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... I’m starting to suspect the cruise ships are dumping their leftovers on us. It would explain why our last pork chop had a pair of dentures embedded in it.
The weather has been pretty decent so far, although it is extremely changeable, going from sun to rain to wind in a manner of minutes, numerous times throughout the day. And sometimes all those things at once. I promise you I’ve never seen so much rain take place in direct sunlight in ...
... 9e), a new fleece couch blanket (4.50e) and new sweatpants (4.50e). Less than twenty euro to completely transform her into a large colourful couch pillow with a book sticking out of it. Not bad. Almost as good as my comfort purchase, 1.20 for a pint of beer at the local pub. Or clearance rack apples.
As for the island as a whole, like many places we’ve been to lately Madeira is firmly entrenched on the cruise ship circuit, partially ...
... of drunken Brits swearing, chanting, stumbling and wearing only about half the amount of clothing appropriate for the weather. That's right, our first up close look at some travelling English football hooligans. Manchester United was playing in nearby Braga in the Champion's League the following night so apparently these lumpy, bleary-eyed buffoons decided to make a mid-week-end of it and fly to Porto a day early to get a head start on all the ...
Ist zwar nicht zu sehen, aber der starke Seegang hat Bianca ziemlich zugesetzt.
Einlauf in den Hafen von Funchal.... mit uns kam das schöne Wetter ;))
Eine sehr beeindruckende Show!!!
Sehr aufwendige Kostüme, tolles Ensemble mit klasse Stimmen
Zugang zur "Anytime-Bar". Eintritt in die nächste ...
... trailing a long net behind which was spinning and fascinating them , we stopped the engine and crawled to ahlt they came up to within 3ft of the stern all 6-7m of them and when the went i dived and cleared the prop- we managed 75 miles in the day
9/10 No wind and at one time we took 4 hous to go back 4 miles and it took us another 5 1/2 hours to get back to our start point - total 23 nms in 24 ...
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Nice, Relaxing Hotel
The Ocean Park is a nice relaxing hotel. For us one of the plus points was the hotel staff, who were without fail polite, interested and helpful. The swimming pool area usually got busy and there were some members of the usual 'early towel brigade' staying at the hotel, but there were always sunbeds available and staff would organize an umbrella for you if you needed one. Staff walk round and take drink/food orders as well. The staff work very hard.
There is plenty of choice at breakfast, though we did find the restaurant very airless. We had a couple of meals in the hotel's gourmet restaurant. These meals were nice and not that expensive. There are plenty of alternatives outside if you want to wander.
Other pluses - good fitness rooms, dart board (!), two pool tables, a nice cool reception area, at the end of which is a pleasant bar. There's also evening entertainment in the 'Moonlight Bar' (jazz, pop, magic show etc.) which we quite enjoyed - it it never got very busy, probably due to the rather expensive drinks. But a decent place to while away a couple of hours late at night/early morning. They also show UK football matches here, though the commentary is in Portugese.
The hotel location is good, not very far from the dual carriageway and not too far from the centre of Funchal. It would take about 30-40 minutes to walk to the centre, though we always drove in. There's plenty of parking at/near the hotel.
This is a review of the hotel, but an absolute must if you have any taste for sightseeing at all is to go to Pico do Arieiro. It's a doddle to get to and you only need to walk a few yards from the car park when you arrive to see the views which are simply breathtaking. Pick a bright sunny morning and get there (it's about a 50 minute drive) as early as you can, as cloud tends to build up mid morning. We left the hotel by 8, arrived before 9 and stared in amazement at the views before us. If you don't have a car, there are organized trips available, which I'm sure the hotel staff would help organize.
We certainly wouldn't hesitate to go back to the Ocean Park. I've given an 'above average' rating, but for me, comes very close indeed to 'excellent'.
friendly staff, upgrade to a suite on arrival if you can, worth it especially for young families. some suites have kitchens which is very useful. bfast adequate, room service ltd, but good quality, nice pool and great facilities, would definitely come back
I have just come back from one week at the Ocean Park Hotel and it was amazing. I chose this hotel after reading other people's comment on this site.
