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The Cliff Bay

Madeira, Funchal

The Cliff Bay is poised on a clifftop in one of Madeira’s premier locations.

Sat quietly in palm-filled gardens, this elegant hotel catches panoramic views of Funchal Bay from just about every angle. There’s a deep affection for the finer things – gourmet dining and a classy but unpretentious spa are the headline acts, with a lovely pool and a bathing platform that melts into the sea as the supporting cast. Linger over lunchtime salads at the poolside Blue Lagoon, and reserve evenings for Il Galo d’Oro, one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants on the island.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.

Specially modified rooms for people with reduced mobility are available on request.

  • Clifftop location overlooking Funchal bay
  • Features a Michelin-star restaurant
  • All rooms enjoy sea view
  • Direct access to the sea
  • Beautiful spa with menu of treatments

Added value

Early booking discount

Save up to 13% on the hotel price for holidays between 01 May - 31 October 2018 booked by 31 January 2018.

Honeymoon offer

Honeymooners will receive a complimentary room upgrade, sparkling wine, flowers and wine in the room on arrival for holidays between 01 November 2017 - 30 April 2018.


Bars & Restaurants

Blue Lagoon

Opening Times:
10:30 - 18:00

Offering lunch and light snacks, the Blue Lagoon is located on an outside terrace next to the pool. Guests can enjoy an à la carte menu, salad buffet and barbecue whilst marvelling over the stunning sea views. Coffees and snacks are served throughout the day.

Cactus Bar

Opening Times:
10:30 - 18:00

The Cactus Bar is located by the indoor pool and is the perfect place to recharge after a swim or after using the spa. It serves light meals, salads, snacks and fruit juices.

Il Gallo D'Oro

Opening Times:
08:00 - 10:30
19:00 - 22:00

Dress Code:
Gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie.

Open for breakfast and dinner, Il Gallo D'Oro is a Michelin star restaurant serving Mediterranean and Iberian dishes. Guests can enjoy exquisite cuisine in a formal yet relaxed setting.

Reservations are required.

Le Cliff Bar and Bistro

Opening Times:
10:30 - 00:30

The Le Cliff Bar and Bistro offers guests the perfect place to socialise or relax with a coffee. Open from the morning until the early hours, the main hotel bar serves snacks throughout the day, lunch in the bar or on the terrace and also afternoon tea. Live music is played every day for guests to enjoy and have a dance if they wish.

Navigator's Lounge

Opening Times:
10:30 - 00:30

The Navigator's Lounge is the ideal place for guests to relax and enjoy beautiful views of the sea.

Rose Garden

Opening Times:
07:00 - 10:30
19:00 - 22:00

Included With:
Half Board, Full Board, Bed & Breakfast

The Rose Garden is open for breakfast and dinner and offers a buffet in the mornings and themed buffet meals in the evenings. Guests can enjoy a variety of flavours from Mediterranean gastronomy, seafood, Italian and Portuguese.

Beach & Pools

Beach & Swimming Pools

With the sea just moments from the hotel, guests are spoilt for choice between the warm ocean and the hotel's pools. A sunbathing platform has been created and the sea can be accessed from a jetty. There is also a Jacuzzi®, seawater pool and an indoor/outdoor pool to choose from, as well as one specifically for children.

Spa & Wellness


Opening Times:
09:00 - 19:30

The spa at the Cliff Bay offers customers the ultimate in relaxation. There are eight treatment rooms available for guests to indulge in treatments, massages, and body wraps. Guests can also unwind when using the sauna, jacuzzi®, Turkish bath, gymnasium and relaxation room.

There are treatments available for children under the age of 16 years, however they must be accompanied by an adult for the full duration. All other areas of the spa are for use for over 16 years only.

Activities & Entertainment

Tennis court

Nestled in the hotel's subtropical gardens is the secluded tennis court facility - perfect for those looking to work on their serve during their stay.

Lessons and equipment hire are also available.

About the location
Funchal is Madeira's colourful hillside capital. The island's biggest draw, it’s an appealing mix of old and new that ticks the boxes for culture, nightlife and beaches. The narrow cobbled streets are dotted with interesting shops, restaurants and cafes, and at the city's heart is a towering 16th-century cathedral (remember to look up – it’s got a beautiful ceiling carved from local wood). The old town is home to bustling farmers' markets and flower markets in spring, and is fringed with a mix of parks, galleries and museums, as well as pretty botanical gardens. The marina is the best spot to spend the evenings, lined with bars that fuel a buzzing nightlife scene. If you're in need of some beach time, there are a couple of black-sand beaches that are a lovely spot for a swim.
Transfer time
30 minutes from Funchal airport
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GuilhermeLuz, London, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Dec 13 2017
We've been two times this year at the Cliff Bay Hotel and we loved so much! The rooms with Funchal View are really special and we definitely reccomend! The food, the service and the facilities are...
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Bratster73, Nantwich, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Dec 13 2017
Both my partner and I agreed that for a customer of this hotel to ever give a rating other than 5 would be quite unusual, everything about this "well oiled machine" is customer focused. The hotel is...
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