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 with Martinhal Cascais.
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!
The first thing the kids noticed about Martinhal Cascais 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!
The kids club itself at Martinhal Cascais, 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.
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!
Our room at Martinhal Cascais 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.
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