Now's the time to book family friendly hotels in the Algarve. Portugal has just been given the green light for UK travel from 17 May 2021 and UK flights to the Algarve take from as little as two hours, 45 minutes. So now we can look ahead to summer, take a look at our handpicked selection of luxury resorts for the beachiest and best family holidays in Portugal this year.
Martinhal Sagres is located on Portugal’s eastern Algarve coast. Choose to stay in a stylish apartment or modern hotel room. Even the design of the hotel has kids at its heart. Surfaces have rounded edges to prevent knocks and bumps and little touches like toddler-height bannisters mean parents can relax. It's also one of the best family friendly hotels in the Algarve for breaks with babies as you can pre-book equipment to ensure hassle-free travelling. Martinhal Sagres has five kids clubs and sporty families will love activities ranging from football and tennis to swimming and surfing - under the guidance of qualified instructors. Older kids will like The Blue Room, with its video games and table football. Families have a choice of five swimming pools plus water sports centre and bike station. And there’s even a hi-tech gym and soothing spa: grown up time also matters at family friendly hotels in the Algarve
Award-winning Pine Cliffs is one of the most popular family friendly hotels in the Algarve. It has its own cooking school (kids welcome), a golf course, large spa, nine restaurants, an Annabel Croft tennis academy and many beach sports. As its name suggests, Pine Cliffs sits on a clifftop overlooking Falesia Beach. Lively Albufeira town is nearby and the resort is bright and traditionally Portuguese in style. The vast kids club, Porto Pirata, is designed for kids aged six months to eight years and as well as volleyball, mini car track, a bouncy castle and mini golf it also has a swimming pool and playground complete with two pirate ships.
Conrad Algarve looks like an 18th-century Portuguese palace but is really one of the most family friendly hotels in the Algarve. It’s close to the Atlantic Ocean, with a shuttle service that runs regularly to beaches and nearby golf courses. All 154 luxurious rooms are calm and elegant, with private balconies overlooking open countryside. There's also a pool deck with cabanas, as well as four swimming pools, tennis facilities, a gym and large spa featuring holistic therapies. Restaurants here are fantastic too. The Conrad Algarve can organise family experiences like beachcombing, hiking the Ria Formosa nature reserve and catamaran sailing. Plus its kids club for three to 12 years old was actually designed by children, for children: another nice touch that puts this resort up top on the list of family friendly hotels in the Algarve.
Aquashow Park Hotel is a dream resort for families who like the thrills and spills of a water park. A stay here gives complimentary access to a huge water park with scarily high rides and slides plus a mini train, Jacuzzi, lazy river and shows for younger guests. Late in 2019, an indoor water park, Tropical Paradise, will also open for even more watery fun. Back at the hotel, there’s an indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, playground and gym for all to enjoy. The beach is 4.5km away though so you’ll need to take public transport if you want a day at the beach. Aquashow Park Hotel has 148 rooms, with connecting rooms available for families who want a little extra space.
Families can enjoy some luxury in the Algarve at the five-star Anatara Vilamoura. This family-friendly golf resort has 280 large rooms, modern-Portuguese in style. Choose from five blissful pools to swim in or rest in one of the poolside cabanas available to guests. Kids are treated like royalty here, with their own dedicated check in and welcome gift, family dining areas and personalised meals for babies and toddlers and around-the-clock babysitters. The Adventurers Kids Club and Teens Club are run by Worldwide Kids, a world-class childcare company. There’s complimentary yoga, pilates and tai chi for parents and access to the aqua parks for the whole family. Families may also want to go horse riding in Formosa Natural Park or out onto the ocean to look for wild dolphins.
Be Live Family Palmeiras Village perches next to one of the Algarve’s best beaches; Vila Senhora da Rocha in the village of Poche. This all-inclusive hotel is ideal for families wanting some affordable comfort. Family rooms are spacious and modern and two buffet restaurants plus an Asian, Brazilian and seafood restaurant provide a great range of choice of dining options. There are bars and a nightclub for evening entertainment. During the day, the hotel puts on a wide programme of activities for all the family. Sports fans will like the gym, adult and kids pools, bike rental, water sports, basketball and tennis courts. A golf course is a few kilometres away for swing practice too. A mini club for four to eight-year-olds runs daily and there’s a maxi club for nine to 12-year-olds.
The Hilton Vilamoura in The Algarve features six lake-sized pools with waterfalls and bridges and lush landscaped gardens. The resort is located next to the nature reserve Ria Formosa and by pretty Falesia Beach. Rooms are modern and decorated in soothing colours. There are two golf courses close by to practise your swing. Portugal’s largest spa, the Seven Spa, is a welcome addition for tired parents, thanks to its luxury facilities and many treatments. The Hilton Vilamoura has a large kids club, Paradise Island, with a swimming pool, playground, zip wire and pirate ships to keep young guests amused. Babysitting can also be arranged.