Serviced stylish apartments set in a stunning townhouse, right in the heart of historical Lisbon. All units (or you could call them homes) showcase their own exclusive interior design, ranging from one to two bedrooms, and every living-room comes furnished with a sofa bed. Daily cleaning, laundry services and breakfast are included, which is a lovely touch.
Gorgeous apartments located in Graça, one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods of Lisbon. The interiors are thoughtfully decorated in natural tones, and the swimming pool will be very welcome after a warm day walking through the hills. There are eight accommodations types, ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. Breakfast is delivered to your door each morning.
Children are central to the property’s philosophy, and there is a kids club open day and night, covering the ages of 6 months up to early teens. Located in Chiado, in the heart of Lisbon, with 37 types of accommodation ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments.
Located in the Lisbon seaside town of Cascais near the beach, Martinhal offers a five-star experience tailored for families. Facilities include a superb kids club and playground, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Finisterra Spa. Suites feature living and dining areas; two-storey villas have kitchens. Room service is available 24/7.
Serviced apartments situated in the residential neighbourhood Foz do Douro, offering sea views and near restaurants and bars. It’s a 15-minute drive to Porto’s centre on the bus or tram (Uber, etc. widely available). Perfect for those who want to stay off the beaten track – away from the tourist crowds yet close to everything.
Armazém Luxury Housing Apartments – Historic Centre
These stylish apartments are run by Armazém Luxury Housing, one of our favourite boutique hotels in Porto (you can read more about the hotel here). The apartments are located just a few metres from the hotel, in the historic centre of the city.
Condes de Azevedo Palace Apartments – Downtown Porto
These serviced apartments are set in a unique renovated 13th-century palace in downtown Porto. There are 19 generously sized apartments and studios, with fully equipped kitchens and access to a shared garden. As a bonus, they offer a 24-hour front-desk service and breakfast is delivered straight to your door.
This two-bedroom villa is housed in the grounds of the boutique hotel Canto de Luz. The villa is an oasis in the heart of the old town, featuring its own dining terrace, a private garden and a small but mighty swimming pool. Also worth mentioning is the homemade breakfast, the daily housekeeping, a 50” smart TV (inc. Netflix), an Xbox with games, a gas BBQ, a bean to cup coffee machine and a music smart speaker.
Designer apartments set in a gorgeous four-storey building in the centre of Porto. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful garden with an iconic pine tree, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the city.
Family-Friendly Hotels and Apartments in the
Martinhal Sagres – Sagres
A five-star family-centred resort in the Algarve overlooking a magnificent beach, offering boutique style rooms and villas with private balconies and terraces. There are 3 restaurants (all with play areas), 4 bars, 5 swimming pools, tennis courts, and various activities for children of all ages.
Muxima is an eco-friendly guesthouse perfectly nestled in a green valley near Aljezur. Here, owners’ Paula and Jelle want to share their great love for wild nature and good food with their guests. The houses are beautifully decorated with items collected from many travels and each room has its own, unique style, and are all surrounded by lush green gardens. Highlights include morning yoga classes, a natural swimming pool, a mostly organic vegetarian breakfast feast and endless adventures on the property climbing trees, swinging ropes or exploring the forest. There’s also a shared living room with a library and a fireplace, to be enjoyed with Portuguese, organic natural wines. There’s plenty of space to chill, run around, play and take a dip.
A four-star design hotel in the Western Algarve town of Sagres, offering 144 rooms and family-friendly suites of one or two bedrooms with kitchenettes. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool with magnificent ocean views, a spa, a gym, and a heated indoor pool. Meanwhile, the children can enjoy themselves at the kid’s club, biking or taking surf classes at the hotel’s own surf centre.
Monte da Vilarinha – Carrapateira, Costa Vicentina
Located in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Monte da Vilarinha enjoys commanding views over the surrounding valley and it’s within reach of the rugged coastline and its beautiful wild beaches. This peaceful boutique stay offers a range of accommodation types from a studio through to three-bedroom houses, all with a kitchen and access to the property’s swimming pool. A locally-sourced breakfast is served daily by the poolside restaurant. The ideal option for families and those seeking outdoor adventures such as surfing, canoeing, cycling and walking.
