Hotel Guide

Essential Guide to the best places to stay in Madeira and Porto Santo.

Located on a cliff top in Funchal bay, this 200 room hotel is sumptuously decorated offering every modern comfort. Facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, private sea access, diving centre, tennis court, fitness room, spa and conference rooms. A choice of restaurants are available including the formal II Gallo D’oro, the first restaurant in Madeira with a Michelin Star, for Italian fine dining.
Tel 291 707 700
Located in the popular Lido area, just a few minutes from the centre of town and above the seaside promenade, the Enotel Lido Resort Conference & Spa – Madeira offers 317 rooms and suites and conference facilities, Spa and gymnasium. Leisure facilities also include a heated indoor pool, outdoor pools, Saunas, Jacuzzi and a variety of bars, restaurants.
Tel 291 702 000
Located a short drive from central Funchal and offering direct access to a pebble beach, the Madeira Regency was opened in 1999 offering traditional Portuguese colonial style and sumptuous surroundings. Most of the 210 rooms and suites face the ocean and the hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, a health club and spa centre, indoor swimming pool, mini golf, tennis, squash, and a bowling green.
Tel 291 703 000
Situated in the privileged Lido area with a sublime view over the immense Atlantic Ocean, the Hotel Meliã Madeira Mare offers its customers a multiplicity of services from the clinic linked to the hotel to three heated pools, a heated fresh water Jacuzzi, library with free internet access, billiards room, laundry service, free garage parking and shortly will also have available a Medical SPA. This 220 room hotel, all boasting private verandas which for the most part have views over the ocean, is decorated along contemporary lines taking its inspiration from the sea, making it both elegant and comfortable.
Tel 291 724 140
Located above Funchal Port, Pestana Casino Park has one of the best views of the city. The hotel complex was designed by famous Brazilian architect Óscar Niemeyer. The unit has now been fully refurbished, reviving some of the architect’s original ideas. The hotel offers 379 rooms, a spa facillity and a fabulous pool area, practically over the ocean.
Tel 291 209 100
The latest hotel on the island from Pestana Hotels & Resorts, the Madeira based company that is Portugal’s largest hotel and leisure group with a growing port folio of properties around the world. Opened in 2004, this 177 room resort compliments the group’s eight other hotels on the island offering higher standards of comfort an extensive range of resort facilities. The hotel features the largest heated salt water pool on the island as well an indoor jet stream pool linked to a health club and spa. Bars and restaurants include Moroccan, Italian and Portuguese dining options.
Tel 291 707 400
Located in a mountainous landscape with a sublime panoramic sight of the bay, 10 minutes by foot from town centre, luxurious and sophisticated Pestana Carlton Hotel offers 287 rooms including 23 suites, all of them with a personal balcony. Being one of the first hotels to be constructed in the city, this hotel was recently remodelled, making use of modern infrastructures and great quality. At their disposal, the guests can find a fantastic garden, indoor swimming pool, general store, bar, restaurant, discotheque and parking for their cars.
Tel 291 239 500
The original Quinta houses the Casa Branca’s well known fine dining restaurant whilst the reception, rooms, spa and a second restaurant are located in the new wings set aside the spacious grounds. Other facilities include a heated swimming pool and the hotel is situated within easy walking distance of the centre of town.
Tel 291 700 770
Centrally located, this restored 160 year old property offers 36 comfortable rooms and relaxing public areas with restaurant, bar and a winter garden and outdoor terrace offering afternoon teas in charming surroundings. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Tel 291 706 700
An enduring emblem of Madeira’s tourism and considered by many a destination in its own right, Reid’s Palace is renowned for its old world charm and exacting service. For more than 100 years, the hotel has welcomed distinguished guest from around the world – regulars in their day were Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw, who both have suites named after them. The hotel offers 128 rooms and 35 suites and facilities include private direct sea access, three swimming pools, and a variety of bars and restaurants.
Tel 291 717 171
The Royal Savoy is an all-suite property located by the ocean. The “Royal” enjoys an excellent location by the sea and near the city centre, offering 57 suites, 101 junior suites, 12 president suites and 12 standard rooms. There are a wide choice of onsite facilities including a choice of bars and restaurants, a heated indoor pool, a health and fitness centre and beauty salon. Outdoors there are lush sub-tropical gardens, two salt-water pools, a children’s pool and direct sea access.
