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Luxury Madeira Holidays

The floating garden

Madeira

Holidays in Madeira are packed full of beautiful natural sights, from its rugged cliffs leading down to the sparkling ocean to manicured botanic gardens full of native trees and flowers. The mountains are perfect for those wanting to explore Portugal’s natural landscapes, while the capital cosmopolitan Funchal is home to upmarket bars, restaurants and shops. Children will love riding the cable car up to the top of the cliffs, while adults will find excellent varieties of wine and some excellent local seafood.

Spend your days taking in the architecture of the pretty fishing villages dotted around the island or exploring the ancient ruins and 18th Century churches. Visit the old town of Funchal for narrow streets and a cosmopolitan marina. The buildings will take you through the fascinating history of the island, with Gothic, Victorian and modern architecture rubbing shoulders and housing luxury hotels, pretty bars and cafés and some of Portugal’s best restaurants.

Top luxury destination in Madeira

Funchal is the perfect place for your luxury holidays in Madeira. It’s full of fascinating sights and attractions, an elegant marina full of upmarket bars and restaurants and the yachts of the rich and famous. Take a boat trip around the island and stop off in crystal clear bays where you can snorkel or golden sandy coves where you can enjoy a picnic packed full of locally sourced produce. Sunset cruises are the perfect way to enjoy a romantic evening over cocktails or delicious champagne.

Funchal is also home to famous botanic gardens, home to exotic and local species of plants, trees and flowers. The island is also called the “Floating Garden” after its emerald landscapes, valleys filled with wildflowers and bougainvillea lined streets. Horse riding, hiking and mountain biking are a great way to see the interior landscapes, while the perfect way to fully relax is to spend a lazy day unwinding on the beach.

Our pick of the top hotels in Madeira
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

The Cliff Bay

Madeira, Funchal
  • Features the only two Michelin star restaurant on the island
  • Sumptuous Spa with treatments and rituals for relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Prime location overlooking Funchal Bay, with panoramic sea views

Belmond Reid's Palace

Madeira, Funchal
  • A five star hotel offering traditional luxury
  • Perfect hotel for golf enthusiasts, with excursions available for guests
  • Home to an exclusive spa offering an outstanding range of treatments

Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel

Madeira, Funchal
  • Close to Funchal city centre
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Home to a luxury spa offering a range of treatments

VIDAMAR Resorts Madeira

Madeira, Funchal
  • Family-friendly resort overlooking Salgados beach
  • Three pools with one just for kids
  • Free Aquatica Kids’ Club

Quinta Da Casa Branca

Madeira, Funchal
  • Beautiful tropical gardens and five star boutique luxury 
  • Couples will love the serene and quiet setting, spa, and contemporary fine dining
  • Enjoy the outdoor pool or a cocktail at the 19th century heritage bar 
Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€2-3
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Bus return
€4
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Cup of coffee
€1-1.50
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Glass of wine
€3-5
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Main course
€12-15
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Small souvenir
€6
Flight Information

Flights from the UK to Madeira take approximately 3 hours 45 minutes. 

When to go

Madeira has a pleasant mid-20s average throughout summer, with mild temperatures in the spring and autumn that are ideal for beach-going, sightseeing and golfing. Madeira tends to get most of its rain out of the way in November and December, leading to beautiful springs. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal

Tipping

Many hotels and restaurants include a service charge, so check your bill carefully – if it hasn’t been included, you should leave around 10% tip. Taxi drivers, hotel staff and other tourism workers are normally tipped two or three euros and it’s common to tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Destinations in Madeira
Funchal
Funchal is the southerly capital of Madeira. Its city centre of Gothic, Victorian and Modernist architecture climbs up into the hills, where hotels and gardens showcase cinematic Atlantic Ocean views.
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Helen Lippe

Start with a day in Funchal, the island’s capital. Walk down the seafront promenade to the Old Town, stopping for a drink at one of the many bars on the way. From there, take the cable car (10€ per person, each way) to Monte, where you can visit the world-renowned Monte Place Gardens

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