Quinta da Bela Vista
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Once we were finally down from the mountains, we came across one ...
... s a swim in the sea water filled pool, which is nearly as cold as Lake Wanaka and ensures lengths are done in record breaking time, followed by 15 minutes in the Jacuzzi (We do shower after leaving the gym!) Rhianwyn has attended the craft class and after being sent away the first time and told to come back in two days succeeded in making a crochet bag, only for the feisty Italian leading the session to exclaim, "It's wrong" and unravel ...
... he said was just 'there'. So as we walk down the very very steep hills into town we were badgered by many taxi drivers who offered us a reprieve from the steep craggy streets for just 6 euros. But no, Len was determined to walk regardless of the bad strain on these tired and dodgy knees that I own and so we commenced the long trek downwards. As the stress between us became uglier and uglier along came a taxi who was clearly watching this old married coupe and detected ...
... accepted the fact that we cannot go on eating like this for 3 meals per day so unless we intend on buying an entirely new wardrobe, it;s back to 2 meals per day. We either skip lunch or 2 nights out of 4, we skip dinner. Of course that makes me feel better about attending the "Chocoholics Afternoon Tea". One I couldn't miss. I thought I'd died and gone heaven and all my discipline went out the window.
We took a great tour of the Galley with ...
"the road that we want is overhead right now."
"this is not where we want to be, Dad"
"this road is not on my map"
"I don't know which traffic circle that we are on, Dad. I know that we just went through 3 of them, but there's only one traffic circle on my map."
"hey, that street has a name!"
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Quinta da Bela Vista Funchal
A very pleasant way to spend a week
We spent a very enjoyable week in September 2003 being very well looked after by all the staff in the hotel. Although we had booked bed and breakfast only we did have several evening meals in the restaurant, where both the service and quality of food was excellent, particularly the candlelight dinner held on the terrace. The only minor fault about the hotel was perhaps its location, being the actual distance from the centre of Funchal - although we walked down to Funchal, walking back uphill was another matter, which we easily overcame by using the local taxis. The grounds of the hotel were superb with an amazing variety of plants and trees.
The Quinta da Bela vista has all that you could wish for in a holiday destination. We have been to the hotel many times and each time we leave we look forward to the next time.
People ask us why we return every year to Madeira and in particular to the hotel Bela Vista. We tell them that we like the fact that it is a family run hotel and unlike the big hotels run by international companies it provides a very personal and highly efficient service. The hotel is situated in lovely gardens with terrific views of Funchal and the mountains. We have been going for the last 11 years and this year will be no exception having already booked our week in May. We are always made incredibly welcome and meet the same friendly staff be it at the reception, at the swimming pool or serving in the 2 restaurants. The food in the Manor House together with the surroundings makes it one of our favourite eating places and difficult to beat. To us our annual trip to Quinta da Bela Vista is
An excellently run hotel with courteous very helpful staff. The food is good, the rooms are comfortable and the hotel is well situated for the town centre with a good courtesy bus service.
This is our third visit and we certainely hope to visit again in the future
The Bela Vista par excellance
Our first visit to Madeira with limited knowledge of the island and by a stroke of good fortune found the gem that is Quinta da Bela Vista.
Set amidst spacious semi-tropical gardens with views across Funchal Bay, it was a perfect spot to relax but at the same time was a good base for the available excursions of the island.
Cuisine was varied and of 4 star quality prepared and served by attentive and knowledgeable staff.
Without a doubt a very comfortable and satisfying stay.
Let me return very soon.
This beautiful old house in covered in wisteria was a wonderful treat for my 87 year old mother and I last Easter. The staff were absolutely charming, looked after us like royalty and the service was impeccable. Our rooms overlooked the bay and we were able to watch big ships come in and out from our balconies. We loved the way the hotel is furnished with antiques and rugs on polished floors as if it was still a gracious private house; while the home cooked food in all the various restaurants was excellent. It was very restful holiday for me and a perfect, elegant and quiet resort for my mother.
Definetely the best place to stay
I stayed at the Quinta in October 2003 with my family and we really enjoyed it . The hotel is a great place with lots of charme and class, beautiful antique furniture , great view over an incredibly beautiful garden very well maintened. The breakfast buffet is very good... the restaurant is also great , with upscale food and service first class. If we'll ever go back to Madeira, that is definetely where we'll stay.
Great Honeymoon locale
We stayed at the Quinta da Bela Vista during our August 2003 honeymoon to Portugal and it was by far the most enjoyable portion of our trip to Portugal. The service was 5 star all the way, from escorting us to our room, making us feel like honored guests, and guiding us around the island of Madeira. The guidance from Fernando and others about deep sea fishing, dolphin excursions and other activities was very helpful. We would love to come back to the Quinta on another visit!
We have stayed at Quinta da Bela Vista eight times since it first opened as an hotel in the early 1990s. Its history extends much farther back than that when it was first built for a member of the Madeiran aristocracy, and this early example of gracious living has been continued to the present day.
During our stay, we really enjoyed the elegancy of the Quinta, the anthiques, the beauty of the gardens and the fine taste in the restaurants. Most of all we would like to express the high service level of the personnel. We certainly recommend The Quinta whenever we can ...