If you can its definatly worth getting a suite. I had one on the 10th floor with a huge terrace which was perfect for late night room service meals. (that were cheap and good).
The hotel is in a perfect location from everything and is close to the main "dual carriage way" which makes visiting the island easy.
The breakfast was excellent and included cold champagne. We decided against half board as our travel agent (Strawberry World) said it was expensive for what it was and that it is better ot eat in any of the numerous restaurants near by.
And if you want a good travel agent I recommend Strawberry World based in Funchal. It was cheaper than most other sites and they advised which hotel would best suit our profile.
Good Class Hotel
The Ocean Park Hotel is situated in an ideal position. It is possible to walk along to the centre of Funchal or to take the hotel's free Courtesy Bus Service. Funchal is a pleasant town - easily walkable around. Cruise ships dock there - including the QM2 in April 2004 whilst I was there.There is a cable car trip up to the top of Funchal which is worthwhile. This is where you can be transported in baskets back down to the bottom of the hill.The hotel offers bed and breakfast in most of package deals with Half-board being available. I felt that the half-board price was high but in general this is normal here. Most of the evenings were themed buffets - some better than others.There are 2 restaurants just at the back entrance of the hotel - gourmet ones - offering high class cuisine at reasonable prices. The Chinese restaurant along the Eden Mar is also very good with good service and food.The Summertime restaurant at the front of the hotel, on the other hand is pricey and is only good for the view!There are lovely walks along the sea-front at the back of the hotel which are easily reached. (there are one or two hilly bits)The hotel had lovely rooms and the staff were very pleasant.
Nice Hotel with all the facilities one would expect of a five star establishment.
The only complaint I have is they never posted postcards for us having handed them in at reception. They indicated this would be no problem but it transpires it was. If we had known this we could easily have found a letter box and posted them ourselves.
We stayed in room 917 from Marh 22 to March 29, so if anyone from the Tivoli reads this and they find these postcards lying around reception perhaps they could post them on?
Staff greet you with a genuine smile
We stayed at the 5 Star Tivoli Ocean Park hotel for a week from 09 Apr 04. Staff greet you with a genuine smile. There's a lovely view from the reception area down over the pool, promenade and the blue Atlantic beyond, you may even hear the grand piano being played in the lobby as you check in. Our stay was Easter week, and they had some real live Easter chicks and bunny rabbits in a specially made enclosure which was a great novelty for our 5 yr old. The rooms are in excellent condition and if your budget will stretch to it, a suite is an excellent choice for a small family including 2 tv's and a large furnished balcony and terrace. Our bathroom had a jucuzzi bath, complete with bathrobes and complimentary slippers and quality toiletries as you would expect of a 5 star. The quality continues in the Atlantic restaurant serving a superb buffet breakfast. The selection is one of the best I have seen.
