your lunch. We decided to go out for dinner in the village which was quicker and cheaper. You can also cook your own food in the fully furnished kitchen. there is a supermarket in Sagres.
There are many breath taking view beaches around Sagres, but the sea is cold and it can be windy.

Room Tip: Try to get a sea view; a bit more expensive but worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Many thanks for your loyalty and preference to Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel.
Your kind comments are highly appreciated and encouraging to continuously surpass our valued Guests expectations.
We look forward to host you again in 2013 so that you and your family may enjoy again another unforgettable holiday and a much improved service in our restaurants.
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Address: Urbanizacao Quinta do Martinhal | Apartado 54, Sagres 8650-908, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Sagres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sagres
#2 Family Hotel in Sagres
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sagres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 170
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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