Spectacular scenery, sunshine and warmth all year and of course Madeira cake AND wine make Madeira an attractive destination. But its varied appeal means it attracts a variety of travellers, so it can be difficult to know the best places to stay in Madeira for you.
If you already know where you're headed go direct to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Madeira. If not here are some of Madeira's charms, and some of the best places to stay in Madeira to enjoy them!
Hotel da Vila's 15 rooms are bright and airy, but basic. What makes this one of the best places to stay in Madeira for good value are the balconies with sea views, reasonably priced food and access to the excellent facilities of its sister hotel up the hill.
But even the sister hotel is reasonably priced: with its sharp angles, clean lines, coloured lights and summer-terrace-parties-complete-with-named-DJs, Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is inexpensive but funky. The infinity pool with views out to sea make it one of the best places to stay in Madeira if you want to relax in the day and party at night.
If you're looking for a sunny city break, Funchal is probably the best place to stay in Madeira. This is where a lot of the action is. To experience it on a budget try The Vine, it's big, super modern, and has excellent spa facilities. And all for under £100 per night.
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Reid's Palace is one of the best places to stay in Madeira if you're looking for an easy family holiday. There's plenty to do on the grounds, including multiple pools - one just for kids, an indoor play space and outdoor playground, supervised activities, including tennis lessons, and they'll help you organise activities for the whole family to do together. They also have a large selection of rooms and suites, so it's one of the best places to stay in Madeira if your family needs plenty of space.
Five stars and family friendly don't always go together, but if that's what you're looking for then Quinta de Bela Vista is one of the best places to stay in Madeira for you and your family. This grand, hilltop mansion has amazing views and plenty of space.
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In addition to the pleasures of the island itself, Qunita da Casa Branca offers a wide range of spa and massage treatments, a sauna, yoga, a gym and a big, wonderfully calm garden.
And for those who'd rather travel further afield, the Choupana Hills Resort and Spa must be one of the best places to stay in Madeira - its Asian inspired design and treatment range may have you thinking you've made it to South East Asia. As well as the traditional spa treatment range, their menu also includes aromatherapy, reflexology and hot stone treatments. This is also one of the best places to stay in Madeira for golfers - Palheiro Golf Course is only 10 minutes away.
A large seaside hotel with simple and comfortable bedrooms overlooking the garden or out to sea. Two large swimming pools and a lively games room provide entertainment for all on site. Local restaurants nearby and water sports on offer at the beach.
Ponta do Sol, Madeira
Minimalist beach chic on a cliff top with fabulous views, excellent spa and restaurant. All white rooms with private balconies, trendy open-air bar, infinity pool, and access to the hotel's yacht. Ideal for an active summer holiday with all the luxury indulgence to go with it.
Ponta do Sol, Madeira
A bright and breezy seaside hotel. Cheap-chic is the order of the day. Airy rooms with balconies and sea views. Excellent food and access to its sister hotel's excellent facilities just up the hill. Ideal for those on a budget.
Fajã da Ovelha, Madeira
This intimate guesthouse set on a cliff top with magnificent sea views is the perfect place to unwind. Beautifully decorated rooms with views and eclectic living areas with furnishings from around the world. A great escape for couples and a base from which to explore the Madeiran valley.
This is a super modern spa hotel with slick minimalist interiors, lengthy wine list, and panoramic views of Funchal. A sophisticated spa break for those who want to be pampered to the max in a city environment.
A stunning five star hotel set in beautiful gardens overlooking the sea. Restaurants, bars, billiards, a swimming pool, and seamless rooms with private balconies. Unrivalled views that match the splendour of its interiors: a hilltop countryside mansion for those wanting lofty luxury.
A wonderful Goan-Portugese villa in central Funchal with an extensive spa. Delightful old world charm throughout the interiors, excellent cuisine with Goan roots, serene gardens. A relaxed spot close to the beach. Great for families.
Beautiful Five Star hotel with stunning views out to sea. Stylish bedrooms and suites with private balconies, creamy furnishings, and all the mod cons. Excellent restaurant and terrace, top of the range spa, and swimming pools. Perfect for a lazy summer holiday in the sun.
This hotel is definitely a place in which to relax and unwind in its tranquil surroundings. Architecturally it combines contemporary elegance and modern authenticity. Flora and fauna gardens in which to stroll and a Health Club for pampering.
A beautiful country house hotel and spa in Funchal next to the golf course. Understated, elegant rooms and suites in pastels with soft fabrics. Excellent gourmet restaurant, exquisite gardens, fantastic spa. A sophisticated hotel for avid golfers and those who like all things nice.
Reid's palace is ideal for family holidays or a spa break. It has a range of sporting activities, such as tennis, as well as extensive spa treatments, and magnificent swimming pools.
The views over Funchal bay from this hilltop architectural feat are bedazzling. The Asian and African influences fill it with all the exoticism that one desires from a truly luxury spa break. A destination for discovering cloud-level wellbeing.