Madeira’s capital is a hub of water-based activity. Cruise ships frequently dock here when visiting the island (not least for the spectacular annual new year firework display) and boat trips depart regularly. Venture just a little inland to peruse the exotic flora and fauna, ride the cable car, wander past its historic buildings and take a run on one of its famous wicker toboggan rides down the steep winding streets. Restaurants here offer many Portuguese and Madeiran specialities – Steak on the Stones is a must-try local dish as are the hanging skewers. Add some luxe to your stay in Funchal by booking one of these fine hotels.
The Vine Hotel
Conveniently located in the heart of Funchal, this elegant hotel offers gusts the chance to unwind in style beside the rooftop pool while taking in enchanting bay views. Wine lovers will really be in their element here, as not only is there an excellent selection of wines to sample in the onsite bar and restaurant, but the décor throughout the hotel was also inspired by the local fortified wine. The warm tones of the décor follow through into the spacious guest rooms and suites, where large picture windows treat guests to yet more stunning views, while guests are treated to en suite bathrooms and sumptuously decorated bedrooms with king sized beds that ensure a dreamy night’s sleep.
The Cliff Bay
Set high on a hill and providing spectacular sweeping views down to the Bay of Funchal, this five star hotel treats guests to private access to their very own stretch of golden sand that is lapped by crystal clear waters. Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne as soon as they check in, which helps set the tone for a luxurious and relaxing stay. With three different swimming pools to choose from there will be plenty of opportunities for guests to make waves, while the hotel comes complete with a Turkish bath and sauna, allowing guests to fully unwind before dining on freshly caught seafood on the restaurant terrace while soaking up stunning ocean views.
Savoy Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World – Savoy Signature
A comfortable stroll from the delights of Funchal’s Old Town, this striking hotel occupies the site that was once the Savoy Hotel. Guests are met by the unusual curved exterior and welcomed with modern interiors by designer Nini Andrade Silva. Bedroom balconies proffer ocean views, as does the rooftop lounge and the terraced gardens. There are several swimming pools, including one especially for younger families and a stunning infinity pool. The Laurea Spa includes a glitzy champagne nail bar and a hydrotherapy suite. Dining takes place poolside at the alfresco Alameda, in one of two chic buffet restaurants, in the Jacaranda Lounge, or with a view at Galáxia Skyfood & Skybar. And entertainment is offered alongside drinks at Vimes bar.