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Savoy Calheta Beach
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Calheta
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We booked an all-inclusive two week stay from the end of November 2012. We were going to book one week but found that two weeks were cheaper than one! We have never had such good value anywhere.

We had a few problems. On our first evening we went up to our room to discover it flooded by water pouring in through the light fittings. Aparently this was due to a blocked drain on the roof terrace above. We were quickly moved to a better room and everyone apologised profusely. I don't think the building was at that time as well maintained as it should have been. Not all the gym equipment was in operation. The indoor pool is small but heated (although it would have been better a bit warmer). I swam in the outdoor pool but very few guests did (it was pretty chilly by December and is not heated)

All of the staff - reception, waiters, bar staff, cleaners were first class. My husband broke his leg and had to go to Funchal to be X-rayed and put in plaster. The hotel lent us a wheelchair and went out of their way to be extra attentive. In spite of those two set-backs we actually enjoyed our stay. Met some nice people and came home quite relaxed.

The evening entertainment was varied and better than most hotel shows and the (free) drink OK. We appreciated the fact that the background muzac was either off or very quiet and unobtrusive so it was possible to relax, read or have a conversation. We would recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Sea view is best as the other side looks straight into a cliff
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

On first impression this hotel needs updating. Furniture with wine stains on and dirty leg and base of table not cleaned in ages. Pillows in bedroom very poor and flat. Sun beds on balcony very old and tired. To use the safe you have to kneel on floor as its underneath cupboard and it kept breaking! Having said that the food and drinks are wonderful except the all inclusive drinks finish at 10pm. If you want and ice team that's not part of the all inclusive either!! Although on our first day it was??? The staff really need to sort that out I have never been on all inclusive where ice cream was not included! So I drank some more vodka instead.!!? Entertainment at night was pleasant. If your looking for somewhere away from shops peaceful quiet this is the place to be not much happening here at all unless you go out on trips. Even though weather was not that good we went February 2013 when we left we had a lovely relaxing holiday .

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HOTELINSPECTOR04
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I emailed the hotel twice the week before we stayed seeking costs of upgrade to half board or all inclusive. Nothing received back. On arrival it was apparant that our room had been changed and we were sent to the other building across the walkway. It overlooks the road and the main hotel is between you and the sea. We were three and then find no third bed was evident at all?
Back to reception as we were also concerned that our 'one bedroom apartment' did not have the sea view we had expected. We were then given a ground floor room immediately next to the reception area, it was okay and had a view toward the sea but i got the impression the all inclusive and groups take preference. I am still confused as to how a ''one bedroom apartment' is actually an apartment with no seperate bedroom at all. As a result my 18 year old daughter had to sleep in the room with us in a creeky fold up bed more suited to a younger child. (I had honestly expected a separate bedroom and my daughter on a bed settee or suchlike in the apartment area)?
We went with the flow because we simply do not believe that you should ever be put into the position of having the 'wrong' room, not as described, and having to keep seeking another. Its a pain.
The hotel also has no free parking and direct you to a car park across from the main hotel at 7+ Euros a day providing a barcoded tag after you have agreed payment. I had a hire car and was able to park about 200 metres east of the hotel for nothing every night?
The wi-fi always seems to be a constant complaint and although i am not greatly interested it does seem very strange that the hotel does not address the issue. They have one computer available for free. If you walk along the marina next to the hotel you will find a number of restaurants who do provide free wi-fi although very slow.
We ate in the buffet restaurant on two nights and it was very good, breakfast each day was very good. The al a carte restaurant adjoining the hotel was also very pleasant to visit for dinner.
We did not have the best of weather last week so the hire car was a great benefit and should be seriously considered anyway because many places in the area are worth a visit, we did the whole West of the island and Funchal and were glad we did.
The hotel staff were very good, reception, dining room, pool area, bars. Very friendly and helpful.
We liked the hotel, it is very modern and has everything. The room issue can be resolved by a more precise description on the hotels website and its photographs. Is it a 'one bedroom apartment' or is it a 'one bed apartment', it is not both. I have given a 'very good' but would have given an 'excellent' if we got what they describe.

Room Tip: Make sure you see it and you are happy as some rooms are debatable on description alone.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank BuchananPlymouth
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

This can be a bit tricky to go to Madeira in January and expect sunny beach weather. But thanks to hotel’s location in south part we had no cloudy days or rain, the temperature varied from 22˚C - 27˚C during the day.
We went All Inclusive. Food and drinks were excellent, every day different, exotic salads, various meat and fish, local cheese, tasty fruits and fresh vegetables.
We were quite happy with entertainment; every evening from 19:30 till 23:00 there was different events going on downstairs in the lobby sometimes out by the pool: parrot shows, magic shows, solo singers, music groups and dancers.
Hotel atmosphere is relaxing, friendly and peaceful. “Madeira is a perfect place for just married or almost dead :D”, I heard this joke from our senior next-door neighbours. And that is true, winter in Madeira = summer in UK, so it isn’t hot and it isn’t cold. In my observation all hotel guests could be divided in two groups: 80% seniors, 20% young families. For someone who expects parties all night long, this is not a right place.
Hotel is wonderful itself, but there is not much what to do around the hotel. There is nice supermarket across the road, harbour, it is possible to arrange boat and fishing trips, one or two seafood restaurants, beach and sugar cane factory up the hill and in fact that is all.
But there is many more activities what to do in Madeira: surfing, walks, hiking and many more. Hotel organizes some trips, the nearest trips are free. Many points of interest were too far from the hotel.
Taxi transfer from airport to hotel and back was around 130-140 euro. Often taxi is the only option, public transport runs very rarely. Also transfer to Funchal was for extra charge.
Next time I would choose the same hotel, but probably I would rent a car.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Leimane
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Somehow my booking didn't get through, despite emailing them three times. It's unclear if this was the fault of the hotel reservation office or the booking agency. Anyway, the receptionist handled this perfectly. No ocean view room was available, in return I got a free buffet, free parking and a bottle of sparkling wine. Without asking. Best way to solve this problem, compliments to the receptionist.

