This opulent hotel nods to its colonial past with its garden pool and elegant dining scene.
Set on the outskirts of Funchal, this 19th-century mansion has been converted into one of Madeira’s most exclusive hotels. The dining room oozes colonial elegance and is the ideal spot for trying Madeiran cuisine.
In the gardens, you’ll find more than 500 species of plants, as well as a croquet lawn and a big pool. There’s a plush bar with live music two evenings a week.
Free candlelit dinner in the Beresford Restaurant, sparkling wine, fruit and flowers on arrival and a room upgrade - subject to availability. A marriage certificate must be provided to qualify - offer only valid on stays of over seven nights and up 30 days after wedding date.
Repeat guests get a bottle of champagne, dinner for two, flowers, fruit and a room upgrade - subject to availability. Only valid for stays of over seven nights.
Golfers get 30% discount on green fees and free transport to the courses.
Courtesy minibus to Funchal, 4 times a day - excluding weekends and bank holidays.
Free use of sauna, whirlpool, Turkish bath, gym and games room.
These traditional twin rooms are warm and stylish. There's air-conditioning and Wi-Fi* in your room plus there's a few treats for you too. You'll have flowers and fruit in your room on arrival, plus free use of a semi-covered pool, Turkish bath, gym and games room - the bathroom's marble and you'll have bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries. You'll also have some space outside on your balcony with views overlooking the garden.
There's a traditional feel to the décor in these superior twin rooms but there's lots of modern touches. There's air-conditioning provided and Wi-Fi* so you can stay connected. You'll have some space outside on your balcony with views overlooking the garden. There's some treats for you too - there'll be flowers and fruit in your room on arrival, plus you'll have free use of a semi-covered pool, Turkish bath, gym and games room - the bathroom's marble and you'll have bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries.
Comfort: superb comfortable rooms all with lovely garden views
Charm: originally an 18th century country house with an amazing sub tropical garden. Converted to a hotel with great attention to detail and elegance.
Novelty: has to be Columbo the resident giant tortoise who has lived here since 1958. He's a character and comes to greet the guests every morning for breakfast. He knows how to attract an audience and is a splendid old fellow.
All in all this hotel is wonderful. The staff are really excellent and made us feel completely at home. The gardens are amazing and the swimming pool area is lovely. I really couldn't fault this hotel. The only complaint is that I have to leave - I'd happily have stayed longer if I could.More
Harry M, Edinburgh
Luxury at its best
Great hotel experience with highly personalized service, attentive to the last detail. Superb breakfast. Knowledgeable concierges that can put together a personalized levada experience. Quiet and relaxing pool area in the big park overlooking Funchal.More
Leif-Olof W, GÃ¶teborg, Sweden
Hotel wonderful restaurant less so
The hotel certainly lives up to its billing on TripAdvisor.
Rooms are spacious. beds comfortable, bedding is high quality, rooms are clean and bathrooms well equipped. This is a comfortable hotel where the public rooms are within the old quinta building and the majority of rooms are newly built but in keeping with the old. If able to choose I would ask for a non ground floor room as although these have a balcony/terrace they are less private as guests within the grounds can approach and can encroach on your privacy. Our ground floor room did suffer from mosquito ingress perhaps due to the proximity of subtropical plants and the verdant gardens.
Staff (in every setting other than our dinning experience)) went out of their way to make our stay pleasant from breakfast room, to front of house and cleaning staff (turn down chocolate a nice touch). The 4 times a day shuttle to the town was also useful
Grounds are tranquil and the pool area peaceful and comfortable.
You can walk within 5/10 minutes to a huge supermarket and there are a couple of local bars/pizza place a very short stroll away.
We do have one or two issues which would have resulted in our review becoming excellent.
1. Mosquitoes were a real nuisance in our ground floor room and terrace. Despite using repellent we were bitten during the day in and around the hotel and grounds.
2. No real pool staff presence
3. Prices (for Madeira) of drinks/snacks were a little expensive
4. Restaurant was less than acceptable. Many guests on half board appeared to enjoy the food and service however our first dinner from the a la carte menu resulted in us choosing to eat away for the rest of our stay. Prices were high for the quality of food served. The dishes we were served did not correspond with the menu description (especially the cheese in filo pastry starter). We were 'charged' for bread we did not order now a 'no no' in Madeira and one dish was so under-cooked it was returned to the kitchen twice and proved inedible (it was removed from the bill however no other compensation was offered). My wife and I are well traveled and do appreciate fine dinning however this was not delivered here.Some dinners may be happy with the restaurant however we were not.The restaurant has a captive audience so I would implore management to up its game here.
Despite not enjoying our dinning we did however enjoy the other aspects of the hotel and had a in most parts relaxing and comfortable time.More
KevanEastYorkshire, East Yorkshire
Another wonderful luxury break
As always the staff were wonderful, the general ambience was peaceful and luxurious,the food was excellent and the grounds and rooms were all immaculate.
We cannot recommend it highly enough and are greatly looking forward to our next visit in the Spring.More
Gill R, Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
An excellent hotel
Located just outside Funchal centre. The hotel is immaculate, the staff always polite and friendly. The rooms are well appointed with everything you would expect. The food is generally of a high standard, although we did have one meal in the restaurant which wasn't quite up to standard.
The grounds are outstanding and the pool is a delight with a bar which serves great food.More