Located between Portugal and the northwest coast of Africa, Madeira Island is the largest island of the Portuguese archipelago. While the rest of Europe battles a cold winter, Madeira enjoys great weather all year! It has dramatic cliffs, volcanic rock pools, lush UNESCO forests, great levada walks, and incredible hiking trails. There are a lot of distinctively different regions to stay on Madeira Island and each region has several accommodation options. This article is divided into eight different regions of Madeira Island and for each region, I’ve handpicked a few luxury hotels, family-pick hotels, and budget accommodations to help you consider which area and accommodation are the best for you. After staying on the island for more than three months, I learned what each different can offer and which type of traveler should stay where.
Madeira is often called “The Island of Eternal Spring” because of its spring-like climate and pleasant temperatures throughout the year. It is also often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe because of its rugged mountain backdrops and beautiful coastal areas. While Madeira Island is popular for older people and families who want to escape from the hustle and bustle, for me it has an incredibly advenuturous side that young people will love! The south coast offers constant sunshine but the north coast offers plenty of dramatic cliffs and hiking adventures.
You’ll need a car when you are here and it is only a small island, yet choosing your accommodation can be a daunting task. This blog post will help you figure out which accommodation to choose on Madeira Island so that you can make the most of your time and not spend hours driving up and down the hills and through the highway tunnels every day. I’ve selected the eight most popular regions and in each region, I’ve included some reasons why you might want to stay in that specific region.
WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA ISLAND COMPARISON TABLE
These are the top-rated accommodations in each region. Some of them you may not find on the regular booking sites but they are the most highly-reviewed places to stay on Madeira.
|Les Suites at Cliff Bay PortoBay||Funchal||10.0 Exceptional||$455|
|The Cliff Bay- PortoBay||Funchal||9.4- Superb||$224|
|Belmond Reid’s Palace||Funchal||9.5- Exceptional||$356|
|VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira||Funchal||8.7- Fabulous||$196|
|Casa Branca Apartments||Funchal||9.4 Exceptional||$120|
|Golden Residence Hotel||Funchal||8.8- Fabulous||$99|
|29 Madeira Hostel & Guesthouse||Funchal||9.1- Superb||$48|
|Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa||Calheta||9.3- Wonderful||$142|
|Calheta Beach- Savoy Signature||Calheta||8.9- Excellent||$101|
|Casas Maravilha||Calheta||9.2- Superb||$48|
|Calheta Boutique Houses||Calheta||9.0 Superb||$180|
|Marina Rooms||Calheta||8.5- Very Good||$77|
|Dom Pedro Madeira||Machico||8.2- Very Good||$77|
|Residencial Familia||Machico||9.0- Superb||$55|
|Modern & Recycled Guest House||Machico||9.4- Superb||$48|
|Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club||Santa Cruz||9.4- Superb||$213|
|Vila Gale Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz||8.7- Fabulous||$140|
|Santa Cruz Village Hotel||Santa Cruz||9.1- Superb||$77|
|Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol||Ponta Do Sol||9.2- Superb||$154|
|Escarpa-The Madeira Hideaway||Ponta Do Sol||9.5- Exceptional||$177|
|Enotel Baia Do Sol||Ponta Do Sol||9.1- Superb||$70|
|Soul Glamping||Jardim Do Mar||9.7- Exceptional||$178|
|Jardim Do Mar Rooms||Jardim Do Mar||8.5- Very Good||$66|
|Cecilia’s House||Jardim Do Mar||8.0- Very Good||$54|
|Estalagem do Vale||Sao Vicente||8.7- Fabulous||$73|
|Estalagem Do Mar||Sao Vicente||8.3- Very Good||$85|
|North Coast Guest House||Sao Vicente||9.2- Superb||$48|
|Aqua Natura Madeira||Porto Moniz||9.2- Wonderful||$110|
|Hotel Euro Moniz||Porto Moniz||8.9- Fabulous||$69|
|Hotel Salgueiro||Porto Moniz||8.0- Very Good||$56|
WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA ISLAND, PORTUGAL
Situated on the island’s southwest coast, Funchal is the capital city of Madeira which is home to several luxury hotels, fabulous museums, old churches, and verdant botanical gardens. Most visitors base here because there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and tour agencies in the traditional streets of the old town. You’ll find heaps of accommodation to choose from that surely suits everyone’s budget.
