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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superior twin room with sea view and balcony

These traditionally styled spacious superior twin rooms come complete with lots of natural light. They can sleep up to 3 people with twin beds and an extra bed in he bedroom. And you'll find them located on the 6th and 9th floors. There's cable TV, a selection of classical CDs from the library, DVD player and a minibar with complimentary soft drinks. You'll also have fruit and wine in the room on arrival, fresh flowers, à la carte breakfast in Il Gallo d'Oro Restaurant and a pillow menu. Outside on your balcony you'll also have a sea view.

superior twin room with sea view, bay view and balcony

These traditionally styled, spacious, superior twin rooms have double doors leading out to the balcony - here you can appreciate some fresh air and the sea and bay view. They can sleep up to 3 with twin beds and an extra bed. You'll find a cable TV and DVD player. Extras include complimentary soft drinks, water from the minibar, fruit and wine in the room on arrival and fresh flowers in the room. You'll also have classical CDs available from the library, à La Carte breakfast in II Gallo Doro Restaurant at no supplement and a pillow menu.

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first class

From the moment you arrive you know you are in a good hotel. The reception staff are efficient and attentive, they also have command of most European languages to a good standard. Our room was ready even though we were early for check in, demonstrating efficient use of occupancy. Main restaurant, Rose Garden has a themed buffet each night, these are of a very high standard with plenty of choice. The Gallo d"or, the only Michelin star restaurant on the island serves exceptional cuisine, how it only has one star is a mystery to me. The hotel is directed and managed by Antonio Pais, is this a 5 star hotel, would I return, the answer to both is an emphatic yes.More

raymondo190735, 190735

First time on Madeira

Well, where do I start.....this place is amazing..!! Great location , great food, great rooms and great staff. It really does deserve its 5 star rating, The views are stunning and the atmosphere at the Cliff bay is very relaxing and an ideal place to re-charge your batteries. It may be 5 star but it's prices are reasonable and the hotel caters for all pockets with plenty of choice. The hotel was recommended to us, and I would certainly recommend it too. We will definitely be back.More

Colin T,

genuine 5*.......

From the moment you arrive you realise this is the real faking it class......great staff/service,views to die for.loved the sauna/hot tub area-very cool ambience. Nothing not to like-even the employed Harris hawk to preserve the peace of outside diners from the attentions of seagulls at breakfast..attention to detail?!.... Choose a Funchal/Harbour view,ours room 426..Stunning outlook-end room with extra large Funchal switch on her lights.beautiful.enjoy.More

dave t,

5* Excellence

Most people here seem to be back on repeat visits, including us. Our 3rd visit. Books up early. Jacket required in the Il Gallo D'Oro for dinner. Rose Garden Restaurant really good, dress standard slipping as jeans seem to be allowed in now. We do wish they would change the mirror behind the Reception Desk ! We had a couple of problems in this visit but they were dealt with very efficiently. The walk from the Cliff Bay into Funchal is ok, about 30" along a busy road. A taxi back is the best idea as there is the big hill to walk up.More


Fab hotel

Great hotel with friendly staff, had an upgrade to a harbour view of Funchal, fantastic. Only stayed two nights but will stay longer next time to take in all that the hotel offers. Location is good and within easy walking distance to Funchal.More

cardimike, 776264

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Rated: 5.0 /5 based on 2164 customer reviews
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