Quinta da Casa Branca
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... she has been living on the Island for over 50 years.
Nelly overlooking from the top of Monte. Our ship can be seen in the far distance.
We had yet to make it to breakfast in the buffet or restaurant, sometimes ordering breakfast in bed, other times making it out in time for lunch. But today was different, today we had decided to get up and off the boat in time for church. Our breakfast churned in our stomachs as we stepped off the ship, the smell of birds was as potent, sickening and unwelcoming as swimming in sewerage, the harbour would have one time been tarmaced, but ...
... language from quite a reasonable distance, and figured we were probably good for 6 euros should he sidle up alongside us. And so the dodgy knees won the vote and we jumped in and enjoyed the 5-10 minute cab ride which just seemed to go down down and still further down before arriving on flat ground in the heart of the city. Just 'there' indeed!
So as we wandered these magnificent stone footpaths paved with pictures of Portuguese explorers from times gone by, ...
... Chef John Pugh and got some fascinating insights into the high standards and wonderful fare they deliver to us every day. It was fabulous and we are looking forward to the second last day on board when they do the Galley lunch, providing a spread which is laid out throughout this huge galley kitchen.
After today we have one more full day at sea before we reach Funchal in Madeira which we believe is really beautiful. We're contemplating a cable car ride ...
... don't know if we can get there. It's a kilometre away and we only have 2 more hours"
"What do you call those floatey things that you take when you're skiing?" "Well, Calgary Girl, do you mean gondolas?" "Yes, gondolas. They're right there and they're also on my map so I now know where we are. Or where we were.."
"Hey, this tunnel is on ...
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Try this hotel for a truly special holiday
Nobody on TripAdvisor seems to have a bad word to say about this hotel - and I'm certainly not going to be the first! There are not many hotels where the photos on the website cannot do justice to reality, but the Qunita is certainly an exception to this general rule. Our room was spacious and the view across the gardens was stunning. It is remarkable how quiet this place is given its proximity to "Hotel/Tourist Town".
The breakfast is superb - the variety at the buffet table is stunning and there is the opportunity to order from the a la carte menu too. We had dinner at the retsaurant on one occasion and the food was also excellent then.
The staff are friendly and helpful and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere that you encounter from the moment you enter the gates to the grounds of the hotel.
We would recommend hiring a taxi to see at least part of Madeira. Many of the drivers offer tours of either the east, west or south-west of the island and the prices are fixed by the government - you simply decide on the tip. We were collected from the hotel at 9.30am, enjoyed a wonderful day in the company of a driver with excellent English and were returned to the Quinta just after 5.00pm. All for 96 Euros plus tip.
We would certainly use this hotel when we reurn to Madeira.
Excellent hotel, sheer luxury
After reading good reports about this hotel I was amazed when it exceeded my expectations. The design is suberb and the staff are even better, I have never been as well looked after in all of my travels anywhere in the world!
As other reports state the breakfast is first class, do order the poached egg Florentine from the a la carte, well worthe the wait.
Afternoon tea is good value at 7 euros for two persons to have a pot of tea and home made cakes.
Only downside I found was the very hard beds and pillows that are a Portugese custom, needed plenty of wine to get to sleep!
A Lovely Place
We agree with all that has gone before, we felt it was worth being somewhat out of town to get the peace of the hotel setting. Some better lighting from Reception to the Restaurant would be useful as I stumbled over a step which was hard to see in the dark so take care. Everything was so clean and the staff so discreet, yet would chat if spoken to - lovely.
Beautiful hotel, peaceful & quiet
Stayed at the Quinta da Casa Branca in early September 05. It is a truly beautiful hotel. The standard room we stayed in was excellent, opening onto the stunning gardens with their huge palms and flowering trees. Breakfast was excellent, especially the abundant fresh fruit. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. A well deserved 5*. My only comment would be about the surrounding area. It is becoming very built up with hotels, apartments etc. which we don't like. But this hotel is like being in another world! It is an excellent place just to relax or to explore the rest of Madeira as we did. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if we returned to Madeira.
Peace & Quiet
Arrived slightly frazzled due to the taxi driver having delusions of being a grand prix driver, and appears he still had a driving license, despite looking about 93 ! We had booked a standard room, decor simple but elegant and suitably thick walls....nothing worse than hearing next door. The terrace was large enough for 2 sunbeds, although the mattress was only for a sun-chair? Gardens here are lovely and if you're interested, there are guided walks to say what's what. Perfectly fine marble bathroom and bath towels changed daily, with hand towels/flannels changed again with turn-down service. ( Bring your own hair-dryer though, as the one provided is like a tornado! )
Breakfast as prev reviewed was good, I don't know why more people didn't order from the a la carte....cooked to order bacon e.g eggs florentine, very nice and plently from the buffet to share. (My husband forcibly restricted me to 3 croissants!!)
