The best hotels for Christmas in Madeira, including luxury hotels and boutique hotels..


Pestana Casino Park

5 Stars

From €62 / night

Pestana Casino Park

Overlooking the Bay of Funchal, this well designed hotel provides luxury accommodation within Santa Caterina Park. There is a spa with pools for relaxation and a casino and discotheque for entertainment.

Featuring private balconies, all rooms at the Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino come with seating areas and satellite LCD TVs. Many guest rooms provide a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Pestana’s 6 dining venues include the Panoramic Restaurant with far-reaching views of the Bay and pool area. The Aqua overlooks the hotel’s gardens and casino, while the sunset Restaurant offers a varied menu and a cocktail bar.

Guests can relax in the indoor or outdoor pools, exercise in the fitness centre or enjoy one of the quality treatments available from the Pestana Spa. The hotel arranges diverse recreational activities including hiking and diving.

Pestana Casino Park is just a 5-minute walk from the town centre and 30 minutes’ drive from Madeira Airport. Parking is available on site, upon an extra fee.


The Cliff Bay

5 Stars

From €120 / night

The Cliff Bay

The Cliff Bay provides panoramic Atlantic Ocean views and private sea access. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 2-Michelin star restaurant and free Wi-Fi.

All guest rooms have twin queen-size beds, an en suite marble bathroom and an LCD cable TV with DVD/CD player. In addition, all rooms feature a veranda with table and chairs, giving views of the hotel’s gardens or the Bay of Funchal.

Cliff Bay features 3 restaurants, including the 2-Michelin star Il Gallo d’Oro, which serves aromatic Mediterranean and Iberian cuisine. Guests can also relax in any of the on-site cafés and bars.

Cliff Bay features top-of-the-range spa and wellness facilities. There is direct, private access to the sea as well as tennis courts, a games room and a library.

The hotel is located within a 5-minute drive from the Funchal centre, just 20 minutes’ drive from Madeira Airport. An airport shuttle is available upon request.


Pestana CR7 Funchal

4 Stars

From €64 / night

Pestana CR7 Funchal

Located in scenic Madeira Island, Pestana CR7 Funchal results of a partnership between Pestana Hotels and world-renowned footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The elegant 4-star hotel has an outdoor pool and is 300 m from Funchal Marina.

The Pestana CR7 offers accommodation in double rooms, with plenty of natural light and a private bathroom, including free toiletries. These rooms are all air conditioned and come with a mini bar and a safety deposit box. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s in-house restaurant has a varied menu, which includes a selection of quality salads, pizzas and hamburgers, all produced from fresh local products. There’s also a bar, where guests can get a refreshing drink or cocktail to cap off the day after a tour of the island.

Following a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, guests can also enjoy a workout in the outdoor gym. Massages are available for booking, upon request and at an extra fee. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property, available to help out guests during their stay.

Guests have free admission to the Cristiano Ronaldo Museu, located right next to the Hotel. The Madeira Casino is just 200 m from the property, while Madeira Shopping is 4.7 km away. The nearest airport is Madeira Airport, 23.5 km from Pestana CR7 Funchal.


The Vine Hotel

5 Stars

From €90 / night

The Vine Hotel

Recently awarded as Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, the luxurious Vine Hotel is located in Funchal and offers a fusion restaurant with stunning views, a Wine Therapy Spa, access to the fitness centre and a rooftop infinity pool.

The spacious rooms are individually designed following the 4-seasons-of-the-year theme. Each features an LCD TV with in-room movies, free WiFi and a laptop-size safe.

The roof terrace sports a heated infinity pool, massage facilities and a 20 m hot tub with views of Fort São João and the mountains. For further relaxation, Hotel Vine’s spa offers vinotherapy.

The rooftop restaurant serves a blend of French and Madeiran cuisine prepared from regional produce. Guests can enjoy cocktails and snacks at the Bar 360°.


Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

4 Stars

From €82 / night

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and spa centre, Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is set in Funchal, 500 m from Marina do Funchal. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel features a SPA with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, turkish bath,massage rooms and a relaxing area. You will also find a hairdresser’s at the property.

The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. CIFEC – Madeira Congress Center is 2 km from Castanheiro Boutique Hotel, while Parque Ecologico do Funchal is 6 km away. Madeira Airport is 13 km from the property.


Belmond Reid’s Palace

5 Stars

From €257 / night

Belmond Reid’s Palace

Set on a cliff in 10 acres of subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic, this 5-star resort features an oceanfront spa, 3 swimming pools and direct access to oceanic waters.

All rooms at Reid’s Palace are elegantly furnished and include a balcony and marble bathroom with amenities. A minibar with complimentary drinks and free in-room movies are available to each room.

Reid’s Palace Spa features indoor and outdoor therapy suites with a private whirlpool. It offers an indulgent menu of treatments using world-class spa brands. Dry and wet saunas are also on site.

Active guests can play a match on the tennis courts, or get energised with cardiovascular equipment at the modern gym.

Al fresco dining is offered by the French-inspired Brisa Do Mar, while the Villa Cipriani serves classic Italian dishes. The Dining Room organises elegant soirees in Edwardian ambiance.

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