Porto Santo, known as the “Holy Harbour”, is the second-largest island of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and also renowned for its long stretch of incredibly fine, sandy beach which is blessed with health-enhancing properties. Yes, the beaches in Porto Santo are different from the ones you see on Madeira Island as the sand is therapeutic. In fact, there are specialized spas all year round where you can cover yourself with sands. While Porto Santo’s landscape is quite different from Madeira, it also takes pride in its natural pools, crystal-clear turquoise water, and unique hiking trails. It has a peaceful and tranquil setting with unique geographical formations. In this article, I will share my personal recommendations on which places to stay if you are visiting Porto Santo Island and let you know which two places I stayed at!
WHERE TO STAY ON PORTO SANTO ISLAND, PORTUGAL
Is Porto Santo worth visiting for? Definitely YES! Apart from its gorgeous beach, another highlight is the dry and stable climate so it’s possible to go to the beach throughout the year even during the cold mainland Europe winter. In addition, there are several activities which you can not miss in Porto Santo including hiking, diving, windsurfing, and more. Hiking enthusiasts, vacationers, and divers would be lured to visit this island as it has plenty of activities to offer despite its size. So unlike Madeira, if you want to relax, take it easy, and do less adventure this island is for you.
The island is just 11-kilometers across in length at it’s longest point and most tourists are staying near the golden sands of the southern coast. If you are staying for a short time, there are a number of luxury resorts with great proximity to the beach but the island also has family-style hotels that offer great value for money, and of course, there are a few great value budget hotels. You’ll be glad to know that most hotels in Porto Santo include complimentary breakfast and parking and one of the resorts I stayed had all-inclusive meals and alcohol. We’ll get to that in a moment. Whether you are traveling to Porto Santo for pleasure, a romantic getaway, or a family holiday, there are quite a few places for you depending on your budget.
Here is the comparison table of my personal recommendations on the best places to stay on Porto Santo Island.
BEST HOTELS ON PORTO SANTO ISLAND COMPARISON TABLE
|Vila Baleira Porto Santo||8.4- Very Good||$87|
|Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa||8.5- Very Good||$128|
|Hotel Porto Santo & Spa||8.4- Very Good||$92|
|Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel & Villas||9.4- Exceptional||$233|
|Hotel Torre Praia||8.6- Fabulous||$125|
|Aparthotel Luamar||8.0- Very Good||$106|
|INATEL Porto Santo||8.5- Very Good||$76|
|Paraiso Dourado||8.2- Very Good||$79|
|Hotel Praia Dourada||7.6- Good||$73|
|Areia Dourada||8.1- Very Good||$35|
|Theresia’s Beach House||9.6- Exceptional||$70|
BEST PLACES TO STAY ON PORTO SANTO ISLAND
Vila Baleira Porto Santo (Luxury & All-inclusive): THIS IS WHERE I STAYED! Vila Baleira is a 4-star resort situated right on the golden sand beach of Porto Santo. The rooms are on one side of the road and the restaurant and pool area are directly next to the beach. I had the all-inclusive package, which meant we got a wristband when we arrived and then had buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as unlimited coffee and alcohol all day, every day. Normally a buffet can be lower quality than a restaurant but this buffet was really high quality and we never ate the same meal twice. They also have a specialty restaurant/buffet that is a bit fancier, which you can book into each night at no extra fee.
The resort has a wide range of fancy rooms from standard rooms, suites to apartments not to mention some rooms have all-inclusive plus options. Rooms are spacious, spotless, and equipped with everything including a private bathroom with a bathtub and a balcony. This is the resort for everyone just like the one in Funchal on Madeira Island. Among the highlights here are the amazing staff, extensive breakfast, excellent location, and superb amenities. There is also a pool bar service, a spa, a sauna, and a stunning outdoor swimming pool with lots of sun loungers around. I spent five nights here and it was a really memorable stay with awesome food and easy access to the beach! For me, this is one of the best places to stay on Porto Santo Island and I would recommend it as one of the best hotels on Porto Santo.
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Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa (Luxury): This is a 5-star resort on Porto Santo Island and it is by the largest hotel group in Portugal. The moment you step in the resort you’ll be rewarded with a blissful setting and its world-class amenities. I would’ve liked to stay here and from everything, I heard while on the island, it is a pretty awesome place to stay. It’s the top pick fro a hotel on Porto Santo Island if you want luxury!
Boasting exceptional and tastefully decorated rooms with blue and green tones that match the facade, this luxury hotel offers direct access to the beach and top-notch service. There is a stunning outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens, lots of palm trees, and plenty of sunbeds. The fun doesn’t just end there, in fact, guests can enjoy its three lavish restaurants as well as bars. You can opt to dine by the pool or have a glass of cocktail in the Sunset Bar. Other amenities include a spa, gym, game room, sports fields, and more. Overall, Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa is luxurious, huge, and fun so I definitely recommend this one!
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Hotel Porto Santo & Spa (Luxury): THIS IS WHERE I STAYED! Another classy, 4-star resort is Hotel Porto Santo & Spa where I stayed for my second 5-day period on my 10-day trip to Porto Santo Island.
This property takes pride in its well-maintained rooms, stunning grounds, lovely gardens throughout the vicinity as well as its superb hospitality. It was very stylish and calm with a luxury atmosphere very apparent.
Not only this resort offers excellent customer service but also enjoys a prime location. It features an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The resort boasts 97 tastefully designed rooms and villas fitted with a telephone, cable TV, safe, coffee/tea making facilities, fridge, air conditioning, and balcony. The family villa is super sleek and sophisticated with a marble bathroom fitted with a bathtub and hairdryer. On top of that, the spa has a Turkish bath, a heated pool, massage rooms, relaxation spots, hot sand therapy, and more. Not to mention the restaurant serves fresh local dishes. I’d happily recommend this Porto Santo hotel for couples and those looking for beachfront luxury with a very relaxing atmosphere.
