The huge site is divided up with two parts: a resort and a hotel both of which are clearly set apart in the style of accommodations; the more conventional blocks of rooms sitting side by side in the resort part and lovely rectangular sea facing ocean houses make up the hotel part. For sea views, the hotel is the best spot, although depending on how near you are to the main outdoor pool, it can be a little noisy for those of you dreaming of an afternoon siesta out on the terrace.
When we stayed at the hotel, there were two separate entrances - one to the resort, which is more family oriented, and one for the hotel, aimed at adults. However, all the resort facilities are shared and there isn't really a divide once checked in. Our host also mentioned that Martinhal was going to be more exclusively a family resort.
The defining feature of the resort hotel, is its beautiful garden that have been kept semi wild, giving the site a more natural and authentic character than other resorts. For guests lucky enough to grab a room facing the sea up on the cliff as opposed to within the resort itself, will feel like the luckiest holidaymakers in the region, as the sea view is beautiful.
In terms of facilities on site, the Martinhal has it all. A shop selling tasteful souvenirs to bring back home, a deli, an outdoor playground for young children, a large health club with a gym and indoor pool and exercise classes are organised daily (book as much in advance as possible). A kids' club with plenty of activities is complimentary for young children and teenagers also have their own room with computers, video games, cinema evenings and other events. There are also several multisport courts and a full-size tennis club.