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
Great location. Ocean facing rooms are fabulous. Spacious, clean and modern decor. Property is well maintained with plenty of areas for waking. Private beach access. Easy to get to town. Breakfast in the dining room is overrun by kids esp. In summer. So in-room dining for a small fee is a convenient option!
Location - Stunning. Lovely beach, Can be windy but on Atlantic Coast so to be expected. Supermarket within 5 mins drive.
Welcome - Excellent, Reception was warm, friendly and quick. My daughter was welcomed with a cuddly toy which she loved.
Accommodation - Stayed in the Bay Houses which are perfect for families, well equipped and have a little garden.
Facilities - Used 3 different pools, one of which had an indoor/outdoor pool which was great for escaping the sun. Safe kids play areas were a huge hit. Gym is small but well equipped and the watersports centre looked a lot of fun. Did not use the kids club but friends gave it a glowing review. There are 3 restaurants all with play areas for the kids and the food was superb as was the entertainment.
Staff - We were incredibly impressed, they could not do anymore for you if you asked. Everyone was so friendly and polite and my daughter loved the entertainers in the restaurants who show incredible kindness and patience. The swimming instructor put on an additional swimming class when my wife asked about a lesson, this was done free of charge and completely without request but is the kind of service that we experienced throughout our stay.
This is a great resort for families with young kids. The wind can be strong so please be aware of this.
We loved our stay and the staff were brilliant, the accommodation was everything we needed and our daughter had so much fun.
Thank you Martinhal it really was a great family holiday.