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Martinhal Cascais Family Friendly Hotel Nr Lisbon Portugal

At February half term we had a brilliant 4 days in Lisbon as guests of Martinhal Family Resorts and Apartments.  Compelled to return to Portugal at February Half Term after a fantastic February trip in 2016 to Martinhal Sagres and Quinta , together with very cheap flights (£250 return for 5 with Easyjet) we were not disappointed.

When we arrived at Martinhal Cascais we had already spent an amazing two nights at Martinhal Chiado in the centre of Lisbon so had become accustomed to the wonderful service and beautiful surroundings you find yourselves in when you book a Martinhal holiday.

We took an arranged transfer between the two properties (recommended as it is only 30 minutes and the cars have car seats for the kids and ours even had a DVD player – Frozen once again!) so we arrived by 11am giving us the rest of the day to relax.

Martinhal Cascais is on the outskirts of Lisbon and is a new addition to the Martinhal portfolio which means that if you’re a fan of the original in Sagres you will notice some similarities, and things are changing every day to bring the property into line with the Martinhal brand.

We were greeted warmly and kindly by the reception team and the first thing I noticed was the stunning reception area. The entrance space is huge, white and very stylish, I wanted to dive into that couch, and don’t tell anyone but the kids actually did!

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The first thing the kids noticed was the huge playground just opposite reception, and in front of the equally huge kids club!  It was literally bags into our room and a “Mummy can we go and play in the playground now please Mummy, can we???”.  I don’t blame them though do you? Loads for them to do and at the time of year we visited. It was empty!

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The kids club itself, is in what was once the golfers club house when this was a golfing hotel.  You can see the building on the middle image above.  The building houses the M Bar (for snacks and drinks) and three kids clubs in Peak Season (only one was operational for all the kids in February as that was all that was needed). One for babies, for 1- 5 year olds and a club for the older kids.  It was light and bright and airy and absolutely full of things to do.  This was where the evening pyjama club would be but we didn’t need to use it.

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What was also quite special during our stay, and what I felt went over and above the call of duty was when we hadn’t booked the kids into kids club and were lying out in the playground with them, and one of the staff came out and asked if she could take them to play football. She didn’t need to do it but I was really impressed with the gesture. The kids loved it too and I got chance to read some of my book!

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Our room for the two nights was in the main hotel on the ground floor. Our room faced inwards to the nicely landscaped gardens and we had a nice patio area to sit on outside too.

There are a variety of rooms in the hotel. Simple doubles with ample room for a travel cot. Double rooms with pull down bunk beds, which can be pushed back up for more space when not in use. Suites with a clever screen between the two ‘areas’ to help keep sleeping areas separate, interconnecting rooms as we had, and two bedroom villas in the grounds.

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All an equally decent size with lovely bathrooms and lots of space for the kids.  The pull down bunk beds are a fantastic idea. You can find these in Chiado and Sagres too.

We loved the huge baths in ours! You could easily fit 3 kids in and me!  Tip: The Villas don’t have baths, just showers but a baby bath can be provided on request.

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Martinhal Cascais has three swimming pools, one large pool that opens between June and September, a pool right next to the Kids Club building which is being renovated this month (March) and due to open before Easter which will be heated, and the spa pool which was open when we visited in February.

When shown the spa pool the staff told us that the outside pool wasn’t heated and would be too cold to use: that didn’t however put mine of from using it and just running back into the warmth of the hot tub afterwards!

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This pool got a little busy towards the end of the day when all the kids had come back from whatever they were doing that day but it was a quiet time of year, so not too bad, and as you can see one time we had it all to ourselves!

A lovely added touch of the spa element to the hotel is robes and flip flops. Mine loved them! Teasing me when I wanted to take a lovely photo of them all!

I also enjoyed a lovely relaxing massage in the Finisterra Spa and it was beautifully designed, peaceful and quiet. I just wish I’d had longer to dwell in the relaxation room.

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As we were only in Cascais for two nights we weren’t very adventurous, but we did get the free shuttle down to the centre one morning and have a paddle on the beach.  There are bikes you can hire from reception too and quiet roads/cycle paths to cycle along if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous.

