Need To Know
37, including two duplex Beach Suites. There are also villas of various sizes, perfect for families. These include 55 Ocean Houses, 28 Bay Houses, 39 Garden Houses and 10 Pinewood Houses.
12 noon (11am if you’re staying in a villa). Earliest check-in, 2pm (3pm if you’re staying in a villa). Times can be flexible subject to availability and a charge; for early/late arrivals, there's a changing room and use of the hotel facilities.
Double rooms from £159.85 (€185), including tax at 6 per cent.
Rates for Beach Rooms and Suites usually include breakfast. For guests staying in the Houses, breakfast costs €20 for adults, €10 for under-12s (free for babies and toddlers). Children Under-2s stay free in cots; extra beds for under-12s are €60 a night.
All areas of the hotel are pushchair/wheelchair-friendly. Some rooms have bathrooms adapted for wheelchair users. If you prefer a little more privacy, in-room beauty treatments include manicures, pedicures and waxing. Pilates and yoga sessions can also be arranged.
At the hotel
Five swimming pools, restaurants, bars, spa, gym, crèche, kids club, public beach with lifeguards and watersports centre, gardens, playground, tennis courts, bicycles to borrow, grocery store, valet parking, DVD library (rental €10 a day) and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen satellite TV with on-demand films, Bose iPod dock, Voya toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar with free bottled water (villas also have fully fitted kitchens with fridge-freezers, coffee machines, washer-dryers; bathrobes and slippers in bathrooms, plus daily maid service and evening turn-down).
Our favourite rooms
The spacious House villas in Martinhal Village are ideal for families – with one, two or three bedrooms, they all have fully equipped kitchens and outdoor space in the form of a balcony, terrace or private garden. Some, such as the Deluxe villas in Pinewood House, have their own private (and gated) swimming pools, too. Decor throughout is colourful and contemporary, with natural materials and clean-lined furnishings.
Get ready to be happy: there are no less than five pools gracing the resort, so you’ll never be short of a sunlounger and always be able to pick somewhere calm or more chaotic, depending on whether you’re without the kids or with. The main pools are at the beach club and the main square. For toddlers, try the baby Oasis Pool within the Garden Houses area or the baby pool at Club 98. The latter club also has a large pool popular with teens who come for a dip and stay to chat with new friends over snacks at its adjacent bar.
The Finisterra Spa is an all-natural affair (timber interiors, 100 per cent organic Voya products, herbal facials and ayurvedic massage). You’ll find six treatment rooms set around an inner garden (one is suitable for couples) plus a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Opt either for a babysitter (the more advanced your booking, the better) or leave the kids at the crèche. Alternatively, simply bring them along: various family, tween and teen pampering packages are offered alongside baby-massage sessions for parents with newborns.
Don’t forget to pack flat shoes for you and something more sturdy than Crocs for the kids if you think you might go walking in the neighbouring national park. Wetsuits are useful for little ones, especially in shoulder season.
It pays to be organised, particularly during peak season, if you can anticipate wanting dinner for two and a babysitter on your first night, book it before you dig out your passport, along with any spa treatments you’ll be requiring to get your body bikini-ready. The crèche, kids' clubs and tennis academies are very popular in high season; book your spaces in advance.
The hotel relies on solar power, and was built using natural materials; organic local produce features in the restaurant and the hotel is involved in conservation projects.