This is the second review since our visit some years ago. This time it was even better! I really can't put into words how fantastic this hotel is. It's situation is just perfect, sitting right on the ocean with a brilliant outdoor pool which proved very welcome last week, bearing in mind the temperature was never lower than 30 degrees! It is quite unique, with an old Quinta in the garden, which serves as reception, Vila Lido Bar & Restaurant and a wonderful library & reading room with terrace on the first floor. Another floor takes you to a television/games room should there not be enough to entertain you. There is an apartment block at the rear of the gorgeous gardens and the actual "tower" hotel which contains the "Flor Do Mar" restaurant which serves breakfast and dinner, and a lovely pool bar & restaurant on the very bottom of the complex, reached by a lift. This area also houses a gym, hot tub, table tennis and an area for massages.
The hotel is situated in a perfect area, so convenient for walking into Funchal (20 minutes), Pingo Doce Supermarket just across the road and pleasant walks to a huge choice of restaurants. The view from the pool whilst lying on a sun lounger under a shady umbrella overlooking the sea is perfect, especially when the Santa Maria (the local galleon) & all the boat trips sail by.
We had breakfast in the Flor Do Mar every morning. The choice of food was fantastic, catering for all the different nationalities who visit this hotel. The waiting staff are superb - always ready to go that extra mile for you. The sight of the gigantic cruise ships arriving in Funchal Harbour whilst you are eating your breakfast on the terrace is awsome!
To our great delight we were upgraded to a junior suite when we arrived which was a large living room with settee, two comfortable chairs, a dining table, flat screen TV, an extremely well equipped kitchenette, bathroom and a large bedroom. The only thing missing was air conditioning. As it was extremely hot, the fans in the suite weren't man enough to keep the room cool - but that is the only complaint!
Madeira is a sparkling jewel and the flowers at this time of year are spectacular - a truly unique island and one we hope to return to again and again. It was a huge wrench to drag ourselves away and we are already planning next year's trip.
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- Pestana Palms Ocean Aparthotel Funchal
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