Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel
Q.ta do Martinhal, 8650-908 Sagres, Portugal
+351 282 240 200
Martinhal Beach Resort and HotelA 3.5-hour bus ride south of Lisbon, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has the distinction of being the first 5-star surf destination built in Portugal. Situated on its own namesake beach within walking distance to the fishing village of Sagres, Martinhal is known as one of the best places to surf in Europe even during winter with temperatures hovering in the mid 60s. And to keep it interesting, there are also 22 beaches within a 30-minute drive of the resort.
Martinhal is decisively off the beaten path not only ensconced on its own 100 acre grounds but also Costa Vicentina Natural Park lands. More like a retreat, lodging options range from the main 37 bedroom 5-star hotel to a selection of over 150 spacious 1 to 5 bedroom Villas, many of which not only overlook the ocean but architecturally embody the landscape. You have your choice of 4 heated pools and loads of activities for when you aren’t chilling out.
The best way to describe the Martinhal experience is family-friendly barefoot luxury. Families genuinely relax here spending quality time together. Kids are also on vacation and not just underfoot or tolerated. They have a place in every aspect of the resort from play areas within all on site dining venues to a baby concierge service supplying toys and equipment eliminating the worries of packing your own. Even the Finisterra Spa offers children’s treatments and baby massages.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a region with a fresher more diverse selection of seafood thanks to being situated on Continental Europe’s Southwestern-most point wide open to the Atlantic. Os Dunas is the place to go for lunch where fresh catch of the day regularly includes Bream, Bass, Snapper, Red mullet, as well as Oysters, Mussels, Clams, Limpets and Barnacles known by locals as “Perceves”.
Dinners upstairs at O Terraco continue the smorgasbord with fresh ingredients and simple preparations like fish grilled with salt & olive oil and seafood cooked with seawater, coriander, garlic and white wine. Prawns are tossed in olive oil and local “piri piri” (chili) oil with garlic. Their stuffed squid is also a must-try. Even with meat and vegetarian dishes, they are locavore all the way including locally made ice-cream.