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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!

Best places to stay in Madeira

If you:

  • want a fun, sunny Winter break,
  • prefer a rock-bottomed-sea to a sandy-beach,
  • want to fly but not long haul,
  • and you're looking for cheap and chic,
  • these are the best places to stay in Madeira for you:

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.

If you:

  • are travelling with kids (of all ages),
  • want a memorable, activity packed holiday,
  • and enjoy messing around in and on the water,

then these are some of the best places to stay in Madeira:

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.

If you:

  • want a relaxing spa break,
  • somewhere the scenery is spectacular
  • and the days are sunny,
  • and you're tempted by the idea of Madeira's famous Levada walks, or the golf courses, or the big game fishing,

then these Maderian spa resorts are for you:

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.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Madeira for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Madeira, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice

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  • Penha da Franca

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    109 rooms from $67
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor salt water pools - one is heated
    Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from the centre of Funcha;
    Fishing  -  Can be organised through the hotel
    Diving  -  Diving Centre nearby
  • Estalagem da Ponta do Sol

    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.

    54 rooms from $70
    Other Activities  -  Summer parties on the terrace with international DJs.
    Views  -  Views out to see from the cliff top.
    Spa breaks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Hotel da Vila

    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.

    15 rooms from $92
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Summerplace

    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.

    5 rooms from $101
    Total relaxation  -  Mountain air and magnificent scenes of the Madeira countryside.
    Intimate  -  Not for those seeking anonymity, a very sociable guesthouse.
    Country Escape  -  Set on a cliff top with views out to sea.
    Views  -  Over the Madeira valley and out to see.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Vine

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    79 rooms from $135
    Spa breaks
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection
  • Quinta da Bela Vista

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    83 rooms from $146
    Garden  -  A stunning garden with magnificent views.
    Views  -  Overlooking the gardens and the bay.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Quintinha de São João

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    42 rooms from $148
    Sights nearby  -  Central Funchal location. Everything is easily accessible on foot.
    Spa  -  Three treatment rooms and a wet area
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Quinta das Vistas

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    71 rooms from $179
    Walking distance restaurants
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
  • Quinta da Casa Branca

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    41 rooms from $202
    Total relaxation
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Casa Velha do Palheiro

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    37 rooms from $224
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel borders the world-renowned Palheiro Gardens
    Golf  -  Golf on its doorstep.
    Spa breaks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Reid's Palace

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    128 rooms from $286
    Spa breaks
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Choupana Hills Resort & Spa

    Funchal, Madeira

    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.

    56 rooms from 270
    Spa  -  Unique experiences - aromatherapy, relfexology, exfoliation, facial treatments, hot stones, holistic massages.
    Views  -  Dazzling views of the Atlantic Ocean and the bay of Funchal
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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