I spent an entire month based in Funchal and it’s a perfect mix of culture, food and history while also being a central base for adventures on day-trips with or without a car.
Les Suites at Cliff Bay PortoBay (Luxury): Perched on a cliff, Les Suites is best known for its jaw-dropping setting. It houses 23 sophisticated and sleek suites with balconies offering panoramic views of the ocean. Each room is fitted with a bathtub and comfy couches. This 5-star resort on Madeira has three bars and restaurants including one with two Michelin stars that serve delectable food and beverages. This is a kind of high-end hotel on Madeira that most travelers would fantasize about with a heated outdoor pool on the edge of the cliff making it a perfect spot to relax and chill out. Other amenities include a gym, pilates room, lounges, wellness center, library, cinema room, and more. The resort offers a golf course, tennis, and sailing in a luxury yacht. With its first-class amenities and service guaranteed, you’ll receive a 5-star experience with Les Suites at Cliff Bay PortoBay, which is one of the top luxury hotels on Madeira.
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The Cliff Bay- PortoBay (Luxury): This ultra-luxurious hotel stands proudly over the cliff with a breath-taking vantage point. The Cliff Bay showcases a broad range of luxurious and large rooms, 3 salt-water swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a spa, and multiple restaurants and bars on-site. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s afternoon tea inside or on the terrace while enjoying the spectacular view of the south coast of Madeira Island. The spa also offers a lot of treatments from the Turkish steam bath to hair treatments. If that’s not enough, the hotel also features three jacuzzis, one in the spa and another one is next to the indoor and outdoor pool where you can enjoy epic views. If you want to encounter some of the most common marine species in Madeira, arrange diving or snorkeling from the hotel. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, as a family, or for business, this lavish hotel is one of the top places to stay on Madeira Island.
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Belmond Reid’s Palace (Luxury): There are certainly more luxe options scattered around Funchal. However, Belmond Reid’s Palace, with its sophisticated furnishings and easy access to the ocean, wins hands down on elegance, world-class service, and convenience. Lies on a cliff and surrounded by lush gardens, this upscale hotel features a wide array of refined, floral-designed rooms and suites fitted with marble bathrooms and balconies. The hotel staff are dedicated enough to ensure your holiday will run seamlessly by maintaining the first-rate service from room cleaning to dining. Some of the activities they offered are classic car sunset ride and boat tours. While the hotel boasts a lovely atmosphere, the rock pool also steals the show. Also, a can’t miss delicious breakfast which is probably one of the reasons why guests love to stay at this property. This is by far the best luxury hotel on Madeira Island.
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VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira (Family Pick): Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that overlook the Atlantic ocean or breakfast and dinner inclusions are just a couple of perks you enjoy when you book at VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira. Set in Funchal, this 5-star hotel is perfect for families and couples alike. It features a wide range of rooms and suites including spacious family rooms, all fitted with luxurious amenities not to mention the comfy seating area and the insane views. The attention to detail and personal touch is out of the world. There are five restaurants and a couple of bars on-site that serve exquisite international and local dishes. The great thing is parents can relax while their kids enjoy the activities offered at Aquatica Kids World. From pools, garden, to watersports, there is no doubt VidaMar Resort is certainly a perfect hideaway for those seeking fun and relaxation!
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Casa Branca Apartments (Where I stayed): Casa Branca apartments is where I stayed for two months at the end of my six months in Madeira. For me, this is the perfect location in Madeira. It was walking distance to cafe’s, bars, and everything in downtown/old-town Funchal, yet far enough away from the city center that I had some peace and quiet. The apartment has its own parking (highly valuable in Funchal) and is just minutes away from connecting to the highway so unlike being directly in Funchal you can get in and out quickly so it’s a great base. There are natural swimming pools and parks within a short walk in the Lido direction as well as lots of restaurants there too, so you can get to enjoy both Lido and Funchal. It’s right next to the famous Belmond Reid’s to give you an idea.
