Five-star Portuguese resort offers fall, winter specials

If you are planning a fall or winter getaway that truly gets you away, the five-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort in Portugal may be precisely what you’re seeking.

With one of the most temperate climates in Europe, Portugal is considered by many to be an ideal vacation destination, whether winter or summer.

Martinhal Beach Room, Martinhal Beach Resort, Portugal
Martinhal Beach Room
Daytime temperatures range in the low to mid-60s in the winter months, and mid-70s to mid-80s in the summer months. Coupled with ocean temperatures that are warmer than the Pacific, there is little wonder that the area has earned the sobriquet, “The California of Europe.”

To encourage visitors from the U.S. to head across the pond and see what Portugal has to offer, the Martinhal Sagres Resort is offering two-night, four-night, and seven-night specials for stays from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2017, excluding the last three days of December. Rates range from €92 per adult per night to €198 per adult per night, depending on the package and accommodations selected. At today’s exchange rates, that equates to approximately US$103.50 to $223.

Accommodations range from a beach room at the Hotel Martinhal to one-, two- and three-bedroom houses in Martinhall Village.

All packages are “half-board” that include breakfast and either lunch or dinner, excluding beverages. They also include use of the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna at Finisterra Spa as well as the indoor/outdoor heated pool. Stays also include a one-hour tennis or paddle tennis court rental per day, complimentary Kids Club access and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort.

The view from O Terraço restaurant, Martinhal Resort, Portugal
The view from O Terraço restaurant
Gustatorially, the resort offers several restaurants with a variety of cuisine. The O Terraço restaurant is located on the first floor of five-star Hotel Martinhal and offers stunning views of the ocean and Martinhal beach.

The As Dunas restaurant commands an enviable location overlooking the beach and offers a tempting lunchtime menu, serves snacks during the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Os Gambozinos is an Italian restaurant featuring an a la carte menu with hot and cold antipasti, salads, pasta dishes and a wide range of pizzas and main course daily specials. The property also offers a range of bars and coffee shops.

Activities to suit every taste are on offer, from swimming pools and sport facilities to mountain biking to surfing. Other activities include windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, bodyboarding, fishing trips and dolphin watching, and of course, golf.

Mountain biking at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort, Portugal
Mountain biking at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort
Group classes include pilates, zumba, aqua gym and yoga. Jeep safaris are available, as are diving, horseback riding and personalized tours that cater to the tastes of the individual guests.

Martinhal Sagres Resort in located on the southernmost tip of Portugal’s Atlantic coast, about three hours south of Lisbon and about three hours west of Seville, Spain.

A number of airlines offer direct flights from the states to Portugal, including U.S. carriers American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and United Airlines (NYSE:UAL), and Portuguese airlines TAP Portugal and SATA. Several other airlines, both U.S. and European-flagged carriers, offer connecting flights.

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