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Martinhal Resort - Partial Ocean View House

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Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Shower Rooms in this property The Ocean House offers ocean views with 2 bedrooms sleeping 4 plus infants.
Any PoolThere are four swimming pools set around the grounds of which two are best suited to families. These are the pool above the 'Village Square' which is heated and both indoor & outdoor and the main pool set below the hotel and overlooking the bay. This pool has a dedicated toddler pool adjacent plus a juice and snack bar offering poolside service. Each of the pools are safely gated and furnished with huge beanbags, which are great for snuggling kids under an umbrella for a snooze.
Games RoomThe fantastic creche/kids club is filled with graet quality contemporary toys and art gear, whilst the Blue Room/Game Room has games consoles, air hockey and pool tables etc. All accommodtaion has flat screen TVs and access to kids channels. DVDs are available to rent.
Outdoor ToysThere are chests of pool toys set by each pool and kids are welcome to help themselves. Plus a fabulous gated kids playground area with slides, swings and play fort.
Kids' ClubMartinhal offers a section of kids clubs for ages 2-18 comprising 'Raposinos' for 2-4yrs olds, 'Foxes' for 5-8yr olds, Explorers & Adventure Club for 9-18 year olds. Raposinos is open year-round with sessions 9.30-12.30/12.30-14.30/14.30-17.30/1830-20.30. Prices vary according to age but are from €12-€24 per session. BFB clients staying outside of 15 May- 15 September, receive 1 x free Raposinos/Foxes session per week. Raposinos is available year-round, whilst the other clubs operate on;ly during school holiday periods. Discounts of 10-15% are offered for siblings. During the summer months, there will be free evening activities in the village square.
SpaThe Finisterra spa boasts six treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna and a relaxation garden.
Gym EquipmentThere's a small but well-equipped gym in the village square
Indoor PlayThe games room has games consoles, pool tables, air hockey and table football. The creche and kids club are extremely well equipped with good quality play gear but charged by the hour.
Restaurant / Meal DeliveryThe resort has a choice of restaurants. The beach restaurant, pool cafe and great quality pizza and pasta place in the 'Village Square' offer good kids menus, whilst the hotel's formal restaurant is best kept for glamorous baby-sitting assisted nights!
Wifi / ADSL Internet AccessComplimentary Wifi is available
Coast Within 30 minutes driving distancenumerous beaches with a short drive
Coast Within Walking DistanceThe resort is set on a long stretch of fine sandy beach which, despite the frequent wind, is surprisingly generally calm and shallow
Amenities within Walking DistanceThe resorts has three restaurants, a snack bar, deli and grocery store which stocks some baby formulas and jars,
Creche FacilitiesFor children aged 6-23 months, there is a dedicated crèche offering 1:3 childcare by a team of qualified child minders and managed by a native English speaker. The creche is open year round with rates from 26€-29€ per 2 hour session. Discounts of 10-15% are offered for siblings.
Additional Baby EquipmentThe resort can provide a cot, sterliser, bed guards, highchairs, stroller,stairgates, potty, thermometer, baby bath and door protectors.
2+ Cots and HighchairsUp to two cots and highchairs can be provided on request.
BabysittingA babysitting service is available on request (min.24hrs notice)at a cost of 10Euros per hour until midnight, and 15Euros per hour thereafter. Max. 2 children under six per babysitter.
Daily CleaningThere is a daily maid service.
Meal DeliveryA meal delivery service offering pizza etc. is available at the resort
Private GardenThe master bedroom has a terrace with loungers and the living area has a large, safely enclosed balcony with outdoor sofa area, large bean bag and coffee table. There are decent sea views.

Arrivals and Departures:

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment:

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 21 days prior to arrival

Capacity:

Sleeps: 4 + cot sleeping infant

Exclusive Offer - Free In-House/Room Toybox Loan with Bookings*

If Baby-Friendly Boltholes could design resort holidays, Martinhal is how they would look. Having opened in summer 2010, this fabulously well designed villa and hotel resort boasts both sophistication and family-friendly appeal in spades. Plus it is pretty reasonably priced too.


The new resort is a smattering of funky cubist villas, a modern take on a village square, a spa and a hotel set on the edge of a nature reserve near the charming town of Sagres on Portugal's Algarve coast. It's contemporary but comfortable feel is, in places, somewhat reminiscent of a Heals catalogue set with high quality retro-modern furnishings set in front of huge picture windows, often framing views of the unspoilt coastline.

From tots to teens, there's something for everyone in the wide ranges of facilities on offer, which are carefully blended into the landscape so it is easy to holiday in a chic villa by a beach and relax, but also seek out activity or sociability as and when you want it.

Its heaven for parents with a fabulously funky kids club and crèche, water sports school, a football academy, excellent tennis centre and good selection of restaurants. The chic but family friendly pizza and pasta place also offers take-away, whilst the glamorous sea front cocktail bar and formal restaurant is perfect for 'date nights' with the help of on-site babysitters (book 48hrs in advance).

As well as the brilliantly designed and well-staffed crèche and kids club, there's an excellent gated play area and a trendy games room stuffed with bean bags, games consoles, table tennis, air hockey etc. Two of the communal pool areas have separate toddler pools which are scattered with huge 'Fat Boy' bean bags that are perfect for snuggling up for a shady snooze, and chests stuffed with kids toys. Plus there's a long list of baby gear available on request (see grey box).

