Melia Madeira Mare  

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Contemporary styling and ocean views make this hotel stand out. And then there’s the luxury spa...

This cutting-edge hotel comes with panoramic views of the Atlantic and direct access to a small pebble beach. You’ll find it in the popular Lido area of Funchal, about a 10-minute drive from the centre.

There are 2 pools – the main one has fabulous ocean views. For meals, you can choose between the buffet or the à la carte restaurant. And in the evenings, there’s live music and cocktails in a stylish setting.

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  • 1Building
  • 10Floors
  • 220Rooms
  • 5Lifts

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Honeymoons get sparkling wine in room on arrival and a dinner in the à la carte restaurant.

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Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

Large pool with sea views and plenty of sunbeds.

Spa*

Offering a variety of massage treatments, Vichy, rain and Swiss showers.

Indoor pool

The ideal tranquil place for swimming a few lengths.

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twin with limited sea view

Twin room with limited sea view sleeps 2 with a double or twin beds, sofa-bed, a radio, bathrobes and turndown service. Cots are available on request.

twin room with sea-view

Twin room with sea-view sleeps up to 3 with a double or twin beds, sofa-bed, a radio, bathrobes and turndown service.

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We are at the hotel now and are here until Monday 25/08/14' the hotel is lovely and is in a great location, the staff are friendly and helpful, it is very clean as you would expect, now the bad, we booked a room with a sea view which is what we have and have been given an up grade which has given us a larger balcony with sun beds which is nice if you get the sunshine but it is like a cave the sun doesn't shine on the balcony in the afternoon so there is no sitting out there with a drink at the end of the day which is one if the things we enjoy doing, probably a minor point to some people but important to us, we have asked for a change but it looks unlikely although people are checking in and out every day, I would of preferred not to get upgraded with the bigger balcony but had a smaller one which we could use, it's a pity but it is important to us as we have spent our wedding anniversary here yesterday and it is also my wife's birthday on Sunday. Although we will return to Madeira I am not sure we will return to the melia unfortunately again.More

UkAllen, UK

Seven nights in the Master Suite...

