Interview of Chitra Stern with Carl Munson from Expats Portugal

Investing in Portugal – a 20-year journey for the Sterns

Find out about the entrepreneurial journey of the Sterns in Portugal and about their new projects in Lisbon.  Chitra Stern is owner and founding board member of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts (, Chitra is a passionate entrepreneur and real-estate & hotel developer, working alongside her business-partner and husband, Roman, on their projects in Portugal. They developed the Martinhal Resort in Sagres in the Algarve from scratch and have successfully expanded the “Martinhal” brand across 3 other properties in the best and most prestigious locations in Portugal – with one more branded hotel residence ( coming up in Lisbon. They have had 4 children during the process of building up their businesses. They are also working on commercial real-estate projects and an Education Hub project in Lisbon, between the Park of Nations and the airport. The school, United Lisbon International School opened in September 2020 ( The school forms part of a wider Edu Hub (

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