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All reviews design hotel infinity pool levada walks the cliff honesty bar sea view hotel da sister hotel free transfer several levels steam room the hotel offers half board sound of the waves spa facilities loved this hotel nice pool
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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.

Date of stay: November 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank WombleJ
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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.

Date of stay: October 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank leopoldo_de_castro
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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.

Date of stay: September 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Staro30
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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.

Date of stay: August 2010
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Thank Exdipper
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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!

Date of stay: May 2009
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Thank IlGenio
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