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Our recent holiday in Martinhal was pretty amazing and if you're looking for a 5 Star Family Holiday then this is the place for you!
It's a 5 Star Resort which is kind of unique though in that whether you are a family with young children or teenagers, a young couple or an older couple, then you feel just as comfortable.
Once upon a time if you had little ones, you didn't 'do 5 Star'. Well Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has changed that perception completely. So many mums and dads out there have had to compromise on holidays for a long, long time. You know what I mean - You're a couple who go on nice short breaks to smart boutique hotels or lovely beach holidays to upmarket resorts. Then you have a baby or horror of horrors another one and all of a sudden you're stuck for where to go for your holidays.
Fine-dining in a 'proper' restaurant seems far less of an attractive proposition. You're worried about what other diners might think if little Alfie or Charlotte get restless or 'play up' but at the same time you don't want to go the chicken nuggets and chips route. Well at Martinhal you can enjoy the 5 Star life, you can eat exquisitely
The Martinhal Resort is in Sagres which is one of Portugal's most historic towns and one of The Algarve's least developed regions. We went to Martinhal towards the end of September and the weather in that part of Portugal was perfect. Hot but a good sort of hot and not so hot that you felt permanently exhausted. What I and most of the Mums around liked was that there was a bit of a breeze to keep you nice and comfortable. I think I read somewhere that the area has around 300 sunny days per year so not a bad climate!
I don't think I've ever been on holidays anywhere else and seen quite so many toddlers and babies splashing around yet virtually no tears. Perhaps it's because all the parents were so relaxed and it rubs off on the children. You know the old adage - happy parents make happy children and I suppose vice versa......
Eating at MartinhalThere are 3 restaurants - all different but all top-notch. O Terraco is the one we went to the most
AccommodationMartinhal Village really is like a village with a whole range of accommodation. We stayed in Hotel Martinhal but there are also villas of all shapes and sizes from the modest to the downright Dallas-like Luxury Villas! Our room was a Beach Room and we had a stunning view over The Bay as well as our own private patio for chilling and reading in the sunshine.
Children's FacilitiesThere is so much at Martinhal for children of all ages to do that it would be pretty difficult for any child to say the
I was very impressed with the Baby Concierge service Martinhal offers. You can literally pre-book all the baby equipment you can possibly need which means you don't have to schlep the world and his wife from your house to the airport, on the plane, off the plane .....blahblahblah - get the picture? You can even pre-book door protectors and thermometers not just pushchairs and safety gates! And
I had a Precious Nourishing Facial at The Finisterra Spa on one day of our holiday and although it was relaxing, it wasn't the best I've ever had and my face was a tad greasy for most of the day after it. I got the impression that they're still developing the spa's potential and if they do as a good a job of it as the rest of their stunning site then it'll be 'spot on' before you know it!
I can’t recommend The Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel highly enough and I suspect we’ll be returning there in the not too distant future as will half our friends and families!
Kathryn Crawford (Mum & Editor of TheBabyWebsite.com)
A 7 night stay at Martinhal in Portugal starts from £1169 for a family of four (excluding flights) from Tots Too, the luxury family holiday specialists. Call them on 020 7284 3344 to speak to one of their family holiday professional advisors.
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