We've just come back from an amazing week at the sky lounge in Funchal. The house is fantastic and the photos probably don't do it justice, it is a really stunning house, kitted out incredibly well and in immaculate condition. There is loads of space so great for kids to run around, while the balcony and pool terrace are both great sun traps! It is as described in a residential area but only a 15 min walk from the town centre and 10 mins to a supermarket - and the bus stops outside the house. We got cabs back most evenings which were v reasonable - c. 5 euros (and I don't think I've ever seen more cabs per person in a town before so never had to wait!).
The pool was a real highlight - much bigger than most villa pools we looked at, long enough to do proper lengths and warm enough for kids to jump in (though heating the pool is an extra but worthwhile cost). Our 16 month old loved going up and down in the lift (and his grandmother found it very useful too!) and the games room/ pool table was great in the evenings.
Carlotta was very helpful - the only major thing the villa could do with is a bit more info in the house - e.g. Which switches do what for the lights and blinds.
But overall a stunning place, we had a great time!
Skylounge or Villa Andrade is located in a residential area with no facilities such as food shops or restaurants within easy walking distance.
It is part way up a very steep hill and whilst the walk to the centre may be 800 metres - this is not a realistic option given the incline and the lack of a pavement in certain parts.
The only viable options for getting around are a hire car, or one of the local taxis.
All local residents seem to have dogs (often more than one) living in the yards of their properties barking at all hours of day and night. There is building work taking place in close proximity.
There is a stunning view of the town and the harbour from the balcony on the top floor and that the villa has plenty of space.
The design, layout and technological features (no guidance included) has the feel of a modern office rather than someone's house. There is no indication of which of the multitude of wall switches throughout the villa actually operates which blinds and which lights.
The amount of glass in the construction does mean you feel like you are living in something of a goldfish bowl yet, with the exception of the top floor, it is very gloomy due to the lack of artificial lighting.
Whilst the building has obviously been designed and constructed to a high standard and the fittings are of similar quality, other items such as the bedding, towels and the kitchenware are of poor quality .There is little enough kitchenware for 2 people, let alone 8.
The wifi signal is poor and does not work at all in the master bedroom. Whilst the villa does have cable installed there are no useful channels for someone from the UK.
The local representative, Carlota, is very helpful.