The village square comes alive with families in the evening when parents sip drinks and nibble on dinner whilst little ones make new friends and play on bikes provided in the central area. Most evenings there's either live music or the kids club staff offer impromptu games and face painting, so the usual struggle to keep kids entertained and relax over dinner is totally absent. Plus, if you feel like a night in, there's a reasonably priced meal delivery service, take-aways from the pizzeria or deli, plus handy groceries in the village store.

The stylish but unfussy spa is the icing on the cake and the perfect way to top off a holiday that somehow manages to make parents feel like they can enjoy the kind of sophisticated and chic break they dreamed of before kids, but also take the little ones along and have fun with them too. Plus there's no need to take out a second mortgage to do it!

Accommodation Overview

The Ocean Houses at Martinhal come in 2 and 3 bedroom sizes both with 'upside down' designs to maximise the stunning views over the unspoilt coastline and long stretch of sandy beach. Two bedroom options can be reserved on this page* (click the 'Prices' tab or 'Reserve Now' button). These boast two en suite bedrooms either of which can be converted into a twin or a king-sized double, one with walk-in shower and the other with bath tub and shower over. The master bedroom has large patio doors opening out onto a terrace furnished with loungers and enjoying gorgeous sea view - perfect for pre-bed drinks, early morning coffee or grabbing a quiet moment with abook. Also downstairs is a utility/storage area with washer-dryer, although a paid for laundry service is available. Upstairs the houses have a large open-plan space with well-equipped contemporary kitchen (hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, cafetiere etc.), large dining table and chairs and a comfortable L-shaped sofa with large flat-screen TV offering satellite channels. There are large patio doors opening onto a spacious balcony with sofa area and giant bean bag.

*reservations are subject to confirmation from the resort within 24hrs. Prices are per villa and do not include flights or transfers. Toyboxes unavailable July & August

Share Tips & Advice Show Location Map Martinhal is set just east of the windswept but charming town of Sagres on the Algarve's westernmost tip. It is an impressive landscape where the wild Atlantic and the warm calm Mediterranean meet, backed by a Biogenetic nature reserve and is wonderful in autumn when the winds drop totally and migrating birds make for spectacular sites. The fact the region is renowned for wind has the benefit of keeping it unspoilt and rarely seems to bother the families soaking up the sun around the pool, many of whom welcome the cool breezes. The nature reserve is largely flat which invites exploration by bikes, which can be hired, with or without child seats and trailers, from the hotel, as well as by jeep safari which can be booked via the 'village square' reception.

The beach at Martinhal is made up of lovely smooth sand and backed by a handy beach bar with toilets. There are small dunes that little ones enjoy rolling down and great opportunities for shell collecting whilst the sea is handily shallow to some distance. Kite surfing and eco buggies abound, but there's plenty of space for sandcastle building and it’s just a short stroll to the hotel's pool, beach bistro and trampoline area if the wind picks up. A nice alternative beach a short drive away is Praia Castelejo, which is largely sheltered and offers lovely rockpooling opportunities, as well as soft golden sands and shallow seas. Also nearby, Praia da Salema is backed by a pretty fishing village with restaurants and cafes offering lovely sea views. Just to the east, in the rocky cliffs, there are 140 million-year old dinosaur prints, which provide much fascination for little ones.

Sagres itself is within a 5-10 minute drive/taxi (do book a return as taxi a few and far between) trip from the hotel and boasts a handy supermarket, pretty square and a cluster of decent seafood and Italian restaurants.


Getting There: The airport at Faro is approx. 53 miles (75minutes drive). Taxi transfers can be arranged for around €100 each-way. Faro is served by low-cost airlines from most UK regional airports. Try www.skyscanner.net, which BFB finds is a handy reference guide to who flies where and when.

Past Guest Ratings: * (7 guests)

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*Rating collated since Feb '10.
All verified as genuine BFB guests who experienced the accommodation with young children.

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Awards:

testimonial scores:5:5:5:5

We had a great holiday at Martinhal. The staff without exception couldnt do eno...

We had a great holiday at Martinhal. The staff without exception couldnt do enough to make sure our holiday was perfect, they were all friendly and welcoming. In particular, the staff at the kids club were terrific - our 6 year old loved it.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We usually like 'up a mountain' and abit more secluded, but I have to say that o...

We usually like 'up a mountain' and abit more secluded, but I have to say that our 10 day stay at Martinhal was absolutely fabulous - the care and service were suberb. Nothing was too much trouble and eveything seemed effortless. and very well organised. I returned from our family holiday and felt totally relaxed, no mean feat with a 2 year old and a 5 year old.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

Absalutely great for parents with young kids! Service good, staff v helpful, acc...

Absalutely great for parents with young kids! Service good, staff v helpful, accomomodation lovely. We will be back!
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

Great place and great service. Our only minor disappointment was that we went of...

Great place and great service. Our only minor disappointment was that we went off season and some the restaurants were not open and this was not communicated.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We had a great time. I only wish we'd booked for two weeks....

We had a great time. I only wish we'd booked for two weeks.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We usually like 'up a mountain' and abit more secluded, but I have to say that o...

We usually like 'up a mountain' and abit more secluded, but I have to say that our 10 day stay at Martinhal was absolutely fabulous - the care and service were suberb. Nothing was too much trouble and eveything seemed effortless. and very well organised. I returned from our family holiday and felt totally relaxed, no mean feat with a 2 year old and a 5 year old.

Martinhal was totally wonderful and we felt very lucky to be there. Our kids had...

Martinhal was totally wonderful and we felt very lucky to be there. Our kids had as much fun as we did, & they especially loved the home made fish fingers! The Ocean House was so beautiful & the resort is really well designed. Our only regret was that we did not stay longer!

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