Your friend with a travel blog and a job she can do from anywhere in the world has been waxing poetic about her favorite new vacation spot: Portugal. It’s the hot European destination that has a little bit of everything—history, scenic beauty, gorgeous beaches and incredible food. That’s great and all, but you have two monsters kids under ten, and you’re pretty sure your wanderlusting days of yore are behind you (or well in the future).
But enter: Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort
It’s the family resort that dreams are made of, and by dreams we mean a cold glass of Vinho Verde in your hand without a Mickey Mouse in sight. Seriously. Luxury is not sacrificed for its family-friendly promise. Instead, the thoughtful kid-friendly perks make your time away (ideal timing is spring or summer) even more enjoyable.
From each hotel room to any of the restaurants on the grounds, everything is designed with you and your kids in mind. Aka you won’t have to pack a potty (every bathroom comes with one) or wait around nervously for someone to bring you a high chair (every table has one). But best of all, dropping your little love bugs off at the kids’ clubs won’t make you feel queasy—since the play spaces are all designed to be legit super-fun. (Think face-painting and cooking classes for little kids and windsurfing and mocktail making for teens and tweens.)
We could go on, but the point is that luxury vacations for families are totally possible here—and yes, that includes being able to toss pee-stained shorts into your in-room washing machine before heading to the beach (with or without your kids).