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Martinhal Resort - Garden Apartment (1-bed)

Algarve, Portugal

Per week

from 1001.00 to 2625.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Martinhal -

Member since Aug 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:80%
  • Avg. Response Time:44 minutes
  • Availability Updated:17 days 2 hours

BFB's Overview

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 Fast Facts).

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 in play houses 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
Garden Houses offer spacious one bedroom accommodation which is well suited to couples with a baby or a toddler. The 39 semi-detached Garden Houses at the resort are set within a walled, private garden in giving them a very secure feeling and plenty of space for little legs to roam. Private verandas overlook a central feature of the garden – the Oasis Pool, a large free-form swimming pool (enclosed) and wider views of the surrounding countryside including the nearby nature reserve.

The interiors are similar to that of the larger villas and reflect the resort's partnership with celebrated British furniture and interiors designer Michael Sodeau who has created combination of furnishings that are practical but stylish. Natural materials have been used throughout: timber, wicker and cork, and local stone. The effect is homely and organic. All houses are air conditioned and furnished to the highest standard and include 32” satellite television with multi-channel selection and video on demand, wireless internet access and an MP3 docking station. Modern conveniences include designer kitchen and washing machine and dryer.

*reservations are subject to confirmation from the resort within 24hrs. Prices are per villa and do not include flights or transfers. In-house/room toy boxes unavailable July & Aug.

For a full overview on all accommodation types and facilities, plus a resort map, click here

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 at extra cost. 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.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices are per house, on a self catering basis. Meals can be added at additional cost. Please note: BFB Exclusive In-house/room toy boxes unavailable July & Aug & in high season (approx. 27th June - 4th September) stays shorter than 7 nights cannot be accepted. 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

Rates

28 Sep - 4 Oct 2019 : €1764 /week5 Oct - 11 Oct 2019 : €2016 /week12 Oct - 18 Oct 2019 : €1512 /week19 Oct - 25 Oct 2019 : €2016 /week26 Oct - 1 Nov 2019 : €1512 /week2 Nov - 27 Dec 2019 : €1001 /week28 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : €1624 /week1 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 : €1001 /week1 Apr - 3 Apr 2020 : €1036 /week4 Apr - 17 Apr 2020 : €1666 /week18 Apr - 22 May 2020 : €1274 /week23 May - 3 Jul 2020 : €1666 /week4 Jul - 2 Sep 2020 : €2625 /week3 Sep - 2 Oct 2020 : €1666 /week3 Oct - 30 Oct 2020 : €1274 /week31 Oct - 29 Dec 2020 : €1036 /week30 Dec 2020 - 2 Jan 2021 : €1666 /week3 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 : €1036 /week27 Mar - 9 Apr 2021 : €1666 /week28 Sep - 4 Oct 2019 : £1764 /week5 Oct - 11 Oct 2019 : £2016 /week12 Oct - 18 Oct 2019 : £1512 /week19 Oct - 25 Oct 2019 : £2016 /week26 Oct - 1 Nov 2019 : £1512 /week2 Nov - 27 Dec 2019 : £1001 /week28 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : £1624 /week1 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 : £1001 /week1 Apr - 3 Apr 2020 : £1036 /week4 Apr - 17 Apr 2020 : £1666 /week18 Apr - 22 May 2020 : £1274 /week23 May - 3 Jul 2020 : £1666 /week4 Jul - 2 Sep 2020 : £2625 /week3 Sep - 2 Oct 2020 : £1666 /week3 Oct - 30 Oct 2020 : £1274 /week31 Oct - 29 Dec 2020 : £1036 /week30 Dec 2020 - 2 Jan 2021 : £1666 /week3 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 : £1036 /week27 Mar - 9 Apr 2021 : £1666 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices are per house, on a self catering basis. Meals can be added at additional cost. Please note: BFB Exclusive In-house/room toy boxes unavailable July & Aug & in high season (approx. 27th June - 4th September) stays shorter than 7 nights cannot be accepted. 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

The Garden House deluxe sleeps 2+ 1x cot in one double bedroom.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Faro airport is 90 minutes drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

numerous beaches with a short drive

Coast Within Walking Distance

The 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 Distance

The resort 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)for an hourly rate. Max. 2 children under six per babysitter.

