Quinta da Bela Vista
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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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.
Hotel of the highest standards and comfort
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.
It is set in lovely tranquil gardens, which are very interesting to walk around and see all the different species of trees and plants from around the world. Whilst seated around the swimming pool you can look out across the panoramic view of the whole of Funchal, against the back drop of the mountains and out to sea. When you get hungry or thirsty there are always the extremely friendly staff on hand just when they are needed. All the staff are always willing to assist and nothing seems to be too much trouble for them.
The family who own the hotel and live there have designed the hotel with comfort in mind. Very well appointed bedrooms and many lounges to just sit and read in.
To travel around the island is easy from the hotel as all the main routes can be accessed within a few minutes by car.
This hotel is just a gem in a beautiful island and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
Our favourite hotel
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
like 'returning home' each year.
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.
A delightful week
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.
Guests able to be more active enjoyed the hotel excursions to the near by island with the beach and also the walking tours, we were able to manage the botanical gardens above the town-but not the ski lift!Funchal itself is easily reached by inexpensive taxi and is pretty and fun.
I can recommend this hotel without reservation to anyone wanting luxury in beautiful surroundings.
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!
Paradise is less than four hours away
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.
The original house, which contains four traditional suites, spacious lounges, a library, a bar and the elegant à la carte dining room is a classic gentleman's residence, and even the more recently built parts of the hotel have successfully reproduced this standard of quality and excellence. Furnishings and decoration throughout are of the highest order, reflecting the owner's frequent visits to showrooms and antique shops throughout Europe but especially to London and the Thames valley in the UK.
The food, both in the restaurants and in the poolside bar, is nothing short of excellent. Eating is rather more adventurous in the à la carte restaurant in the Old House, and the staff here are clearly highly trained and well-managed. It is no coincidence that government officials in Madeira have chosen QdBV to entertain visiting dignitaries from Portugal, even though the island has many other 5-star hotels.
But it is in the people and the service they offer that QdBV excels. From the personal welcome extended by Fernando Vieira and his reception colleagues the moment your car arrives at the front door to the absolute professionalism of the two restaurant managers and their staffs you are constantly aware that you are in the hands of true professionals. It is a measure of their amazing skill that one constantly feels to be a personal guest, and that you are among friends.
Gwyneth and Gordon Turner-Tymm
Derby DE3 0DF
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 ...
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We left Lisbon early Tuesday morning and have just spent 3 days on the island of Madeira. Madeira is part of Portugal, but is located off the coast of Africa just west of Casablanca. A small island of about 800 sq km. It's 55 km long and no more than 22 km wide. Amazing landscape. There's a mountain range in the middle of the island reaching to a height of almost 2000m. Now for the mathematicians amongst you, I can see you all realising that a 2 km rise ...
... 000 vertical feet in 15 minutes, kind of like ski
gondola over a cityscape.
The higher of Funchal’s two main gardens is in neighborhood
called Monte near the top of suburban settlement. As well as the gardens there’s
also a pilgrimage church in neighborhood, Igreja Nossa Senhora do Monte, that
oddly enough contains the tomb of Emperor Charles I of Austria, the last
Habsburg emperor who ...
... consumption, and electricity generation. Being a more modern contruction, this tunnel was a higher one so didn’t involve the long distance squatting and ducking to avoid bumping my head the way as required for the tunnels on the walk along the older levada. There are no lights in the tunnels, so having a torch/flashlight of some sort is essential. Fortunately, I always travel with a small headlight I use for setting up my tent when I’m camping.
... the island a glass is downed
quickly as part of a toast at any time of day, somewhat the way Spaniards do
with sherry. Madeira wine was carried on ships to the new world because its
strength enabled it to hold up well on long voyages and was even improved by
exposure to heat on long sea voyages to the degree that applying heat to
enhance the wine’s flavor caught on on the island. In the 1700s the American
colonies that became the U.S. were ...
... fortified wine to drink. We could not be in Madeira and not taste the wine for which they are famous! We had a light lunch in a delicious sea food restaurant on the water front. I had grilled prawns and squid on a skewer and char grilled perfectly and Sam had shrimp and avocado. This was an entire avocado half with 6 big prawns. We had delicious hot garlic bread along with fresh crusty bread, water, tasty glass of vino Bianco each followed by ...