Aldeia da Pedralva – Vila do Bispo, Costa Vicentina
Located in the countryside near beautiful wild beaches, Aldeia da Pedralva was built from the ruins of an abandoned traditional Portuguese village. The resort offers 50 fully equipped one to three-bedroom cottages, a seasonal swimming pool, and plenty of outdoor activities such as surfing, biking and bird watching. Expect to spot grazing sheep, donkeys and chickens.
This rural boutique hotel is set within the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Eastern Algarve. Conversas de Alpendre offers a variety of stylish suites in a beautifully converted farmhouse, alongside a self-contained apartment which includes an awesome tree house. Breakfast is organic and sourced from local farms, and it’s served on the terrace surrounded by fruit and olive trees for a truly back to nature experience.
A tranquil retreat with a garden and two swimming pools, set among an orange grove in sunny Algarve, a 10-minute drive away from the beautiful beach Praia da Fuseta. There’s also a wide range of activities for both adults and kids, including visiting a nearby farm and meeting the resident animals.
A boutique hotel located in the Eastern Algarve surrounded by a lush pine forest, overlooking the sea. The 40 bright and airy suites all come with a separate living room complete with sofa bed (perfect for children), and a kitchenette. There’s a mix of cultural, playful and gastronomy activities for the whole family to enjoy.
What used to be known to locals as ‘the ugliest building in Faro’ has been brought back to life as a three-storey building with six apartments available to rent. Inspired by the 1970s everything has been impeccably renovated in full respect of its original Mid-Century Modern Design. Each apartment comes with a kitchenette, a private balcony, a shared garden patio and a rooftop to sunbathe and enjoy panoramic views of Faro (outdoor shower included). A truly unique place to stay in Faro.
A rural hotel in Cercal, in Alentejo, surrounded by wonderful scenery, near the spectacular beaches of Costa Vicentina. The Herdade offers several activities including picnics, yoga, surf classes, cooking lessons, and magnificent horse riding.
A 19th-century estate retreat in Alentejo set amidst ancient oaks, olive groves and vineyards. The property offers 40 accommodation units: 22 rooms, two suites, a cottage with one bedroom, 13 cottages with two bedrooms, and two cottages with three-bedrooms; all of which have private terraces. There’s also a restaurant, a spa, a winery, and stables, among other experiences.
This charming boutique farmhouse is located in the heart of the Alentejo coast near the small fishing village Zambujeira do Mar. It consists of 38 houses and studios, with a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by nature.
Old water mills have been turned into a gorgeous trio of whitewashed cottages in the heart of the Alentejo, making it an excellent option for a family or group holiday. The largest villa has three bedrooms. Breakfast is served daily, and meals can be organised upon request. Complimentary bikes are available and the area is popular for hiking, cycling, birdwatching, or stargazing at night.
This charming Alentejo estate offers ten individual houses that sleep up to four people each, plus three smaller studios. Larger groups can also rent the main house, which has three bedrooms and a living room. All the accommodation options have a kitchenette. There’s a shared swimming pool, padel courts, animals and gardens, plus the beach is only a 10-minute walk from Monte da Bemposta. Breakfast is served daily and during lunch and the afternoon there are snacks and drinks available by the pool.
Casas da Lupa is made up of three separate buildings that house four master suites, four suites and three double rooms, all surrounded by a large garden and pool. There’s a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family, from fitness to treasure hunting and wine tasting.
Located in the tranquil Tróia Peninsula, this eco-resort features villas and holiday homes (up to five bedrooms with private pools) that are surrounded by nature with access to indoor and outdoor pools. Only a five-minute walk from the beach. Guests are invited to use sustainable vehicles and enjoy all the facilities, including tennis and paddle-ball courts, access to saunas, steam rooms and the gym.
Four fully equipped seaside cottages with a special twist: white sand instead of traditional floors. These stunning huts are integrated on the natural reserve of the river Sado in Comporta, home to a great variety of wildlife.