Now, about the apartment itself. This is a very modern complex that has three levels all of which have self-contained apartments. I stayed on floor two and floor three for a month each. The interior is very modern and spacious with fancy amenities and homely touches like coffee makers, a toaster, a huge TV with Netflix, a table, and chair for working, and a big bathroom. There was even a cleaner who came once a week to do a full clean of the apartment for us. The best part about the apartment was the huge window that is basically an entire wall looking out over Funchal and up to the mountains. This is where I did all my weather checks as I could see half of the island. It’s truly an amazing view and watching storms, rainbows, and clouds rolling over Funchal was incredible. I really can’t recommend this place enough and it’s perfect for a couple or a digital nomad who wants a very modern, convenient, and stylish space for their stay in Madeira.
Golden Residence Hotel (Family Pick): Strategically located near an enormous pebble beach, Golden Residence Hotel offers 172 contemporary, spacious rooms including family rooms and apartments. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, minibar, balcony, and more. The panoramic sea views down the coast are just off the charts here as you can see in the photos below. Plenty of amenities are on offers such as swimming pools, restaurants and bars, wellness facilities, and a meditation room. Pamper yourself in a large spa offering a variety of treatments that will surely make you relax or perhaps get your tan on one of their loungers outside while enjoying the colossal views of the vista. Since this hotel is value for money, I highly recommend this for families looking for the best value place to stay on Madeira Island.
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29 Madeira Hostel & Guesthouse (Budget): This is one of the most popular budget accommodation in Funchal for adults. If you are traveling on a budget, you might want to consider this hostel. 29 Madeira Hostel is located in the middle of the action. You can grab a private double room or a bunk bed in a mixed dormitory room that can accommodate up to 8 guests. Each bunk bed has a built-in locker and also comes with an outlet and a light. The hostel has a communal area where you can mingle with other guests or chill. Although a light breakfast is included in your stay, there is also a furnished kitchen if you want to cook your own meal. Free towels, Wi-Fi, and hairdryers is a nice touch. Plus they offer laundry service, power adapters, and luggage storage. Another feature is that guests can play games like chess and cards with other guests. Undoubtedly, this is the best cheap accommodation in Funchal.
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Calheta presents is popular for tourists and families because it is on the sunny side of the island. You’ll find one of the few sandy beaches here in Calheta and even when other parts of the island are raining, Calheta is usually sunny. There are many activities on offer such as snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing, paragliding, and more. It is the islands main core for banana plantations, vineyards, and sugar-cane production. It is also famous for its beautiful sunsets and hiking trails. I stayed in Calheta for my first five weeks on Madeira Island and enjoyed the daily dose of sunshine and it was a good base for all of the central and western hikes and viewpoints.
Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa (Luxury): If your idea of dream accommodation is sleeping in a spacious and luxurious room with amazing sea views, then Saccharum is a place for you! This sugarcane-inspired hotel has a wide range of well-appointed rooms equipped with everything you need including a balcony. It features a wellness center, a mini-museum about the sugar cane industry, beaches and wharf, a restaurant, and swimming pools. But perhaps its best feature is the rooftop pool where guests can float into the horizon and take photos for their Instagram posts. The customer service is top-notch and there is a rooftop bar that serves a variety of beverages plus the epic sunset view. At Savoy Saccharum Resort, guests can choose to have their free breakfast on the terrace. Whether you’re after a place for an intimate holiday or honeymoon, this popular 5-star hotel will ensure your needs are catered to.
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Calheta Beach- Savoy Signature (Luxury): Calheta Beach- Savoy Signature is another luxury hotel on Madeira that boasts phenomenal mountain and ocean views. This beachfront hotel has 104 well-appointed rooms ranging from double rooms, suites, to apartments. Each room has air conditioning, a mini-bar, flat-screen TV, and a spacious bathroom with a hairdryer. The apartments also come with fully-equipped kitchenettes. This is a family-friendly hotel as it showcases a perfect setting for a fun family getaway featuring a sandy beach, kids playground, and swimming pools. There are a couple of restaurants and bars plus one snack bar serving high-quality food and drinks. Other amenities include a Turkish bath, sauna, gym, conference rooms, and lots of sun loungers by the pool and on the sun terrace. Considering its excellent beach-front location, top-notch service, and quality food, this hotel certainly won’t disappoint you. If I had to choose one hotel that would be a guaranteed top spot for a vacation this would be my best pick for where to stay in Calheta on Madeira Island.
