This was our second visit to this lovely hotel. The staff are nice, the rooms are spacious with very big balconies (all facing the sea and very private), the food is very good with locally caught fish (including Black Scabbard found only off Madeira and Japan). The soup is delicious and there is a salad bar with a good variety. The desserts are mouth watering and the fruit, mostly grown on Madeira is good at dinner and breakfast. One morning we even had scones for breakfast which had just been made by the lady who serves sometimes.
We like this hotel as it is away from the hustle and bustle of the Hotel Zone of Funchal yet it is easy enough to get into Funchal itself either on the hotel courtesy bus (book in advance) or at the top of the drive (steep climb) there is a bus stop and buses are every half hour. Another way to get into Funchal is to turn left from the swimming pool on to the promenade. When getting to the end of the promenade go down on to the beach and walk about half way along until you see a café. Go up and you will find a narrow promenade which goes along the back of the hotels and you will come to a white tunnel through the cliffs (an amazing feat of engineering). The tunnel is lit and is about 100 metres or so long and skirts around a deep inlet where you can watch the waves splash up. You will come out by a Lido (where you can swim with lots of fish) or carry on up steps to a promenade with nice gardens, there is also a supermarket Continente. and cafes. Magic Tea Garden further along is nice.
The bar in the evening is nice and entertainment is enjoyable especially the magician (Saturday)and dancing lessons twice a week.
Looking forward to returning.
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- Orca Praia Funchal
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