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Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Sagres
Certificate of Excellence
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Absolutely perfect for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We just returned from a 10 day stay at Martinhal with our kids age 2 and 4 and we had a fantastic time. We are normally not into resort-type holidays but read such excellent reviews so decided to book it. We were really in need of pure relaxation and good weather. We wanted something that would be super simple with the kids and where me and my husband could actually eat our meals in peace and quiet or even have a drink while the kids have something to keep them occupied. Firstly, our ocean villa was stunning. It was modern, spacious and safe for children. We got stair gates, a highchair, a cot and linens, as well a bed guards all free of extra charge. The kitchen was big and had any utensil you would require including a blender and a Nespresso machine, A generous welcome hamper was provided on our arrival with enough food for breakfast the next morning. The terrace was large with a comfy sofa, a coffee table and two large beanbags. The views of the Atlantic were superb and I personally sat outside every day with a latte, reading my Kindle, enjoying the sunshine and views. The beds were very comfortable - down pillows and duvets as comfortable as at home. Ample space for storing clothes, large walk-in showers, beautiful Voya bath products...Every day we swam in the heated pools (four in total, every one immaculate) or played at the beautiful Martinhal beach. The kids loved the sandpit and trampoline area, as well as the village square where the kids played while we either had dinner, a drink at the M Bar, or an excellent takeaway latte and fresh croissant from the Mercado. The kids especially loved the VW campervan in the M bar, as well as the hammock, the complimentary IPads and the kids club playground which was open every evening for kids to play in for free (includes slides, play vehicles, bikes, scooters, all sorts)...On a few days we explored other great beaches such as the stunning Amado beach on the west coast (very windy though, a favourite with surfers) and another favourite - Zavial beach. Unspoilt small beach which can also be windy but with lost of shells and a great beach restaurants where we ate fresh grilled seabass on two occassions and it was excellent! We had great weather except for the last two days when it got grey and a bit rainy. The only thing that I would say is the wind can be relentless. Half of the time we were there it was so windy it made it difficult to swim or be at the beach so had to venture out to find alternative things to do (a great alternative on a windy day is a visit to Silves castle and the funky Cafe Ingles under the castle walls offering live music on weekends). And the other things is, the resort is quite pricey when it comes to food. The food we did eat was excellent though but for example the Mercado was really overpriced. They had some excellent quality foods, the coffee was really good and some of the puddings they sold as well as bread and pastry. So a small latte was something like 2.5 Euros which was ok, but a large was 5! The croissants for example were 1 euro so great value but a bag of sliced bread was between 3.5 and 5 euros. We cooked a lot and shopped in Sagres at the Inter Marche (which isn't that great if you are looking for fresh, Portuguese food) but it was ok and there were some good things you could find. I wish we had discovered an open fruit and vegetable market and somewhere to buy fresh fish but then it might exist, we just didn't find it. Anyhow, all in all, this was a fantastic trip, a beautiful resort where they have thought of every single detail and it really truly is great for families.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Deborah T, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your superb family experience at Martinhal.
We are very glad to know that you have found wonderful our resort’s design, five star quality and unique features of our accommodation as well as all our wide range of facilities and activities for all the family. These are indeed some of the details specially thought out for the enjoyment and delight of all our Clients that do render a superior experience when staying at Martinhal where all is fine-tuned for families.
We look forward to warmly welcome you and your family again in the near future!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was the most relaxing holiday we had so far with the kids. There is entertainment for the little ones as well as child care everywhere. At the same time, the adults find everything they need to have a fabulous time: beautiful setting, high-class design, nice restaurants, very friendly and elegant staff, very good sports facilities and other activities. Not to mention the stunning landscape of the Algarve with beautiful cliffs, surfers beaches and bays. The whole resort with its offers and service and equipment is thouroughly thought through for every member of the family. And you do not feel like being in a vacation club: it is not too crowded and not too loud anywhere in the resort (most of the time we had the beach all for ourselves!!). Although we normally prefer more authentic, individual travelling we absolutely loved it and will definitely come back next year! Perfect for families with pre-school children (e.g. 2-6)!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Deborah T, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
How wonderful to learn that you and your family had a perfect stay and without a dull moment! Thank you for your fantastic review and for your loyalty to Martinhal. Your kind words are very rewarding; it’s fantastic to know our efforts are recognised.
We also look forward to warmly welcome you and your family next year and to provide plenty more exceptional holiday experiences.
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Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a review, despite being an avid reader of them, but if you have children, then this is the ideal resort for you. It is simply fantastic, and it is the least stressful holiday we have ever had. We travel to decent resorts, obviously different now we have 2 children, but since having them been for instance to four seasons in sharm, and shangri la in Oman, this place knocks spots off them both. The only gripe is paying for a sunbed and umbrella on the beach, which is appalling as it is a necessity with a baby for shade, and this should be changed immediately.other than that, the staff, the play areas, the beach, the pools, the accommodation is faultless. Do not hesitate, go. But if you are a couple...seriously think again, you have plenty of years with kids ahead of you, go to the places you can't take them now and save this gem for later!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
That’s what holidays are meant to be – relaxing… We are thrilled you and your family had a fantastic stay. Many thanks for your kind compliments!
It is our goal to exceed our Guests expectations and we appreciate for letting us know we did.
We look forward to welcoming you back again many more wonderful family experiences!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Service is outstanding, smiley staff who go out of their way to help and make your stay special. Superb views of sandy beach, cliffs and stunning coastline.
Excellent food in a wide range of restaurants and bars.
A range of lovely pools - perfect for little ones even in May as they are heated.
Accommodation surpassed all expectations - clean, modern, spacious, all mod cons.
All baby equipment provided free of charge (cot, high chair, stair gates etc)
Weather is perfect even in May - hot sun - light breeze.
Just a perfect holiday - thanks Martinhal!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
On behalf of the all of us at Martinhal many thanks for your fantastic review!
It’s heart-warming to know all our efforts are recognised and that we are on the right path to continuously surpass our Clients expectations. It is indeed a great pleasure and very gratifying to know how much you and your family loved your stay and enjoyed some of the secrets of this beautiful part of the Western Algarve!
We all look forward to your return and provide you and your family with many more perfect holiday experiences!
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Manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Loved loved loved this holiday.

