Our founder created Little Guest when his son Achille was born on April 1, 2015 (this is not an April Fool).
Guests 2 adult, adults, 1 child children

Chambre 1
From 185€/night Book

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort *****

Q.ta do Martinhal | 8650-908 Sagres | Portugal |
awarded-hotel

Portugal’s Leading Family Resort

World Travel Awards
From 185€/room

YOUR EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS WHEN BOOKING WITH US

  • Lowest prices guaranted
  • A travel designer available 7 days a week
  • Organic solar products and a Samsonite gift delivered to your home (value: 125 €)
  • For each booking, Little Guest donates to underprivileged children

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort *****

Q.ta do Martinhal | 8650-908 Sagres | Portugal |

FAMILIES LOVE

  • The animators of the kids-clubs
  • The child-friendly spa programme
  • The yoga, pilates and body fit classes

 

LOCATION

Located in a splendid green area on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the Martinhal Sagres, to be found in the Algarve in the extreme south of Portugal has all the assets to let you enjoy an unforgettable stay with your family.

Due to its exceptional location in a protected natural park, it will take you 1h20 among the magnificent scenery of the area from Faro airport to reach this little corner of paradise.

 

DESCRIPTION

Built from the start for families, the Portuguese chain Martinhal offers a wide range of travel options in Portugal, both in the city (Lisbon) and in the beautiful Algarve region in the south of the country.

The Martinhal Sagres is a real estate, ideal for families. Its remarkable landscape allows everyone to have their space, to enjoy complete privacy while having access to a wide range of services, sports activities and restaurants.

Elected “Best Family Resort of Portugal” in 2013, the establishment was chosen as the “Best Family Resort Europe” the following year.

The use of wood, cork, light colours and large bay windows makes the whole complex contemporary and pleasant while blending perfectly with the landscape and respecting nature.

The Martinhal Sagres complex comprises 132 houses, 23 villas (plus a series of independent luxury villas), 37 classical hotel rooms, 3 restaurants, 4 bars, 1 spa, 1 children’s club (divided into different sections), 5 swimming pools including 1 outdoor, 2 tennis courts, 2 padel courts, 1 sports ground (ideal for a football game), 1 fitness room, 1 water sports centre and 1 bike rental station.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The resort’s 132 Villages Houses offer families a real second home. Their areas vary between 117 sqm (1260 sqft) and 148 sqm (1293 sqft) and they all have 2 to 3 rooms. Each house is equipped with a kitchen (fridge, microwave, freezer, dishes, stove), a coffee machine, a bathroom (hairdryer, shower gel, body lotion), an iron and ironing board as well as a washing and drying machine, a safe, a TV as well as internet access, a telephone and an MP3 station. Some even have a garden, a terrace and a private swimming pool! A daily cleaning service is provided. The houses are distributed in the four corners of the domain and thus offer different views (the ocean, the gardens, the pine forest, …).

The 23 villas of the hotel are called Villas Mimosa. Situated in the north-west of the resort, they offer an exceptional view of the resort, the Sagres peninsula and the natural park. Conceived by the architect, the villas were built in the reverse of tradition: the bathrooms and bedrooms are located on the ground floor, while the kitchen and the living room are upstairs. Each villa has a parking space and their guests, in addition to access to the resort’s standard services, access to a Club House (exclusive to the villas, this includes a swimming pool as well as a paddling pool for kids).

Rooms at the Martinhal Hotel are elegant, modern and tastefully decorated. The hotel is the first 5-star hotel in the Sagres area. The 37 rooms (including 2 duplex suites) all have a private balcony or terrace with stunning ocean views. They are close to the beach and water activities, as well as the hotel’s restaurant.

 

GASTRONOMY

Throughout the day, you can quench your thirst and enjoy small snacks in one of the 4 bars distributed throughout the resort.

The Juice Bar is ideal for a tasty cold or hot sandwich at lunchtime. Its speciality is obviously fresh juices and smoothies, which will refresh you throughout the day. In addition, a wide variety of pastries awaits you.

The Beach Club Pool Bar offers you the best refreshment on a hot sunny day at the beach or at the pool. Juices and ice-creams will make everyone happy.