Biggest problem was: no internet. It was broken for a week apparently. There was only one working computer. Otherwise everything was fine. Parking requires some driving skills, as the turns are very sharp. The pool area is very nice, both sunny places and hideaways from the ever present breeze. This is the only place in Madeira with a sandy beach. It's enclosed in concrete to avoid it being washed away. The pool is nicer in many ways.

Buffet was OK, the salads are very nice, limited choice of fish and meat dishes. Entertainment in the evening (life music) was nice. The "mountain view" rooms are really that, you look at the one mountain behind the hotel. Or the building with the supermarket on the lower floors. That's the biggest supermarket I have been to in Madeira. If it weren't for the dried fish on sale (smelly!!!) it would be perfect.

There isn't much else to do around, you can walk the boulevard or walk to Calheta town. Everything else is up a steep mountain road.

Room Tip: Definitely ocean view, it's worth the extra money.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank trip4trip
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

We found this hotel to be very comfortable & relaxing with good friendly service & well-run.
Its location is quite peaceful but the weather really was not...very windy at times with several wet days during our week.The evenings can be fairly chilly in March & you can get shrouded in fog (as we did driving our hire car inland one day).
We chose half board on 4 days when we had dinner in the buffet restaurant,which serves a good variety of International dishes - enjoyable food to suit most tastes.Food,wine & beer is good value here,the service friendly & efficient.The a la carte restaurant (Onda Azul) is excellent & is a welcome change from the large buffet restaurant,which although very good,can become a little like a "people factory" during very busy times.
There are a few other bars & restaurants nearby,including a very good fish restaurant.There was sufficient choice for us in Calheta but we were glad to be able to go further afield with our hire car,especially when the weather was disappointing & it was too cold to sit by the pool or swim.The outdoor pool is unheated but in a very pleasant setting;the indoor pool much warmer but small;it gets very crowded at times.
We really enjoyed the evening entertainment on most days & appreciated the way that it had been planned for a wide variety of tastes & ages - some of the performances professionally executed.Entertainment during the day (for families in particular) seemed a little sparse,although the sandy beach & sea bathing are a great asset.
We spent some time on our balcony,which had great views & got plenty of afternoon sun (on the few good days).It was certainly worth spending a little extra booking a room with a view!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank 543Shonny
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

Just arrived home after having a holiday in Madeira, Portugal.
The hotel Calheta Beach is the best hotel that I and my friend have ever stayed in.
From the moment we booked in, to the day we left, we were made to feel welcome and wanted.
We had lovely clean spacious rooms with sea view and lovely big balcony. Felt like heaven. Very quiet and peaceful during the whole holiday. No discos at night, total bliss. First holiday we have had for years in Europe without banging discos all night, and a proper nights sleep every night without banging doors and late night revellers in corridors. HEAVEN.
The hotel boasts a beautiful pool area and gardens with pleasant bar staff and peace and quiet.
The reception staff are very helpful and contented, and will do anything to help their guests.All the staff in the hotel are great with a lovely smile. The restaraunt is spacious and very clean, and the food is of a very high standard, (buffet style) and there is always a choice of something to suit everyone.
You can get trips to Funchal which is the city of Madeira, its about 40minutes from Calheta, and you can get there by public bus from outside the hotel, but they dont run very often. you can go by hotel private bus for 17.50 euros return. You can have a good seven hours in Funchal. Mini bus drops and picks up at the park gardens in Funchal. Its worth the trip. Plenty shops in the tourist area, but smokers beware!
Any one looking to bring home ciggarettes, shops in Madeira donot take credit or debit cards. Its cash only. Ciggs are around 39 to 40 euros per 200 pack depending on brand.
If anyone is looking for a good quiet peaceful clean hotel 4* with good food, then this is the one for you.
Entertainment in hotel calheta is very good. Varied entertainment starts around 7.30pm - around 11pm, which in our view is great, as it allows those who want an early night to wake refreshed the next day.
We recommend this hotel mainly for people wanting a good quiet relaxing holiday.
There is also a good sandy beach in front of the hotel. Calheta is a quiet area with nothing much to do, but you can get out and about, by booking the hotel mini bus to various places or public bus.
We will certainly be going back to Calheta beach hotel, Good value for money,and we recommend it to you if you just want to lap up the sun. Go for it!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank kenneth H
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Address: Vila da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-133, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Calheta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Calheta
Price Range: £88 - £213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Savoy Calheta Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 114
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