Think You Know Madeira? Here's 5 Reasons To Think Again...
Think You Know Madeira? Here's 5 Reasons To Think Again...
Think You Know Madeira? Here's 5 Reasons To Think Again...

Think You Know Madeira? Here's 5 Reasons To Think Again...

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

Madeira’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









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Our firm favourite, this charming hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday sitting on the edge of the historic town Funchal with great views of the bay.Quinta Das Vistas is located on a beautiful hill with stunning views of Funchal and its’ beautiful lush gardens, offering perfect accommodation option for a relaxing, quality ho

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Hotel Da Vila

Portugal, Madeira

Located just a few steps away from the sea in Ponta Do Sol, what used to be the prison, this simple charming hotel is a hidden gem. There is no star rating, the rooms are simple, clean and decorated in a contemporary way to create a living space for people looking to escape to this tranquil area of Madeira tucked away behind the hills and between t

from £260 pp

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Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro

Portugal, Madeira

A five-star country house with beautiful surroundings offering memorable holidays year-round, simply beautiful!The Casa Velha do Palheiro is a celebrated five-star country house hotel with exceptional charm and character, offering a real sanctuary away from modern hectic lives, in harmony and natural surroundings. It was formally a hunting lodge bu

from £782 pp

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  • inc. Flights
  • inc. Transfers/car hire

Quinta Da Serra

Portugal, Madeira

Quinta Da Serra is an idyllic property perched on the hills with stunning lush green surroundings. A typical mountain retreat on the island of Madeira. The striking traditional ink colour of the property stands proud against the terrain and creates a mesmerising image the moment you arrive at the hotel. It is located 820 metres above sea level, so

  • Available as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Call 01694 722193

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