If you are looking for budget family holiday options then stop reading now. This article is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you’re in the market for pure luxury that is completely family-friendly and on top of that, great value for money, then you might be interested to hear what the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has to offer.
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Located in the most westerly part of Europe in the Western Algarve, Martinhal invited Jill, co-founder of Mykidstime, and her family to check out the Resort and report back. They stayed there over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Super Stylish Accommodation at Martinhal
We stayed in one of the Ocean Houses in the Resort. The Houses are designed upside down so the living space is upstairs for the views with the bedrooms downstairs.
The Houses are jaw droppingly stylish – I’m talking Boutique Hotel Style here – but completely comfortable and child-friendly with:
- soft furniture
- round coffee table so no sharp corners to worry about
- stair gate
- training toilet seat plus potty
- little step by the sink for smallies to brush teeth easily
- child friendly cutlery and crockery.
All the little touches that you would need to either bring with you or ask for in other accommodation have been thoughtfully provided here. The children were given swimbags and frisbees when we arrived which was great for the wet swim stuff. The house was perfectly equipped with added luxurious features such as a Nespresso and Sony iPod docking station with very good quality sound.
Too Much or Too Little to Do
We walked on the beach (2 mins away) we ate and drank (there are 3 restaurants and 2 snack bars), we rested, we relaxed.
BUT if you wanted to, you could do any number of fantastic activities from windsurfing to face painting to zumba to pilates to cycling. It’s all organised for you, there are activities every day plus 3 kids clubs and a creche.
So all you have to do is take your pick and head off for some fun.
What We Particularly Loved
The beanbags. By the pool. On the house balcony. In the Village Square. Fun and comfortable and great to warm up and dry off on after your swim.
Voya Toiletries. “I wouldn’t normally say this but that shampoo smells nice” said my husband. “Ooh smell this one” said one daughter to the next when they were exploring the bathroom.
Christina’s magic hands giving me the Relaxing Massage at the fabulous Finisterra Spa. Bliss. And I love the fact that they offer parent & child treatments too.
Big beach bag provided along with ginormous beach towels in the accommodation to help you schlep your stuff to and from the pool. And it’s such a bonus not to have to pack towels.
The Blue Room. Designed for older kids and teens to hang out in with air hockey, pool table and Wiis and Macs to surf the net on and comfortable sofas to lounge on.
Also, at the end of a long day in the sun, an excellent surf bar, replete with an actual VW Camper Van which the kids can clamber into and pretend-drive, where you can unwind with a cocktail or mocktail.
Were there any flaws?
A minor quibble (talk about 1st world problem) was that our wifi kept dropping in our house but a quick call to Reception and they sent someone within 10 minutes to replace and put a new wifi hub in.
I would also have liked to have seen more side options and more healthy options too with the lunch/snacks on offer at the various bar areas. Crisps on the side is a bit lazy and not really what you want with your lunch sandwich or panini.
Get to the Nitty Gritty
Ok Jill, you say, all of this is lovely to hear about but how much does it actually cost to go to Martinhal?
They have some fantastic offers for families particularly at off peak times. They have Yoga Weeks, Cycling, Hiking and Active Winter packages (e.g. Golf, Surf, Walking, Biking). There is also a Christmas package of a 7 night stay half board with Christmas dinner and brunch included.
And with cheap flights available from Ireland and the UK direct to Faro, this is definitely affordable luxury.
I can vouch that it is 100% designer luxury and 100% child friendly.
Disclosure: My family & I received a 3 day stay at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel with 2 family meals and a spa treatment included (we had to pay for our own flights there). The opinions in this are entirely my own.