The M-Bar welcomes you in the morning with breakfast. Throughout the day you can enjoy pastries, and at the end of the day enjoy a show on the bar’s stage, sipping a delicious cocktail.

Finally, Club 98 is the meeting point for tennis players after a game.

Fresh food, a variety of dishes and facilities for children are the guidelines of the 3 restaurants of the hotel.

At O terraço, you can taste the typical Portuguese flavours or enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. Children love the corner dedicated to them, with small tables, colouring and supervision of a Kid’s Club host. Dinner is provided between 5:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. for children. The terrace of the restaurant offers a magnificent view of the hotel’s trails and the ocean.

Seafood is at As Dunas. Grilled fish and freshly harvested seafood will enchant all the taste buds. Between the dishes, the children can enjoy the trampoline and sandbox.

A sweet perfume from Italy floats around the Os Gambozinos. The Italian à la carte menu will delight the whole family, and you can even enjoy all these delicious dishes in the comfort of your home or villa. A games area is provided for children.

 

FOR THE KIDS

  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor

 

FOR THE CHILDREN

In order to facilitate the stay of families, the hotel offers: barriers for beds and stairs, children’s beds, adapted toilet seats and/or small pots, bottle warmers and sterilizers .

The Village Square is the central location around which restaurants, children’s playground and Kids Club are located. It is an ideal place to meet with family or friends.

The Raposinhos Kids Club. Raposinhos means “little foxes” in Portuguese, and this is exactly the philosophy advocated by the Martinhal. Children are encouraged to be lively and curious, to ask questions, to make friends and to enjoy a whole range of activities under the guidance of specialized facilitators recruited according to the requirements of the hotel.

Children of all ages are cared for: cuddly moments at the Baby Club for little toddlers 6 to 23 months old; psychomotricity and games of awakening at the Kids Club for children from 2 to 5 years and dynamic programme for 6-9 years at the Fox club.

Even the biggest children will find something to enjoy! The program will be sportier and more festive for 10-14-year-olds at the Explorer Club and for 15-17-year-olds at Club Blast. Sports activities and parties on the beach, all supervised by dynamic and professional animators.

Apart from the activities and programmes of the different sections of the Kids Club, the Blue Room is a space designed for young people, from 8 years old. Located on the central square, this room invites children and pre-teens to relax and meet. Soft sofas, video games, pool tables … ideal for having fun while parents enjoy an aperitif.

The ultimate luxury for children: the Finisterra spa offers a wide range of treatments specially adapted for children. Massages for babies, manicures for pre-teens or facial massages, there is something for all tastes and all ages.

 

FAMILY EXPERIENCES

The activity catalogue is extremely rich and varied. Excursions that might especially delight younger guests include a jeep tour and dolphin watching.

Hop aboard a jeep and drive through the paths to discover every corner of the natural park. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset over the park or combine this outing with a surf lesson or horseback riding.

Accompanied by a specialist in marine biology, you can go meet the dolphins inhabiting the coasts of the domain. The dolphins are not the only ones who may point the tips of their noses – depending on the season, you will also be able to observe blue sharks, hammerhead sharks and sea turtles!

Whether you are more comfortable on land, in the water or in the air, at Martinhal the possibilities are endless:

Live an exceptional experience and fly in the air by helicopter or hot air balloon! A great experience to share with the family. And for the biggest (minimum 16 years) who are thirsty for thrills, do not just fly…let yourself fall from the sky in freefall from a small plane (solidly hung on a monitor of course!).

Do you feel like a fish in the water? Then surf, sailing, diving, kayaking or paddle courses should make you happy. Framed professionals come to initiate and practice these different sports. Many boat trips, both for exploring the coast and for you to try fishing, are also available.

Finally, for those who prefer the land, hiking, cycling or horseback riding are organized. Horseback riding can be done both in the natural park and by the sea.

 

FOR THE PARENTS

If the Spa Finisterra is ideal for children, it is nonetheless a place of predilection for relaxation as a couple. The map of the proposed treatments is wide and the Mums and Dads will find much happiness.A relaxing or energizing massage, reflexology … take the time to take care of yourself and recharge your batteries.

With more than 30 courses, the Algarve is THE region of golf par excellence. Four courses are located just 20 and 40 minutes from the hotel. Any self-respecting golfer cannot resist from going to test the exceptional greens of the region.

