Portugal's Top Family-Friendly Hotels

The Penha Longa Resort lies in the mountains surrounding Sintra, Portugal
The Penha Longa Resort lies in the mountains surrounding Sintra, Portugal | Courtesy of Penha Longa Resort / Expedia.com
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29 October 2020

Portugal is an excellent destination for families, with budget-friendly prices, beautiful natural environments, hundreds of miles (kilometres) of pristine beaches, and unique heritage. Many hotels have begun to include extra services for families so that everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday. Here are some hotels throughout Portugal to check out if you’re travelling as a family.

Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites

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The Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites are in the middle of Baixa, Lisbon, within walking distance of all of the area’s popular landmarks and tourist sights, restaurants and traditional cafes. Specifically catering to families with babies and young children, the hotel provides services such as bottle sterilizers and warmers, as well as a playroom with activities for kids up to nine years old. As parents sometimes need a night for themselves, the kids’ club is on hand: it’s like a babysitter and playroom in one, with supervised services both day and night.

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Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort

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Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, Portugal
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The Martinhal Resort chain has plenty to offer, and families heading to Algarve’s wild western coast should consider booking a room further off the beaten path and staying at the five-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort. The area is known as a fishing village, and surfing is a primary attraction for visitors, so it’s a fairly quiet and remote area, especially when compared to other parts of the Algarve. Activities are designed to keep kids busy and include face painting, arts and crafts as well as outdoor treasure hunts.

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Praia Verde Boutique Hotel

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Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, Portugal
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The Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is modern, bright and tranquil and is located amid pine forests and near the southernmost border with Spain. Close to the beach and with a hotel restaurant available, there may be no reason to leave, and the family suites even come with panoramic views of the stunning surroundings. Families can also avail themselves of a kids’ corner, picnic baskets, horse riding, movies and much more.

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The Yeatman Hotel

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The Yeatman Hotel, Portugal
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If you’re the kind of family who wants five-star luxury, friendly kids’ services and pet-friendly accommodations, look into The Yeatman Hotel in Vila Nova da Gaia, just a hop, skip and a jump from Porto. Not only is there a kids’ club that’s free to guests, but parents will be able to book a sitter before heading out – perhaps to the nearby wineries to sample Porto’s finest? The 83-room hotel has two pools on-site, as well as pet-sitting services. Being close to Porto, just across the Ponte Dom Luís I, also means that it’s conveniently located for sightseeing.
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Be Live Family Palmeiras Village Hotel

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Be Live Family Palmeiras Village, Portugal
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Located in the Algarve, the Be Live Family Palmeiras Village Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach and a short drive from Albufeira on one side and Portimão on the other side. Family rooms include views of the sea, and the Better Together Family Room is designed completely with children in mind, from the colourful decor to the child-friendly amenities.

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Penha Longa Resort

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Penha Longa Resort, Portugal
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The Penha Longa Resort lies in the mountains surrounding UNESCO-listed Sintra, 30-minutes from Lisbon, and sits next to a 14th-century monastery. Stay in a family suite that can accommodate seven, with interconnecting rooms and a balcony overlooking the forested hills. Kid-friendly touches include indoor and outdoor pools, a playground, kids’ clubs and even popcorn and candyfloss at tea time. Adults will love the spa, tennis courts, fitness centre and two golf courses.
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Quinta Da Comporta

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This converted rice farm draws inspiration from surrounding nature, with thatched roofs and high wooden ceilings, woven reed baskets and white-washed walls. The infinity pool takes centre stage, overlooking fields of swaying rice, which you can also marvel at from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort’s three-bed villas are perfect for families, featuring private gardens with refreshing pools. Quinta Da Comporta is set in the village of Carvalhal in the Comporta region and has its own spa.
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Additional reporting by Amy Blyth

These recommendations were updated on October 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.