Martinhal Family Resorts

If you thought swanky hotels with your little kids is a no-go or actually relaxing on holiday with your toddler is impossible think again. We are just back from a lovely week in Portugal, staying at two very different Martinhal family resorts, one in Chiado in the city of Lisbon and the other on the coast in Cascais. And after this trip I promise you it is possible and to also be able to explore the local culture, which is a dream.

We flew to Lisbon, myself, hubby and two kids (2 and 7 years), we were picked up at the airport by a lovely driver in an air conditioned Mercedes with two car seats already at the ready and water for us all. The flight I won't lie was hard work Rocco decided to scream from Essex most of the trip and we were both a tad stressed by the time we reached Lisbon but by the time we had arrived at our first resort in Cascais how our day changed. The hotel are incredible with kids, across from the reception is a massive playground, football pitch, sandpits and trampolines but most important of all they are insanely secure which just instantly fills us parents with a sign of relief. You have to use your room key twice to get through security to the playground and kids club! Yea love this place even more. So outside theres everything your kids could want to make them happy and they're secure but the best bit there's a lovely little restaurant above the playground and kids club with food, wines, beers and ice-cream. Kids get to play and run free while we get to drink white in the sun and chill on the oversized bean bags, perfection.

In the stunning minimalist rooms the bathrooms are massive and again they thought or think of everything, the cot was ready and waiting for us, their were nappy bins in the bathroom and the balcony was extra high glass so little explorers like my adventurous 2 year old can't climb over. They have all the provisions in a stunning setting a family could ask for. There's a choice of restaurants, either M Bar a cafe style restaurant, Portuguese or Italian and ingeniously between the two restaurants they have a play area in side with a member of the Kids Club watching over your littles ones and while they play you can order food and when its there the kids can come and