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“Chillaxation on the clifftop!”

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Estalagem Ponta do Sol
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Chillaxation on the clifftop!”
Reviewed 12 November 2010

We´ve just stayed here for a week before going on to Funchal for a second week. A beautiful and stylish hotel with lovely food, great infinity pool, gardens, spa. If you want to lounge round a pool most of the time, perhaps take time out to do a levada walk, play some tennis, do a coach tour round the western side of the island or have a massage, then this is as good a place as any to do it. The food is delicious but quite rich so we went down to the shack on the beach (called Mare Alta) twice, once for a simple 3-course dinner ( €12.50 p.p.) and once just for a bowl of soup which really hit the spot. The village is tiny and there's not much going on in November, but there is a little shopping centre 3 mins walk from the hotel with a pharmacy, mini-supermarket, etc. The hotel buffet breakfast was lovely - lots of fresh fruit salad and juices, yogurt, cold meats and cheese and salad, then scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon etc, Great rolls, bread, croissants and cakes to end the meal - you don't come here to lose weight! Our only quibble was the honesty bar food. The honesty bar is a great concept and it works very well for drinks, but you can also order light snacks there - sandwiches, soups, salads - and they only use Bimbo-style bread rather than the lovely bread they serve at breakfast - why? - and the soup was lukewarm. But all in all, a great hotel and a lovely relaxing week - we'd definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Den Haag, Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 October 2010

The location is excellent on the top of a cliff over the see, views are great. The rooms are nice and luminous. The personal of the hotel is very nice. The facilities are great, very nice swimming pools (one in the exterior, and the other one in the interior and heated), and restaurant with nice views. There is an offer of SPA treatments and of activities (organized walks in the levadas). Nice coffee corner as well.
Breakfast offers a wide selection of typical portuguese cakes and sweets (home made).
The gardens are really taken care of, and the hotel building is amazing.
I can not imagine how could it be improved.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

Hotel situated on top of a pillar of rock overlooking Ponta Del Sol. Reception and rooms reached by a series of lifts. Lovely sea view rooms with great bed and bedding - contemporary design. Restaurant serving b'fast, lunch and dinner - good quality and choice. Fantastic infinity swimming pool. Indoor pool is also great - very warm and powerful jets. Jacuzzi could be a bit warmer. Lovely manicured gardens and sunbathing beds. Room needed more hoovering upon arrival but was quickly rectified. Sauna is on sometimes and the steam room needs turning on when needed - ok, but annoying when no staff to be found without trekking back to reception. Very small and tight car park. Great bar! Overall, excellent and very well recommended.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

Just back from our first trip to Madeira, and 2 weeks in Ponta do Sol. We spent our first week at the Estalagem which really was fantastic! Our room, as requested, had a full sea view, and our balcony was literally a meter from the edge of the cliff. It was very peaceful and quiet, with the noise of sea birds and waves being the only intrusions! We slept with our curtains open most nights which was really great!
The room itself is quite big, and adequate, although a little dated. Great storage though, and a huge TV, with loads of English language channels in case you feel like vegging out! The bathroom is a little tired, but clean and functional. Our balcony was an excellent size, and although we didn't spend much time on it, there was plenty of space to do so.
The hotel itself really is a good example of a design hotel, with different styles of architecture blending together nicely. We are not normally sun holiday people, but for our first 5 days, we mostly spent our time sitting near the pool (there are some lovely quieter areas away from the main pool area with loungers and beanbags!) and shuffling around the hotel grounds! The library area is a nice touch, with plenty of books in many language being constantly added to by holiday makers. The food in the restaurant was very good, although a strange mix of Italian and asian inspired dishes. The manageress of the restaurant was really excellent and very friendly. Breakfast was varied most days, and served until 11am which is really very civilised!!! The courtesy bus meant not having a car wasn't a problem. On both Saturdays that we were in Ponta do Sol there was a concert in the garden at the hotel which was a welcome diversion! The pool area is very well maintained, as is the spa.
Overall, this was a great hotel offering a very good service.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

This design hotel is very nice
Rooms are not very big but they are new, we had one with direct access to the (common) garden.
The indoor pool is heated and the jacuzzi has a magnificent view on the sea.
Breakfast is good, there are also newspapers available (not free)
The best parto of the hotel though is the restaurant, great quality and elegance. We had dinner there aevery night!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

My husband and I have been in the nearby Hotel da Vila (belonging to the compound of Estalagem do Ponta do sol) and had such a good stay that we are now coming back to enjoy another long weekend on Madeira Island. The Hotel is beautifully located directly near the beach of Ponta do Sol offering all rooms with sea view. The atmosphere is fantastic as the hotel offers design elements together with typical local ones. The staff of the hotel has been very gentle making us feel at our ease. As a whole we can only say that the price of the food and the rooms offered is great. We are already looking forward being there again in a couple of weeks. Thank you once again to the whole staff of Estalagem do Ponta do Sol and Hotel da Vila for giving us this unforgettable moments on beautiful Madeira.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

Set on a cliff top, this hotel does not look anything like it appears, in fact it exceeded my expectations,

My room overlooked the sea, the food was fantastic, and the staff looked after all my needs and were there to help at any time

Best of all? It was away from the maddening crowds and quiet, which was just what was needed as a place to relax and sun myself

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Estalagem Ponta do Sol
Address: Quinta da Rochinha, Ponta Do Sol, Madeira 9360-529, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Ponta Do Sol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Estalagem Ponta do Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best way to define the concept that lies behind the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is the idea of an escape hotel. It is set on the top of a cliff - a more spectacular location is difficult to imagine. The hotel is a result of the renovation of an old "quinta", and the goal was simple: to integrate the original buildings in a distinct, contemporary style. The architecture enhances the beauty of an already beautiful place and the atmosphere is simple and relaxed, yet sophisticated. ... more   less 
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