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.

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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.

twin room

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

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Its our 12th time here in this hotel, brought my dad here and he loved it, told my sister in USA about it and she flew over and met us here and she loved it, told our sons we would take them for my 50th (5yrs ago) they weren't too keen to come but they had a fantastic time...we are here yet again to celebrate our 25th anniversary tomorrow ,,staff,food, atmosphere, entertainment and amenities are brilliant ....We are going to Il Basilico for our 25th anniversary meal tomorrow night which also belongs to The Cliff Bay and the food is excellent ...More

darkhorse1960, Kilmacolm, United Kingdom

Absolutely awesome

This is my eight time back to MADEIRA.this time we broke our time with four different hotels so we would be close to everything we wanted to do. The cliff Bay was our first one and I must say we have traveled to a lot of places around the world so I had high expectations and they met them all.the best most beautiful hotel that I have staying in from the views to the spotless clean to the friendly people that work there always smiling willing to help and the breakfast buffet was to die for the best I ever seen.thank you inFrom the vMore

joe g, Tampa, Florida

Fantastic yet again

We stayed at the Cliff Bay for the first time 2 years ago, returned last year and again this year. A superb hotel, ideal location, spacious, large bedrooms, superb gardens and grounds, excellent spa and the very best customer service and staff. We weren't surprised to learn at the hotels champagne welcome party that; the hotel was nearly full and over half of the guests were returning guests. There are many cheaper hotel options in Funchal and very good they might be too, but we will return here again next year. More

Steve S, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Excellent, returning next year

Possibly the best hotel I have stayed in, room, food and hospitality were faultless. The amenities were superb with stunning views overlooking the ocean, three pools and outdoor hot tubs, spar, fitness room and chill out areas. The hotel had a huge choice of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. Lovely terraces for your lunch and early evening cocktails. Ideally placed for all the local shops and restaurants.More

golferCostaDeLaLuz, Costa De La Luz

Best Hotel ever

From arriving and our cases taken off us put straight to our room and given a lovely chilled wine along with upgrade I knew we had chosen a great hotel. On 7th floor with a huge balcony and sun beds on balcony the room was very spacious and modern. The bathroom was very spacious with fab toiletries replaced daily along with fresh towels as soon as we used were replaced. John from the Galla D,Ore restaurant kindly gave us a guided tour around the grounds and hotel explaining all to us, I felt he went the extra mile. We booked the romantic couple night and is was spectacular, food wine and view were amazing. Our waiter for the evening was Alexander, he was very knowledgeable explaining the wines and each course he brought out to us. We booked a treatment in the Spa again it was faultless and had a first class facial, very relaxing. All the staff were very friendly, plenty sun beds and drinks brought to you around the pool. Breakfast we always took in the Rose Garden looking out to sea, very organised and very pleasurable , food amazing. Fresh poached eggs made to order and a new letter each morning telling us daily activities in hotel and latest news from England. Would not hesitate to return to this 5 star hotel.More

karen s s, stockton on tees cleveland

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The Cliff Bay Hotel
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