The resort organizes group yoga, pilates, power fit and body fit classes. Between relaxation, cardio and muscle work, choose what suits you best. The courses last 60 minutes and different packages are available: pack of 3 courses (30€), pack of 5 courses (46€) or a single course (12€).

 

 

 

 

Services

  • 24/24 check-in
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Hairdresser
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi


Equipements

  • Cinema
  • Fitness room
  • Hammam
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • Spa


Activities

  • Sport activities
  • Animations
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kite surf
  • Paddle
  • Scuba diving
  • Surf
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Fall in Portugal

 

Menno, Founder of the blog Top With Kids, 46 years old, married, Dad of Tess (10) and Wende (7), from Arnhem, Netherlands

 

 

With a whole world of new opportunities to discover, it is not often we visit a destination more than once. But in the case of the Martinhal Sagres resort, didn’t even hesitate for a second. Yes of course we want to go for a second time!

The ultra-child and adult- friendly resort in the pretty town of Sagres, is situated in the most westerly point of Portugal, therefore, the most westerly point of Europe. Arriving at Faro airport, it takes us around 2 hours to drive through the beautiful region of the Algarve to reach the resort. “Wow, it looks like a whole village!” exclaims our daughter on seeing the whitewashed buildings rising from the nature reserve where it lies, basking in the autumn sun. Our oldest straightaway recalls the scene from our first visit five years ago: “Kids’ heaven!”

We are welcomed by smiling and attentive staff. The reception is located in a large building where you can also find the O Terraço restaurant with its stunning views over the ocean and Martinhal beach. We immediately remember that familiar feeling, a combination of a relaxed and refined vibe that drifts around this resort. Art and quirky objects are abundant. The girls spot the mosaiced elephant near the entrance and decide to drink their welcoming drinks while ‘riding it’. No one blinks an eye. Indeed: Kids’ heaven, as our daughter called it, while still maintaining a very aesthetic appeal.

Martinhal is made up of a hotel, apartments, houses and villas. The brainchild of owners Chitra and Roman Stern, who, against the dominant logic dictating that Sagres was too far away from either Faro or Lisbon airport, chose this amazing stretch of land for their first resort. And what a hit it has turned out to be. The hotel itself is more geared towards couples although extra beds can be placed in the room to accommodate one child. A considerable part of the well laid out resort is taken up by nice two-story houses which come in four different types.

For this visit, we stay in one of the Garden houses. A staff member takes us there in one of the resort buggies. All these semi-detached houses are arranged around an area of indigenous parkland. Most have a large walled garden which provide an ideal safe space for younger children to run around. Practical but comfortable luxury best defines the interieur design. People in the know might recognize the hand of the British interior designer Michael Sodeau who worked out a balanced combination of elegance and sophistication, working with mostly natural material such as: timber, wicker, cork and local stone.

“Indeed: Kids’ heaven, as our daughter called it, while still maintaining a very aesthetic appeal.”

Our girls are thrilled with their own bedroom and bathroom. The total quiet, heavenly beds and blackout curtains assure us of one of our best rests. Each morning we have to hurry ourselves a bit to be in time for breakfast. Although, if you feel like it, just sleep in and take advantage of the full kitchen in the house to prepare your own morning meal. And the terrace makes an ideal place for an early morning cup of self-brewed coffee which is included in the welcome package you get upon arrival. Some houses even have an exterior roof terrace to enjoy the views. We go up to ours one night to gaze at the billions of stars glistening in the deep inky sky.

While the Garden houses have a traditional set up with the living room downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs, the Ocean Houses are built upside down, with living spaces created upstairs to take full advantage of the fabulous panoramic sea views. These houses are smack in the middle of the resort carefully built in small terraced groups at the front of Martinhal Village, and all have their own private verandas. The Bay Houses located on the eastern margin of the resort enjoy tranquil views over the Nature Reserve and the ocean. And adding to the abundance of choice, there are the Pinewood Houses along the edge of a pine forest but still within easy access of the main resort facilities.

If you travel with a bigger family, the different luxury villas will delight you. Again, their design strikes exactly the right tone. This is not surprising as the villas have won several prestigious accolades including the Homes Overseas Awards for “Best Portuguese Villa” and “Best Interior Design”. Each property enjoys sea views and is positioned in its own landscaped grounds overlooking a private garden and swimming pool, some of which are fenced for child safety.

