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 or they can be sold as a single. 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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Best choice

We were first time visitors to Madeira and this hotel was the perfect introduction to a lovely island. The hotel is beautiful, inside and out, perched high on a cliff with fabulous views and, more importantly for us, direct access to the sea. Although we didn't use the spa or the indoor/outdoor pool, it was really lovely. We favoured the lower heated pool and the sea. The breakfast was buffet style with everything you would want with very attentive service from the staff - all of whom we met around the hotel were excellent. You can walk into Funchal - about a 15 minute stroll for us - or use the free shuttle bus service. We will definitely return to Madeira and stay here again.More

northerner42, north

Wonderful !

I had the great opportunity to spend my birthday in this beautiful hotel where I was warmly welcomed and surprised. I highly recommend this hotel. The room was spacious with beautiful sea view. Well organized garden added to the relaxing atmosphere. The staff was very polite and welcome. I would like to send my special regards to the spa manager and thanks her for the amazing experience and relaxing time I had in the hotel. I hope to see you all soon again.More

Gigita40, Landskrona, Sweden

Top notch

This is a top class hotel, everything is just a little bit more or better than you would expect. Great asset is the view: it is situated on the cliff (of course) and has a free view of the Atlantic. But best of all is the restaurant Gallo d'Oro - which has the only Michelin star on the island. Dining here is an absolute pleasure. Highly recommended.More

tawv, Amsterdam

mountain top wonder...

the service. the food, location location location.....a 10 minutes walk to town and there is the shuttle as well....and so much to do....all kinds of hiking on all levels....the water is fountain pen blue.....the pool is wonderful after a long day,,,,half inside, half outside.....the breakfast is anything and everything to include champagne...there a a dozen or more restaurants within two to ten minutes....the smell of the perfumeMore

66travelor, Gambrills, Maryland

Liked it, what's better?

Stayed for a week in March and had a lovely room on the 7th floor. The staff are great, very hospitable, speak English very well and are very enthusiastic. One criticism is that they tend to favour the older returning guests. One morning we were talking to the restaurant manager when we were cut short as he went over to speak and seat another couple totally ignoring us. So annoying. Breakfast in the upstairs D'oro restaurant is too slow when you order cooked food. We went back to the Rose Garden as the food is the same perhaps better choice. Enjoyed the stay and definitely the staff make it, but shouldn't favour older returning guests please. More

CheshireladAscot, Ascot

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The Cliff Bay Hotel
Rated: 5.0 /5 based on 1631 customer reviews
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