by Maxwell Barna
No expense was spared in the creation of Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel. Located on 4,200 acres of Portugal’s Western Algarve region, this lavish oceanfront paradise boasts some of the best family-friendly accommodations of all the region’s top resort hotels. It is the quintessential European luxury family resort.
Each of the 170 modern, clean and spacious rooms and villas available at this five-star property are custom designed and are simply breathtaking. Guests benefit from daily maid service and evening turn down, and room service is available 24 hours a day. Each room includes a mini-bar, which comes with a variety of beverages and snacks. Rooms also include private patios and balconies, and the property’s landscaping is exquisitely manicured, adding to the resorts tremendous aesthetic appeal.
Martinhal provides guest with a plethora of onsite entertainment, including five luxurious swimming pools comprised of beach-entry, indoor/outdoor and kiddie options. The resort’s Club 98 offers guests four world-class tennis courts (two artificial grass and two PADEL), a swimming pool and a multi-purpose field for sports like frisbee, football and soccer. On the beach, guests enjoy watersports like wind surfing and kayaking.
You’ll also find plenty of activities that can be arranged through resort, such as sport fishing, body-boarding, mountain biking, national park tours and even scuba diving. And if it weren’t obvious, the resort’s beautiful Martinhal Bay is deal for swimming and relaxing (but can be a bit windy, so come prepared!).
To put it plainly, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel doesn’t take food lightly. The resort offers three main restaurants which offer a wide array of delicious, fresh and unique menu items. At As Dunas, you’ll find some of the freshest seafood and fish in all of Portugal. Os Gambozinos, as its name connotes, serves authentic and delicious Italian fare. And at O Terraco, you’ll be delighted by the selection of Portuguese delicacies — with a view as exceptional as the menu! Each of the three restaurants are family-friendly and include a children’s menu. There are also a variety of bars, swim-up bars and lounges, including the M Bar, Beach Club Pool Bar, Village Square Juice Bar and Club 98.
One of the primary focuses of this resort is families, which may explain why there are five kids clubs that offer stimulating and educational activities for infants as young as 6 months to teens as old as 18. In these clubs, you’ll find a variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts and coloring, to bike trips and junior lifeguard courses.
Our Editor Loves
- Several onsite family dining options
- Beautiful, tasteful and modern accommodations
- Plenty of activities and programs for families
Stayed in a two bed villa and cannot praise the place highly enough. From check in to departure...even out of season it was fab. We were lucky with the weather. Chilled out bare foot luxury. Miss at your peril. Lovely Voya lotions and potions too
Martinhal is made up of hotel, apartments and villas. We stayed in the hotel which is the lovely wooden clad buildings on the front, right near the main pool, reception and 2 of the restaurants. The whole complex is excellent for families. When we visited it was full of families like us with very young children. I would not recommend if you don’t have children (unless you really like being around them when on holiday trying to relax!). The restaurants have play areas for kids and at breakfast there is a play worker on hard to help keep them entertained. The menus are great for children and includes purees for babies. The complex is clean and large and very well maintained with several pools and an outdoor play area. The pools were freezing, my little one managed no more than 30mins before his teeth where chattering. We had room service on our first night, simple burgers and chips...it was awful so we either hired bikes and cycled or drove (we hired a car) into sages where there are lots of excellent reasonably priced restaurants. Breakfast was really good and we had lunch most days which was also very good but we had been put off using the restaurant in an evening after room service experience. Despite this, we 100% would have returned next year had it not been for multiple “influencers” there on a freebie. Quite frankly, I’m not paying for instagrammers to hang around posing for selfies. It’s cringeworthy, annoying, and even more annoying that I’m funding this nonsense!