As the girls now are old enough to go out on their own, they immediately take off the moment we arrive. Although it is a big resort, everything is well laid out and easy to navigate. The central plaza is at the heart and one of the girls’ first ‘discoveries’. They excitedly tell us about the bungee harness trampoline and of course they have to try it now! For the little ones there are playhouses and smaller trampolines, providing an open-air playground lined with terraces for the parents to lounge while enjoying a good glass of wine or a Cocktail.

“Some houses even have an exterior roof terrace to enjoy the views. We go up to ours one night to gaze at the billions of stars glistening in the deep inky sky.”

And again, our oldest daughter has déjà vu as we enter the M Bar – Family and Surf Bar, also bordering the plaza. “Hey, I remember that van! It is the campervan we played in during our first visit.” Would you not instantly love a bar that has a vintage VW van as a set piece? For us, it is our favorite spot in the resort: surf clips playing, drift word furniture, hammocks to chill in, great cocktails and authentic ‘surf food’ like burgers and fish and chips. It all feels like a homecoming

And off they go again, now to the sea and sand just a few hundred meters walk (or in their cases run). The beach is gorgeous; the girls like to climb the dunes and run or roll down them laughing as hard as they can. At the beach, the resort operates its own water sports centre where guests can hire equipment for windsurfing and other watersports. The sea water in autumn is fresh but certainly manageable as it gets nicely heated up in summer. In spring it can be rather cold so you might want to pack a wet suit. This is actually a good idea in any season, as there is a top-rated surf beach on the Atlantic Ocean, literally just around the corner.

The next day we indeed spend a great afternoon battling the waves among dozens of other surf enthusiasts at Praia do Telheiro. One of the best wild waters we have ever seen with lovely sand, great waves and an amazing view on the rocks nearby. There is quite a steep trail down from the parking lot to a nice small beach bar selling beers, cokes and some basic food; great for warming up after spending time in the water or just to sit and watch the sunset.

Martinhal’s absolute unique selling point is its total dedication to families with somewhat younger children. But it has also taken great steps to become a magnet for families with teenagers which as we all know is a particularly difficult age group to truly engage with. So, what about offering five kids’ clubs? All of which are carefully aimed towards specific age groups, assuring kids always feel that they are in the right place.

The Crèche keeps an eye on small kids from 6 to 23 months. Raposinhos, meaning ‘little fox’ in Portuguese, offers all kinds of indoor and outdoor supervised activities for 2 to 5 year olds and then there is the Fox Club for 6 to 9 year olds. Older kids from 10 to 13 years can blow off steam while pursuing activities. How about: windsurfing, dolphin watching, diving experience, a kayak tour, jeep safari, archery training, laser tag, making wire sculptures, football and biking, alongside indoor fun, like mocktail contests and t-shirt painting? This in their very own Explorer Club. Older teens between 14 and 17 years old will love the chance to try something new on their holiday and meet new friends at the Blast Club. They even have their own hang out space with game console near the central plaza.

“Martinhal’s absolute unique selling point is its total dedication to families with somewhat younger children.”

Although the pool on the beach is a real gem with an amazing view of the sea and a great cafe to grab a bite to eat, it is also a top favourite with families with younger kids. So, we decide to mainly use the Garden and Club 98 pool, which are nearly empty most of the time. Besides the pool, the Club 98 has two tennis courts and two glass sided PADEL courts. Another favourite pool is the Oasis Pool, a free-form swimming pool that sits in the center of the Garden House area. And indeed, it is an oasis. Just like the Club 98 pool, we have it to ourselves most of the time.

If you still feel you need more pool options, there are the two pools near the central plaza. One generously sized pool spans indoors and outdoors. Adjacent is another smaller pool designed for toddlers. And for exclusive use by guests staying at the Vilas Mimosa there is another 18-meter pool which opens only in the summer.

Once again, a few days seems too short to exploit all the activities and leisure opportunities on offer. Our youngest daughter enjoys searching for all the 11 fairies hidden throughout the resort. The bike station provides you with suitable bikes, a well-equipped gym, soccer court and pump track (for children keen to try their MTB-skills). And these are just the options on site. In the immediate surroundings you will find a multitude of activities and sights. Although the resort can readily arrange horse riding, we decide to drive to the gorgeous region of Aljezur for a three-hour ride and gallop along the beach and cliffs. What a great experience. If you are into horse riding, this is something we strongly recommend.

