The Ideal Family holiday destination

Suzie Hennessy 10 October 2019
I recently stayed in all 4 of the Martinhal resorts and was totally blown away with the standard of hotels, villas & apartments they offer. The Martinhal resorts are for all types of families and they have so much to offer all ages. When you start your day with Yoga and end it with a sunset jeep Safari you know your in the dream holiday resort.

Our first 2 nights we stayed in Martinhal Sagres. We flew into Faro and our transfer was 1 hour and 45 minutes to Sagres. I knew straight away I was in for a treat staying at this resort and the level of professionalism from the staff from the minute we arrived was fantastic. Everything about Martinhal Sagres is designed with families in mind. Martinhal Sagres offers families a luxury beach holiday experience with high-class family-friendly accommodation, restaurants, bars, kids and leisure services that put families first. We stayed in the hotel rooms, which offered the most amazing sea-views. They also have villas, garden/bay and pinewood houses and apartments, all of these are well equipped for families. You have the choice of four restaurants around the resort, all family friendly, featuring a dedicated children’s play area and a special children’s menu. I had never seen a menu broken down into age categories from babies right up to teenagers and this was a major plus for me. They offer 5 kids clubs and they take children from ages 6 months up to 17 years old. There are five swimming pools set around the grounds of Martinhal Sagres and plenty of playgrounds. The atmosphere in Sagres was very much chilled. Even though they were at full capacity when I stayed here, it never felt overly crowded.

After spending 2 nights in Sagres we were on the road again to head to Lisbon, the Algrave to Lisbon is roughly over 3 hours transfer. We stopped at Quinta on route to Lisbon to view the fabulous Martinhal Quinta. The family friendly resort is in the famous Quinta do Lago region of the Algarve, featuring a selection of luxury family villas and town houses with private pools, baby concierge, family activities - Martinhal Quinta allows families to spend quality time together. This resort in my opinion would be slightly smaller than Sagres and is a 4*property. We had a beautiful lunch at the pool side restaurant. After spending a few hours in this resort, I could see why families would come back year after year, this resort is also ideal for families that like to travel as a group, most villas have up to 4 bedrooms.

Then it was back into our transfer to finish the drive to Lisbon. When I heard we were staying in apartments in the city centre, I was a little unsure of how I felt about this, as I love a good hotel especially for a city break. But Martinhal Chiado changed my opinion forever. As a mum of 3, I always wanted to do a city break with my children but struggled to find the right accommodation to suit us. Well these apartments ticked every box for me, and we will be doing a city break as a family sooner than I had previously thought. A five-star family apartment, with a supervised Kids Club until late, right in the heart of Lisbon. Martinhal Chiado makes city breaks with the kids simple. From studios, one-bedroom apartment and even two-bedroom apartments – this is the perfect family accommodation. The apartments were so retro and really had facilities to suit all ages! We spent one night in these amazing apartments and then the following day we headed to Cascais to spend our final night.

Cascais Martinhal was truly outstanding, and personally my favourite. The rooms were so luxurious, I would gladly return here for a couple’s break as well as a family holiday. Cascais is 30 minutes from Lisbon City. Cascais Martinhal has something to offer for everyone, from kid’s clubs with tree houses, golf course, spas indoor and outdoor pools. The standard of food was outstanding. The hotel ran a shuttle bus to and from Cascais town on a regular basis. I left the next morning feeling so refreshed after a fantastic sleep. The atmosphere was so chilled around the hotel. Next day we had a gorgeous breakfast with a huge healthy selection to choose from and took the shuttle bus into Cascais before catching our flight back to Cork.

If you’re looking for the ideal family getaway, why not contact me to find out more. With my first hand experience and travel expertise I can plan the perfect holiday that exceeds all your expectations.