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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  • 9Floors
  • 202Rooms
  • 3Lifts

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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.


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

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with 2 beds and a pull-out bed, cable TV and a DVD player.

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, 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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So charming !!

What s wonderful place , the view on the harbor is super be with the sunrise in the morning The bedrooms are huge and really comfortable with 2 queens beds and a huge bathroom The indoor out door swimming pool is at the perfect temperature and you have plenty of place to seat Restaurants are a little expensive but you can find plenty of other place to have lunch or diner outside in the town The staff is just wonderful and smiling The free parking is just great when you have a rented carMore


Large & well-run sea/cliff-side hotel with seascape overlooking the Porto Bay

We stayed at the Cliff Bay hotel back in Spring last year and were truly surprised by the high level of service, despite the massive scale of this sea-facing promontory hotel. This hotel certainly makes the best possible use of its great geographical location with a high level, cliff-top garden and inside swimming pool and a sophisticated lift system bringing you at a lower sea-level pools and jacuzzi complex, with a carved / man-made beach-substitute platform. Our room (located at garden level, end of the East wing) was of a comfortable size and set up (great bed, bath, simple but with elegant interior design). If anything, breakfast is probably the main element with room for improvement at Cliff Bay, especially in terms of quality and general layout. When having your breakfast there, you'd just want to make sure you are using the outside sitting area, if the weather allows. We thought the interior of the breakfast room was terribly lacking of atmosphere; therefore you may as well be ouside, enjoying the pretty garden and lovely high-up sea views. When we were in Madeira, since it was our first time there, we ended up exploring the city of Funchal and particularly enjoyed the cable car ride, leading to Nossa Senhora do Monte church, taking photos of the toboggan run, the Museu Photographia Vincentes and the Casa Velha restaurant for its very interesting atmosphere and food. We also very much enjoyed taking some of the local treks (Pico Ruivo, Levadas, etc). We'd very much recommend these great outdoors hikes, if you want to discover a little bit more of the island and get to admire more of the fantastic landscapes and nature that the pretty island of Madeira has on offer. The Cabo Girao and its breathtaking glass viewing platform is very much worth visiting... if you are not afraid of heights!More

ClaireDeLondres, London, United Kingdom


This hotel just continues to get better and better and certainly has the Wow Factor. Having just returned from this most delightful hotel, we are ready for September when we will be there again. The Management Team and Staff are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble unlike most hotels, they are prepared to listen to you. The food in the Michelin Star Restaurant is second to none and the service first class. If you choose to stay on floor 7 or above you will also have the opportunity to take breakfast here which is included in your room price. You can also take champagne with your breakfast, but as we are early risers, a little too early for us to be on the Pop. You may also wish to take lunch or (dinner in the summer months) in the Blue Lagoon, super fish, meat or light snacks superbly served by the most pleasant staff. September cannot arrive too soon, why not join us. Obrigado once again.More

haymaking, Manchester

Peaceful and Tranquil

This hotel as soon as you step into it envelops you in a tranquil atmosphere. The hotel reception were very friendly and we had chosen a junior suite which was lovely and the view was stunning we could see Funchal Harbour and spent time watching the cruise liners come in and out on the balcony. The sunrises were also stunning, it's a must to get a harbour view room, also it gets the sun in the morning. The layout of the hotel is good too! The Blue Lagoon was an absolute delight serving fresh fish and lovely salads and vegetables also staff were particularly friendly. The Rose Garden was an interesting buffet different theme nights, also very good buffet breakfast and great to sit on terrace overlooking the gardens a relaxing experience. The spa was an absolutely tranquil relaxing experience the massage was terrific really recommend it. On the down side the Il Goro Doro restaurant the service was slow, the food was good but a very stuffy atmosphere! On the whole one of the best holidays we've ever had!More

Helen T, Mablethorpe


Just returned from a lovely 7 night break in this wonderful hotel. A beautifully appointed hotel with great facilities for everyone. Particularly enjoyed the 2 spotless swimming pools. Couldn't fault the friendly staff or food. We had 3 nights buffet meals in the hotel, then ate out for other nights. Lots of lovely restaurants near the hotel to suit all budgets! We had a garden room overlooking the front of the hotel. No sea view, but more than compensated by the lovely big private balcony with sun loungers that had afternoon and evening sun - perfect! Madeira is a lovely island. Would love to return one day, and would certainly come back to this hotel. More

KarenWarwick_England, Warwick, England

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