You know a hotel is special when a general used to live within its four walls. General Beresford, commander of the British forces in Madeira during the Napoleonic Wars, called this place home back in the 19th-century. Fast forward to today and the grand mansion has been cleverly converted into one of the island’s most exclusive hotels.
All whitewashed walls, red roofs and thick wooden shutters, it’s the picture of colonial elegance. Step inside, and things continue in the same vein. A large dining room comes complete with gold-framed pictures and a chandelier centrepiece. And there’s a cosy lounge lined with book cabinets and period furniture.
The rooms, meanwhile, have taken a more pared-down approach. White walls provide a blank canvas for wooden furniture and deep red and green soft furnishings. And marble bathrooms have a minimalist feel to them. In terms of mod-cons, expect to find air-conditioning, satellite TVs and Wi-Fi.
Step outside and the first thing you’ll notice is all the greenery. The gardens are filled with more than 500 species of plants and trees, dotted among manicured lawns. There’s a big swimming pool, too, and spacious terraces that look out to sea.
As for dining, there’s a fine restaurant featuring Madeiran specialities made from the best local ingredients.
Based on 529 reviews
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Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Set in the tropical gardens with sunbeds, sun terrace, pool towels and parasols.
The Pink Room
Elegant breakfast room with verandah. Children under 8 years can dine in here.
Colombo Bistro pool bar*
By the pool. For refreshing drinks, snacks and quality food cooked with the freshest local ingredients.
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twin room with garden view
Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3. Rooms have Internet, sitting area, marble bathroom with bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries.
superior room with garden view
Superior room with garden view sleeps up to 3. Rooms have Internet, sitting area, marble bathroom with bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries.
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Having read previous reviews we were certainly not disappointed! Very comfortable hotel in amazing gardens, with a superb swimming pool. The staff were all very efficient and friendly and we loved all meals - breakfast al fresco (most mornings) and very ample evening meals. Could not find a better place to stay in Madeira! We will return.More
We stayed in a superior panoramic view room, on the top floor (rm 307) definitely a good choice as the views were stunning - the beautiful gardens with the ocean beyond. This hotel has everything you need for a relaxing and pampered stay - not a place to bring children, although there are facilities, but I wouldn't feel comfortable breaking the peace and quiet! The staff were, without exception, courteous, helpful and happy. Special mention for Lui and his amazing cocktail - the Lui Lui :-) The pool is beautiful and amply warm enough to swim on a sunny February day. Location is excellent - a nice downhill stroll into Funchal and you can get a bus back (number 15) if you don't fancy the steep walk, although that earns you a cocktail! We would recommend that you ask the hotel to order a taxi from the airport for you, and ask for Aldo - a really lovely local man - he will tell you all about Madeira, and for a reasonable fee he will take you around the island for the day, stopping at some 'off the beaten track' places and making a very relaxing day out. What more can we say, exempt when can we go back?!More
Caroline G, Coventry, United Kingdom
You will want to return
We returned for our second year to the Quinta Jardins do Lago and what a good decision it was. What a delight. Hotel is beautifully presented, helpful and friendly staff, wonderful gardens with an elegant pool. Very good food, an excellent chef. It is rare for us to revisit a holiday location but this is an exception. We shall continue to return.More
Probably the best Hotel on the Island
Quiet, clean Hotel set in amazing gardens. Friendly and helpful staff who are knowledgable and can assist with bookings and excursions. Great breakfasts in the garden with panoramic views to the mountains, Funchal and the sea. Large spacious rooms with wifi and sat TV.More
Niglom, Hertford, United Kingdom
A Great Place to Stay
We arrived to be told our room had been upgraded - a delightful surprise. From that moment on Quinta Jardins do Lago proved why it deserves every one of its five stars. It's quiet, peaceful, unobtrusive but helpful and friendly staff made the stay perfect. There was no problem dealing with special dietary needs. The rooms were spotless and the grounds immaculate It is about a mile from the centre of Funchal - uphill. For us that was no problem but may be for anyone with mobility issues. Its location away from the city centre in beautiful grounds is what makes it so attractive. We would stay there again without any hesitationMore
Heather C, Marlborough, United Kingdom
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