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Troia - A unique and unforgettable Nature Reserve.
Imagine a place where the land meets the ocean, a peninsula ripping through the blue of the ocean and the green of the river. White sand beaches and wild dunes with paths that lead you to magical places in a Natural Reserve inhabited by unique species. Where you can experience the scent of the pine forest or of the fairways of the golf courses. A unique place, untouched, offering a wide range of unforgettable experiences.
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the river Sado, a mere one hour from Lisbon, a place where nature has been generous, the TROIA DESIGN HOTEL is a resort where the purity of the design is present in every detail, merging perfectly with nature.
In addition to its environmental diversity, Troia is also known for its historical heritage.
The Troia Peninsula is a strip of sand on the shore of the Sado estuary with about 17 km in length by about 1.5 km wide.
During the period of Roman occupation, dating from the 1st century to the 6th century A.D, Troia was an island of the Sado delta, called Island of Ácala. The ruins of the population centre of Troia include a living area, a bathhouse, a religious centre and several industrial centres. The main activity was fishing, manufacturing and exporting fish preserves. Even today there are some traces of this rich and ancient past.
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MARTINHAL LISBON CASCAIS FAMILY HOTEL
"Part of the family-friendly, Martinhal group, this 72-room hotel is a children’s paradise, with a well-staffed Kid’s Club and superb facilities both indoors and out to keep young children happy, allowing parents a holiday too. There is a large spa with heated indoor pool and the sea is nearby.
In affluent Cascais, a 30-minute drive from the centre of Lisbon, the hotel is set on a quiet road surrounded by gardens, and is a short drive to the beach. The centre of Cascais is 10 minutes away and Lisbon airport is approximately 38 kilometres (23 miles) away.
This low-lying, open-plan hotel lets the outside in. The overall look is sleek and modern with bleached wood, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and soft lighting which creates a warm atmosphere. The Kid’s Club is set across from the hotel entrance in large grounds of its own.
The staff are young and friendly. O Terraҁo Restaurant has a children’s corner where staff entertain little ones while parents finish their meal. The Finisterra Spa uses Voya products and offers an excellent range of treatments, including purifying facials for teenagers. It has an indoor, heated swimming pool. There are three outdoor swimming pools. There are bikes to hire and a shuttle bus which goes into Cascais or to the beach.
There are 12 two-bedroom villas in the hotel grounds with similar décor of pale wood and light colours as the 72 spacious rooms and suites in the hotel. Many rooms are interconnecting and 20 rooms have Lollipop bunk beds which fold away. All rooms have Nespresso machines. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom with a glass window etched with the area’s characteristic pine trees. A blind can cover this to allow for the soothing blue chromotherapy to flood the bathroom. The suites have televisions in the bathroom mirrors. All bathrooms have separate showers and tubs. Amenities are by Voya.
O Terraҁo Restaurant serves buffet breakfast and Portuguese-inspired dishes at dinner, such as baked cod confit with olive oil and roasted vegetables. There is an age structured kid’s menu with recommendations for four to six months, seven to nine months and so on. Trattoria Os Gambozinos serves pizzas, pasta and risotto at lunch and dinner. In the children's clubhouse, the M Bar serves snacks and ice-creams as does the pool hangout in summer..
The Oitavos Cascais, Portugal
Inspired by the timeless beauty of the Atlantic coast, The Oitavos seeks to embrace rather than compete with nature. Its bold design, sleek lines and elegantly simple interiors focus attention outwards – on the historical and natural elements of the surrounding landscape and the drama and romance of the Ocean. The blue of the sea and sky combine with the yellows and greens of the wild flowers and trees to touch your senses, while contemporary sculpture and paintings by Portuguese artists provide an extra flavour.
The Oitavos has 142 guest rooms all of which have a private balcony with views of the ocean or golf course. There are 16 suites which are all large and spacious, and have an area of at least 64 square metres.