We went to stylish, luxurious and utterly family-friendly Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in Sagres, with our top models – the beautiful Mair family – in tow. Martinhal, sprawled out by the beach at the southern end of the Algarve where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, is the sort of place where all the staff, from golf-buggy drivers to bartenders, seem genuinely thrilled to have your kids in house, but in terms of style and quality everything’s totally top-notch.
Two beach trips, two swimming pool dips, plate after plate of gourmet delights, several bottles of red wine (for the grown ups) and lots and lots of running around (for the little ‘uns) later, and we had a whole new set of Smith & Family photos. Despite a little rain on day one (which made for some beautiful cloudy skies) our mini models gamely braved the sandy beach, practiced diving into the indoor-outdoor swimming pool and ran all over the resort; despite the delightfully warm welcome the children received, the grown ups didn’t feel left out – in fact, the three of us child-free girls on the crew fell in love with our supremely stylish villa, where the midnight crossbreeze through the twin-balconied open-plan top floor was so heavenly we wanted to move in for good.
The next day, the sun came out, and we did it all again. Here are a few of our favourite shots…
All photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr.