The Cliff Bay Hotel is set on a cliff-side, and serves up some of the best harbour and sea views in Funchal. That’s not to say it’s really tucked away, though – a shuttle bus whisks guests to the city centre’s bars and restaurants, which are less than 5 minutes away.
The property is spread out over different levels, all of which are blanketed in immaculate flower-filled gardens. On the top tier, you’ll find a heated swimming pool with indoor and outdoor sections. This level is also home to a decadent spa, with a treatments menu spanning everything from chocolate body wraps to hot stone massages. For the ultimate indulgence, book in to have your treatment in one of the four-poster gazebos that are scattered among the palm trees.
Breakfast is taken in the hotel’s buffet restaurant, which has an outdoor terrace for al fresco meals. In the evenings, pull up a seat at Il Galo d’Oro. This à la carte eatery serves Mediterranean cuisine, and has a Michelin Star to its name.
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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 6 years or over to eat here.
You'll find this on the top level of the hotel with an indoor and outdoor section.
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 sleeps up to 3 with 2 beds and a pull-out bed, cable TV, DVD player and bathrobes.
superior twin room with sea view
Superior twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 and is located on the 6th to 9th floors. Room has cable TV, a selection of classical CDs from the library, DVD player, bathrobes, 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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Utterly Stunning Hotel & Grounds
This is a little piece of heaven. The grounds around the hotel are absolutely gorgeous and so well maintained. Lots of seats here and there so you can find your own little peaceful place. The hotel is located in a quiet area of the town and an easy enough walk to downtown Funchal. The breakfast spread was simply astonishing. Everything you could wish for ( including champagne). A vast variety of hot and cold choices including omelettes made while you wait. Foodie heaven. Service from staff is quite exceptional. Everyone was polite & accommodating. Our room was spacious, bright, very comfortable, clean and had a lovely view towards Funchal. Pleasant bar and attractive restaurants within the hotel. Evening meals, to be honest, weren't quite as good as we would have expected ( especially for the prices charged). The pool areas were lovely to spend time around. We spent the start of the week at the upstairs one ( part of which is indoors) but found the lower pool area to be nicer, more spacious and more sheltered from the brisk breezes. The lower pool area has a casual beach type restaurant which was great for using during the day. We sampled their afternoon teas on day and it was such a treat ....delicious .... I'm sure it would give the Savoy, Ritz etc in London a run for their money ! This hotel really is a treat to stay in with the most stunning floral displays in the main public areas. We'd happily return here for a relaxing holiday.More
anne8527, London, United Kingdom
Lots of grey-haired people strolling around but the hotel was great! Superb breakfast in the Michelin-starred restaurant. Great bar service with cocktails. Lots of places to sit outside and feel a bit private. A bit chilly sometimes in February but we had a nice room with a bay view. Comfy beds. Overall, a true 5*More
George W, Dunblane
The Cliff Bay Hotel surpassed all expectations. Our first time in Madeira and truly the overall quality of The Cliff Bay Hotel was exceptional. The rooms were excellent, cleanliness of the facilities was faultless and the friendlyness of all the staff did not go unnoticed. We would highly recommend eating at the Michelin star Ill Gallo Doro restaurant at the hotel. This said the standard of food throughout was of a very high standard ( breakfast in particular) . Difficult to find any fault.More
Gwil R, Penarth, United Kingdom
A Wonderful Return Trip
Having been to this hotel before, we know that the service and standard is always very good. The rooms are very good and clean. The staff welcomed us back and were very friendly for the duration of our stay. We enjoyed the variety of food on offer. This is our fifth visit and highly recommend this hotel.More
Diane W, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Having been a regular traveler to Madeira over the years and stayed a few nice hotels I thought I would try out The Cliff Bay for the first time. Located only a few minuets drive out of Funchal and with superb views of the bay and coastline, the hotel is well positioned on many fronts! I arrived early evening with a taxi paying 38 Euros and was checked in quickly and then escorted to my very nice room with views over the ocean. After spending much of the on a plane I put some walking shoes on and ventured down to the town for a bit to eat and some fresh air. The room was well decorated with plenty of space in to unwind and cupboards to hang cloths. A good night sleep was interrupted by the beautiful sun saying good morning to me! I put on my gym cloths and headed down to the indoor pool and gym. The facility is ideal, perfect size and as one fellow gym user said "how good is this".........well a good work out and nice swim made me ready for a good breakfast! The breakfast buffet was a delight with even a few nice bottles of local Champagne to prepare a good Mimosa with......the food was fresh, full of tropical fruits and a good mix of breads, cereals and egg dishes to set us all up for the day! With a full tummy full, I was set for a day of Levada walking on the stunning island, one of my favorite activities and a great way to really see and explore Madeira, well apart from sampling a few drops of the local wines or a game of golf on the stunning courses. The choice of The Cliff Bay proved a great decision and one I can calmly recommend! The hotel has a good mix, 3 pools and when the Atlantic is calm and warm, great to swim in. Perfect for families or even a romantic couple, you won't be disappointed with very friendly staff who are always looking to please you. Keep smiling must be their motto!More
JohnTGN, Melbourne, Australia
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