Monday, October 19, 2015

Martinhal 5 Star Family Resort, Sagres - Is it worth it?

At the start of the month we spent four glorious days in Martinhal Resort, Sagres on the Algarve in Portugal. Martinhal has won many awards over the years, and being a 5 star resort it's obviously not cheap - but is it worth it?

If you are considering whether Martinhal is the right place for your well earned family holiday, here's a little of what you can expect.

Top marks for the beautifully designed accommodation. From villas, to houses, to pods and a hotel - the resort really does cater for every preference. With custom designed furniture and balconies overlooking beautiful views, it's hard to fault it. I even went around taking pictures of the rugs and cushions so that I could try to recreate the look at home (never going to happen).

Pj downtime.

Balcony 1 for sunrise
Balcony 2 for sunset

If you are a pool person you will be spoiled for choice. With three different outdoor pools and one half-in \ half-out you won't get bored.

Beside the main pool is the beach, table tennis, volleyball, trail bikes and a playground.

If sports are your thing then kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, yoga, cycling and a ton of other options are available.

Taking time out for yourself is essential and the Finisterra Spa comes highly recommended (by me). An oasis of calm and luxury. Well worth a visit!

Bars and restaurants:
There are three restaurants on site. Los Gambozinos is a casual Italian in the main square that boasts a huge play area outside. Kids come and go between the playground and restaurants as they please and waiters and waitresses are well practised in the art of not just not tripping over them, but tickling, feeding, cajoling and caring for them too. Christine gets an extra special mention from us - so loved was she by the kids that they insisted on returning for hugs with her on our last night.

The M bar, also in the main square, serves amazing frozen margaritas which you can sip from a hammock whilst watching the kids play outside. Holiday heaven.

O Terraco is the resorts fine dining  restaurant and As Dunas serves the freshest seafood overlooking a second playground that the older children can run up and down to. 

Best of all - no matter where you are, no one bats an eyelid at typical kid behaviour. Here's the youngest conked out in the very plush surroundings just to prove the point.

Kids Clubs:
For many parents kids clubs are a life line. But for many parents family holidays are just that - to spend time with the family. Martinhal gives us the best of both world with kids clubs running for a few hours each day - letting the children run off steam and allowing parents that little window of peace that makes the rest of the holiday so much more enjoyable.

For older children there is lots on offer too - with indoor playrooms, playstations, music and wifi throughout the site. They also have the option of day long surfing courses among lots of other offerings.

On top of all that there are the beautiful beaches wherever you go. Hire a car, or a bike and head off exploring.

Martinhal makes holidays easy and fun - even with three kids who want different things and a frazzled parent or two.

Worth it? I'd say so.

Even waiting to pay becomes fun!

More about our stay.

Disclosure: We stayed at Martinhal Family Resort in Sagres as guests of the resort for 4 nights in one of their Pinewood homes. I retain all editorial control of this review and all images and opinions are my own.

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