Madeira Island is renowned for its mind-blowing landscapes, thrilling outdoor adventures, and rich culture. This lush island is considered one of Europe’s stunning travel destinations with tourists returning year after year. There are many huge resorts and luxury villas available on the island, but the best stays are at the smaller, more intimate boutique hotels on Madeira.
QUICK PICKS: 3 BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS ON MADEIRA
WHY STAY IN A BOUTIQUE HOTEL ON MADEIRA?
Boutique hotels are some of the best places to stay when traveling. Every element of your stay is thoroughly considered to provide you with a remarkable experience. They offer great amenities that come with a unique style and beautiful decor but with a more reasonable price range.
If you are considering staying in Funchal (the Capital), it has more options when it comes to boutique accommodation although there are also a few incredible boutique hotels in other regions as you will see below.
I’ve written a separate article discussing the benefits of each different region on Madeira and you can read that here: WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA ISLAND: WHICH REGION IS BEST FOR YOU
BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS ON MADEIRA COMPARISON TABLE
|Castanheiro Boutique Hotel****||Funchal|
|Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club*****||Santa Cruz|
|Aqua Natura Madeira****||Porto Muniz|
|Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol****||Ponta Do Sol|
|ARTS IN Hotel Conde Carvalhal****||Funchal|
|Casa Velha do Palheiro*****||Funchal|
|Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel & Spa*****||Funchal|
|Se Boutique Hotel****||Funchal|
|Quinta da Penha de Franca****||Funchal|
10 BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS ON MADEIRA ISLAND, PORTUGAL
In this article, I’ve compiled a list of 10 boutique hotels on Madeira Island, allowing you to explore this stunning island in style. Here’s my personal recommendation of the top 10 best boutique hotels on Madeira Island comparing location, ratings, and price.
Dazkarizeh73 (Great Atmosphere): Dazkarizeh73 is for visitors looking to get away from it all in a Zen-like atmosphere. Located at Ribeira Brava, which is between Funchal and Ponta Do Sol, this quaint and charming accommodation is your home away from home. The amenities are out of the ordinary on Madeira.
Expect a Bali-like atmosphere with beautiful views of the ocean and sunset. The rooms are clean and stylish with beautiful floral patterns and fitted with complete amenities including a hot tub. The property has a kitchen if you want to cook your own meal.
There is nothing better than sipping your cocktail in an outdoor jacuzzi while enjoying the stunning sunset view. If you are searching for a peaceful and relaxing place, I cannot recommend Dazkarizeh73 enough. There is a reason why it is at the top of my list of the best boutique hotels in Madeira!
MY 3 FAVORITE TOURS IN MADEIRA
- Dolphin & Whale Watching: Take a cruise from Funchal to spot Dolphins, Whales and see amazing views of Madeira’s coastline.
- Hike Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo: Hike the most epic trail on the island with a qualified guide!
- Level 1 Canyoning Adventure: Rappel down waterfalls in this high-adrenaline experience.
CASTANHEIRO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (Excellent Location): Strategically located in the heart of Funchal and within proximity to the historical center and restaurants, Castanheiro Boutique Hotel boasts 81 swanky rooms and a stunning rooftop pool overlooking the picturesque Funchal bay.
The rooms are immaculately clean and stylish with pastel tones and equipped with a flat-screen TV, and coffee/tea-making facilities and some rooms come with balconies and kitchenettes. Here you’ll find everything you need from a fitness center, library, sauna, and business corner, to a hairdresser.
ALBATROZ BEACH & YACHT CLUB
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club (Luxury): Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club offers you a five-star stay. It is a pretty boutique hotel set in a perfect position to explore all attractions Santa Cruz has to offer. The hotel offers a free shuttle from and to the airport. Boasting 20 gorgeous and classy rooms with sweeping views of the ocean, this luxury boutique hotel is perfect for families and couples.
Each room is incredibly comfortable and equipped with luxurious amenities. The property features a garden, gym, library, spa, sauna, and three swimming pools including the one that proudly sits on the water. The service is impeccable and you will enjoy every touch in this hotel. In addition to Albatroz’s high-end amenities, they also serve delicious buffet breakfast at the restaurant on-site. This is one of the top luxury boutique hotels on Madeira Island.
AQUA NATURA MADEIRA
Aqua Natura Madeira (Rock Pool): Along the scenic coast of Porto Moniz lies a beautiful boutique hotel called Aqua Natura Madeira. This 4-star hotel is perfect for all sorts of travelers including families or couples traveling with pets.
It has 3 suites, 7 double rooms, 12 twin rooms, and 3 single rooms. All of the rooms are modern, extensive, and well-equipped with amazing views of the ocean. Aqua Natura Madeira offers customized service from room service, daily housekeeping to special diet menu requests.
The various kinds of leisure activities, splendid views of the mountains and Atlantic, the solarium, sauna, gym, diving center, restaurant, and bar are among the things you can benefit from if you stay here. The huge rock pool is just moments away and probably every guest’s favorite.
ESTALAGEM DA PONTA DO SOL
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol (Excellent Location): I stayed here! If breathtaking ocean views, comfort, and professional service are your top priorities in choosing accommodation, then stay in Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol. Set atop a cliff facing the Atlantic Ocean, this trendy boutique hotel is quite a stunning retreat offering plenty of sunshine.
It offers minimalistic-style rooms outfitted with comfy beds, flat-screen TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, and balconies. What I loved the most was the incredible outdoor infinity pool, and hot tub overlooking the sea and the town of Ponta do Sol.
There is a spa and wellness center on-site where guests get to pamper themselves and a tennis court just a stone’s throw away from the property. Apart from that, pets are allowed, parking is free, and there’s Wi-Fi everywhere. This hotel is highly recommended and is one of the most unique, luxurious boutique hotels on Madeira Island.