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Casas Maravilha (Family Pick): This secluded guesthouse is tucked away in the lush mountains of Madeira. Casas Maravilha is suitable for families and other types of travelers who seek relaxation, comfort, and nature. The guesthouse is built with recycled glass and woods so sustainability wise, it does a great job! There is a wide range of room options including suites. All rooms are beautifully decorated and fitted with everything you need. The moment you arrive in the property, you’ll be welcomed with a basket of fresh fruits and eggs from their own farm. It has a kitchen, a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees, and many seating areas. Although you need to charter a car to get here, I highly recommend this accommodation.
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Calheta Boutique Houses (WHERE I STAYED): A perfect view of Calheta from the outdoor pool or in your room is not the only thing that Calheta Boutique Houses offers to their guests but more. It offers one-bedroom houses and two-bedroom houses equipped with everything you need. Technically, it is your home away from home. What I love about this place is homely feel and attention to detail. After a long day of exploring, you can relax by the pool while enjoying the mountain views. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and parking, a terrace, and a garden. Each unit has modern furniture, a washing machine, a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, and more. It is a serene place so it is a perfect base for hiking and exploring the west and central areas of the island.
Marina Rooms (Budget): If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Calheta, Marina Rooms is a place you should go to. This guesthouse, which is in front of the harbor dotted with boats, offers double rooms and standard rooms and each room has a sliding door that lead to a spacious balcony offering the best marina views. For $77 a night, you and your friends can grab a double room that can accommodate up to four guests. Location wise, it is perfect as it is just a stone throw away from everything including the supermarket and restaurants. Each room is spacious and fitted with a TV, mini-fridge, a kettle, a wardrobe, a large bathroom, and a work desk.
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Machico region is popular for the beach-lovers and families as it is where you will find Praia de Machico, which is the most famous ‘sandy’ beach on the entire Madeira Island. It is also close to the airport and provides easy access to public transportation. Whale watching, hanging out at the beach, and hiking to Levadas and coastal walks like the famous Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço hike are some of the renowned activities in this region. In addition, the region has an abundance of amazing seafood dishes in its restaurants. Sao Roque Beach is a wide stretch of black sand while Banda D’ Alem Beach is a yellow sand beach in Machico so you have lots of beach options in this region. Machico is a great place to stay on Madeira if you want to be near Funchal, situated on the east of the island, want sunshine but not such a busy city vibe like Funchal.
Dom Pedro Madeira (Family/Luxury): This luxury hotel has an epic location right next to the black sand beach in Machico as well as being close to the airport. It offers a wide range of rooms including family rooms, suites, and clubrooms. While all rooms are equipped with TV, air conditioning, a bathtub, and a work desk, some rooms have a balcony. The hotel has a good size salt-water pool outside with lots of sun loungers facing the ocean. You won’t get bored here as the hotel offers some outdoor activities such as snorkeling and windsurfing. The hotel has a restaurant with buffet service, a pool bar, and a piano bar that offers great entertainment every night. Undoubtedly, Dom Pedro Madeira is the best accommodation in Machico.
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Amparo (Family-Pick): If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced accommodation in a central location for your family in Machico, Amparo is a family-run hotel that offers a large triple room with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, tea/coffee maker, and a balcony. There is a bus station, beach, and parking space nearby so it’s very handy. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, a terrace, and a lovely restaurant that serves local dishes. But the highlight is the accommodating host as they go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and memorable. A delicious breakfast is included in your stay so it’s a good value for money, family place to stay on Madeira Island.
