Ok, so being the wrong side of 40 or the right side of 50 if was deemed time to visit Maderia -my choice which surprised the memsahib. She even let me choose this hotel - and I'm glad I did.
The Orca Praia is tucked away from the hustle of Funchal ( a good 50 minute walk away). Built into the side of a cliff it looks due South straight over the Atlantic.
The view from all the rooms is gobsmacking. Sky, sea, horizon.
And no noise. Brilliant. This was our first trip abroad sans les enfants for 10 years - and it came as a shock to see how quiet the large pool was. No screaming kids -just chilled-out adults. (As with the rooms the pool looks out to the Atlantic - at the right angle it's a a perfect infinity pool)
The rooms are large and well equipped (option extras being room safe key and fridge if required). There's no air conditioning (not a problem in September) but as the only noise outside is the ocean - just leave the balcony door open. And compared to over hotels we've stayed in the balcony is huge.
Staff are courteous and friendly (without being overbearing) and a bom dias/obrigado always goes down well.
Food is varied and well-cooked with a mixture of familiar and Madeiran cuisine - although the drinks are on the high side - but not extortionate.
Yes, as others have pointed out it is steep walk back up from the pool - but hell, if you're moderately fit it won't kill you. The hotel operates a courtesy bus into Funchal, but this does book up quickly, so get yourself one of the pre-paid tickets, load it up with 10 euros and you've got ten trips - the bus stop is just at the top of the hotel's drive.
We both had a fantastic relaxing break at a hotel with certainly punches well above it's weight. Give us a choice and we'll go back tomorrow
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Orca Praia
- Orca Praia Funchal
- Orca Praia Hotel Madeira/Funchal