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 two 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.
These contemporary double rooms with a limited sea view come with soft natural tones throughout. They sleep two with a double or twin beds. There's a radio, bathrobes and turndown service. Cots are available on request.
These contemporary twin rooms come with soft natural tones throughout. They sleep two with a double or twin beds and sofa-bed. There's a radio, bathrobes and turndown service. Cots are available on request.
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I had reviewed Tripadvisor before booking this hotel throught Thomson Holidays and we were not disappointed. We went for a relaxing week to chill out and this hotel was the perfect place to do so. Overall it really was an excellent price for such a lovely hotel (last minute booking for easter week Â£1000 for BnB and flights from Birmingham)
Arrival: The staff who checked us in and out were very friendly, helpful and pleasant to speak with.
Room: We were allocated room 807 which was a twin room with a side sea view and it was lovely. Spacious and a nice balcony to sit out on with a table and 2 chairs. Although the room/ensuite had some very slight signs of wear and tear it was comfortable with a lovely bathroom with jack and jane sinks, combined bath/shower (a very powerful shower at that) and surround sound so could listen to TV/music while in shower/bath. The WiFi was excellent and a bonus that it was free - we used it to make reservations and plan activities. There was a small fridge which was useful to keep drinks cold and tea and coffee making facilities too. Housekeeping did a great job each day (and I would recommend tipping them a euro or two each day if pleased as I believe wages for these jobs in Madeira are not well paid). We were very happy with our room.
Spa: I used the spa and although the prices are similar to the UK the treatments were even better than I have had in the UK. Yvonne was my therapist and she was amazing. She was pleasant, facilitating, gave good recommendations on treatments and was excellent at her job. I went for the 'Pampering for women' package (which included a full body massage and an hour long facial) and salt ambiance wrap - its was heavenly! Yvonne was the nicest person I dealt with during our stay and she is an asset to the Spa. Expensive treatments but excellent service and well worth it! The spa area itself is ok (jacussi, floating pool, showers, hydrotherapy) and such a pity you can only use it if you purchase a treatment or if you pay for its use separately -approx 20 euro.
Food: We stayed on a B&B basis and this was adequate as there are so many nice restaurants close by.
Breakfast was a buffet style and there was nothing they didn't have - from continental selections, breads, fresh fruit and cooked breakfasts. We enjoyed it. There is the option to sit outside for breakfast overlooking the pool. The waiting staff can be quite busy clearing tables depending on what time you attend for breakfast and so at times requesting tea and coffee can be slow but that was really our only complaint.
Locally we ate at Goya (across the road), Chalet Vincente, Casa italia (on Rua do Gorgulho as there are two of these in Funchal) and would recommend them all as they are a short distance from Melia - I've done some reviews for them also.
The pool bar menu is ok and we weren't impressed with it's prices - expensive for what they offer. Ok for drinks if sitting by the pool. Sometimes we found some of the waiting staff a bit indifferent and thought they could be more pleasant, even look somewhat happy! On the whole most were very nice and helpful.
Pool: Didn't use the indoor pool. The outdoor pool was lovely and it was relaxing to use the sun loungers overlooking the sea. The hotel location is perfect.
It is a short walk into Funchal and there is a bus stop outside.
Beach: Madeira doesn't really have any sandy beaches so would recommend a ferry trip to Porto Santo - an ideallic island with a 9km beach. This can be done as a day trip (2 hour ferry ride each way). At the very end of the beach (furthest away from the ferry port there is a lovely bar/restaurant to get some food/drinks and look out over the sea - a wonderful find at the end of a long walk!) You can purchase ferry tickets (57-66 euro per adult) from the Ponto Santo Line office 5-10 mins walk from Melia hotel - there is an option to add transfers which include a pick up in the morning from outside the hotel next door (Porto mare) and they drop you back after the ferry returns - also includes transfer from the ferry to Porto Santo town. We did this on the last day of our holiday and it was wonderful end to our holiday!
We really enjoyed our stay at Melia and would certainly book to stay here again - compared to other hotels locally I feel this is one of the best. Some of the previous reviews complained this was not 5 star and by UK standards this is probably a 4 star hotel but a very good 4 star at that.More
Erialc00, Coventry, United Kingdom
Balcony 5 star, not so sure about the rest.
The Melia Mare is advertised as 5 star, however, with a couple of exceptions it certainly is not. We were wise to select a superior sea view room, which if not for the spacious balcony with twin sun beds and parasol, would have been average. The paintwork in the room in some areas was requiring repainting, there were weeds on the balcony, and for the first two days we had no Wi-Fi in our room. The breakfast was buffet style, average, lacking in quality of selection, and the kitchen staff seemed reluctant to cook fried eggs fresh, instead directing guests to a precooked receptacle. The breakfasting area was as has been reviewed by another traveller not unlike a canteen. The spa was a very small pool and any additional facility, sauna or steamroom were available at extra cost 20 euros or so, The staff there were not very helpful, suggesting a free sauna should you wish to pay 75 euros for spa treatment.
There was no comfortable seating in the room. On the plus side, when the Wi-Fi started working ( We had to complain three times) it was very fast.
We also had to request an extension lead for my wife to be able to dry her hair at a mirror.We also phoned down to reception for room service one evening and were told to hang on, they cut us off and never returned the call. We dined out instead that evening.
In conclusion we would not go back to this hotel.More
william m, glasgow
Was 5 star now 4 star
This was our 5th visit.
At reception our instructions re eating/entertaining were scribbled onto our room card. No help with luggage.
There appeared to be less staff about and less service around the pool and at breakfast. Our room(823)was kept well cleaned, however , it was sad to see such careless maintenance in the bathroom. The glass wall tiles were all cracked around the wall fittings and the window looking into the shower was leaking water into the bedroom due to poor maintenance.
There were no changing facilities at the indoor pool!.
The reduction in staff and poor maintenance mean that it is unlikely that we will return after all these visits to the hotelMore
Ed G, Belper, United Kingdom
Great value for money
Just spent a week here and had a lovely holiday. Hotel is very clean and quality of our room was excellent. We had a superior Seaview room on the 9th floor. cleaned daily towels and beds changed if you wanted them. tea and coffee available. .Free WiFi . Staff were very helpful. This hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the centre of Funchal and you do have quite a hill, however, there is a bus stop outside the hotel. I would say thiis hotel isn't really for families there is no kids club or animation team. evening entertainment is average. we found breakfast to be really good . We had dinner a couple of nights and it was pretty average for. 5 star. we booked direct with hotel and got a better deal with some extras thrown in. I would have no problem staying here again.More
This is a Lovely hotel, very modern, nice rooms large bathroom. Staff very nice and helpfull. Good location 20mins walk to centre of Funchal or bus stop outside hotel very cheap, lots of lovely restraunts around hotel try scat lovely food. We were b&b and the breakfast was very good loads of choice.More