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Residencial Familia (Family-Pick): If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel which offers great value for money and excellent location, then perhaps you should stay at Residencial Familia. As the name suggests, this traditional 3-star hotel is perfect for families and is located near the beach and the town center. The rooms are simple yet very clean not to mention each room has a balcony offering lovely views of Machico Bay. Amenities include free parking onsite, 24-hour reception, restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. If you need cash, there is an ATM on site. Also, you can take advantage of their laundry and car rental services. Apart from its convenient location, another highlight of this hotel is the delicious complimentary breakfast which is included in the price.
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Modern & Recycled Guest House (Budget): One of the perks of staying in Machico is that you don’t need to spend much money to enjoy it unless you stay at Modern & Recycled Guest House. The location is excellent, very near to the beach, restaurants, and shops around. Rooms are built with recycled stuff yet stylish and clean with different themes. All rooms feature a good shower and TV. Route 66 room was probably the coolest amongst all rooms. The beds have wheels and the ceiling light was made of a recycled car tire. I love the attention to detail and the personal touch. There is also a cozy co-working space for guests to use and a lovely terrace. The fully-equipped kitchen is available to all guests. Although it is just a hostel, families are also welcome to stay.
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You will find plenty of incredible views and places to swim and chill out in the municipality of Sta. Cruz, too. If Brazil has Christ of the Redeemer, Santa Cruz has Cristo Rei de Garajau Viewpoint. The best thing about this small coastal town is its proximity to the airport, it’s very close to Funchal and its hidden beaches. Families and business travelers would love this place as it offers a water park for kids and a golf course.
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club (Luxury): This is by far the best luxury boutique hotel in Santa Cruz. Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club is strategically located on a promontory with private beach access. It offers a wide range of luxurious rooms and suites with balconies offering the best Atlantic Ocean view. The hotel rooms are enormous and fitted with Wi-Fi, tea, and coffee making facilities, an ensuite bathroom with a double sink, and more. The suite has a separate dining room. It has a tennis court, a library, restaurant & bar, gym, a garden, and gorgeous swimming pools by the sea and on the rocks. The hotel’s location steals the show as it’s within proximity to the airport and guests can take advantage of their free shuttle service. With professional service and top-notch amenities, this luxury hotel on Madeira Island really does have everything you could possibly need and is one of the top places to stay on Madeira.
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Vila Gale Santa Cruz (Luxury): Set just a few steps from the beach, Vila Gale Santa Cruz is hard to beat when it comes to accommodation on Madeira for those seeking luxury and location. The hotel has 262 modern rooms and suites with balconies where you can take advantage of the best city and ocean views. The staff provides excellent service and the restaurant serves exceptional local-style food. It also highlights two restaurants and bars, a huge outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, a spa, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Apart from that, the hotel provides guests free transport to Funchal.
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Santa Cruz Village Hotel (Family): Santa Cruz Village Hotel boasts a prime location and it’s ideal for families. Featuring large rooms and suites, this contemporary 4-star hotel is only walking distance to everything including the beach, bus stop, restaurants, and bars. Each room is immaculately clean and fitted with a flat-screen TV, seating facilities, bathroom, and a balcony. The property has an outdoor swimming pool and shower, a garden, a restaurant, and a bar. The restaurant serves a tasty buffet at breakfast. Guests can also play billiards and there are free parking and Wi-Fi. Plus the staff are dedicated enough to ensure that guests enjoy a very pleasant and relaxing stay. Sun loungers and parasols can be found by the pool ready for use. This hotel does not disappoint so I highly recommend this one.
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PONTA DO SOL
Set in the southwestern coast of Madeira Island, Ponta do Sol is a little coastal town and the sunny part of the island with pebble beaches. Ponta do Sol literally means the point of the sun and that’s precisely what you will get here. Even when the rest of the island is inside a storm, Ponta do Sol is almost always sunny. The most convenient way to explore this area is by renting a car. There are lots of epic hikes nearby in the Rabcal area in the interior of the island. This region is popular because of its dramatic clifftop walk along the coast, stunning coastal views, and sunny weather. If you are considering where to stay on Madeira and want a sunny vacation, this is your spot.
Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol (Luxury): 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—very insta-worthy! There are a spa and wellness center on-site where guests get to pamper themselves and a tennis court just a stone 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 places to stay on Madeira Island.
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Escarpa-The Madeira Hideaway (Luxury): Nestled in the beautiful hills above the heart of Ponta Do Sol where you can find spectacular banana plantations, Escarpa-The Madeira Hideaway offers a kind of relaxation and seclusion to couples unlike any other accommodation in Madeira. It offers double rooms with balcony and villas and all units are fitted with seating area, TV, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, and a private bathroom. A perfect choice if you are looking for a place with a private infinity pool that offers breathtaking views of the ocean and town. The breakfast is fabulous. Personally, this is by far the best accommodation in Ponta Do Sol and quite possibly one of my top picks to answer the questions of where to stay on Madeira Island.
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Enotel Baia Do Sol (Luxury/Family): This 4-star hotel is situated in front of the pebble beach featuring luxurious amenities and 68 well-appointed rooms. Each room is fitted with a minibar, free toiletries, TV, seating area, and comfy beds. Some rooms have a balcony which provides panoramic views of the vista. Amenities include an indoor heated pool, sauna, gym, game room, restaurant, and bar. This is also a family-friendly hotel as it offers babysitting service and a kid-friendly buffet. When it comes to buffet breakfast, the restaurant serves a wide selection of Madeira cuisine. The game room has a pool table and the rooftop terrace is quite a popular spot for guests because you can enjoy the sunset view while having a cocktail in hand. What’s more? The hotel is also close to bars and restaurants in town.
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JARDIM DO MAR
Set on the Southwestern part of Madeira Island, Jardim Do Mar is a picturesque seaside village and well-known for its quiet pebble beaches. This is one of the best areas on the island due to its warm weather all year round. Here you’ll find more luxurious villas perched over the town offering fantastic views. It is recommended to hire a car if you will be based in this quiet, traditional village.
Soul Glamping (Luxury Tent): Soul Glamping is a unique luxury tent accommodation set atop Caminho do Jardim Pelado, not too far from the town of Jardim Do Mar. Perfect for two guests, this dome retreat will make you feel like you are too far off from your everyday hustle and bustle during your stay at this one-of-a-kind accommodation. What I love about this place is that guests will be able to enjoy watching the sunset with the insane views of the ocean and village. Among the amenities inside the dome include a comfy bed, air conditioning, dining table, flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Outside the dome, you’ll find a jacuzzi and seating areas for you to relax and chill while embracing never-ending tranquility. Undoubtedly, this place offers glampers luxury and a brand-new way to connect with nature and the landscapes of Madeira. I highly recommend this luxury tent accommodation.
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Jardim Do Mar Rooms (Family): If you are traveling with kids, Jardim Do Mar Rooms is probably your best option. It is only a small hotel but the rooms are large and sleek especially the suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that led to the private balcony. Jardim Do Mar Rooms is located centrally and guests can take advantage of the ocean and mountain views from a balcony. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi. There is nothing better than listening to the sound of the waves until you fall asleep. The hotel has a restaurant that serves delicious seafood and free public parking on site. This is by far the most popular hotel in Jardim Do Mar and it is value for money.
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Cecilia’s House (Budget): Cecilia’s House is a bed and breakfast located in the heart of Jardim do Mar. It offers budget rooms and free continental breakfast. The place is cozy and it has a homey feeling. You can grab a double room, a triple room, or an apartment. Some rooms don’t have a balcony but that’s not a big deal as you can still have the best view from your window. The property has free Wi-Fi and a lovely terrace offering astounding sea and sunset views. The rooms are no-frills but immaculately clean and fitted with a private bathroom. Just a stone throw away, you’ll find a rocky beach. If you are traveling in a light wallet, I suggest you stay at Cecilia’s House.
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Located between Seixal and Ponta Delgada in the North, Sao Vicente is an idyllic seaside village with a few restaurants, bars, and shops. It is a few hours drive from Funchal and is home to a few insane caves, underground channels of lava as well as the church that stands proudly on the top of a basal rock. It offers plenty of adventures such as hiking through Pico Ruivo which is the highest peak at 1862m and Levada, and watching the sunsets. Plus it is a popular surfing spot.
