Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
Portugal is a vibrant, beautiful coastal country with many different regions to visit. On my recent press visit to Portugal, I had the opportunity to check out several different areas of the country, including the beautiful Lisbon suburb of Cascais. This popular vacation spot is located about 20 miles from the capital city, right by the coast. Located in Cascais is the recently-opened Martinhal Cascais Family Resort, which is the perfect place for families to stay. Martinhal has created a brand of hotels made especially for families, so you will always feel comfortable on property. Kids are more than welcomed – they are embraced.
Family Resort in Cascais, Portugual – the Martinhal Cascais Resort
The Martinhal Resort group currently owns three family resorts in Portugal – with one more scheduled to open in July 2016. The Cascais resort is the newest property. All of the resorts specifically cater to families and are great for any family visiting Portugal.
The Family Amenities at the Martinhal Cascais Resort
As a family resort, the Martinhal Cascais offers loads of fabulous amenities for children. The highlight is the various kids’ clubs, which are all located in a separate building steps from the main resort. Children are accepted from age 6 months up, and programs are offered in both the morning and the afternoon. Kids are separated into clubs based upon age, and there are lots of things for the kids to enjoy. A separate fee for the kids’ club applies, and it’s recommended that you make reservations in advance.
There’s also a kids’ concierge that is available for families to access. The kids’ concierge can help provide any baby products that you may need on your vacation, including baby gates and bottle warmers.
Outside the kids’ club building is a courtyard with a trampoline, small ziplines, soccer field, and playground. There’s also a pool located right by the kids’ club. Each of the Martinhal Resorts has a Volkswagen on property where the kids can climb in and play (it’s also a great photo opportunity).
There are several pools that family can choose from, including one indoor pool, and three outdoor pools. The brand-new pool hangout opened during my stay, and I can definitely see it as a place that families can enjoy for the whole day. In addition to a large pool and kids’ pool area, there’s also a splash fountain area.
When children check in to the resort, they are provided with a small drawstring bag. Contents of the bags vary depending on the child’s age, and items include a stuffed fox (the Martinhal mascot Rafi) or a water bottle. Rafi himself makes appearances at the resort.
The Rooms at the Martinhal Cascais Resort
There are several different room options at the Martinhal Cascais Resort, including villas with kitchens, suites, family rooms, and king rooms. Family rooms offer bunk beds that can be stored within the wall during the day. Other room amenities include a large bathtub, shower, comfortable beds, an in-room espresso maker, hairdryer, television, mini bar, and Voya toiletries (which are also available in the spa). My room offered a large balcony with chairs – I easily could have spent the afternoon reading outside.
Restaurants at the Martinhal Cascais Resort
The Martinhal properties all share similar restaurants. In Cascais, there are three restaurant options – the M Bar (located in the kids’ clubhouse), Os Gambozinos (an Italian restaurant offering lunch), and O Terraço (a breakfast and dinner restaurant offering traditional Portuguese cuisine). We dined at all three, and I enjoyed all of the meals. The restaurants offer plenty of kids’ meal options. There’s also a supervised kids’ corner where kids can hang out while parents finish the rest of their meal. It’s a great option for families.
Other Amenities at the Martinhal Cascais Resort
The Martinhal Cascais also offers a number of other amenities. A full-service spa, called the Finisterra Spa, offers beauty treatments, massages, and more. There’s also a steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi that can be used by all guests.
For those guests without a car on property, there’s a shuttle that can take guests to the nearby Guincho Beach as well as the local train station. A visit to the Martinhal Cascais could definitely be combined with trips to nearby Lisbon, as well as to the Algarve. I’ll have a review of the Martinhal Sagres soon. To learn more, visit the Martinhal website.