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Algarve, Portugal

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Martinhal -

Member since Apr 2013
  • Bookings Accepted:80%
  • Avg. Response Time:44 minutes
  • Availability Updated:10 days 6 hours

BFB's Overview

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 hotel 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 - Interconnecting Beach Rooms with Partial Sea View

Martinhal has recently created 12 interconnecting Beach rooms. Set second row back from the front they enjoy partial sea views and each room has either a balcony or terrace to make the most of the sun. The rooms consist of two spacious double rooms with a central connecting sliding door. Each room has a small seating area, a Nespresso coffee maker and well stocked mini bar. There's twice daily maid service with a little edible 'surprise' left daily to enjoy with sundown drinks. The rooms can accommodate a maximum of two adults, two children and a baby.

Terrace rooms can be reserved, via the 'Prices' tab or 'Reserve Now' button on this page.


Location Information

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 an additional cost ( varies with size of party). Faro is served by low-cost airlines from most UK regional airports. Trywww.skyscanner.net, which BFB finds is a handy reference guide to who flies where and when

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 12:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 12:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices are on a bed and breakfast basis. For 2016 when adults upgrade to half board children 8 and under are upgraded free of charge. Children aged 9-12 are charged 50% the adult rate.

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 12:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices are on a bed and breakfast basis. For 2016 when adults upgrade to half board children 8 and under are upgraded free of charge. Children aged 9-12 are charged 50% the adult rate.

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Martinhal is not a chain or part of a faceless corporation, it has been developed by Roman and Chitra Stern, who have young children themselves. Their first hand insight is reflected in small but sensitive touches such as the trampoline placed beneath the beach restaurant terrace, which allows parents to enjoy an evening drink without having to entertain bored little ones.

Fast Facts

A set of interconnecting beach rooms sleep a maximum of 2 adults, 2 children and 1 baby.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Faro airport is 90 minutes drive away.

Airport under 3 hours drive

Faro airport is 90 minutes drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

numerous beaches within a short drive

Coast Within Walking Distance

The hotel is set on a long stretch of fine sandy beach which, despite the frequent wind, is surprisingly generally calm and shallow

Amenities within Walking Distance

The resorts has three restaurants, a snack bar, deli and grocery store which stocks some baby formulas and jars,

Any Pool

There 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.

Spa Onsite

The Finisterra spa boasts six treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna and a relaxation garden.

Indoor Play Area

The 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.

Kids' Club

Martinhal offers a section of kids clubs for ages 2.5-18 comprising 'Raposinos' for 2.5-4yrs olds, 'Foxes' for 6-8yr 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. Prices start for 15 Euros per session for the morning sessions. For 2015 the afternoon sessions are free. Subject to availability. Prebooking is recommended.

Babysitting

A babysitting service is available on request (min.24hrs notice). Max. 2 children under 6 per babysitter.

Nursery Gear (additional)

The hotel can provide a cot, sterliser, bed guard, baby bath, potty, stairgates, highchairs and stollers ( 6 month +).

Indoor Toys

The 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.

Games Room

The games room has games consoles, pool tables, air hockey and table football.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

The hotel offers 24-hour room service. Well-stocked minibars offer complimentary soft drinks and water

Outdoor Toys

There's a huge sandpit area and trampoline, plus a fabulous gated kids playground area with slides, swings and play fort.

Creche Facilities

For children aged 6-30 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 15 euros for the first hour and 10 euros for every hour after. Discounts may apply for siblings. Rates are subject to change.

Onsite Restaurant

The 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!

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Rooms open on to private terraces or balconies with partial ocean, beach and sunset views

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Complimentary Wifi is available

Tennis Court(s)

The hotel is equipped with two high-grade artificial grass tennis courts and two glass-sided PADEL courts. There's also an excellent watersports school and a football academy runs on selected dates.

Gym Equipment

There's a small but well-equipped gym in the village square

Daily Cleaning

There is a twice daily maid service.


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