For me the beach wasn’t stunning, I think the stunning and wild beaches are the other way, and if I was going to stay in Cascais for a week or so, I think I’d hire a car and do some exploring up the coast.  That being said the girls threw off their trainers (Bobux if you love them as much as we do!), hitched up their dresses and made sure they got in for paddle!  We enjoyed an ice cream in town and a wander through the town before heading back to Martinhal for an afternoon in the playground and the pool.

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We stayed at Martinhal on a half board basis and that entitled us to breakfast, and lunch or dinner.  I can highly recommend you use the half board for dinner as the food in O Terraco is lovely, you get a 3 course meal, and the kids club staff have an area set aside that your kids can play in whilst you are waiting for your food.  Ours ended up having their main meal with our starter and then happily enjoyed playing, colouring and laughing whilst we ate the rest of our meal.  It was possibly a little noisy to have the kids in the same room as this more formal restaurant rather than the more relaxed Italian next door, but this is a family friendly hotel after all.

The food menu for the kids is excellent and all allergies and dietary requirements are more than catered for with menus marked up as free from gluten, dairy etc.  On behalf of a guest who I know is visiting I also asked about types of milk and they advised that they get in various types of soya, almond, and lactose free milks every day. Just mention it to them when booking, or before you visit.

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We whiled away some happy hours over dinner whilst the kids were happy before retiring to bed.

On our last day the staff at breakfast were kind to us and opened the buffet at just before 7, ahead of their usual 7.30am opening time so we could eat breakfast before heading back to the airport.  A breakfast hamper is however also available.  Apologies were provided ahead of time for hot food possibly not being available until 7.30am but in fact they made sure there was, and the kids enjoyed some wonderful Portuguese pancakes before we left.  Breakfast basically includes anything you could think of, and I think its always sign of a luxurious breakfast when you spot that champagne is available, even if you decide not to have any.

We had a wonderful relaxing stay at Martinhal Cascais and combined with Martinhal Chiado had a wonderful half term trip.

Martinhal Cascais isn’t far at all from the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Sintra,  we visited from Lisbon itself but you can definitely visit from Cascais. Here’s our video of our day out.

Linking this post up with Mummy Travels & Wander Mum with #CityTripping and Flying with a Baby & Plutonium Sox #familytraveltips

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37 Comments

  1. March 21, 2017 at 9:24 am — Reply

    it looks great! #citytripping
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  2. March 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    Sounds like my perfect hotel: luxurious and family friendly! The rooms look fantastic too – i love the idea of pull-down bunk beds. Helpful staff who go out of their way to make your family feel special can make all the difference to a great family hotel. #citytripping
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  3. March 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    I sooo want to visit Lisbon, and this hotel looks great! I really enjoyed following your Lisbon adventures on Instagram, so it is great to read this full blog post. #citytripping

  4. March 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Looks fabulous. My kids are real joiners in so they would love the kids club and all the activities. I’m interested in doing a 2 centre with this and the Lisbon resort next year. #CityTripping

  5. March 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    I loved the original Martinhal resort so I’ve been really intrigued by the two new ones – Cascais is always fun for a beachy break too (I have to check out the bargain easyJet flights) although you’re right that there are some fabulous wild coves further west. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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  6. March 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Wow Karen, the Martinhal does it again. It looks an absolute treat for children and very appealing to adults too. I love how the staff are so attentive and played football with your girls. Places that nail the personal touch are real gems. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  7. March 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    Wow, this looks absolutely incredible! I love that they actively welcome children rather than just tolerating them. It’s brilliant that it’s upmarket as well as family friendly. We’re still toying with the idea of going away somewhere sunny this year, so we’ll definitely look into booking this if we do, it looks perfect. Thanks so much for linking up with #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

  8. March 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    Portugal remains high on my list of places I must visit and Martinhal look like the perfect people to stay with. What a great half term you had exploring their hotels #citytripping
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  9. March 27, 2017 at 9:43 am — Reply

    Travelling with a baby I think makes a heated pool an essential! Easy to overlook in hot countries #mondayescapes
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  10. March 27, 2017 at 10:53 am — Reply

    The Martinhal properties look amazing – they seem to do a great job combining luxury with family-friendly facilities. Portugal is high on our list of places to visit and we might be there sometime next year – will definitely keep Martinhal in mind. Enjoyed your photos of the hotel too. #MondayEscapes

  11. March 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Sounds like a lovely, fun hotel. #mondayescapes
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  12. March 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    It looks like a great hotel and so child friendly. Looks like you all had a great half-term. #mondayescapes. I like the way you organised the photos.

