Luxury Holidays in Madeira
Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the island of Madeira is a haven of natural beauty.
The Greenest Scenery & Panoramic Coastal Views
Madeira is known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ and was voted World’s Leading Island Destination 2018 at the World Travel Awards.
This beautiful island is closer to the African mainland than Europe, and is enveloped in bougainvillea, lilac jacarandas, frangipani and orchids, creating an exotic colourful, picture-perfect landscape. Boasting rugged natural landscapes including rocky coves, mountains and pebble or black-sand beaches, make it perfect for strolling and hikes, aside from walking, Madeira is also an ideal destination for a whole host of other activities.
The Madeira archipelago is made up of two habitable islands, both of which are blessed by stunning scenery and is arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful locations.
It offers not only an all year round summer climate, as well as wonderful fauna and flora, but it is also virtually crime-free and one of the safest holiday destination in the world.
From the levadas – long trails through the mountains and hills – to the unique Laurissilva forest, not to mention the marvellous beaches. Madeira is a haven for nature tourism and with the weather always on your side, this is great destination for all sorts of sporting and leisure activities, out in the open, any time of year.
Water temperatures range between 19 and 24º C, making for fantastic conditions for snorkeling, diving, sailing, surfing, windsurfing and fishing, all year round.
Home to some superb hotels, Madeira is perfect for those wanting to escape the stresses of everyday life. The people are friendly and there are few places where you would enjoy better or more courteous service.
Places to visit in Madeira
Monte Botanical Gardens
Madeira is known for its lush vegetation, and a visit that takes in one of its best-loved gardens provides a perfect insight into the species that grow here. You’ll head first for Monte, perched in the hills above Funchal, which was once a popular health resort and still retains an air of elegance.
The Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1960, once part of an estate belonging to the founder of Reid’s Hotel, it was set up to conserve Madeiran plants that were becoming increasingly rare in the wild. Bursting with colour and scent, its six zones are a delight for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
Madeira Flower Festival
A two-week-long flower festival held in Funchal each spring is one of the major events in Madeira to celebrate springtime. With colourful costumes, dancers, concerts, flower carpets, exhibits and parades, this is a fragrant and enchanting spectacle not to be missed if you plan to visit the island in spring.
A blooming marvellous time is always had by all.
Walking & The 25 Fontes
Madeira is famed for its walking and hiking, with many visitors spending the entirety of their holiday rambling around the island.
The 25 Fontes (25 fountains) levada is one of the most famous walks in Madeira. Starting in Rabaçal and going to the 25 Fontes, the path reveals many landscapes and wonderful sensations. Visitors travel from far and wide to enjoy the iconic levada trail that leads to 25 fountains, which are the source of the levada. The weeping wall of 25 streams pours down into a pool where hikers can take a very refreshing dip in the cool water. The giant Risco Waterfall can be viewed from a viewpoint along the route and further cements this hike as one of the best on Madeira.
Blandy's Wine Lodge
At Blandy’s Wine Lodge, the heart of a family-run wine business established in 1811, you’ll get a fascinating insight into the difference between Madeira and other fortified wines as you tour the different areas of the establishment.
Nowadays, it is the heart of the family’s wine business where over 650 barrels and vats are stored, ageing the finest of the family’s wines in the traditional “canteiro” method. The guided tours are available from Monday to Friday, and allow you to visit the various areas of the Lodge, followed by a wine tasting. They take place throughout the day and are available in various languages: Portuguese, English, German, French and Spanish.
Dolphin and Whale watching
Madeiras waters are teaming with marine life, so both whale-watching and dolphin-watching cruises are popular.
Madeira is known all over the world for dolphin and whale watching. There are over 20 dolphin species and around 3 whale species you can spot. The best time to see whales, in particular, is between April and October, although the pilot and sperm whales can be seen at any season. You won’t have any problem spotting dolphins as these are around all year.
Take a ride on a cable car
The cable cars in Madeira are a great way to see the island and ocean views and the perfect activity for the whole family. Our favourite cable car is the one in Funchal, a 20-minute ride that goes up to 560 meters high.
As you go up, the environment will evolve and the urban fabric will be replaced by green slopes, hills and valleys, in a journey with the city and the sea in the background. The route ends in Monte, a town with a romantic landscape and surroundings
Experience the Basket Cars
A quirky transportation method in Madeira are the “basket cars”, with more than one hundred years of history. These cars are made of wood and wicker and can carry two to three people. The most fun part is that these basket cars are literally a big basket going down a steep hill with no mechanical breaks, only controlled by two specialized men who make this experience unforgettable.
Our favourite Madeira Hotels
Here is a selection of our most popular Madeira hotels.
These hotels are to get your creative juices flowing, but if you already have a hotel or two in mind, we would love to help tailor make your dream holiday.
5* Savoy Palace
7 NIGHTS – GREAT FOR COUPLES & FAMILIES
Positioned on a hillside in one of Funchal’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, this grand five-star hotel commands unparalleled views over the nearby bay and nowhere more so than from its rooftop infinity pool, with spectacular panoramas.
A first-class hotel with superb facilities in the heart of Madeira’s vibrant capital, the Savoy Place is an elegant addition to the island’s top-end tourism scene
5* Belmond Reid's Palace
7 NIGHTS – GREAT FOR COUPLES
Paradise perfected in a clifftop haven – Step through the doors and into a world of timeless elegance on the on the breathtaking ‘Island of Eternal Spring’.
Situated in a highly convenient location for the surrounding shops, museums and restaurants, although some might just want to enjoy the spectacular gardens of the hotel. The airport is a 20-minute drive away.
5* The cliff Bay
7 NIGHTS – GREAT FOR COUPLES & FAMILIES
You can expect nothing but the very best at this luxury hotel on the beautifully colourful and lush island of Madeira.
As you arrive – check in comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and your bags are whisked away to your room before you even notice. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not, it’s just par for the course at The Cliff Bay.