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The Cliff Bay

Madeira, Funchal

Spa
Good for Couples
Family Suites

  • Perched on a clifftop in one of Madeira’s most beautiful locations
  • Home to a two Michelin star restaurant – Il Galo d’Oro
  • Offering modern and contemporary sea view rooms and suites
  • Enjoy direct access to the sea from the hotel

The Cliff Bay is a sophisticated five star hotel nestled amidst immaculate tranquil gardens and overlooking beautiful Funchal Bay from its enviable clifftop location. Enjoy first class service and panoramic views of the island as you indulge in the finer things in life. Gourmet Michelin star dining is the jewel in the Cliff Bay’s crown, featuring culinary delights in elegant surroundings with pure attention to detail. Guests will also enjoy indulging in special treatments and massages at the luxury Spa.

The Cliff Bay is popular with couples and families and the hotel offers a range of extensive, contemporary rooms and suites with a private balcony and exceptional views of the sea, gardens or bay. There are also family and interconnecting rooms available. Enjoy direct access to the sea via the bathing platform as well as a the swimming pool and sun terrace where you can fully immerse yourself into holiday mode.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 2–12 years. Specially modified rooms for people with reduced mobility are available on request.

Facilities

Bars & Restaurants

Blue Lagoon


Take in the fresh sea air on the terrace beside the main swimming pool as you enjoy barbecue dishes, light bites and salads from the a la carte menu. 

Open: 10:30 – 18:00

Cactus Bar


Recharge after a swim in the pool or a visit to the spa, with a refreshing juice or light meal beside the indoor pool.

Open: 10:30 – 18:00

Il Gallo D'Oro

Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner at the only two Michelin star restaurant in Madeira. Sample aromatic Iberian and Mediterranean dishes with a twist using fresh ingredients from the island, in a sophisticated and intimate dining area.

Open: 19:00 – 21:30 Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday

Gentlemen must wear jacket and tie. No shorts or denim are allowed. Reservations are required.

Le Cliff Bar and Bistro

Open from morning until the late evening, Le Cliff Bar and Bistro allows guests to socialise with a morning coffee or enjoy lunch in the bar or on the terrace in a relaxed and inviting setting. Afternoon tea is also  on offer and live music is available daily. 

Open: 10:30 – 00:30

Navigator's Lounge

Sit with a good book and enjoy stunning sea views in the relaxed, comfortable and tranquil lounge area.

Open: 10:30 – 00:30

Rose Garden

Sample breakfast, themed dinners and a variety of inspiring international cuisine at the Rose Garden. Enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace overlooking the sea and gardens and taste a la carte and buffet dishes, including seafood, Italian, Portuguese and Mediterranean specialities. 

Open: 07:00 – 10:30 and 19:00 – 22:00

No shorts or flip flops are allowed. Reservations are required. Meals at this restaurant are available for Bed & Breakfast, Half Board and Full Board guests. 

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pools

Choose from an outdoor and indoor seawater swimming pool, both of which are located at sea level, or enjoy the Jacuzzi and solarium.

Sea Access

Guests at the Cliff Bay can enjoy direct access to the sea via the bathing platform, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the view.

Spa & Wellness

Spa

Guests can enjoy eight treatment rooms, a wellness area and beauty salon, in addition to a fitness room and hairdressers. It’s an oasis of calm and pampering essential for holiday time. A Jacuzzi, hydrobath, sauna and Turkish bath await as you select from massages, body wraps and facials.

Open: 09:00 - 19:30 

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Activities & Entertainment

Tennis Court and Sports

Guests can visit the tennis courts in the sub-tropical gardens to perfect their skills, or check out table tennis and billiards.

Children’s Playground

Younger guests can have their own fun in the sun while enjoying playing on the swings and slides in their own private play area.

About the location

The Cliff Bay is located in a prime position on a clifftop just two kilometres from Funchal town centre. A complimentary shuttle bus runs to Madeira’s colourful capital which effortlessly combines the old and new. Explore cobbled streets dotted with fascinating shops, cafés and restaurants and be sure not to miss the spectacular 16th century Cathedral with its stunning wooden ceiling. 

Beautiful botanical gardens, museums, parks and galleries are found in Funchal’s Old Town, and in Spring guests can visit the pretty flower markets and Farmers’ Markets. Head to the Marina in the evening and enjoy swanky bars along the waterside where you can sit and watch spectacular sunsets. There are also two small black sand beaches, if you fancy catching some rays.

Transfer time
The Cliff Bay is 30 minutes from Funchal Airport.
Twin Side Sea View

Max 3 adults

Twin Rooms are elegantly decorated and offer a seating area and queen sized beds. The rooms also offer a balcony with table and chairs and has side sea views and the en-suite bathrooms are supplied with Rituals® products and feature a separate bathtub and shower.

