The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay)
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... a good few degrees cooler than on the coast. We usually walk for an hour which takes us nicely to the tea house called Hortensia. This is a great refreshment stop with tea/coffee, light snacks, which could include their huge slice of apple cake, as well as a toilet stop. The views down across the city and over the harbour are great. The route could be cycled as it is flat ...
... of Madeira wine, as well as two Grande beers and we had a free taster starter crab, fried carrot, broadbeans, tuna samosas. The garlic bread we had to pay for. Iain had beef skewers, I had garlic chicken on a screwer, mum had fish of the day Red Sea bream and Sarah trying the chicken and scrimp. A stray dog kept chasing cars and coming into the restaurant. We went back to the hotel, and listened to a singer, while taking advantage of 241 on drinks! We went to bed ...
There is ample parking alongside the beach area of Praia Formosa. Take a right turn out of the car park and the constructed walkway is obvious. Very easy walk (even in trainers) to the west and continue past the beach cafes. The walk to Camara do Lobos takes about 50 minutes and the views as one enters the fishing port are the ...
Socorridos Valley - Levada do Curral Not Recommended - This walk starts from just below the Madeira Shopping complex. The levada runs behind a built up area and all the walking is on concrete slabs laid over the water course; unfortunately many of the slabs are missing or broken and most of your time is taken up with watching where ...
... was second to none, the days at sea flew in with options like Flow rider, climbing walls, mini golf, ice skating, gym, whirl pools and water parks. The days at port were great also, we had booked some land excursions including camel rides in gran canary, wine tasting and cable car ride with traditional toboggan ride in Madeira and beach day at Tenerife. The other ports of call we explored ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay) Funchal
There simply aren't enough superlatives in the English language to praise this hotel sufficiently well !!
Have just made our first visit to Maderia,and returned from The Cliff Bay Hotel 5star luxury, having travelled throughout the world the standards at this hotel is second to none.
Staff were excellent,rooms spotless,pools and grounds imaculate,very nice ambiance
everybody we spoke to seemed to have been before,which speaks for itself.
This must be one of the top hotels on the island,and anybody wanting a relaxing break should book now.
My wife and I stayed at the Cliff Bay Hotel Jan 2004. Everything was first class so much so we have booked for this January 2005 for two weeks ,nothing was too much trouble. A wonderful five star hotel.
Possibly not for single travellers...
Although I did enjoy facilities, decor and spa (excellent) at Cliff Bay Hotel, Funchal, Madeira, as a single traveller, I cannot recommend this hotel to other single travellers.
The majority of guests are quiet couples over 50, many on return visits.
As a single traveller, I was on several occasions overlooked by waiting staff in the main restaurant when drinks orders were being taken. This was disconcerting for even an experienced traveller like myself.
Madeira as a destination is best suited to older couples/ prospective timeshare buyers, or perhaps hillwalkers who may enjoy levada walking, in the rugged and hilly terrain.
My wife and I have just returned from our first visit to Madeira staying at the Cliff Bay Hotel in Funchal. The Hotel, its fantastic location, standards of service and personal attention are exemplary. Overlooking the Ocean and the Bay and Port area the Hotel offers first class standards - the rooms are well appointed and large; the dining facilities - three restaurants cater for all tastes and the leisure and health facilities are superb. The staff are extremey helpful and very friendly nothing is too much trouble. If we return to Madeira we shall certainly stay at the Cliff Bay Hotel - we could not fault it - Well worthy of its 5* rating.
Best hotel in Funchal
We have been 5 times at the Cliff and it was always the best hotel around, good rooms, very good service, nice staff, carefull. etc. Atmosphere is relaxing, clients majority from England, frequentations is mainly aged 50+ So that it is very quiet and polite. And the view on the port is great day and night, and you can walk to the center, no need for taxi or bus. We go again to the Cliff next Thursday.
Best Hotel Ever
This is the most fantastic hotel ever. Been there two years in a row and plan to go back this year. The service is second to none as is the location, accommodation and facilities. You will be treated as individuals and made to feel welcome by all staff. By far the best hotel ever.
Honeymoon Magic !
We spent our honeymoon at the Cliff Bay, which was a wonderful experience. The room was lovely, dinner can be delivered to the room and served on the balcony!! Loved the intimate dining room where we danced the night away to some smootchy musical entertainment... Oh so much to chose from, swimming in the outdoor pool or indoor ... little interesting terraces to hide away and catch the sun. Just along from the hotel is a superb coffee shop that do wicked cakes !! worth a visit.Downside was the self-service restuarant, but then you don't have to use it if you don't want to... the choice is yours!Certainly will return.
My Wife and I had the pleasure of a week at the Cliff Bay Hotel and what a week! The room was excellent, overlooking the sea and with large veranda. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean, the food sevred in the three resturants was well prepared on the whole and a great variety.
Three very good pools and an outstanding spa facility with a wide variety of treatments. The decor in and around the hotel was impressive and floral art spectacular.
Just don't leave the hotel, found the locals in Funchal very uninterested and offhand.
We had a wonderful stay at this excellent hotel with subleme service.
If you like a stay to rest and enjoy wonderful weather and a nice island, go to Cliff bay.