Quinta da Bela Vista
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... eight days at sea.
This island is lush with vegitation and is rightfully known as the Hawaii of Europe. We took a bus tour of the Island. Our guide is ...
... hours of work! The challenge was then on and the bag has now been made to the Italians exacting standard. It hasn't all been work though Rhianwyn read 3 books in as many days before embarking on 'War and Peace' and John is also on his fourth book. As we sank our weary frames into bed at the end of a hard day of sight seeing and relaxing we drifted off to sleep as the boat rocked like a jelly on a plate. Not a great deal, but enough to be ...
... 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?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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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 ...