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Martinhal Hotels road trip: second stop Cascais

3 May 2017
Martinhal Cascais resort villa
Our next Martinhal destination is only a 30 minutes drive from Lisbon’s Chiado base to the seaside of Cascais – another nobility favourite. The charming village of Cascais, located along the Atlantic Ocean, is to Lisbon what the Hampton’s is to New York. Affluent.
There is so much to see and do, also in the surrounding like Sintra and Estoril, that it deserves a dedicated blog post. Will add that to my list.
First some r & r (no, not rules & regulations but rest & relaxation) at Martinhal Cascais Resort after a round of seaside links golf.
Martinhal Cascais family hotel

Martinhal Resort in Cascais

This modern resort with 72 rooms and 12 white, clean design villas is located in a garden filled with pine trees. An open place, connected to the outside with floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere. Elevators included. First thing that comes in mind is serenity.
The staff is friendly and service minded, they genuinely want to make the guests feel at home. The hotel is almost fully booked but you could have fooled me, tranquility is the word here.
A 5* luxury complex where your room is serviced while you have breakfast or dinner. It may sound simple but this can be classified under hidden luxury.

Martinhal Cascais Bedroom

Cascais Bed and Bathroom

Our double room (no. 135) is on the ground floor and our terrace faces the adjacent golf course. Mr. B likes that!
Again a huge double bed but not only that, also the modern white bathroom is quite spacious. Separate shower, separate toilet, large bath ànd double white marble sink. More than enough space to stash my beauty aids. Also worth noting is the soothing blueish chromotherapy light in the bathroom.
The hotel is family orientated, there even is a baby-concierge who will arrange all your needs prior to arrival to have it ready in your room.
Healthy, fresh sea air makes sleeping with the sliding doors open twice as good. Did I mention it is so quiet?

Martinhal Cascais kid club

Kids playground

Walking around the Kids Club, opposite the main entrance, makes me wish to be 10 years old again. I would have loved this place!
The Martinhal Cascais Kids Club is huge, with over 700 square metres of play space. The various areas have been created to interest and stimulate different age groups, from the needs of babies up to teens there is a full range of toys, playthings, creative areas and entertainment – from playmats to PlayStation’s.
The car theme in Cascais is a bright green VW – surfboards on the roof – van where kids can play and sit behind the wheel. Needless to state its popularity.
There are things to do that suit all ages: mountain bikes, surf lessons, hiking trails,  a football and basketball court and private kids pool. As are get-together activities for young and old.

Martinhal Finisterra Spa

Spa or Beach?

For me, that’s a rhetorical question. The Finisterra (end of the earth) Spa is in the wellness center, next to the well-equipped gym (not calling my name) and indoor pool.  This is the are for relaxing moments after exercising. The sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and sensation shower are conveniently located in the same area.
I booked an anti-aging organic seaweed facial. This after intensely studying the spa menu, one of my favourite menus.
Most treatments (including purifying facials for teenagers) are inspired by Voya’s Irish origins, providing wellbeing and health-boosting moments.
The treatment room is spacious, music not too loud and the hands of Andrea very skilled. It was only after my face was wrapped in green seaweed ribbons – impossible to talk – that I realised I forgot to ask her if she would make a photo. Next time.
After the treatment herbal tea is served in the relaxing room overlooking the pool and garden.

Martinhal Oitavos Golf Cascais

Oitavos Golf Course

Next to the Martinhal Hotel are two golf courses. We played Oitavos Dunes, a links course with white sandy grounds (not talking about bunkers, just mentioning the rough), numerous pine trees and rolling slopes. Already quite a challenge on a windless day.
In our case we were fighting the elements, heavy wind force! As in drive straight and end up totally on the left outside the fairway. Or right. A severe punishment for a good shot!
The views of the Atlantic Ocean are great, specially on the higher level holes at the far end of the course. The par 3 14th is a real tester, a deep valley lures. You might consider taking a club extra, there is space enough on the hidden green.
Warning: Oitavos is popular with large groups, make sure you do not tee off behind them. It will then take you more than 5 hours.

Martinhal Cascais restaurants

Restaurants on the premises

The hotel has 3 restaurants in the style that guests of Martinhal know and love: O Terraço, Os Gambozinos and M-Bar. They are a recurring factor, I recognised the M-bar from Lisbon.
O Terraço – modern, white interior – delivers an extended buffet breakfast as well as dinner featuring some typical Portuguese dishes. Here you also find a children’s corner behind a green plants wall where staff entertain little ones while parents finish their meal.
We enjoyed lunch outside on the terrace of Os Gambozinos. This restaurant serves Italian flavours such as pizza and pasta, I opted for grilled veggies with quinoa.
First time ever I noticed a special baby-food menu: a choice of freshly made fruit or vegetable purees.

Cascais Mar Do Inferno restaurant

Cascais tips and seafood

Apart from in-resort dining, a large part of the Cascais experience is dining at one of the acclaimed restaurants on the coast. There are so many to choose from!
The following day we opted for lunch at Mar do Inferno, next to the spectacular Boca do Inferno. Or in English, Hell’s  Mouth. Caves, cliffs and panoramic views, you feel the tremendous and frightening impact of the waves.
Back to food. Seafood. This restaurant is family run for over 30 years and has every fish, crustaceans or shellfish you can think of on the menu. We choose a special mixed plate-for-two with lobster, sea bass, clams, gamba’s and shrimps. To avoid stress of choice. Accompanied with vegetables and small potatoes with skin on, baked in olive oil. Typical Portuguese.
And dessert? Check for yourself. I say nothing. #cheesecake

It’s time to pack, leave this lovely place behind and head for the most South Western part of Europe, Sagres.

Martinhal road trip
first stop : Chiado Lisbon
second stop: Cascais
final stop : Sagres

Martinhal Cascais Boca do Inferno

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our stay at the Martinhal hotel & resorts is by invitation on behalf of Chapter Fifty. I only accept items or collaborations that answer positive to the question: “does it match my lifestyle and those of my followers?”.
I will not promote anything that I would not wear, eat, sleep or see myself.  Authenticity is very important to me. Words, photos and opinions are my own.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Annelies 3 May 2017 at 11:53

    Let’s go!!!

    Beautiful description of yet another a wonderful part of Portugal, many thanks

  • Reply Karin B. 5 May 2017 at 13:57

    Cascais is always a good idea! Next time together! x Karin

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