The pool area was pretty and very peaceful, mainly as no children! Even though the hotel was full and really only adequate sunbeds for about 20 guests, we never had a problem....I guess most people were out enjoying the 'levadas'....sorry to say we weren't that energetic although did visit the village of Monte on the cable-car, which was worth the trip.
We ate at their main restaurant 'Casa da Quinta', very good indeed, try the slow cooked pork with chesnuts. Luckily, you are within 5-6 mins walk of Reids Palace and the 'Villa Cipriani' is a must, though do book ahead as the tables overlooking the wonderful view go quickly.So nice we ate their twice, average about 105 euro's for 2.
Don't bother with 'Chinatown' chinese restaurant...very poor and being half-chinese, yes I am an expert! The Taj-Mahal is also worth a miss.
The Xopana restaurant @ Choupana Hills resort is worth a visit, good food/service and lovely views. From what we gathered and experienced, the best food is to be found at the 4-5 star hotels, with few good local restaurants for 'meat on the spit'.
Free internet access was useful...especially for catching up on the cricket!
Minor gripe was on arrival, you may wish to give some clothes a quick press, but the hotel refused to provide an iron/board and we had to pay for pressing....we have stayed in 2 other 5* hotels this year and didn't have a problem.
All in all would recommend for a weeks relaxing break.
I have to agree with the reviews already written about this hotel. Our stay could not have been better; the rooms are a good size with excellent service and great access to the beautiful gardens. Overall the service in both the bars and the restaurants was second to none, and the food is simply divine. I booked this hotel after reading the reviews on this site and fully reccommend that you try it. I will return next year.
My husband & I stayed at Casa Branca for a getaway anniversary weekend and were very impressed. We prefer unique, small hotels off of the beaten path and this hotel was perfect. The setting is idyllic with every room opening onto a beautiful garden or a private balcony that overlooks the garden. The rooms were modern and spacious with lots of wood and huge bathrooms. The reception area is striking and includes a bar and lounge area behind the reception desk.
Breakfast was served at the house next to the pool and included a huge variety, including eggs and pancakes cooked to order. We had dinner at the main restaurant and it was the best food we ate on the island.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. When we asked our waiter about Madeira wine, he explained the differences between the grapes, gave us samples to compare and suggested a store to purchase wines in town.
We used the hotel as a base for walking, which is not typical. It's more of a relaxing setting with many people hanging out in their chairs overlooking the garden. It took a little more research to get to the walks, but coming back to relax at the hotel was the perfect ending to each day. The hotel also packs picnics in wicker baskets which are great.
A Perfect Hotel
This Casa Branca gets things just right. The hotel itself is beautiful - a strikingly modern glass and wooden building set in lush green gardens with breathtaking views of the hills and sea. The rooms are large with simple, understated decoration and small, shaded terraces. The staff are delightful - we had by far the warmest welcome at reception of any hotel we've ever stayed at and this continued for the whole week of our stay - genuinely friendly, discrete and understated service. Finally, the breakfast was a real highpoint of this hotel - beautifully fresh food served in a wooden summer house in the gardens surrounded by flowers. All in all, a perfect hotel to unwind and let the stress melt away.
Casa Branca was the greatest!
It was our first visit to Madeira and we were unsure of the hotels. After a lot of research, we decided to contact a hotel direct, as opposed to going through an agent, and selected the Estalagem Quinta do Casa Branca as it had featured favouarbly on a number of reports.
We were collected at the airport by a Mercedes with a very friendly driver and taken to the hotel. The driver assured us we wouldn't be disappointed - he was right, the hotel is located in the midst of some beautiful gardens and the rooms, most of which are at ground level, open out onto a mass of colourful blooms with accompanying perfume.
We were very fortunate and found ourselves upgraded to a magnificent suite, but we managed to view both the standard and the superior accommodation and both were of a very high standard.
Breakfast and lunch was served each morning in the Garden Pavilion or on its terrace, and dinner was available in the restaurant cleverly located in an existing estate building. The menus for each meal were excellent and the food was expertly prepared and served by the most friendly staff.
The hotel is located out of the town centre (above Reid's Hotel), but is within walking distance of both the Marina and the centre of town. Taxis are inexpensive and very dependable.
There are pleanty of restaurants close by and on the recommendation of the very helpful reception staff we found a small restaurant specialising in fish - Tokos - which was magnificent and well worthy of our two visits within the week.
The week's holiday was enjoyable and very restful. The surroundings were excellent and we enjoyed, in particular, meeting the very friendly and warm Madeiran people both in the hotel and outside.
A haven from the stresses of life
The hotel is a haven from the stresses of life. It is a relaxing atmosphere to unwind in. You can walk to the town from the hotel. The food was good though I believe it is better now, will let you know as we are returning this year. The rooms are big and comfortable, the staff friendly and professional, we recieved the best service we have had anywhere. Nothing is too much for them.