Vibe: A cosy eco-retreat with a big heart.

Setting: A rambling farm wrapped in 28 hectares of eucalyptus forest, 10 minutes’ drive from three stunning beaches.

Why parents love it: Owners Jorge and Sofia, who have two children themselves, love to host families. Swim in the spring-fed eco-pool, arrange a massage, or seek out hammocks hidden among the trees.

Why kids love it: There’s lots to do: visit the free-range pigs, play in the Wendy house, try your hand at archery, and borrow bikes to explore the surrounding forest. The nearby sandy beaches have shallows and rockpools for little ones, as well as great surfing conditions for older kids.

Insider tip: Ask Sofia about the more secret local beaches. She has a wealth of info, but prefers to tell guests on a one-to-one basis, to prevent word getting out!

Find out more: i-escape.com

READER OFFER: 5 nights for the price of 4; from £48 per room per night. Book through i-escape to get a free fruit basket and traditional Portuguese chocolate bars.