When a hotel boasts a Prime Minister and a Nobel Prize-winning author among its past guests, you know you’re in for something special. Sir Winston Churchill set up camp here while writing his war memoirs, and Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw regularly checked in when he fancied a break. The place has been Madeira’s number one hotel for more than a century, and these days it’s as impressive as ever.
Take the setting, for instance. Perched on rugged cliffs that plunge down to the Atlantic, and surrounded by ten acres of subtropical gardens, the attractive whitewashed hotel is in a really peaceful spot. Outside, three big swimming pools take pride of place. One is just footsteps from the sea, while the others offer up fantastic views from their raised positions.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the spa. It features a sauna and a steam room, and five cabins for the likes of body massages and reflexology.
Another great thing about this place is it’s geared up for the children, too – in fact, half the guests here last year were families. As well as a FUN@KIDS playground area with swimming pool for children from 3 to 9 years, there's a FUN@TEENAGERS zone equipped with computers and videogame consoles.
The restaurants also do a good job of catering for the little ones. The main eatery opens early for children, and offers up a special menu. Everyone else, meanwhile, can look forward to Mediterranean dishes made from the best local ingredients. And when you fancy a change of scenery, there are four other restaurants to check out. What’s more, every Tuesday a dinner dance is held in the dining room. And on Saturdays, there are champagne gala buffets to look forward to - don't forget your jacket and tie.
Completing the hotel’s impressive line-up are the rooms. Traditional wooden furniture and patterned soft furnishings give them an elegant vibe, while high-speed internet access and satellite TVs add a modern touch.
The hotel is part of Orient-Express and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The more active can enjoy watersports, tennis, golf and mountain walks.
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3 outdoor pools
Two of the pools are set in sunny terraces with sunbeds to stretch out on and parasols. One of them is filled with sea water and heated to 30ºc. The other pool is at sea level with a lift to the bathing jetty and direct sea access.
Enjoy live entertainment every night at the cocktail bar. Every Tuesday the manager puts on a party and mingles with the guests. Snacks are offered between 10am and 6pm.
You can find just about everything you need to feel top-to-toe pampered at this spa. From the little things like eyebrow waxing to full day programmes with massages and body wraps. Even children are catered for with their own mini-treatments which can be done while parents enjoy some down time in the double treatment suite. There's an indoor pool too with saunas and steam rooms for you to unwind and relax.
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Twin room sleeps 2 with sea view, complimentary soft drinks in the minibar, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, shoe cleaning service, marble bath, in-room movies, pillow menu, iPod dock, DVD player, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Room service is available 24 hours for an extra charge.
Twin connecting room sleeps up to 3 with sea view, complimentary soft drinks in the minibar, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, shoe cleaning service, marble bath, in-room movies, pillow menu, iPod dock, DVD player, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. You will need to book two of these room types to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Room service is available 24 hours for an extra charge.
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A Class of its own
This is a true gem and a wonderful experience of pampering and history! The rooms and views are spectacular and unique and the fact of sleefing in real linnen sheets we truly enjoyed! The spa is very special, and the breakfast buffet is great. The kids club and teenagers club are also great. High Tea at the terrace is a must! More
Angelina J, New York City, New York
My husband and I plus two of our closest friends have just returned from this wonderful Hotel, we stayed for 5 days from the 5th April to celebrate our 6th Wedding Anniversary. I first visited this Hotel about 35 years ago and had the famous Reid’s tea, not knowing that I would ever come back to stay at this beautiful Hotel. I have stayed at some wonderful Hotel’s over the years, but I have to say this has to be the best, the staff made us feel so welcome right from the start, our rooms were fantastic with lovely sea views, beautifully decorated throughout with old world charm and not spoilt in any way with trying to be modern, for me it was like going back in time, the service and friendliness of the staff was exceptional, the food faultless, and the facilities exceptional, we shall certainly be going back to this Hotel next year hopefully to celebrate another wedding anniversary. Our thanks go to the Ciriaco Campus for making our Wedding Anniversary something to remember, and to let you know that the flowers survived the journey home, thank you. Linda & Ken WillsMore
Four days of fine dining, luxurious comfort and thorough pampering. Panoramic view from our balcony was breathtaking. If you only do this once in a lifetime, it's worth it. A truly impressive experience! More
Warren N, Funchal
My experience (a weekend with my Wife) was great: top level service, very good location, upscale facilities but ... it could be improved as follows: - even for a short stay avoid the "charming room" : it is very small and you have not so much room to store your belongings - if you are willing to benefit from the SPA make your bookings prior to your stay More
Luis_Lisboa_Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
Old English Hotel
We stayed here for 3 nights. The old part of the hotel is very beautiful and outstanding but the new ish part not so. We stayed in the new end and the rooms are small, room for a big bed dressing table and small table, and we had view of sea but couldnt see it because of the trees. If you booking, ask for higher rooms (over 5 and you get good view) and ask for the older part of the hotel as it better feel and more room. The breakfast is wonderful and the service very good. Front desk service ---- mmmm abit grumpy and need to smile more. The maid on our floor was lovely and friendly, maybe front desk could learn something from her! The gardens are well kept and well worth a walk round. It is like a maze and we got lost in the building as it a bit confusing. It costs alot to eat, drink and stay here.More
LesleyJonze, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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