Madeira Funchal

Elegant colonial style architecture gives a graceful air to the busy narrow streets. The daily fruit and fish market is ablaze with local colour. Explore the old quarter with its cobbled streets, taste vintage Madeira wine in the many bodegas or be tempted by the hand embroidered linen and dazzling jewellery and leather stores. This bustling city by the sea is ever vibrant, contrasting totally with the tranquillity of the island interior.

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the cliff bay hotel ☆☆☆☆☆

Perched on the top of a natural promontory, The Cliff Bay Hotel is surrounded by gardens, with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to the very edge of the cliff face.  Beyond, the Atlantic Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see and the panorama is completed by a magnificent view over the bay of Funchal just to the east.

The hotel offers direct access to the sea from a series of pontoons and solariums where guests can combine the Atlantic ocean breeze with the spell binding views.  As a premium resort, every single detail has been carefully conceived to assure peace, well being and elegance.  There is an outdoor swimming pool, a separate pool for children and a tennis court.  Inside there is a billiards room and a games room.  The Spa includes an indoor swimming pool and a gym, a hairdresser, a beauty centre, a Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi and a sauna, as well as eight treatment rooms.

Dining is in the gourmet restaurant Il Gallo d'Oro which holds a Michelin star and serves Mediterranean and Iberian cuisine; The Rose Garden serves international food from a buffet or a la carte.  The Blue Lagoon is available for snacks and lunch next to the outdoor pool.  Le Cliff Bar & Bistro serves snacks and lunch and has live music; afternoon tea is also served here.  The Cactus Bar is located in the Spa for salads or light meals and guests may enjoy a drink in the Navigator's Lounge.