While Dad and the oldest are having this great experience at the beach, Mum and the  youngest are enjoying a mother & child back massage at the Finisterra Spa. There’s more for all ages: baby massages, children’s manicures, teenage facials, body wraps, grandparent friendly relaxing foot massages and treatments for tweens and teens..

After all these activities, we really work up a healthy appetite every day. We are grateful for the choice provided by all the resort’s restaurants. Dunas surprises us with some fresh seafood dishes, while one night we have some delicious pizza’s from Os Gambozinos and eat them at the central plaza. The resort does a great job also offering take away options, for example great burgers from the  Pop-up Grill “The Wolf” which gives guests even more flexibility in where and when to eat.

One more thing we really like is the Mercado. A deli type shop that offers a wide variety of take-away meal options with freshly baked bread, croissants and pastries, coffees, teas and fresh orange juice and a lot more grocery items that you might not ever need.

WOW

# This resort comes close to perfection. All details are well thought out and at the same time it has a relaxed vibe and is everything besides stuffy.

# With all the activities available on site and in the immediate area you can with confidence book at least for a week (or two). To give you an idea: our girls could participate the Explorer Club with windsurfing, dolphin watching, diving experience, kayak tour, jeep safari, archery training, laser tag, making wire sculptures, football and biking, alongside indoor fun, like mocktail contests and t-shirt painting.

# A splendid destination in summer, but maybe even better in spring or autumn. Check out our review in spring here.

"Kids Raposinhos" and "Fox Club" (kids-club)

  • Age: 2 to 5 years old (Raposinhos) and 6 to 9 years old (Fox Club)
  • Schedule :
    • Low season: November 4, 2019 – March 31, 2020; from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
    • Shoulder season: 1 April 2020 – 30 April 2020; from 9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. + evenings from 6.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M. 3 times a week
    • High season: 1 May 2020 – 31 October 2020; from 9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. + evenings from 6.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.  3 times a week
  • Rates:
    • Low season: Free
    • Shoulder season: 10 €/session (some evenings are free except for the Mini Disco (10€ + 8€ for dinner))
    • High season: From 10€/session
  • Lunch:
    • Interseason: From 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., at an additional cost.
    • High season : From 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., 22€/session
  • Languages: English and Portuguese. In high season, some of the animators speak other languages.

Babysitting 

  •  Schedule: 24 hours a day
  • Fee: From €16/hr min. 2h
  • Quota: Up to 3 children under 6 years old/adult
  • Languages: English and portuguese. It is possible to book babysitters who speak other languages ​​subject to availability

Check-in/out

  • Check-in: 2 P.M. at the hotel; 3 P.M. at the Martinhal Village
  • Check-out: 12 A.M. at the hotel; 11 A.M. at the Martinhal Village

Number of rooms

  • 37 bedrooms and suites
  • 132 houses
  • 23 villas

Opening dates

  • Open all year long

Practical guide

Discover the Algarve with our family-friendly practical guide!

Spa programme

Transfers

  • Closest international airport: Faro (1h20)
  • Rate: €125/way from Faro; €400/way from Lisbon

 "Nursery" (baby club)

  • Age: From 6 to 23 months old
  • Schedule :
    • Low season: November 4, 2019 – March 31, 2020; from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
    • Shoulder season: 1 April 2020 – 30 April 2020; from 9:30 A.M to 5:30 P.M
    • High season: 1 May 2020 – 31 October 2020; from 9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.
  • Rates:
    • Low season: Free
    • Shoulder season: 10 €/2 hours (5 € per extra hour) – a minimum of 2hrs
    • High season: 25 €/2 hours (10 € per extra hour) – minimum 2 hour
    • 2nd child: 50% discount (children must be siblings)

You’ ll also like

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa ***** Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa *****
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa *****
EPIC SANA Algarve ***** EPIC SANA Algarve *****
EPIC SANA Algarve *****
Pine Cliffs Resort ***** Pine Cliffs Resort *****
Pine Cliffs Resort *****