ARTS IN HOTEL CONDE CARVALHAL
ARTS In Hotel Conde Carvalhal (Value for Money): Formerly known as Molhe Hotel Conde Carvalhal, this unique and affordable boutique hotel is used to be a traditional Madeiran house. Strategically located near the old town and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, ARTS In Hotel Conde Carvalhal is the perfect place if you don’t want to be in the middle of the crowd yet not too far from everything.
The rooms are fitted with sleek marble bathrooms, a kitchen, and a furnished balcony with gorgeous views. The atmosphere is very cozy and homey not to mention the incredible hotel staff will treat you like a family.
CASA VELHA DO PALHEIRO
Casa Velha do Palheiro (Tranquility): The position of this boutique hotel is faultless: high above the city of Funchal, with vast magical views of Palheiro Golf and the stunning gardens that stretch as far as the eyes can see. With 38 fabulous rooms and suites–all equipped with luxurious amenities, Casa Velha do Palheiro never feels busy or crowded.
With smooth carpeted floors and whitewashed walls offsetting vintage furniture and unconventional touches, every last corner of each room is superbly stylish. But my favorite thing is the tea house which is beside the hotel and Palheiro Golf which is very handy. Recharge and rejuvenate yourself at the Spa on-site where you can enjoy various kinds of massage and beauty treatments. There are two restaurants, a state-of-the-art gym, and a sauna. This is by far one of the best boutique hotels on Madeira Island.
QUINTINHA SAO JOAO HOTEL & SPA
Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel & Spa (Luxury): Take your travel up a notch and stay at one of Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel & Spa’s 42 rooms. While all rooms are equipped with everything you could possibly need, some of them have furnished balconies offering garden views.
This luxury boutique hotel is appealing year-round, thanks to its stunning garden as well as its top-notch amenities, from elegant rooms to the spa and wellness center. From the moment you arrive here, you’ll feel like you’re being treated to a customized experience as the staff is well-trained in what they do. Enjoy yourself in one of their swimming pools and chill with a glass of cocktail or wine in hand. It is also pet-friendly and a complimentary delicious breakfast is served daily.
SE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Se Boutique Hotel (Excellent Service): Set in the heart of Funchal and just a stone’s throws away from the Cathedral, this 4-star boutique hotel features 54 rooms with modern and quirky decor. This lovely hotel prides itself on its excellent hospitality and service not to mention the rate is more reasonable compared to other boutique hotels on Madiera Island.
The best feature of this hotel is probably the lovely rooftop bar with a panoramic view and colorful touches making it a perfect place to enjoy your tea or chill. While the property has a garden, art gallery, and massage service, there are other activities to enjoy such as wine tasting, classic car tours, picnics, and more.
QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA
Quinta da Penha de Franca (Great Value for Money): Enjoy all the posh amenities and convenience with attention to detail of a boutique hotel at Quinta da Penha de Franca. It boasts 109 rooms all fitted with amenities such as air conditioning, a private bathroom with free toiletries, a wardrobe, a tea/coffee maker, comfy chairs, and more.
While this boutique hotel features a massage spa, garden, restaurant, and bar, the highlight is probably the salt-water swimming pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There is also free parking as well as balconies in some rooms with scenic ocean views. The hotel provides access to the sea and it is moments away from all the shops and restaurants. Guests will have free breakfast considering its reasonable rate and they will not get bored here as they can play billiards for fun on-site.
That’s it! I have shared with you the top 10 Boutique Hotels on Madeira Island. I hope this article will help you organize your booking accommodation for your upcoming trip to Madeira Island. Enjoy your vacation!
WONDERING ABOUT WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA?
Throughout my six months on Madeira Island, I stayed in multiple accommodations. My favorite regions to stay in were Funchal and Canico de Baixo. I’ve created several guides to help you find the right region for you and a great hotel or apartment.
- The ultimate guide: WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA: WHICH REGION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
- If you want luxury: BEST 5-STAR LUXURY HOTELS ON MADEIRA ISLAND
- To feel at home: TOP 10 BOUTIQUE HOTELS ON MADEIRA ISLAND
- If you want to base in Funchal: WHERE TO STAY IN FUNCHAL: 15 TOP-RATED HOTELS
TOP 3 PLACES TO STAY IN MADEIRA
- Ultimate Luxury: Les Suites at Cliff Bay best location and view
- Best Value: Hotel Alto Lido – Funchal rooftop swimming pool under 100 Euros
- Budget Hostel in Funchal: Santa Maria Hostel is easily the top hostel in Funchal
HAVE YOU READ MY OTHER MADEIRA BLOGS?
I spent six months exploring Madeira and the nearby island of Porto Santo. These are some of my most popular guides about the region that you may be interested in.
- My favorite hikes: 65 AWESOME HIKES ON MADEIRA
- My favorite levada walks: 25 BEAUTIFUL LEVADA WALKS ON MADEIRA
- The best waterfalls on the island: 25 EPIC WATERFALLS ON MADEIRA
- Guide to the best Accommodation: WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA
- Hardest hike: THE MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA TRAIL IN 4 DAYS (115KM)
- Longest hike: CAMINHO REAL 23: MADEIRA’S ROYAL PATH (180KM)
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Sunday 10th of July 2022
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Monday 8th of March 2021
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Tuesday 9th of March 2021
Still travel mostly like that. I also use Airbnb credits and do sponsored stays every now and again :) This is just a guide I wrote summarizing the top boutique hotels on Madeira. Clearly, I didn't stay at all ten of them, it's just my summary of the options available to help people choose.