Quinta das Vistas Palace Gardens
With an enviable hillside location with matchless vistas of Funchal, this 5 star hotel promises a prestigious stays in Madeira. You’ll find that the property’s facilities make the most of its location with a pool bar, in-room balconies and an outdoor terrace all facing the ocean.
From the outside, the hotel looks like a grand estate house, but once you step inside, you’ll see how the property blends timeless elegance with modern furnishings. As for dining, you can indulge from a set of restaurants with Madeiran favourites and afternoon tea on offer.
You can’t escape this hotel’s sophisticated ambiance, particularly when it comes to its grand-looking rooms. Fit for royalty, every inch of your room has been decorated to perfection from its large statement lights bedside to its elegant furnishings and bronze meets cream colour scheme.
Despite offering all of the same basic amenities such as a safety deposit box, mini bar and balcony, you’ll also get to make use of some additional perks such as cosy bathrobes and slippers alongside free Wi-Fi. You can upgrade your stay to a deluxe or junior suite if you wish, as well as bagging options with panoramic views of its exceptional surroundings.
Gourmet treats and afternoon tea
This hotel comes with a Bed and Breakfast and Half Board option, giving you plenty of options to dine locally when you want to sample Madeira’s Mediterranean flavours.
Restaurant La Belle Terrasse: Enjoy a host of a la carte options for breakfast and dinner, we’re talking eggs cooked to order alongside fresh fruit and a choice of cereal. Come dinner, you’re invited to indulge alfresco on the venue’s elevated terrace. Choose from a three-course menu with gourmet delights featuring fish and meat options. For something a little fancier, you’ll find a five-course tasting menu on particular evenings.
Albatroz Piano Bar: This is the place to head for sophisticated evenings sipping your favourite tipple with piano music creating a low-key ambiance. The venue serves the winter garden, lobby, veranda and terrace and comes with a dress code. Guests are asked not to wear beach attire and gentlemen dress in long trousers.
Pool Bar: For a care-free atmosphere close to the hotel’s poolside, this is the spot. Open during the day from 11am to 6pm, order everything from tasty cocktails to delicious light bites as you admire views of Funchal Bay.
*Please note – the hotel’s Royal Tea or Coffee with fresh scones and a selection of pastries is served on the terrace or veranda.
The pool scene is fantastic here with its luxurious feel, admire vistas of Funchal from its south-facing number or enjoy the best of both worlds with its indoor pool with a small passage taking you outdoors for open-air dips. Your surroundings are just as beautiful too thanks to the hotel’s 12,000 square metres of wraparound gardens with fountains and benches offering a park vibe.
But nothing beats a trip to the onsite spa with its unique list of treatments. Chocolate pampering is all the rage here with facials and body exfoliation using cocoa as their main ingredient. On top of these unusual therapies, you’ll also find bespoke offerings such as a Mexican hot stone massage, sensorial shower alongside a hammam experience.
A favourable location
Its elevated hillside position makes this hotel a fantastic choice for taking in panorama views of your surroundings. The centre of Funchal is also within reach, taking around 10 minutes by car or the hotel’s free shuttle bus and 20 minutes by foot. Here, you’ll find a charming Old Town bursting with authentic experiences, breaktaking botanical gardens and thrilling toboggan rides.
If you fancy a day at the beach, your nearest option is Praia Formosa Beach, which offers a trio of black sand shores alongside a fully-equipped promenade.