Nursery Gear (additional)

The resort can provide a cot, sterliser, bed guards, highchairs, a stroller ( +6 months), potty, baby bath, door protectors and thermometer.

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

A meal delivery service offering pizza etc. is available at the resort.

Outdoor Toys

There 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.

Creche Facilities

For 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 15 Euros for the first hour and 10 euros for every subsequent hour. 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!

Stairgates / no stairs

stairgates can be provided on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Garden houses have furnished private gardens or roof terraces

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Complimentary Wifi is available

Tennis Court(s)

The resort 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

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to two cots and highchairs can be provided on request.

Daily Cleaning

There is a daily maid service.

Reviews

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  • Really well designed resort, perfect for those with children up to 6 (multiple toddler pools/playgrounds (including 1 with bar next to it!)/big beach), for children older than that I am not so sure. Very friendly, helpful staff. Creche probably best for up to 12 months - our 15 month old would have benefited from having older children to watch/attempt to copy etc. Hiring a car best option because unless you are half board being able to get to the nearby Intermarche/Lidl pretty essential. Sagres itself was pretty quiet but you're not going to be staying here and wanting to hit the bars every night.Review dated 26/09/2014

  • Fantastic property in beautiful location! Facilities are all superb!Review dated 04/05/2013

  • We really enjoyed our stay here; the resort looks and feels new (it is) but didin't seem to us to have any teething problems you might expect with this. The location is great, with a fantastic beach only 5 minutes walk away. This is one of a few amazing beaches within a short drive. The restaurants are good, even if not brilliant value. Also, unless you eact outside the resort, you may get tired of the menu quite quickly. I have to say the (non-resort) beach cafe does a brilliant octopus salad... There were plenty of things to do for adults and kids, and the evening kids activities (bouncy castle etc)) in the village square are great. The villa was modern and smart and the garden sunny and secluded. The only real problem we had was that on arrival, due to a 3 hour delay to our flight, the kitchens in all the restaurants had just closed and it was disappointingly difficult to get some food. But we did in the end. That's a minor co ...Review dated 23/06/2011

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  • Brilliantly appointed accommodation - all the details were taken care of. Great range of pools / restaurants. Super friendly staff. Well laid out for pushchairs. Couldn't have been any better.Review dated 02/06/2011

  • 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!Review dated 25/04/2011

Really well designed resort, perfect for those with children up to 6 (multiple toddler pools/playgrounds (including 1 with bar next to it!)/big beach), for children older than that I am not so sure. Very friendly, helpful staff. Creche probably best for up to 12 months - our 15 month old would have benefited from having older children to watch/attempt to copy etc. Hiring a car best option because unless you are half board being able to get to the nearby Intermarche/Lidl pretty essential. Sagres itself was pretty quiet but you're not going to be staying here and wanting to hit the bars every night.

Fantastic property in beautiful location! Facilities are all superb!

We really enjoyed our stay here; the resort looks and feels new (it is) but didin't seem to us to have any teething problems you might expect with this. The location is great, with a fantastic beach only 5 minutes walk away. This is one of a few amazing beaches within a short drive. The restaurants are good, even if not brilliant value. Also, unless you eact outside the resort, you may get tired of the menu quite quickly. I have to say the (non-resort) beach cafe does a brilliant octopus salad... There were plenty of things to do for adults and kids, and the evening kids activities (bouncy castle etc)) in the village square are great. The villa was modern and smart and the garden sunny and secluded. The only real problem we had was that on arrival, due to a 3 hour delay to our flight, the kitchens in all the restaurants had just closed and it was disappointingly difficult to get some food. But we did in the end. That's a minor complaint in context though; overall it was a really good choice to spend that precious week's holiday.

Brilliantly appointed accommodation - all the details were taken care of. Great range of pools / restaurants. Super friendly staff. Well laid out for pushchairs. Couldn't have been any better.

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!

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 10 guests.



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