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park – Pedras Salgadas
A thermal spa hotel in the form of eco-houses and tree-houses scattered around a centuries-old park. Each eco-house has its own balcony and fully equipped kitchen. If you have ever had treehouse or cabin-in-the-wood fantasies, this is the place for you. The hotel offers complimentary bikes with great trails to ride and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
A majestic palace surrounded by the natural beauty of green parklands. For parents travelling with more than two children, you can request interconnecting rooms. A babysitting service is available on request, and there’s a kids club offering an array of fun activities for the little ones.
A spa retreat hotel nestled in a 19th-century manor house overlooking the vine-covered hills of the Douro Valley. There are 41 guest bedrooms, 9 suites and 7 villas, some with private pools and gardens with sweeping panoramas. The hotel offers a range of fun and quirky workshops for both adults and children.
Overlooking the Atlantic Cabedelo Beach, in Viana do Castelo, this recently opened four-star resort is perfect for those seeking active holidays in Portugal, offering a wealth of fitness activities. The sleek bungalows are ideal for families, and watersports lovers will be in for a treat, as the beach is right on your doorstep. A 40-minute drive from Porto.
Terra Rosa Country House & Vineyards – Ponte de Lima
Terra Rosa Country House & Vineyards is a farm hotel in Ponte de Lima, one of the most characterful and charming towns in northern Portugal. Surrounded by vineyards, this project was born out of the family’s desire to share the beauty of their farm. There are seven rooms, three of which are suites with a living room. Highlights include an outdoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor cinema, various farm activities and a well-curated shop selling furniture, decorative objects and handicrafts.
From the same owners as the nearby Areias do Seixo, Noah is perfect for those looking for some surf action near Lisbon. The hotel offers surf classes, SUP tours, Yoga, complimentary bike hire, and a functional training gym. There’s a skate park and an outdoor pool overlooking the beach.
Areias do Seixo Villas are located on the west coast of Portugal, only a 50-minutes drive north of Lisbon. Boutique hotel Areias do Seixo has created five unique three-bedroom villas, each with an outdoor terrace, a private pool, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Santa Cruz beach is only a 10 minute walk from the villas.
Bear in mind that while the villas are perfect for families, that Areias do Seixo Hotel’s main building (bedrooms, restaurant, spa and outdoor swimming pool) is designed for people over 16 years of age. However, children can access the reception, lobby, bar and terrace areas, between noon and 6pm, namely, for light meals service. Those seeking something more adventurous can also stay a the Shelter, a glamping experience by the lake.
Casa das Penhas Douradas – Manteigas, Serra da Estrela
Breathe in the crisp, clear air of the surrounding Serra da Estrela mountains at this four-star boutique hotel. Inspired by local architecture and constructed using natural materials such as cork and wood.
Expect laid back vibes, a rooftop pool and creative rooms at this family-friendly boutique surf lodge in Peniche’s little gem Baleal, just across from the beach. There are one to two-bedroom suites and family-rooms with three bunk beds.
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Pink House Azores – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
We love the look of this restored old barn turned into design boutique accommodation, a seven-minute drive from the historical centre of São Miguel. The property is made up of two units: a three-bedroom house and a studio with garden views, both featuring well-equipped kitchens. There’s a communal seasonal outdoor pool, daily cleaning and a delicious seasonal breakfast, which is served each morning.
Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort – Ribeira Grande, São Miguel
Modern and exotic eco-villas in Ribeira Grande, on the north coast of São Miguel Island, carefully decorated and attentive to sustainable materials, offering direct access to the beach. The one and two-bedroom villas are all air-conditioned and feature a full kitchenette, living room, balcony, and a bathroom. There’s also a beach bar, swimming pool, and a wellness centre.
As the name suggests, you will be surrounded by a stunning forest near the mystical Furnas Lake on the island of São Miguel. The various minimalist Scandinavian houses and studios all come with a fully equipped kitchen. There are several hiking trails to explore, fruit gardens, and a swimming pool.
The Three House Hotel is located in the heart of Funchal, a short walk to the seafront. The hotel offers various accommodation options, plus a restaurant, a saltwater swimming pool and a roof terrace - which boasts one of the most beautiful views of Funchal, including the city, the mountains and the sea.
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