First of all, this review is quite lengthy, if you intend to read on I suggest you stick some coffee on and settle in to a comfy chair. Still here? Great, I’ll begin… I stayed at the Melia Madeira Mare from August 11th to 18th, 2014. This was my second stay at the hotel; a combination of celebrating my 40th birthday early and also getting engaged to my long-suffering girlfriend, so I booked one of the Master Suites. The suite gives a considerable amount of extra space and facilities over and above a standard room, consisting firstly of a lounge with table, sofa, flat screen TV, additional storage space and panoramic side windows. In addition to the lounge, the Master Suite also benefits from a well-equipped kitchenette with a sink, microwave, hob and a full-sized fridge. The suite’s main advantage is that it doesn’t have a balcony, but instead has a large veranda (roughly the size of a living room in semi-detached house), which comes with upgraded sun loungers, a parasol and a table/chairs. The veranda also extends around the side of the suite, providing a shaded area if the sun gets a little intense for your liking and it also comes with its own separate access door so if you have guests then they don’t need to walk through the bedroom to get outside. The veranda provides an unrivalled view of the ocean and the surrounding area, just standing at the edge of it makes you feel like you’re on the bridge of a very grand cruise ship. This also gives you a perfect private sunbathing area, so if you don’t fancy getting up early to grab a decent spot by the pool then you don’t have to. Remember what I said about getting engaged to my girlfriend? I proposed on the veranda, overlooking the ocean. Fortunately she said yes, or it would have been one hell of a short trip. As well as the suite’s upgraded features, it boasts a large bathroom and the same high-standard of bedroom as you will find in any of the hotel’s 200 rooms; sliding patio-style doors leading outside, large comfortable bed, plenty of storage space, electronic safe and a second flat-screen TV. All areas within the suite are fully air-conditioned. Moving on to the hotel, the facilities are world-class and exactly what guests would expect from a five-star resort; the gym, “Malo Clinic” spa and indoor pool are fantastic, with modern equipment and a whole range of treatments available to the weary traveller. Although use of the gym and pool is free for guests, the spa treatments do attract an additional cost so be mindful of this before you decide to book yourself in for a day of pampering. Yes, it’s not cheap, but this is a five-star resort and you really do get what you pay for. I didn’t use the spa this year but when I stayed at the Melia last year I had a deep sports massage followed by an afternoon lazing around in the spa itself. Highly recommended! For food and drinks there are a number of bars situated throughout the hotel, with a great semi-open air restaurant and bar next to the outdoor pool. I found this perfect for a few drinks and a light lunch when I’d been by the pool for a few hours. I booked the suite on a B&B basis, which meant a fabulous breakfast each morning with a vast choice of fresh food on offer. The restaurant tended to be very busy if I left breakfast until after 09h00, though it was never over-subscribed. Although breakfast is a self-service buffet, there are still staff on hand to serve tea and coffee, plus the added bonus of a chef on standby to prepare fresh omelettes if you so prefer. As I know Funchal’s restaurants very well I didn’t take the half-board option, though the hotel does provide an excellent a la carte evening menu. During my stay the hotel was offering four meals for the price of three if you pre-paid for them (drinks at an additional cost). In terms of location, the hotel benefits from being in the centre of the lido with a number of excellent bars and restaurants no more than a five minute stroll away. If you want to take a trip into Funchal, there is a taxi rank at the top of the hotel’s main entrance and the town’s yellow bus service leaves from the roundabout in the lido at the bottom of the hotel (outside of the Malo Clinic and Spa external entrance). Finally, I’d like to mention the staff at the hotel; the service received during my stay was impeccable, everyone I met was friendly, courteous and made my fiancée and I feel incredibly welcome (I was made to feel like both a rock-star and a returning long-lost brother), Our suite was kept spotlessly clean by the brilliant housekeeping team, reception staff were very efficient and the bar and restaurant service team were fabulous. The best way I could describe the service is “Attentive but never intrusive”, basically the staff are there when you need them but never in-your-face as they are at certain other five-star resorts. However, there is one member of staff who deserves special recognition; the ever-fabulous Tina De Nobrega, who is the hotel’s Guest Experience Manager. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Madeira and is just a genuinely lovely person who is dedicated to making sure guests have a great stay. If it’s your first time in Funchal, make sure you swing by Tina’s office (just opposite reception) and you’ll come away armed to the teeth with enough information about the island to make your trip very memorable. As an academic I’m trained to employ critical thinking and really, I have tried to be critical about the Melia Madeira Mare but the thing is, there’s nothing I can criticise about the hotel; it’s absolutely perfect, in every way. Add that to the fact that Madeira is simply a wonderful place to visit and I’m left with a huge problem – I’m now hopelessly addicted to the place. I had a fabulous stay in Funchal, I’ve returned home feeling very relaxed and feeling hugely privileged to have stayed in such a great place, but also very humbled by how well the staff looked after my fiancée and I. if Funchal is on your list of destinations then you won’t go too far wrong if you stay at any of the major hotels (Vidamar, Cliff Bay, Enotel Lido etc), but if you want the ultimate balance of relaxation, facilities and service then look no further than the Melia Madeira Mare, you will not be disappointed. There’s so much more I could say about the hotel and Madeira but I think I’ve said enough for now; if you’re reading this and you’d like to know more about the hotel, places to eat and drink in Funchal, which trips to go on or anything else I haven’t covered here then please feel free to message me and I’ll do my best to answer your question(s).More

Paul H, Cottingham, United Kingdom

Amazing hotel and service.

Stayed her for a week and the hotel was exactly what we needed! Pool area is great overlooking the sea! Nice seating areas located around the hotel to relax and enjoy the sunlight. Bar men and restaurant manager were absolutely perfect! They knew how to crack a smile and to have a laugh. One of the nights was a BBQ and being a vegetarian most was off limits. So manager asked me what I would like and they specially cooked some amazing food! Really cared for us! Location wise it's been good. Restaurants and pubs are walking distance. Supermarkets are practically everywhere. Canyoning I would advise to do! Was such an amazing experience, and not as difficult as it looks. We emailed epicmaderia and they picked us up and we were back within 5 hours. They also arranged scuba diving for us which was extremely helpful! Overall. Amazing place to go! Would definitely come back!More

