Martinhal Quinta (formally Monte da Quinta) is a luxury 4 star resort located in the heart of Quinta do Lago. Recently taken over by the award-winning Martinhal Beach and Hotel management team, the resort is poised to become the new jewel in The Golden Triangle.
Situated just 20 minutes from Faro airport the resort comprises of privately owned townhouses and villas. All accommodation types are smartly decorated to the owner’s taste and benefit from air-conditioning, wireless internet access, beach towels and Voya bath products.
Martinahal Quinta has plenty of amenities on site to entertain the entire family (see below for more details). Within Quinta do Lago itself there are extensive leisure and sporting facilities including championship golf courses, a tennis academy and the Lago Watersports Centre.
Lying South of Martinhal Quinta is Quinta do Lago’s blue flag beach. From June to September the resort has a shuttle bus running daily at a cost of €2.50 per seat.
At the entrance to the estate is the upmarket Quinta do Lago plaza. This open air shopping mall has a number of designer boutiques as well as a wide selection of child-friendly restaurants. Adjacent to this is Buganvilla centre with a full supermarket for all your shopping needs.
For guests with children aged 3 – 8 years there is the new Raposinhos (Little Fox) club. The club offers an array of activities and games managed by fully trained staff. Private baby-sitting services are also available on request, early booking is advisable.
The resort has a large communal swimming pool and children’s pool complete with sun beds and shades. Here you will find the ‘M Bar’ offering an array of snacks and drinks.
Martinhal Quinta has a super play area with trampoline, sand pit, table tennis and an array of toys. Please note parental supervision is required.
For older children (8 years plus) there is an indoor games room with Wii’s, play station, table tennis and football tables.
Babies are most welcome at Martinhal. The resorts offers a range of baby equipment including bottle warmers, sterilisers, potties, cots, high chairs, stair gates and baths. Please pre-book any items you require.
This pool side snack bar provides snacks throughout the day including paninis, pizzas, snacks and drinks.
Located in the corner of the resort (close to the Monte da Quinta Hotel) the Mercado Deli and Bake has a variety of take away breakfast options, teas, coffees and orange juice. It also sells fresh fruit, vegetables, deli items and other basis.
Located by the communal swimming pool the Gelataria offers homemade ice-cream, waffles and pancakes.
The menu at Koko Lane Bistro might be simple, but don't let that fool you, that is its strength. With its mouthwatering range of wood-fired pizzas, delicious salads and regular daily specials, this place is a gem in the heart of Quinto do Lago. Conveniently situated beside the resort's driving range, Koko Lane is the perfect place to relax and unwind, or to reward yourself for all that golf practice with a warm chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream. Meals are served here from breakfast at 8-11:30am, right through to dinner. Koko Lane is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, so you can be assured of a friendly welcome, excellent food, top notch coffee, and the delightfully laid back atmosphere here, all year round. Oh, and there's a simple kids menu too, packed with things the little ones will love.
Casa do Lago
On a lakeside scattered with palm trees, the tranquil and beautiful setting of Casa do Lago is not to be missed. The restaurant is open from 9:30am until 10pm, but book a table in the late afternoon and you can enjoy the often-spectacular sunsets over the lake as a backdrop to your delicious meal. The extensive and creative menu has locally caught fresh fish at its heart - look out for the grilled fish of the day served with new potatoes and lemon butter sauce - but also features an excellent selection of other options, including black Angus fillet steak, fresh lobster or tiger prawns. Casa do Lago has its own swimming pool, a poolside cocktail bar, plenty of seating indoors and out, and a fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating for those cooler days. We'd recommend booking ahead in the peak season as this place is justifiably popular!
If you like your cocktails, drinks and bar meals to have a stunning canvas of a lake and nature reserve behind it, then the Shack is definitely the place for you. One of Quinto do Lago's newest hangouts, the Shack boasts an extensive range of cocktails, wines, beers, liqueurs, spirits and champagne bubbles, including mixers and other drinks in jugs to share. Everything you need to unwind after a round on the golf course, or to get ready for an evening on the town, you will find here. The welcome is friendly and relaxed, and the food is tapas-based, making it easy to share in groups or with that special person. The building itself is based on a wooden fisherman's shack, complete with balcony, jetty and little boat. In our opinion, to sit and watch the Algarve sun dancing on the lake water with your favourite, expertly prepared, cocktail in hand, is to experience true relaxation!
To walk over the long wooden footbridge to this beach-side restaurant with its simple yet welcoming decor and distinctive yellow parasols, is to enter another world. Here you couldn't be closer to the ocean, and the fish who hitherto called it home. Irrepressible owner Gigi is a man of many talents; known for his daily dawn visits to the local market for fresh fish and shellfish, his superb taste in wines for the restaurant, and his singing of operatic arias! Open for over twenty years now, this is the place which many of Quinto do Lago's more famous residents and visitors quietly visit for the simply excellent food and atmosphere. Again, book ahead in the summer high season. Gigi's is only open for lunch, and due to its quality and friendliness, extremely popular.
Charming, intimate and with a seasonal menu which is an exquisite fusion of French, Portuguese and Mediterranean-influenced dishes, Casa Velha occupies a unique place among the many restaurants in Quinto do Lago. Here on a small hilltop overlooking the resort, you will find a timeless flower-filled farmhouse courtyard with a sparkling fountain, matchless hospitality, and a homely feel, which combine to make this the perfect place for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
French-trained Chef Yannick Guichaoua and his wife Celine ensure that not only the food is beautifully presented. Attention to detail is everywhere here, from the welcome at the door, to the attentive and knowledgeable staff, extensive wine list, and thoughtful amount of space around the tables, everything is designed to make your dining experience special. No less a culinary luminary than Michel Roux gave Casa Velha high praises after he dined here in2013.
A little way outside the main Quinto do Lago resort, nestled in the peaceful Vale Verde area, you will find the tropical garden, relaxed atmosphere and fine dining of Restaurante Florian, known to everyone as Florians. To give an idea of the French based, internationally-inspired cuisine found here, look no further than the delicious black Angus burger with truffle mayo and foie grass. A feast for all the senses! Other offerings depending on the season, include Berkshire pork; quail fillet with mushrooms; sushi; or sashimi of yellow fin tuna. Dutch owners Pieter and Karin do a superb job not only with the food but the ambience and the welcome you receive when you arrive. Book a summer evening in the garden, when everything is lit up like a magical wonderland, you won't regret it!
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