It wasn't cheap but was well worth every penny. We booked through babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk who were incredibly helpful and got us a really good deal.

When we got to the resort we'd also been upgraded to a partial ocean view house (having booked a garden house). Which was a real treat. I was a bit hesitant about the upgrade at first as we'd booked the garden view house on the basis of the fact that it was stated to be 'ideal for toddlers' as the garden is enclosed. However the ocean view house was lovely and the outside space was actually much nicer than that which adjoins the garden view houses.

The facilities for small children are second to none and our, then, 2 year old was constantly entertained by the toys in the pool, the kids club, and the playhouses/bikes in the 'village square'. The staff were also incredibly helpful, and I couldn't fault the customer service.

The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is that the resort is in a naturally windy bay which can make it feel a bit cool. Also the on-site deli/shop is quite pricey. Not a problem for us as we had hired a car so drove to the bigger supermarket which was only 5 minutes away but would be an issue if you didn't have a car.

Overall a fantastic resort and we will definitely go back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
It is our goal to exceed expectations and we appreciate you letting us know we did in so many ways. Thank you!
We hope you will continue to make Martinhal your first choice and we look forward to welcome you and your family again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband, our 21 month old daughter and I just returned yesterday from what was the best family vacation we ever had!!!
Martinhal is beautiful, relaxing and an absolute children's paradise :) We loved every day of our 2 week stay in the Ocean House, around the resort and on the beach!
Some people complain it is windy, and during our first week it very much so was, but if you have the slightest knowledge of geography u expect that and just pack one light jacket or such ;)
We also made use of the spa and it is absolutely great! Do not leave without having had at least one of the massages ;)
The food was very good, if in a few cases indeed overpriced (the 20€ fresh prawns and 10-17€ salads as well as 12-15€ burgers were more than worth it and also the grilled fish was delicious (!) but a panini for 12€ is just ridiculous). Also the baby/toddler menu is a great idea! Only the prices in the Mercado supermarket are for most completely things insane! E.g. a pack of cornflakes 5€?! That's the only thing I would really criticize! :(
Staff was so friendly and more than welcoming, helpful and caring! And the crèche/kids club, fantastic! Our daughter did not want to leave the few times we left her there :))) And all the playgrounds, toys and fun possibilities for children make a parents life so much easier, making it a true family holiday resort.
I am definitely recommending this place, especially for families with younger children and we will surely be back!!! Big thanks to all the Martinhal team for making our vacation so memorable and happy!!!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
We take our Clients expectations very seriously, especially when travelling with children who enjoy a large choice of activities and their parents that look forward to simply relax! It is therefore very rewarding to know that you and your family had a lovely stay with us and that we successfully provided you all with a win-win perfect combination.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family again soon for more memorable holidays!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We Stayed Here As A Group For My Daughters Wedding and it was Fantastic.
In total there was 65 of us and this resort had everything you needed ie Shops,Bars,Restaurants and lovely weather and it was just a really great place for this occasion and I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a Luxurious and relaxing holiday destination.

  • Liked — the whole place was fantastic.
  • Disliked — having to leave.
  • Stayed May 2012
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Paula L, Guest Relations Manager at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Our sincere thanks for your very lovely compliments. It is very rewarding to know we are succeeding to provide the luxury hospitality we strive for.
We look forward to your return as we are sure you will enjoy many more fantastic holiday experiences.
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Property: Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel
Address: Urbanizacao Quinta do Martinhal | Apartado 54, Sagres 8650-908, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Sagres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Sagres
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sagres
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sagres
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sagres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Martinhal Sagres 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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