One of Madeira’s most popular five-star hotels, The Cliff Bay boasts fantastic ocean views, delightful gardens and easy access to Funchal’s oceanfront promenade. We particularly love the ESPA spa, and the two Michelin star restaurant, Il Gallo d’Oro, is fantastic especially if you’ve an anniversary or landmark birthday to celebrate during your stay.
Shrouded in vibrant bougainvillea, frangipani, orchids and banana leaf plants, Madeira is nicknamed the Island of Eternal Spring for good reason. An enthralling, naturally beautiful island, Madeira boasts fine wines, scenic hikes, indulgent spas and jaw-dropping coastlines.
Enjoy a world of timeless elegance at Belmond Reid’s Palace, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; set in ten acres of lush gardens, this hotel has delighted guests with its ultimate luxury, discreet service and fabulous contemporary cuisine. Many illustrious guests have stayed at the hotel such as George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Why not follow in there famous footsteps?
The Porto Santo Maria is ideally situated in Funchal’s historic Old Town in picturesque surroundings and with direct access to the seafront promenade. This adult-only resort is the perfect choice for exploring this area of great cultural and architectural interest or for relaxing and making the most of the spa and two swimming pools.
The Porto Mare is an oasis set amongst lush tropical gardens and conveniently located just steps away from the Lido promenade with direct access to the sea. With five restaurants and live music each night, this lively family friendly resort has something for everyone.
Set in the hills above Funchal, this charming 18th century boutique hotel offers a luscious botanical garden to explore whilst amazing at more than 500 different species of plants which are unique in their variety and natural beauty. Undoubtedly Quinta Jardins Do Lago is the most sought after small luxury botanical garden hotel in Madeira.
A member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World,’ Quinta da Casa Branca is a five star boutique hotel set in the heart of a botanical garden among the lush gardens of an old garden estate. If you are a couple looking for peace, tranquillity, exceptional service and love your gardens this is the hotel for you.
Prominent in the Funchal skyline and just a short walk from the seafront, the Savoy Place is ideal for enjoying the very best that Madeira has to offer. With an impressive selection of tastefully appointed guestrooms and a range of trendy restaurants this hotel really delivers.
Occupying an idyllic location on Funchal’s seafront and overlooking the harbour, the Royal Savoy is perfectly situated to explore this historic and cultural city. With a selection of elegantly decorated and well-appointed guestrooms and a range of facilities this hotel is the perfect place to enjoy your Madeiran holiday.
Madeira wine, charming Funchal and gorgeous scenery
Though technically a part of Portugal, Madeira is close to Africa and benefits from warm weather all year round. Emerald green mountains are crowned with rolling clouds, sun-dappled by the rising sun and framed by brilliant-blue sea - Madeira is by far one of the most picture-perfect destinations in Europe. Funchal is a charming coastal town with lovely cafes and fantastic whale watching, whilst further inland you’ll find exotic flora, wide valleys and beautiful mountain hikes. Anywhere you go, you’ll be met with friendly faces and fabulous glasses of wine.
Our Content Creator Hazel recently visited Madeira: “We travelled to Madeira mid-September and had a wonderful time. My highlights include eating lunch out at sea after spending the morning watching playful dolphin pods and taking a tour to the top of Pico do Arieiro. Afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace is a real must, so be sure to book in advance.”
Why visit Madeira?
- Spend your time sipping wines and trying delicious seafood on your holiday to Madeira. The island’s Atlantic location means the seafood is fresh and succulent, and it’s one of the only places you can try black scabbard – a deep sea fish that’s light, flaky and usually served with grilled banana. It’s also not a trip to Madeira without a sip of super sweet Madeiran wine.
- The scenery here is truly stunning. Whether you fancy exploring the gorgeous black sand beaches, travelling up Pico do Arieiro to view the rolling clouds from above, or hopping on the cable car to the Botanical Gardens, Madeira’s nature is incredible. The levada walks are very popular here too – an open canal system created in the 16th century to distribute the rainfall from the north to the drier south, nowadays you can walk along the systems and get up close to Madeira’s interior.
- Madeira is one of the best places to whale watch in Europe. Book a boat trip along Funchal’s coastline and you may see humpback, tropical and even minke whales out in the wild, or a friendly pod of dolphins who like to race the local boats.