The Quintassential isn’t just for children, though, and it’s evident a lot of thought has gone into the needs of parents too. A wealth of baby and toddler equipment is available for guests to borrow free of charge including travel cots, moses baskets, high chairs, baby baths, a floor activity centre, feeding equipment, sterilisers, pottys and more – the list goes on! Parents can also borrow beach parasols, cool bags, buckets and spades for trips to the beach. All guests staying for a week or more receive a fabulous welcome hamper, and not just the usual small carton of milk – this one includes bread, milk, cheese, butter, water, juice, rose wine, red wine, crisps, biscuits and tea and coffee! We’re also pleased to see that the owners of the Quintassential share the Parent Friendly Stays view that family holidays can also include some special treats and ‘me time’ for mum and dad too: there are a range of fantastic optional extras available for a small fee including breakfast hampers, traditional Portuguese evening meal service, packed lunches, arrival night takeaways, champagne packages, laundry service, flowers and chocolates – we’ve never seen so many tempting treats on offer! Not to mention a reliable babysitting service and a fantastic hot tub for evening relaxation. The owners will even organise things like airport transfers and car hire delivery, if needed, and there’s WiFi available throughout.