As far back as the 1920s, British holidaymakers were visiting Madeira, attracted by its temperate climate, beautiful landscape and wonderful hospitality. Over the years, however, holidays in Madeira built up something of a reputation for being somewhat staid and the preserve of those of a certain age – all afternoon tea and dressing for dinner. Things have changed and we think it’s time that you gave Madeira a second look – it has some wonderful, contemporary boutique hotels and lots to do.
Its landscape is astonishingly varied and offers opportunities for levada-walking, trekking through rivers and forests and even canyoning. It’s a great choice for all the family, all year round. Of course, you still get the benefit of that sub-tropical climate. In summer, average maximum temperatures rise to a pleasant 24°C and in winter they remain at a mild 18-22°C, with the seas around the island heated by the Gulf Stream throughout the year.
These are our top 5 reasons why you should consider Madeira
a contender for your next holiday:
1. Stay in a cutting-edge design hotel
’s most stylish hotels mostly started life as ‘quintas’ or manor houses for the vast banana and sugar plantations and vineyards, which were the source of the island’s wealth.
These days many have undergone a transformation. One of our favourites is the Quinta Casa Branca.
Staying in its glass-fronted contemporary rooms, you feel at one with the lush tropical gardens and superb landscape. Its modern spa and heated outside pool ensure complete relaxation.
Holidays at Quinta Casa Branca outside Funchal start from £773 per person in low season, inc. 7 nights, flights & transfers.
2. Start a new tradition with a family holiday in Madeira
In some ways, nothing could be more traditional than a stay at Belmond Reid’s Palace
. Set in the heart of Funchal
, it was Winston Churchill’s favourite spot and afternoon tea here has been a Madeira institution since 1891.
What’s changed is that Belmod Reid's Palace has become adept at catering for a new generation of younger guests. Its amenities and clubs for children of all ages will make a family holiday in Madeira a breeze.
Little ones will be looked after and entertained and teenagers even have their own zone.
Holidays at Belmond Reid's Palace in Funchal start from £1175 per person in low season, inc. 7nights, flights & transfers.
3. Forget Funchal – head to Ponta do Sol
Traditionally, Funchal has been the place to be, but Ponta do Sol has an awful lot to recommend it.
As its name suggests, this attractive village is the sunniest spot in Madeira and it is a great base for an active holiday – levada-walking, whale-spotting or diving, the choice is yours!
Stay at the thoroughly modern Estalagem Ponta do Sol
! This cliff-top design hotel has more than a touch of the James Bond about it – you emerge from the lift into a whole new world high above the sea, with beautiful gardens, stunning contemporary architecture with amenities to match, and, of course, breath-taking views!
Holidays at the Estalagem Ponta do Sol start from £475 per person in low season, inc. 7nights, flights & transfers.
4. Urban chic in the heart of Funchal
Adapted from historic buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the lovingly vibrant Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
perfectly encapsulates the blend of old and new which characterises Funchal’s 21st century urban chic.
Its roof-top pool boasts panoramic views of the timeless beauty of the bay of Funchal
and its contemporary Til Spa is the perfect place for rejuvenation.
It draws on the natural resources of this volcanic island for its treatments, blending the aromas of fennel and eucalyptus from the Laurissilva Forest with clay and basalt stone therapies and organic seaweed wraps.
Holidays at the Castanheiro Boutique Hotel in Funchal start from £546 per person in low season, inc. 7nights, flights & transfers.
5. Tee off in style in Madeira
Ok, we admit it, a golf holiday in Madeira
could be seen as a somewhat traditional pursuit, however, when the offering is so good, frankly, we believe it becomes a timeless pleasure!
Stay in the beautiful Porto Bay Serra Golf Hotel
, with its charming art nouveau style. It has just 21 rooms, and you’ll be right next door to the 27 hole Santo da Serra golf course, which is set in a beautiful natural landscape and ranked amongst the world’s finest.
Holidays at the Porto Bay Serra Golf Hotel near Santa Cruz start from £473 per person in low season, inc. 7nights, flights & transfers
Feeling inspired to visit Madeira
? Begin your journey with us to create a memorable and special holiday by calling our Travel Specialists on 01694 722193
. or fill in our enquiry form.