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 Belmont 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.
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Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Portugal, Madeira

An urban chic, stylish hotel with everything you need from a centrally located charming hotel! Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is located in the historical centre of Funchalin a premium and quiet location, within walking distance to harbour, bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. This newly opened charming hotel is in the historic zone close to Palace of J

from £546 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Quinta Casa Branca

Portugal, Madeira

A contemporary masterpiece in the heart of beautiful lush green garden, secluded, sun trap lawn and pretty gardens, a holiday heaven. Quinta Casa Branca’s history begins in the mid-19th century when the British ancestors of the current owners, the Leacock family, planted vines and banana trees on an area of 6 hectares. Descendants of John Le

from £773 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Belmond Reid’s Palace

Portugal, Madeira

Stepping back in time, simply one of the best on the island with elegant old-world ambiance & luxury. Belmond Reid’s Palace was originally built in 1891, set in 10 acres of subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This elegant hotel has, for more than a century, been the ultimate place to stretch out in the sun and relax while

from £1,175 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Estalagem Ponta Do Sol

Portugal, Madeira

A member of the Design Group Hotels, Estalagem Ponta Do Sol is an ideal location for people looking to escape from it all. It is designed on a beautiful landscape with spectacular sea views, close to nature and surrounding beautiful hills, this charming hotel has it all. The heart of the hotel is the old quinta and the local architect had the missi

from £475 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Quinta Jardins do Lago

Portugal, Madeira

With a beautiful botanical garden and splendid views from the garden or the rooms, Quinta Jardins do Lago is sure to be one of the most popular boutique hotel in Madeira! Quinta Jardins do Lago, an elegant boutique hotel, is situated on one of the green hills surrounding the city of Funchal and close to the city and its areas of historical interest

from £891 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Quintinha de Sao Joao

Portugal, Madeira

Charming Quinta with splendid views from its elevated position, offering excellent choice of accommodation. Located on the outskirts of Funchal, this charming boutique hotel offers incredible holiday experience. Approx. 73 meters above the sea level the back of Funchal is beneath you and provides a beautiful backdrop any time of the day from the ho

from £588 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in November
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

Porto Bay Serra Golf

Portugal, Madeira

A delightful Art Nouveau design boutique hotel with splendid location, providing truly memorable escape year-round. This charming villa was successfully converted into a 21-bedroom boutique hotel in 1999, located in the heart of the countryside, right next to the Santo da Serra golf course, one of the best on the island. With close proximity to the

from £473 pp

  • Based on 7 nights in January
  • Including Flights
  • Including Transfers
  • Bed & Breakfast Basis

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