30 - 42m²

Twin Sea View

Max 3 adults

Twin Rooms are elegantly decorated and offer a seating area and queen sized beds. The rooms also offer a balcony with table and chairs and has full views of the magnificent sea and the en-suite bathrooms are supplied with Rituals® products and feature a separate bathtub and shower.

30 - 42m²

Twin Sea View Funchal View

Max 3 adults

Twin Rooms are elegantly decorated and offer a seating area and queen sized beds. The rooms also offer a balcony with table and chairs and has views of the sea and Funchal. The en-suite bathrooms are supplied with Rituals® products and feature a separate bathtub and shower.

30 - 42m²

Superior Twin Sea View

Max 3 adults

Superior Twin Sea View rooms are modern in design and offer a balcony with table and chairs. Guests receive fresh fruit, wine and flowers on arrival and also have exclusive access to the Il Gallo D'Oro restaurant for the à la carte breakfast. The en-suite bathrooms are supplied with ESPA products and feature a separate bathtub and shower. This room has views of the sea and has a minibar offering complimentary water, juices and soft drinks.

Superior rooms are located on floors 6 -9.

Please note that from 01 November 2019, these rooms will become known as Upper Floor Sea View.

30 - 42m²

Superior Funchal Bay View

Max 3 adults

Superior Funchal Bay View Rooms are modern in design and offer a balcony with table and chairs. Guests receive fresh fruit, wine and flowers on arrival and also have exclusive access to the Il Gallo D'Oro restaurant for the à la carte breakfast. The en-suite bathrooms are supplied with ESPA products and feature a separate bathtub and shower. This room has views over the bay of Funchal and has a minibar offering complimentary water, juices and soft drinks.

Superior rooms are located between floors 6 -9.

Please note that from 01 November 2019, these rooms will become known as Upper Floor Funchal Bay View.

30 - 42m²

Junior Suite Sea View

Max 3 adults

Junior Suites Sea View are perfect for relaxation, offering queen sized beds, a separate living area and a private balcony with table and chairs. Guests will receive fresh fruit, wine and flowers on arrival and have exclusive access to the Il Gallo D'Oro restaurant for the à la carte breakfast. The room also has a minibar offering complimentary water, juices and soft drinks. The marble bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower and offers ESPA products.

40m²

Executive Suite Sea View

Max 2 adults, 1 child

The Executive Suites offers the ultimate in luxury with guests being treated to a separate bedroom with two queen sized beds, an en-suite bathroom with a hydro-massage bathtub and ESPA products. The suite has a guest bathroom and a separate living room with sofas and dining table and chairs. The Suite also enjoys a balcony with table and chairs, a minibar offering complimentary water, juices and soft drinks and fresh fruit, wine and flowers on arrival. Guests can also enjoy exclusive access to the Il Gallo D'Oro restaurant for the à la carte breakfast.

68m²

Family Sea View Room

Max 4 adults

Family Sea View Rooms are elegantly decorated and offer a seating area and two king sized beds. The rooms also offer a veranda with table and chairs and the en-suite bathrooms are supplied with Rituals® products and feature a separate bathtub and shower.

42m²

Early booking discount

Save up to 12.50% on the hotel price for holidays between 01 May - 31 October 2020, booked by 31 January 2020.

Room discount

Save up to 12.50% discount on the hotel price for holidays between 01 November 2019 - 30 April 2020, booked by 31 October 2019.

Sovereign plus

Sovereign guests will receive 1 bottle of house wine in their room on arrival and a complimentary continental breakfast in bed for two.

Bed and Breakfast
Guests can enjoy a delicious continental buffet and cooked breakfast options. Breakfast is taken in The Rose Garden buffet restaurant.
Half Board
Buffet-style breakfast and dinner is served in The Rose Garden restaurant. For dinner, guests have the opportunity to order from an à la carte menu. Please note, drinks are not included.
Full Board
Guests who have opted for the Full Board package, can enjoy buffet-style breakfast and dinner in The Rose Garden restaurant. For dinner, guests have the opportunity to order from an à la carte menu. Lunch is served à la carte in The Blue Lagoon restaurant. Please note, drinks are not included.
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Beautiful Hotel
mariemK3709TU, Oxford, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Oct 14 2019
This is a wonderful hotel fully deserving of its five stars. It is very clean, beautifully set out, beds are very comfortable. It has an indoor pool that merges with an outdoor pool as well as a...
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Wondeful!
Peter L, London, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Oct 14 2019
The Cliff Bay lives up to all the hype. Its in a fantastic position set in beautiful gardens. The facilities are great. It's comfortable with lots of room. The bed was really comfortable. The staff...
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