I can highly recommend this resort if you have kids under 9/10yrs old. Otherwise avoid.
Price wise, you get decent value here compared to say Pine Cliffs, its main competition. Martinhal is much more design conscious, modern, attractive and therefore relaxing to look at and be around. It feels more worthy of the price tag for families. You are not paying for facilities for someone else to play golf! There are lovely pools and thoughtful touches everywhere.
On the downside:-
Food is scarce. At the beach pool cafe lunch service is dire. We waited 40mins for 4 juices and 3 plates of food. The single waitress was over stretched and latterly joined by one who appeared confused. The menu offers complex cocktails that take ages to make creating a backlog for all orders. It is popular and far too small. We would have gone next door to the fish restaurant but it opens for lunch at 12.00, too late with screaming toddlers. Unforgivable. It's the same for dinner... Just make it stay open all day from 11am for goodness sake.
Apart from the mini market shop it is impossible to buy children's snacks anywhere. No fruit pieces, rice crackers, dried fruit, bread sticks.... Nothing. Bring your own to the beach / pools and don't be caught out.
There is a massive emphasis on complex expensive drinks full of fruit and milk or yoghurt everywhere. But no such thing as a quick bite.
They do have designer wraps and sandwiches at the metro bar at the village square, with strange combinations of fillings. Not horrid. Just a bit odd. This relaxed eating should be more available elsewhere, e.g poolside.
The kids pizza pasta restaurant wasn't open for lunch in June. We were told it only opens in peak season? June is quite peak to me. I was annoyed.
There is precious little shade around the beach pool. A sandpit and play area next door is fully open to the midday sun. Walkways and seats are without shade. Going up and down steps and hills it can be too much for the kids.
Which leads me to the last point... Buggy / wheelchair access is poor. They have tried introducing ramps but ultimately the beach areas fail to be accessible. A rethink will have come in time. And it's sad that the roads and paths are all cobbles.... Bump bump bump.... Poor baby.
Don't get me wrong I loved it. But these things have been mentioned before and the resort isn't listening to customers! Pay attention now, if you want me back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is the finest luxury family resort in Europe. Positioned within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres, on Portugal’s unspoiled western Algarve coast, Martinhal is where luxury meets Nature. Martinhal welcomes families and couples, and the greeting is warm, open and generous. Guests feel at home. And it’s memorable. This is where life-long friendships will blossom, and where lasting impressions will be made. Stylish, contemporary architecture complements the organic personality of the resort, which has been shaped to blend effortlessly into the indigenous landscape. This is function and form at its best. This is sustainability. And Martinhal is more. For conferences, weddings and celebrations, Europe’s finest luxury resort sets the scene. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Martinhal Beach Hotel Sagres
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