Tel 291 213 500
Located in the historic centre of Funchal city, close by the marina and Funchal Cathedral, this new fivestar hotel combines luxury and simplicity in a unique way. Designed by famous architect Ricardo Bofill, this 79 room hotel combines exudes a sophisticated and exuberant atmosphere. It boasts a fitness centre, solarium, indoor pool and outdoor panoramic pool as well as vine therapy sessions at its Spa where only the most exclusive ingredients are used. The sheets of Egyptian cotton and personal service of turning down the bed are just some of the special services offered by the Vine Hotel.
Tel 291 009 000
Located in a spectacular oceanfront setting, the VIDAMAR Madeira Resort glass-clad façade complements minimalist design of the interiors. The 276 rooms and 24 suites all offer direct sea views and are comfortably appointed. Leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor seawater swimming pools, direct ocean access, tennis and squash courts as well as a Thalassotherapy Marine SPA and a health & fitness centre. Conference rooms cater up for up to 200 delegates and there is also a well-equipped business centre.
Tel 291 717 700
Old world charm and meticulous standards of comfort and service are par for the course – literally. Housed in a 200 year-old Quinta, this country house hotel is located on the Palheiro Golf estate just a few kilometers from central Funchal. There are 37 beautifully appointed rooms and guest facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis and croquet. A Spa with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness room is also available. The restaurant is considered one of the best of the island.
Tel 291 790 350
Since opening in 2002, Choupana Hills has become a symbol of Madeira’s growing reputation as a contemporary spa resort destination. The hotel is a haven of understated luxury with natural materials, south-east Asian design elements and effortless style complementing stunning views over Funchal and the ocean. There are 58 double rooms and a further 4 suites with private outdoor jacuzzis. The spa is an exquisite retreat with an extensive range or therapies and treatments and is complemented by an outdoor lagoon swimming pool and an indoor pool. Innovative cooking can be enjoyed at the Xôpana Restaurant.
Tel 291 206 020
Dating from the 18th century, this charming Madeira family home was once the residence of General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island. Situated on one of the hills surrounding the city of Funchal, the house offers 40 rooms and suites, all facing south and overlooking the gardens and the sea. Facilities include a billiard room, an elegant evening restaurant “The Beresford”, 2 bars, a large partially covered heated swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and a well-equipped Gym.
Tel 291 750 100
Surrounded by 20.000 square metres of beautiful gardens, with sweeping views of the bay, this family owned and managed quinta is a traditional manor house dating back to 1844 that has been lovingly transformed into an exclusive 89-room hotel. Hosting a significant private antique collection, this was the first of Madeira’s five-star quintas. Although still retaining the feeling of a private house, a host of guest facilities include outdoor swimming pool, a small fitness room with jacuzzi and sauna, tennis court, open fireplaces, billiards room, card room and library. The restaurants offer a high standard of cuisine.
Tel 291 706 400
The jewel in the crown the “Charming Hotels” group, Quinta das Vistas is surrounded by extensive gardens and centuries-old trees in a beautiful location overlooking Funchal bay but within easy reach of the town centre. The hotel offers 71 rooms including suites plus a presidential suite, all furnished to the highest standards in classic colonial style. There is a well-equipped spa with heated indoor pool leading to an outdoor inifity pool. The restaurant is a well-known fine-dining venue.
Tel 291 750 007
An old quinta on the outskirts of Funchal, the property dates back to 1888 and whilst retaining its traditional exterior architecture, the interior cut is of a modern design hotel, reflecting the transformation of Madeira tourism in the last few years. The hotel offers 24 comfortable and well appointed rooms and facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and massage room. The à la carte restaurant overlooks the city with an adjoining bar.
Tel 291 780 210
The Quinta da Penha de França Hotel is located in the best area of Funchal. Its magnificent gardens and access to the sea are two of the main features of this hotel, which preserves traditional and distinctive Madeiran features. From any of the 76 well-equipped and decorated rooms, guests can enjoy the bucolic gardens and the vastness of the Atlantic that extends like a backdrop for the “dolce fare niente”.
This small hotel of only 43 rooms, basis its idea on “this is your home in Madeira”. The atmosphere of a homily family setting, the welcoming ambience and the personalized service do the rest. “Quintinha de São João” is heir to an Indian inspiration, so much so that the specialities in the restaurant are Goanese and in the Spa, some of the treatments have Indian aromas, this comes from the link that the family who own it, have with Goa.
Tel 291 740 920
A 25 minute drive from Funchal, Ponta do Sol enjoys a majestic cliff-top setting on the south coast. Although officially rated as a 4-star property, the Ponta do Sol is a member of “Design Hotels” and offers high standards of comfort and service. This imaginative quinta conversion is an excellent example of how traditional architecture, con temporary desgin and nature can work as one. There are 54 rooms and features include a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a panoramic jacuzzi, a spa and a restaurant that is worth the visiting in its own right.
