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Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

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Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Hello heading to Funchal around the 7th of December. Sometimes hotel sun decks/pool areas can be shaded at this time of year due to high cliffs and low sun. which hotels or districts within Funchal would be the best bets to avoid this shady issue.

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1. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Many of the hotels in Funchal and along the coast are South facing so get the sun morning until sunset. Coastal hotels - Cliff Bay, Vidamar, Eden Mar/Porto Mare/Residence (one very good complex all joined) Melia Madeira, Pestana Promenade, the list is endless, there are many more. There are no cliffs shading Funchal from the South,ie in front of the City , the cliffs are all further North. Some hotels have direct sea access so the lack of sun does not apply. If you have any hotels in mind I would suggest reading the reviews here on TA or reading the websites of each hotel.

Hope this helps

Edited: 05 November 2013, 11:16
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2. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

We stayed at the Porto Mare Hotel in December 2010 and there was plenty of sunshine in the gardens and around the pool . As flowercity said , there are many hotels in the Lido area to choose from .

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3. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Indeed just about all hotels down by the ocean will be OK, but I don't think Pestana Casino Park's rooms are so great in location. Another very popular 5-star hotel, Quintinha Sao Joao , has north and east facing rooms and one reviewer complained that after 1 PM most sun loungers are in the shade. Some other hotels will be shaded only by trees, a matter of watching pictures here on TA very well and reading reviews.

In Santa Cruz near airport I'd avoid Santa Caterina as their pool is shaded by a motorway fly-over (bridge).

One thing that bothers me much more is how hard the beds are. I didn't like Quintinha Sao Joao for that reason, but that's several years ago.

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4. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Hoping to arrange a trip to Funchal in April. Can anyone tell me what to expect round this time of year...events, weather, is it a busy time or is it possible to get a reasonable hotel deal?

I was here for two weeks July 2009 and really loved the Island.

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5. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Have not visited in April but spent two glorious weeks here from May 6th 2013 ,which meant we were able to see the spectacular Flower Festival .I am sure someone will come on to the forum to tell you what you can expect to see in April .

Whenever you visit Madeira , it is magical .

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6. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

PS Drummermum - The Flower Festival next year is the 3rd and 4th of May 2014 .

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7. Re: Best hotel or area for December sun in Funchal

Thankyou MikeB for the information.

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