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Hotel The Cliff Bay
Ranked #3 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 July 2012

This was our fourth visit and it most certainly did not disappoint. The hotel is superb in every aspect. As soon as you arrive you are made to feel welcome. The service, facilities, food and staff are all excellent. We can't wait to visit again!!!!!

Room Tip: If you select an upper floor you are guaranteed wonderful views.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Thank you for your feedback. It is great to hear that we managed to correspond to your expectations and that you would like to return again.

Hoping to see you soon in Madeira.

With kindest regards,

Jan E. Ringertz
General Manager

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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We went to Cliff Bay in the middle of a hectic work schedule. The purpose of our trip was just to relax, but also tour around Madeira.

It's really hard to think of any flaws concerning Cliff Bay's service, the rooms, breakfast and the property itself. The views from the pool area towards the city centre are nice, especially in the evening. There are lot's of restaurants in the vicinity, with varying quality. Remember to check tripadvisor for the good ones.

The location is ok, just a mile from Funchal city centre. There's a free bus service to the center, if you don't feel like walking there every day.

We're not the kind of people who go to the same hotel every vacation, but with a hotel like Cliff Bay, I'm absolutely certain we will make an exception to that rule!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We loved every minute of our honeymoon and would like to thank the Cliff Bay Hotel and its staff!! The hotel was fantastic, our room (superior, 7th floor) was spacious, clean, well equipped and the view from the extensive, corner, balcony breathtaking! The staff team from the reception, cleaning, and restuarant made the whole stay simply the best! Everything we wanted, requsted, or asked for was supplied simply, efficiently, and quickly. We had pre-booked the romantic meal package and would definately recommend this to any couple staying at the Cliff Bay as being a wonderful romantic night with great food and well choosen wine, while the setting was stunning and private. We even had our own waiter for the whole of the evening. The Spa and swimming facilities are also fantastic. We had pre-booked a couples outdoor back, neck and scalp massage, with views over the bay - the sound of the ocean made this even more relaxing. We would also highly recommend this and wished we had booked a few more treatments. We stayed for seven nights and now wish we had booked for ten. We will definately go back for an anniversary stay. We also really loved that the hotel made special efforts to welcome back couples who had been before and several couples we meet had stayed there many times! The food was great for the whole of our stay and we particullary enjoyed breakfast in the Il Gal D'oro restaurant.

Room Tip: Superior top floor rooms are the best with a bigger room and free water and soft drinks and with acc...
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

This is our 19th visit to Madeira - 18 to the Cliff Bay which is probably one of the best hotels at which we have stayed. The location is superb, the hotel is maintained in an excellent condition, the food is good and the staff - many of whom have been there for years, are brilliant. We are going back again in September and will undoubtedly book for 2013. If you want a totally relaxing break I cannot recommend the Cliff Bay too highly - it is fantastic.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

This was our second stay at the Cliff Bay and once again we found it to be top notch. 5 out of 5 for everything all the way down the line. We stayed here for 3 nights and then it wasn't available for the next 4 nights so we went to The Vine in town. Both are great hotels and Cliff Bay is half as much money again but for a wonderfully relaxing holiday we thought it was worth it. Although you could try what we did and split the week up - it is nice to be close to the action at The Vine and the rooms are amazing but for the outside areas and general laid back outdoor areas it is Cliff Bay every time.

Room Tip: We have had sea views over Funchal and sea views over the pool and both were great. Not sure it is w...
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

The Cliff Bay is a superb hotel with superb staff, facilities and food.

Room Tip: We liked the "Side Sea View" rooms - luxurious
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We have visited Madeira and Cliff Bay on many occasions and it is still superb. Eating at the Blue Lagoon round the pool was superb, together with music to die for. The success of the Hotel are its Staff, they cannot do enough for you and are always willing to help,

Christmas and New Year will not come quick enough when we will be there again for several weeks, looking forward to the fireworks, but we do hope that the music from Funchal does not spoil a nights sleep on our next visit.

In June/July we do accept that it is necessary to have the balcony window open at night, and whilst this was our first visit in the Summer by Christmas as the weather cools down we do tend to sleep with the windos closed.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the Harbour and Funchal, always a lot going on.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank haymaking
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Address: Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#2 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#2 Family Hotel in Funchal
#3 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#3 Business Hotel in Funchal
#4 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £140 - £279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel The Cliff Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Atlantic Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see at the foot of The Cliff Bay which is perched on the top of a natural promontory. The hotel is surrounded by gardens with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to the very edge of the cliff face. The panorama is completed by a magnificent view over the bay of Funchal to the left of the hotel.The most influential restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide, has awarded a star to Il Gallo d'Oro, The Cliff Bay's gourmet restaurant run by Chef Benoît Sinthon. This is Madeira's first and only star ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay Hotel Funchal
Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal
Cliff Bay Hotel Madeira
Hotel The Cliff Bay Madeira/Funchal

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