As a family, we’re always on the lookout for a good bargain, but one that doesn’t compromise on quality. So when we found the Hotel Quinta da Marinha in Cascais we knew we were on to a winner! This five-star golf resort has something for all, and even better, it comes at three or four-star prices too!
It has an enviable location near Lisbon, close to the resort town of Cascais, Sintra and my favourite Lisbon beach, Guincho. That means you can have both a city, beach and mountain holiday in one – perfect. We loved the comfortable, modern rooms that overlook the beautiful pool, great restaurants and my son’s favourite: the kids club. As an only child, this is all he ever wants from a holiday, and though I was, of course, happy to be able to tuck into my book, he enjoyed it so much that I barely ever saw him!
When we did manage to convince him to leave the kids’ club, we headed to Lisbon where we visited the brilliant Oceanario (aquarium) and the Science Museum, ate enough pasteis denatas to feed an army and made friends with locals playing football in our favourite park, Jardim da Estrela. We hopped back on the train to Cascais where we all tucked into the famous Santini ice-creams before going mussel-hunting on its picturesque city beaches and enjoying sunset and dinner in Guincho. We have since been back to the Hotel Quinta da Marinha again, and loved it just as much – it’s now a firm family favourite.
Maria Belfort – One Tiny Leap