Husband and wife Instagram and blogging team Simon and Clemmie Hooper (@father_of_daughters and @mother_of_daughters) have now returned with their four girls from the stunning Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort in Algarve, Portugal. So what did they think of their first ever Destinology experience?
At Martinhal Sagres, Simon, Clemmie and their four adventurous children found plenty of fun to be had. Most importantly they found that Martinhal allowed them to be a family and enjoy time together in an understanding and superbly-equipped environment.
Who needs the gym when you're carrying these two around? Apparently there is a gym here but I forgot my gym kit and trainers ?? so instead I've booked myself into the spa for a massage this afternoon ???????????? @martinhal @destinologyholidays #luxuryholidays #familyholidays #martinhal #destinology #californiaofeurope #sagres #algarve #portugal
These are the main reasons why our family found this holiday successful – in no particular order!
- Martinhal supply swim nappies
- Destinology booked the kids’ club in advance, a great help
- They do supervised water fights
- Martinhal provide doggie bags for booze – perfect for parents who have to leave a bar in a hurry!
- You can get surf lessons on the beach which are great for building confidence in the water and, of course, tremendous fun
- Wide open beaches and good breezes perfect for kite flying
- Large accommodations that make you feel at home with plenty of space to do your own thing
- A place where you won’t be judged for having a toddler who may act like a toddler, especially when in a high chair!
- Staff who understand and offer to take photos when they see you struggling. It’s all an attitude thing which you rarely find
- Perfect combination of warm with a nice breeze and safe water or pools to cool down in
- A place where the kids are likely to make friends
- It’s a holiday for parents too, so a good babysitting service and a spa are always a plus
- A play area that’s adventurous. You haven’t flown hundreds of miles to find a your local park
Day 1: As 2.30pm approached, the sound of crying babies fighting adults in an effort to avoid their afternoon nap, drifted away on the Portuguese breeze to be slowly replaced with the clinking of wine glasses between parents that were now child free for the next couple of hours. Even though @destinologyholidays sorted all the kids club booking for us, we somehow forgot about Anya (parent fail) so with the twins down, Marnie at a massive adult supervised water fight (good thinking @Martinhal) & @mother_of_daughters sunning herself in peace with a book she won't shut up about ('The girl before' if you're interested), Anya & I did our own thing - perfecting backflips & drinking fizzy drinks (I'm a 10 yr old trapped in a 34 yr olds body). FYI she nailed this one in case you're wondering. #flippingbrilliant #iwantogotokidsclub #backflip #fizzydrinksandbackflips #FatherofDaughters #fod #hoopersontour #fod #dadlife @destinologyholidays #martinhal #destinology #luxuryholidays #familyholidays #californiaofEurope #portugal #sagres #algarve #instadad
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