Pestana Ocean Bay
This All Inclusive resort positioned right next to the beach shows off Madeira’s natural beauty with its surrounding cliffs and flora-filled grounds. The sea-facing pool is one of its biggest highlights during the day, while the free shuttle bus service to Funchal centre is a bonus when you’ve set your sights on exploring the capital.
It’s also worth mentioning that this much-loved property has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for three consecutive years. What’s more, a poolside bar, Italian a la carte and an extensive buffet spread are on hand to keep you fed and watered.
Sea views as standard
All stays come with a traditional Mediterranean feel from a use of tropical colours to light wood furnishings and patterned curtains. Not to mention, some options feature authentic wicker chairs and terracotta tiled floors. Should you wish to dine in, then there’s a convenient kitchenette perfect for whipping up a romantic meal in private.
You can also benefit from a balcony with French doors offering sensational sea views. That’s right, all accommodation comes with views of the Atlantic Ocean, so can look forward to incredible sunsets from the comfort of your room. Or, you can always opt for a spacious suite sleeping a maximum of four people.
All Inclusive perks
Thanks to the hotel’s All Inclusive programme your food and drinks are taken care off, so you don’t have to worry about dipping too far into your pockets when it comes to indulging.
Arlequim buffet restaurant: Serving local and international cuisine buffet style, head here for all your main meals. Overlooking the ocean, sample fresh fish, meats covered in gravy with steamed vegetables and a salad section making the perfect sides. As for dessert, you can always look forward to sweet favourites like ice cream and slices of Madeira cake.
Viva Italia à la carte restaurant: Open three days a week, this is the hotel’s a la carte option which is a great alternative when you fancy a change from the buffet. Here, you can take advantage of table service and classic Italian fare.
Arlequim bar: With live music six nights a week alongside a range of fruit cocktails and local beverages, there’s no better place to settle in for the night when you’re not out experiencing Funchal’s after-dark highlights.
Pool bar: Serving up tropical cocktails and local beer as well as light bites perfect for lazy afternoons, this poolside number is perfect for relaxing under Madeira’s warm sun.
*Please note – if you’re planning on visiting the a la carte, one visit per person per week is included in your stay, but prior bookings are required.
When you’re not filling your face or ordering countless rounds of drinks, hit the sprawling pool area overlooking the beach. Inviting you in for tranquil dips with its spacious appearance, in-water palms and wide sun terrace, there’s no better spot to while away the hours. There’s also a kid’s option ideal for mini holidaymakers wanting to make a splash and a whirlpool for bubbling dips.
If you want to focus on your wellbeing, that isn’t a problem either with a gym complete with pool views and a spa offering treatments such as a Turkish bath and massages guaranteed to melt away those daily stresses. On-the-go types may prefer to try the watersports on the nearby beach or discover the area’s mountainous terrain by bike. As for onsite activities, there’s a table tennis table ideal for sharpening your reflexes.
Overlooking a Blue Flag beach
In terms of beachfront locations, this hotel steals the show with its position just inches away from the Blue Flag awarded coastline – Praia Formosa, the largest public beach in Madeira which is divided into three pebble and sand mixed shores. From here, you can also enjoy incredible vistas of Câmara de Lobos hillside.
Those wanting venture further, you’re just a 15-minute drive from the endless charms of Funchal. Not to mention, there’s a free shuttle bus taking you to the heart of the capital where botanical gardens, seafood restaurants, cable car rides and century-old buildings anticipate your arrival.