You can have all kinds of cereals, bread/toast, cake, cheeses, cold meats, juices, fruit, yoghurts, along with pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, as well as cooked to order omelettes etc. The themed evening meal taken in the same restaurant has a lovely ambience as the sunsets, usually accompanied by some unobtrusive live entertainment. One minor criticism was that in my opinion, some of the hot food could have been hotter. The chef and staff create a nightly outstanding presentation of international cuisine, from which you can only contemplate what will have to wait for another night!. Waiters/waitresses were splendid, and paid particular attention to our 5yr old, who, like his me is a fussy eater. Breakfast dress code was quite informal, whilst for dinner, smart casual was equally acceptable to jacket and tie. The location of the hotel, is built into the hillside (like most of Madeira) adjacent to the Lido surrounded by other fine hotels. The lido area is where most of the 3-5* tourist hotels are located just a few miles west of the centre of Funchal. Reception is on the 6th floor from which a 5 minute easy uphill stroll would take you to the centre of the Lido hotel zone where there are a reasonable number of shops and restaurants. A further 15-20 mins level walk takes you past more hotels and restaurants reaching a very nice part of town where the famous Reids Palace is located. It would only be a further 20 mins walk to the centre of Funchal, although, most choose to take the courtesy coach offered by the Ocean park and many other similarly located hotels. We hired a car for our convenience as parking around the hotel was readily available, although central Funchal was a bit more difficult. There is a small promenade in front of the Ocean Park and is best accessed via the hotel ramp from the 1st floor. However this initially flat area becomes quite steep and would be unsuitable for wheelchair users. The hotel itself has provided all the ramps to facilitate wheelchair users (or kids in buggies) but as the general surroundings are hilly, taxis are plentiful and even advertise personalised tours to see this lush and tropical island. Although the hotel has a kids club, it's more of a brightly decorated kids room, spotlessly clean, with a nautical feel and some toys. As it requests that the children be accompanied at all times, some parents may not get the time out they may expect. On our stay, they did have a few activities such as an easter egg hunt and egg making/painting but were a little curtailed due to the limited numbers of kids in this property. You have a choice of indoor and outdoor pools. What I particularly liked was that during our week, none of our fellow guests found it necessary to "pre-reserve" their sunloungers.
Instead it was a delight to be greeted by a member of poolside staff who would place a sunlounger mattress and towel on one of the available loungers. We travelled direct from Belfast with Transun, whose services went like clockwork and reps were friendly and informative.
Top Notch Hotel
Stayed at the Tivoli Ocean Park for my honeymoon. We received a room upgrade and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. The atmosphere in the hotel was very tranquil and relaxing.....somewhere you can forget all your cares!
The food in the Atlantic buffet restaurant was always superb with a good selection every day, and the staff were very attentive....what you'd expect in a 5 star hotel. All other staff were extremely polite and friendly - everyone from the reception staff to the guys by the pool. I loved having someone put my towel on my sun lounger for me!
Like many of the hotels in Funchal, the Ocean Park has a courtesy bus taking you down to the marina and Old Town. I'd definitely stay at this hotel again and would recommend it to anyone else.
It was perfect in every way
We stayed at the Ocean Park Resort for one week in August and it was woderful! The staff was curteous, efficient and professional, when they found out it was our wedding anniversary they sent a complimentary bottle of champagne to our room. The whole layout of the hotel is perfect. T. Maduro
Stayed for 7 nights May 2002Booked this Hotel through Strawberry World, based on Madeira Island. Cheaper than direct with hotel.... (English version).Excellent Rooms and quality service. Nothing seems to much for the friendly staff.Great amenities with indoor and outdoor pool.Good restaurants and the food is fine quality. The place is well appointed and spotlessly clean.Have a cocktail in the piano bar in the early evening whilst you relax and listen to teh music.Lives up to it's 5 star rating, even down to the frequent courtesy bus into Funchal town.
A very nice hotel (but not perfect)
I stayed at the Ocean Park in March 2002 for two weeks, together wiith my wife and 1.5 year child. We had a penthouse on the 10th floor (1 bedroom, 1 livingroom, kitchen). The room was perfect, nice kitchen and they even did our dishes allthough a nite said that dishwashing wasn't included in the price. Breakfast was very good with a lot to choose from including fresh cakes every morning. The only bad thing was that one night the hotel had a large party (at least 100 people) and they played music VERY load. The party was on the 3:d floor and I was trying to sleep on the 10:th floor. I went down to talk to the reception, nothing happened, talked with them again, nothing. Around 2am the party and the music stopped. This event made me only give the hotel a 4 out of 5. Also the outdoor pool could be heathed. :-) But then again the indoor pool was great! Images and a longer review about the hotel and Madeira can be found on ... (just search for Madeira). A very nice hotel that I recommend to everybody. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this hotel or Madeira in general.