Tel 291 970 200
Although within easy reach of Funchal, Quinta do Estreito is far enough removed to feel a world apart. Perched on a hillside offering sweeping views over the south coast, the hotel offers 48 rooms and suites, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, 2 saunas and a pool bar terrace. The original quinta building has been beautifully restored to house the public areas, the highly regarded restaurant and a library.
Tel 291 910 530
Quinta do Lorde Resort-Hotel-Marina recreates a small seaside village, with the typical features of Madeira Island. It is set on the sea front, enjoying magnificent views and surrounded by remarkable landscapes. The resort offers luxurious accommodation facilities and a wide array of amenities and services ideal for couples and families alike. Facilities include 143 rooms, 6 restaurants & bars, 2 swimming pools, 1 natural swimming pool, direct access to the sea, 2 meeting rooms, chapel, sports area, kids club, golf practice area.
Tel. 291 969 600
Located in the village of Santana, 50 minutes drive from Funchal, Quinta do Furão offers guests an interesting alternative to the coastal resort areas of the island, especially at grape harvest time when they can take part in the traditional picking and treading festivities. The hotel offers 43 comfortable rooms and junior suites, plus 2 villas and facilities include a heated indoor pool. The restaurant is recognized as one of the best in the island for traditional regional cuisine.
Tel 291 570 100
Situated on the seafront in Calheta, this resort was designed to blend in with the landscape and natural surroundings. There are 175 rooms, 6 suites and 62 apartments devised to ensure comfort and facing the Atlantic Ocean. Facilities include a SPA, massage centre, gym, fitness club, three outdoor swimming pools (one for children) and one indoors. The hotel also has three restaurants and several bars in addition to other rooms for parties, meetings, weddings and banquets. Saccharum explores the theme based on the sugar cane culture which is very common on this part of the island.
Tel 291 820 800
The Porto Santo Hotel offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation right on Porto Santo’s magnificient golden sand beach. There are 94 twin rooms with terraces, 5 villas and facilities include a swimming pool, spa, tennis court, mini golf, a spacious lounge bar and a restaurant serving international cuisine.
Tel 291 980 140
Hotel Quinta do Serrado, clad in the beautiful basalt stone of Porto Santo, blends in naturally with its hillside surroundings. This small and charming hotel offer a high quality of accommodation with 22 rooms including a junior suite and a VIP suite. All are comfortably decorated and offer large terraces. Facilities include a swimming pool and 2000 m2 of landscaped gardens.
Tel 291 980 270
Located around 4km from the city centre, the hotel was built was built as a hotel spa, with a Thalassotherapy centre. The hotel's public spaces and rooms are spacious and decorated with bright colors and local materials. The hotel has 256 rooms including 32 junior suites and also 56 apartments. Designed to provide customers with several leisure activities, this spa resort overlooks the famous Porto Santo beach, to which guests have direct acess.
Tel 291 980 800
The Hotel Torre Praia is situated close to the Vila Baleira town centre, next to the beach. It has 62 rooms and 4 suites. Its attractive tower is a unique characteristic that was originally part of a lime and cement factory in the past. The ample leisure areas include restaurants, a bar, a gym and a terrace, which adjoins the outdoor swimming pool with its separate area for children. Guests have free access to Wi-Fi internet in the hotel reception area.
Tel 291 291 980 450
Located on the neighbouring Island of Porto Santo, the new hotel operates under the “Allinclusive” regime, suitable for couples and families alike. The hotel offers 72 Classic Premium rooms, 24 Superior Premium rooms and 4 Suite Premiums.Guest facilities include swimming pools, a fully equipped gym and SPA, sports area, a library and a Kids Club. A number of excellent bars and restaurants suggest a range of local and international cuisine.
Tel 291 144 050
Situated in Porto Santo, the most recent hotel of the Pestana Group welcomes guests to its strong mediterranean flavour, in a refined hotel of 275 rooms that include double rooms, suites, apartments with kitchenettes, as well as villas with private swimming pool. Concerning the client’s wellbeing, the Pestana Porto Santo possesses an equipped gymnasium, sport areas, a tennis courts and SPA that help the customer to maintain in shape during their stay. Although there are two great outdoors swimming pools, the customer will be equally able to enjoy the sea and the 9 kilometres of golden sand that surround the island.
Tel 291 775 936 - 291 144 000