The astute of you may wonder what I am doing writing another post about Martinhal, you may have seen this one from just a few weeks backs. No I don’t work for them. I’d like to, don’t get me wrong but we are simply holiday go-ers (and potentially soon to be residents..? Oh, exciting) of the Martinhal holiday resort.
We stayed at Martinhal Quinta do Lago in September and had such a great time we returned in November, incidentally we were so lucky with the weather but I digress. During our stay we visited another of Martinhal’s holiday sites in Sagres. What a revelation.
A fun fact on Sagres for you… it is the further west you can possibly go in Europe. It’s a tad on the windy side and a few degrees cooler than the Eastern Algarve where we were residing, but then it was November. We still had the sun on our face though. We took a trip to the lighthouse, which is the furthest point west on land you can be. It was pretty fantastic. The views were incredible and it really feels like you are somewhere special. Somewhere that you don’t get to go everyday. Probably because you don’t.
Anyway, back to the Martinhal resort. If you thought I harped on about Quinta resort well you ain’t seen nothing yet. To say I was impressed is an understatement. We only stayed for the day so I cannot comment on the accommodation, but some of the views you must get from the rooms overlooking the beach. They look incredible. From my understanding Martinhal Sagres offers a range of villas, houses, apartments and hotel rooms so there is something for everyone.
The complex itself is huge and has everything you need, a shop, indoor come outdoor pool, spa, gym and restaurants. But where it really comes into it’s own is the facilities it offers for the children. Ergo the actual holiday parents can have. My two had an amazing time and only got to experience half of it. Being out of season some things were closed.
There is a trampoline, 3 parks (all conveniently located for adults next to sun loungers, coffee shops and bars) volleyball area and adventure bike track for the kids. On the village square is a large outdoor play area, perfect for my two and three year old. There you will also find the Mbar, which houses Martinhal’s signature #mvan – a decked out camper van for the kiddies to play in. A huge hit. it also has a children’s corner complete with TV, colouring, games, toys and an iPad station. It’s perfect for children who are bored sitting whilst parent’s eat or have a drink.
Then there is the ‘entertainment’ that comes with your sit down meal. You can choose to eat in a more formal, more-restaurant-less-bar setting with food to match but fear not, you don’t have to plonk your kids in front of the iPads or try desperately to entertain them and plead with them to sit still. Within the same room, kind of, there is a member of the children’s club on hand to play with and entertain your children, with games, writing, colouring. It is genius and the future of stress free eating with small ones.
Just what every bar/restaurant needs, a kitted out camper van for the kids. No really, it's a game changer to eating out. That and a kids corner complete with colouring, activities, the odd iPad and tv. In fact the real game changer is a restaurant with a separate area just for children who are supervised and entertained by child friendly staff whilst you eat your dinner – you can still see them and they you but they aren't forced to sit quietly or in front of their iPads so you can get through a damn meal with some form of success. @martinhal Sagres you got this right, so right.
There are also some well thought out extras, such as the toilets. The baby changing toilet comes complete with a miniature toilet for miniature people. It was a huge hit with my mini me. Of all the things, the parks, trampolines, cars, beach and pools she talk about this the most. Priorities.
Like I said, we only had half the show, given the time of year and our little ones didn’t get the sample the children’s club. I have little doubt my two would have loved it. They loved the children’s club in Quinta, so much so they would ask to go everyday and were genuinely sad to say goodbye to the staff. The facilities at Sagres looked fantastic and they were pulling at my side to go in.
On a final note the Sagres site is set on the beach. You simply stroll down the resort to a beautiful beach. It is the perfect addition to the complex.
Today we went to @martinhal Sagres. What.a.place. If you saw my earlier post you might know I was ambivalent about the drive, well it was worth it and then some. As family holiday locations go it is definitely up there. I'm sure I'll share more about it but for now suffice to say, I was impressed. We all were.
I honestly couldn’t rave enough about this resort. You may have seen we have some longer term plans for next year, to spend a long (very long) time on the Algarve next year, whilst we do we will certainly be spending some of our time at Martinhal Sagres.