Name of spa
Finisterra Spa, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Sagres
Pared-back luxury, with a style designed to evoke something of the various remote west coast locations of Europe, from Portugal and Galicia to Ireland, Brittany and Scandinavia, hence the name Finisterra (the end of the earth). Earthy, muted colours, and lots of natural materials such as wood and stone.
There’s a small but comfortable waiting and reception area, before you are then shown into the changing rooms and adjacent relaxation areas - with the choice of inside and outside - where you can wind down before or after your treatments. Set slightly away from the rest of the hotel and resort, it’s quiet, calming and very relaxing.
The spa uses a wide variety of aromatic oils, ointments, spices and exotic herbs, from innovative companies such as Voya from Ireland - which uses certified organic seaweed containing active substances such as iodine, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that stimulate the metabolism to eliminate toxins - and Terraké from France for facial and body skincare.
There are six treatment rooms, all with private showers and natural lighting, and a wide range of health, wellness and beauty treatments available. Examples include Swedish massage, Indian head massage, leaf body wrap, salt glow, moisturising facial, and mineral mud application & back massage.
The other facilities
Communal sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and private garden. There is also an indoor pool, with another sauna and steam bath facility, a short walk away in the clubhouse area.
Why do you like it?
It’s small and intimate, and ideal for spa newbies, who might otherwise feel a little ‘lost’ or intimidated in a larger, noisier environment. There’s no pressure on you to leave, and even if you only have one treatment booked, you could easily while away several hours there if you want to totally wind down and escape the rest of the world.
What could be improved?
A small pool or Jacuzzi wouldn’t have gone amiss.
When to go?
In fine weather if you want to take advantage of the sun loungers outside, although Sagres can be a little windy even at the best of times.
There’s always water, juices and tea available, but you’ll need to go back to the resort itself for something to eat.
The spa is a few minute’s walk from the main hotel, but weather-permitting there’s no problem strolling over in your swimming costume or robe to save you having to get undressed when you’re there.
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is clearly signposted on the left hand side of the main EN125 road from Lagos, just before you get into Sagres. Park outside the hotel and follow the signs to the spa, which is about a two-minute walk.
Spa treatments from €40 to €140
Beauty treatments from €8 to €45
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (summer)
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (rest of the year)