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For a Mediterranean holiday brimming with family facilities, Martinhal Resort in the Algarve hits the nail on the head. Close to the sun-kissed shores of Quinta do Lago, this four-star Portuguese getaway brings together everything you need for a dose of well-deserved fun in the sun. 

The collection of self-catering townhouses and villas in Martinhal Resort keep flexibility at the forefront of your holiday. Private pools, fully-fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms – what’s not to love? Yet Martinhal Resort’s impressive amenities also cater for visitors who wish to switch their brains firmly to relaxation-mode. From kids clubs to top restaurants, you’ll combine independence with all-out indulgence. 

If you can tear yourself away from the resort, ample beaches and outstanding natural parks lie in wait around the deluxe neighbourhood of Quinta do Lago.

There’s lots to love about Praia da Quinta do Lago. As the closest beach to Martinhal Resort, it’s not just convenient but an absolute stunner. Pristine golden sands huddle between the wild delights of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve on on side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. 

Its location within the Algarve’s ‘Golden Triangle’ lends this beach an exclusive edge. Relaxation may reign supreme, but there are water sports and beach bars to fill your time and your tum. The whopping wooden footbridge (over a picture-perfect lagoon, no less) makes for a memorable arrival too! 

You don’t have to travel far to find even more of the Algarve’s best beaches nearby. Popular Praia de Vale do Lobo and Praia da Falésia are both within splashing distance to the west.

The gorgeous scenery surrounding Martinhal Resort was made for enjoyment. Activities like cycling tours, horse rides, boat trips and water sports of every description promise a new outdoor antic every day. In fact, Martinhal Resort can organise many of them for you!

From kayaking through hidden caves to spotting birds on a segway tour of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, Martinhal Resort’s stellar selection of activities gives you the freedom to build your perfect holiday. And if that involves golf then you’re in the right place – Quinta do Lago has three award-winning courses to choose from.

Yet lazy days are just as appealing as action-packed ones. With an on-site spa, sunny pools and landscaped gardens to hand, the hardest part of your villa holiday may be deciding what to do first.

The superior shops close to Martinhal Resort are typical of this classy corner of the Algarve. The pretty mall of Quinta Shopping is an easy 10-minute drive away and focuses mainly on fashion. Swing by for designer labels, a smattering of lunch spots and some surprisingly fine architecture.

Even more choice awaits just up the road at MAR Shopping Algarve, a giant of a centre jam-packed with high street brands and restaurants. However, if all you need are some top notch ingredients to stock the kitchen of your rental villa, Martinhal Resort has that covered too.

Mercado Deli is the resort’s very own mini grocery store. Making self-catering a stitch, it sells everything from store cupboard essentials to ready meals you can devour back at base.

Follow your nose to Martinhal Resort’s eateries for tasty treats on the doorstep of your holiday home. M Bar and Gelateria serves poolside snacks, refreshing drinks and, perhaps the ultimate holiday thrill, homemade ice cream throughout the day. Yum!

O Terraço restaurant is your go-to for buffet breakfasts and, during the summer months, freshly-cooked Portuguese fare overlooking the pool. Meanwhile, the on-site bakery is a must if you fancy warm croissants every morning. Quite frankly, who doesn’t?

Beyond the resort, Quinta do Lago’s gourmet restaurants are a masterclass of indulgence. Many international cuisines are represented but melt-in-the-mouth seafood is a regional speciality – best washed down with a chilled glass of Portuguese wine.

For a luxury family holiday in the Algarve, you’d be hard-pressed to beat Martinhal Resort. Family-friendly villas with private pools, unlimited WiFi and spacious living areas are just the beginning of the benefits this child-centric retreat has in store.

Friendly staff deliver a daily programme of activities, the games consoles and table tennis in the ‘Blue Room’ will attract older children, while the Kids Club is a great place for your little ones to make friends. Outdoors, the grounds are sprinkled with imaginative play areas, including trampolines and a converted VW camper van that doubles as a play area.

From two bedroom townhouses to five bedroom villas, there’s room for all sizes of family to stay. You never know, with so much to keep the kids occupied, you may even get to enjoy some much-needed ‘me time’!



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