The Cliff Bay Hotel  

The Michelin-starred restaurant is the jewel in the crown of this hillside hotel. And it also has two ocean-view pools.

This cliff-side hotel serves up some of the best harbour views in Funchal. What’s more, it’s home to Madeira’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s a buffet restaurant, too, as well as a great sports menu.

The hotel is spread across tiered gardens. On the top level, there’s a large pool and a chic spa. And there’s another pool right by the sea. A free shuttle bus can whisk you to the centre of Funchal in five minutes.

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Honeymoon Offer

Honeymooners receive a room upgrade, subject to availability‚ sparkling wine and flowers in room on arrival, plus a dinner for two at the Rose Garden Restaurant.

Food & Drink

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Il Gallo d'Oro Mediterranean restaurant*

This smart and sophisticated Michelin Star restaurant is one not to be missed. It offers a mix of Iberian and Mediterranean cuisine with the option of dining on the terrace. Jacket or tie is recommended for gentlemen. You'll need to make a reservation in advance and children must be six years or over to eat here.

Outdoor/indoor pool

You'll find this on the top level of the hotel with an indoor and outdoor section. You'll have the option of relaxing on the terrace around the pool on the sunbeds topped with padded cushions, plus parasols for that bit of shade.


There's a variety of treatments on offer such as massages, facials, body wraps, aromatherapy, manicure, pedicure, make-up and a selection of additional packages.

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twin room

These twin rooms with their warm inviting colour scheme can sleep up to three. They come with two beds and a pull-out bed, cable TV and a DVD player.

superior twin room with sea view

These superior twin rooms with a sea view come with natural tones running throughout. They can sleep up to three and are located on the sixth and ninth floors. There's cable TV, a selection of classical CDs from the library, DVD player, a minibar with complimentary soft drinks, fruit and wine in the room on arrival, fresh flowers, à la carte breakfast in Il Gallo d'Oro Restaurant and pillow menu.

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Superb attention to detail

Came here for a week's relaxation in Madeira and it has not disappointed. The location of this hotel is superb, with cliff top views of Funchal but easy access to the sea for swimming. All facilities first class, and the food is excellent. Particularly impressed by the unobtrusive, but excellent service and the friendliness of the staff.More

David T, London, England, United Kingdom

Fantastic First Visit

The Cliff Bay had been recommended to us by 2 sets of friends who had visited within the last 7 years. We were not disappointed. We were on the 2nd floor in a harbour view room...what a view! Room was spotless with everything you needed. The maids called in the evening too to turn down your bed. Breakfast had plenty of choice and was eaten in view of the sea with a breath taking view. The staff were all helpful and very pleasant. We attended the welcome meeting with drinks and canapes and were greeted by the manager Antonio Pais who seemed genuinely interested in our visit. Madeira itself was lovely, albeit quite hilly. The visitors seemed to be a little more sophisticated and dressed accordingly. We will be back!!More

Jacqueline D, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

A Great time at the Cliff Bay

After just getting back from a week at the Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal, my wife and I are already missing it. This wont be a long review as after reading the other reviews on Tripadvisor regarding this hotel you will probably sense how nice it is. From starting the holiday in the Hotel things could not have been better, from the beautiful staff on reception to the room we stayed in. We read the reviews and they all told us the same, what a beautiful time we would have, and that would turn out to be spot on, the sea level pool area is so clean and well furnished it was hard to leave and the hotel sea access is a real bonus, it comes with life guards, so any families going could have some comfort. The upper levels of the hotel were just as good with beautiful views of the Sea and Funchal, especially at night. The happy hour got us together with other guests and the staff made us feel very welcome. We were B&B which was good for us but the friends we met who ate at the hotel always praised the food in the Rose Garden retaurant, and if you wanted to spoil yourself you could eat at the Michelin Star restaurant at the hotel, this was at extra cost though. This is far as I am going, just to say if you go to this Hotel you wont be disappointed, be prepared to be pampered.More

stewart773, Skelton

Excellent Hotel in Funchal

This is my wife and I second visit in two years. As many previous reviewers mentioned nothing to fault with the staff or service. One minor hiccup was our very early Thomson Airways flight from East Midlands airport meant we arrived to check in to the hotel at 11.25am, only to find the room would not be available until 13.30. The staff offered a drinks voucher however we chose to leave the hotel and get lunch. I would have expected the room to be available, or at least to be fore warned. If you have never visited Madeira it beautiful, flowers, rugged costal scenery, boat trips dolphin and whale watching. Look forward to re visiting again. Robert & Heather WilliamsMore

RCWILLIAMS100, Doncaster South Yorkshire

A Memorable Hotel - will be back

It is a few years since we were last in Madeira and we were recommended to stay at the Cliff Bay by several friends who are regular visitors. We were not disappointed - this is a very comfortable hotel with good facilities. From the moment we arrived we were relaxed and that continued throughout our stay. Our room was exceptional - we had booked a "top floor" floor room with a Funchal view. We were actually upgraded to a suite which was a very nice bonus. The maid service was very efficient, reception was helpful and also efficient. The bar service was good and the food in the buffet restaurant was extremely good. There are good pool areas and plenty of sun-beds. We did not try the spa so I cannot offer any comments on that. The views are great and the gardens are beautifully maintained. There is a small but secure car park if you have a car. It is a fairly easy walk (all downhill) into the town - you might want a cab back unless you are very fit. The hotel also has a number of restaurants nearby if you are looking to eat out. We will return.More

GericW, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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The Cliff Bay Hotel
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