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Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel & Villas (Luxury): Looking for a modern, sleek, and fancy hotel to indulge during your stay in Porto Santo? Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel & Villas is just right for you! This five-star Porto Santo hotel is ideal for all sorts of travelers and you will fall in love at this place in a heartbeat. The location is very handy and only walking distance to the beach. All rooms and villas are elegant and spotless with flat-screen TV, balcony, and marble bathroom fitted with everything you could possibly need. The property has an outdoor swimming pool, bar, garden, spa and wellness center, and a shared lounge. On top of that, there is a currency exchange on-site, free parking, and Wi-Fi is available in public spots. Room service and staff working round-the-clock at the front desk are at your disposal. This is definitely one of the fanciest places to stay on Porto Santo Island!
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Hotel Torre Praia (Luxury/Family-Pick): Hotel Torre Praia combines exquisite style and modern luxury with all the conveniences of a sophisticated contemporary retreat. This beachfront hotel features 66 vibrant and stylish rooms including the four suites fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, telephone, TV, and balcony. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of cuisines and beach views at their buffet restaurant not to mention they also have a snack bar and a cool beach bar. The more active guests can take advantage of their activities such as horseback riding and playing golf. They also have a playground for kids. There is a gym with complete equipment, sauna, free Wi-Fi at the reception, and a swimming pool beside the sun terrace which is a perfect spot to relax and chill while enjoying the views of the azure Atlantic Ocean. All in all, nothing beats the location and the views of this 4-star hotel on Porto Santo Island!
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Aparthotel Luamar (Luxury/Family-Pick): Technically located on the famous sandy beach, Aparthotel Luamar features an outdoor pool facing the beach and one-bedroom apartment rooms that can accommodate up to four guests including children with mountain and beach views. All rooms are fitted with everything that each guest could possibly need including a kitchenette and fully equipped bathroom. This fancy accommodation has a bar and with good proximity to restaurants and shops. The hotel offers a shuttle bus that goes to Villa Baleria every day so it’s very handy. Since Aparthotel Luamar is away from the main town, guests can expect a peaceful atmosphere on top of the stunning beach. With excellent staff and location, no wonder why this aparthotel is popular.
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INATEL Porto Santo (Family-Pick): Set nearby the long stretch of golden sand beach, INATEL Porto Santo offers it all: excellent location, room service, stunning outdoor pool, a beautiful garden, friendly staff, and fabulous breakfast. It offers thirty-six spacious rooms with beach views and all suites are equipped with a balcony, seating area, lockers, and an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub. The swimming pool area has plenty of sun loungers making it perfect for guests to relax and chill after a long day at the beach. If that’s not enough, guests can also use free Wi-Fi and rent towels and a bike at the hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar that serves delicious dishes both local and international. INATEL Porto Santo is also perfect for families so I definitely recommend this hotel.
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Paraiso Dourado (Family-Pick): Another lovely 3-star hotel that is perfect for families is Paraiso Dourado. It is located outside Vila Baleira yet with good access to the beach and restaurants. The aparthotel offers fully-furnished apartment rooms with a kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, and some have barbecue facilities. The property has two swimming pools for adults and children. It has also a playground where kids can play if the beach is not the option of the day. The place has a homely atmosphere and you will feel really safe here. The highlights are the friendly staff and cleanliness. In fact, there are some repeated guests. This is undoubtedly one of the best accommodations in Porto Santo.
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Hotel Praia Dourada (Family-Pick): Hotel Praia Dourada is nestled in the center of the action and close to the beach featuring an outdoor pool and a bar. This 3-star hotel has a pool bar with a good selection of drinks and snacks. While it offers double rooms, the triple rooms are ideal for more than two guests or families. Each room is spotless and has air conditioning, a cable TV, and an en-suite bathroom. You will not get bored if you stay here as you can play billiards or table tennis with your friends or with other guests. Free Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby. This 3-star hotel is perfect for families and those who want to have direct access to the beach, shops, and restaurants. The staff are also accommodating and they offer buffet breakfast on-site.
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Areia Dourada (Budget): If you are traveling in a light wallet, Areia Dourada is your perfect choice. Situated on a roadside and near to the stunning yellow beach of Porto Santo, this 3-star hotel offers single rooms for around $35 a night and twin rooms for $53 with mountain and sea views. Apart from its price, a tasty breakfast is included from the restaurant on-site as well as Wi-Fi is available for free. The rooms are no-frills but clean and comfy enough to have a nice sleep. Each room has a balcony, cable TV, closet, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Other amenities include a lovely swimming pool, a bar, and a fitness center. If you are renting a car, the property also offers free parking on site. This Porto Santo hotel is value for money and is a great budget choice.
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Theresia’s Beach House (Tranquil): Looking for a tranquil and peaceful place to stay? Theresia’s Beach House is your home away from home. This homestay offers six cozy rooms on the ground floor from a single room to a large double room fitted with everything you could possibly need. You’ll also find a large living room, dining area, and a kitchen. Location wise, it is fantastic as it is moments away from the golden sand beach of Porto Santo. The property has a stunning garden, free Wi-Fi as well as parking. Apart from swimming or sunbathing on the beach, guests can also marvel around on foot or by bicycle and enjoy the beautiful scenery and trails. For a relaxing and comfortable stay, Hotel Theresia’s Beach House will certainly make your stay here worthwhile.
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I hope this guide to the best places to stay on Porto Santo Island helped you pick one of the top Porto Santo hotels for your vacation!