Jaya_12345,

Super hotel, super location

We have just returned from a week in Funchal staying at the Melia Madeira Mare for the first time. We have stayed at quite a few hotels in the Lido area, 4 and 5 star but have to say, this was probably the best. The hotel is in an ideal location with views across the Atlantic. There are great restaurants, bars and water sports all close by and it's close for getting into Funchal. The hotel is large and modern, contemporary in decor and spotlessly clean. The staff are great, friendly, helpful and the housekeeping staff are fantastic. Our rooms were fab, comfortable, clean, modern and with gorgeous large bathroom. Everything you could want is provided (including lovely thick towels, not hard and scratchy like ones we had in last 5 star!) and the bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The terraces and pool areas were also spotless and really great for relaxing in, particularly the outside bar area. Hotel has free wifi which can be used everywhere, super flat screen TVs in rooms (not that you would want to spend time watching!) and reception staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Hotel also ensured we had double bed as requested and room next to our daughter's room. Only couple of negative points, breakfast although offering very good selection of fresh foods was bit chaotic and not great experience. Hotel would do better if guests were shown to a table and if they brought tea or coffee to the table and left the pots. The system here is for waiters to pour you a drink which would be ok if they were not so busy that often you were missed completely. Usually took so long to get a coffee you gave up on asking for a refill! Other disappointment was that nothing was working in indoor pool area all week, including whirlpool bath. These were just minor disappointments but did not spoil the overall experience which was fantastic and we would definitely stay here again next yearMore

Suze311, Uttoxeter, United Kingdom

Very pleasant hotel...4.5 stars!

This is my first hotel review so probably a bit OTT, but thought I'd share my opinion on the hotel and area. Stayed last 2 weeks of June 2014. Fantastic weather throughout. Looks good, a little soulless but if you want peace and quiet then you will have that in spades. Room on the top floor was very clean, large and modern with a Japanese-style décor. Large wardrobes with built-in drawers but no proper bedside cabinet/drawers which would have been nice. Large and very comfortable/hard bed. Wonderful pillows provided! Bathroom - very chic/powerful shower. Air-con - the most powerful ever experienced - beware! The hotel was relatively empty as it was just outside the peak season so a number of bars/communal areas were closed off which was fine. Didn't use the spa facilities despite there being a hotel deal of 'Buy 10 drinks and get 1 free use of the Spa'. Word of warning the drinks deal could not be used with the other hotel deal at the time which was 'Buy 4 meals and get 1 free'. Breakfast was adequate…as usual the egg station a little overwhelmed at times. Didn’t use the a la carte restaurant as too much choice outside the hotel One main pool area – quite small especially for the number of guests. Definitely won't be enough sun loungers during peak holiday periods! Tip - there are two very nice cabanas on the upper level. Nice if you fancy a spot of shade! High praise should go to the staff during our stay: Pestana & Tomas (bars), MIguel (restaurant) but a special mention deservedly goes to the all-rounder/enthusiastic Fatima who could not be faulted in anyway and Hugo Pires (pool guy) who worked tirelessly no matter how hot the weather! The reception and maintenance staff also delivered exceptional service. Very rarely have I had to use them, but twice when I called about something faulty within the room (broken door hook/intermittent faulty bathroom lights) everything was fixed within 10minutes! Remarkable. Location-wise a good 30min walk to the town centre of Funchal. The local area has and is undergoing development which should make the area even more cleaner/pedestrianized. Convenient shops and a good variety of restaurants to cater for all tastes and budget. My tips and recommendations: Spar directly opposite the hotel. Pingo Doce - a big and even cheaper supermarket where you can stock up on virtually everything. For sushi lovers definitely try the Japanese buffet place Nagoya (upper level on the restaurant parade a short walk away) – 16 euros all you can eat except drinks. Went several times. Papa Manuel’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at the bottom of the hotel. Brilliant value and amazing portions. O Dragoeira Cocktail bar/restaurant and the White Candle directly opposite the hotel. Also afternoon tea at the Reids Palace hotel –a little pricey at 30euros but definitely worth it - go for a last sitting as we had unlimited sandwiches, tea, sweets and scones! We only used the hotel dinner buffet twice and even with the deal on offer it still worked out around 28 euros pp and frankly one of the poorest buffets in our experience insofar as food varieties. For that price there are lots of other restaurants outside the hotel where you could have a 3 course meal a la carte. Many restaurants also entice with deals for 2/3 courses from around 15 euros upwards. There's plenty of opportunity to try out a few different places and tbh the portions at some places were enormous! Bon appetit!More

dannyboy71uk, London, United Kingdom

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