  13. March 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    The Martinal Cascais looks like a great family friendly hotel – love the playroom and pool areas. #mondayescapes

  14. March 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    OMGosh! My kids would love it there! What a fun place for a family to stay! #MondayEscapes

  15. March 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    It sounds like there are many unique and individual touches to this hotel which inspire me to go there. You’re right that the great beaches near Cascais are the other way, we spent 6 days in Cascais last summer and found some of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve seen in Europe about 15 mins from the town. #mondayescapes
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  16. March 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    Such beautiful photos, Portugal is just stunning, made when better when staying in such luxurious and gorgeous accommodation! #mondayescapes
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  17. March 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    Looks like a great place to go with kids – so light there and so much for them to do! #MondayEscapes
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  18. March 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Nice hotel and family vacay! #MondayEscapes

  19. March 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    Firstly, wow how did you get such good prices for half term?!?! I am a school teacher so can only travel during the half terms and flights are always soooo expensive!

    Looks like you had an incredible time in Portugal – Lisbon has been on my bucket list for some time now! Thanks for sharing!

    #mondayescapes

  20. March 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    This all looks blissfully relaxing. I love the fact that a member of staff came over to play football with your girls. Things like that can really help a holiday run smoothly. #MondayEscapes
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  21. March 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    Oh wow this looks amazing fun and what a lovely touch with the football too. I’m so impressed it looks warm there in February half term too #mondayescapes

  22. March 27, 2017 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    This looks pretty perfect to me! Sounds like they helped make your stay really special. Love all the extra touches and the food looks great too. Great bargain on flights…well done! #mondayescapes

  23. March 28, 2017 at 1:58 am — Reply

    Looks like so much fun. I want to go spend a month in Portugal at the beach, but we’d need a quick sojourn in Lisbon. Perhaps the perfect place with a toddler! #mondayescapes

  24. March 28, 2017 at 2:03 am — Reply

    This place looks like paradise! When I travel, I tend plan out most of my days. I would like to have a vacation with more relaxing days (especially in Europe). Looks like this resort would help me to do that. #MondayEscapes
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  25. March 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    This looks like a fantastic place to stay with kids. I wish all hotels had these kinds of facilities! #MondayEscapes

  26. March 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm — Reply

    This place looks fabulous. So modern and stylish and really well thought out. My little boy would love it.

  27. March 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    Seriously considering this place as an option for a trip to Lisbon, it looks so family friendly! 🙂 #mondayescapes

  28. March 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm — Reply

    It looks so amazing and I would love to visit Lisbon, the boys love city breaks so this would be great and the accommodation looks beautiful x

  29. March 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    Oh wow! Looks amazing! Everything is so bright, fresh and clean. And so much for the kids to do. Ideal for families! #MondayEscapes

  30. March 29, 2017 at 4:10 am — Reply

    I love how clean, simple, and bright it looks. And wow, so many amazing facilities for kids!
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  31. March 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    Popping over again from #MondayEscapes and I had time to watch your video this time. Sintra looks like a fab place to explore but maybe a bit to hairy for my girls at the moment 🙂

  32. March 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    This is making me so excited: we’ll be in the very same hotel in less than a month! I had planned a trip to Sintra but I must be honest: with that playground and facilities, I doubt we will leave the hotel 🙂

  33. March 30, 2017 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    Looks like they’ve had great fun. #MondayEscapes

  34. March 30, 2017 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    I love how family friendly this place is, and what a great price on your flights there too! The pool and playground is perfect for kids.
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  35. March 31, 2017 at 1:00 am — Reply

    Looks lovely, total decadence for a short holiday.
    Love the Combe in the kids club, my son would love it 🙂
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  36. April 2, 2017 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    sounds like a great place to holiday with children and looks so well organised that I wouldn’t mind going there without kids either

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