My husband and I stayed at the Porto Mare for a week over Christmas. Having never been away for Christmas we were uncertain what to expect -the hotel was excellent it was even better than we had hoped! We had a spacious room with a view of the pool, gardens and the sea from the balcony. Rooms were kept spotless and were even cleaned on Christms day.
The buffet breakfasts were excellent - very bad for the diet -although lots of fruit available alongside English and continental breakfasts we even got a good cup of tea!
We ate at the hotel restaurant twice, Christmas eve gala dinner and Christmas day -again excellent with a vast variety of food and wine included on Christmas eve!
Gardens were beautiful, well cared for and the plants labelled which was helpful. There was even a small aviary in the grounds!
Main outdoor pool was chilly however the hotel did not lack pools, the indoor/outdoor pool was great as was the jacuzzi and they never got crowded. I even attended an aqua aerobics session which was good fun.
The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and as for Funchal itself - the lights were breathtaking and the other decorations a delight.
My only negative point was we had a little more rain than expected but that was unfortunate and obviously not the fault of the hotel or resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Porto Mare hotel occupies the central wing of the Vila Porto Mare resort and benefits from the use of all its facilities. There are many different corners and atmospheres here ... something new to discover every day. The rooms combine views over the ocean with tropical gardens. Four restaurants, six bars, an ice-cream parlour, five pools, SPA, sports and children's facilities... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Mare Funchal
- Porto Mare Hotel Madeira/Funchal
- Porto Mare Madeira