Estalagem Do Vale (Luxury): Enjoy tranquil privacy, be close to nature, and stay in Estalagem Do Vale. History buffs would also love to know that this property has so much history to tell to its guests. It is used to be an old manor house and being transformed into a luxury hotel featuring 41 classy and lavish rooms equipped with modern conveniences such as airconditioning, TV, and strong Wi-Fi. Some rooms have a balcony and I love the fact that they keep the traditional furniture which makes the hotel more charming. You’ll enjoy the striking beauty of the surroundings without the noise and chaos of the crowd. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, an elaborate garden, a restaurant, free parking, and a bar. When it comes to the price tag and amenities, this hotel is by far the best.
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Estalagem Do Mar (Luxury): Estalagem Do Mar is another luxury retreat set in Sao Vicente with green mountains background making it a perfect base camp for hiking, visiting beaches, and Levada walks. All of its gorgeous rooms and suites are well-appointed providing the most exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean. While the double rooms are fitted with a private bathroom and hairdryer, the suites have a separate living room with a comfy sofa bed. The restaurant and bar are elegant and cozy that offers a wide selection of food and drinks. Other perks include a pretty outdoor and indoor pool sauna, gym, and garden. I can’t believe this hotel is a 3-star considering its luxurious amenities. The highlight is you’ll get a lot for what you paid for so it’s good value for money.
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North Coast Guest House (Family): Perhaps you’re traveling with your family and looking for a tranquil place to stay in Sao Vicente, North Coast Guest House is your home away from home. This traditional house offers double rooms and family rooms and once you get inside you’ll be amazed by its vibrant decors making it a cozy place to sleep in. A delicious breakfast is included in your stay. Guests can also use the shared kitchen if they want to cook their own meals plus free parking on-site. The property is situated in a lush garden with hammocks and magnificent mountain views. It is also close to the caves, hiking trails, and just five minutes away from the local restaurants. But the real star of the show is the host because they are extremely accommodating and helpful.
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The remote yet charming town of Porto Moniz on the very northwestern edge is famous for its natural swimming pools that are filled by the high tide. You can visit Seixal Natural Pools with a picture-perfect rock archway and one of the most popular beaches on the island called Seixal Beach boasting a gorgeous stretch of black sand (like in Hawaii) with the massive, lush mountains in the backdrop. It is also home to many great hiking trails in the UNESCO World Heritage Site –The Laurissilva Forest. It’s just 15 minutes away, Ponta da Ladeira, which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset along the west coast.
Aqua Natura Madeira (Luxury): Aqua Natura Madeira is a popular chic hotel in Porto Moniz featuring 22 rooms ranging from single, double to suite rooms. All rooms come with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean not to mention they are spacious, airy, and bright. The hotel has a solarium, jacuzzi, sauna, and gym. There are two on-site restaurants and a rooftop bar with dreamy views. There is also a sun terrace where guests can chill or enjoy watching the sunset. The rock pool is probably one of the best features of this hotel where it gets busy during the day. What’s more? Every guest will be provided with a towel and free access to the natural pool. If you are also into scuba diving, you can book one at their tour desk but if budget is the problem you can snorkel for free. From location, service, facilities, and amenities, everything is extraordinary!
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Hotel Euro Moniz (Family Pick): Situated near Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, this 3-star hotel offers provides a wide range of rooms including five family rooms and two junior suite rooms. Each room has a flat-screen TV and a balcony where guests can enjoy the views. The hotel offers an extensive lobby, indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, free parking, Wi-Fi, and a bar that overlooks the rock pools. The on-site restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast. Apart from the complimentary service they provide, they also offer other services such as laundry, bicycle rental, massage, room service, and more. This hotel offers good value for money and I highly recommend this especially to families who do want to spend more on accommodation.
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Hotel Salgueiro (Budget): If you want to be in the middle of everything and save some of your money, Hotel Salgueiro is ideal for you! Featuring double rooms and twin rooms, this budget hotel is ideal for couples or two travelers. Each room is super clean and equipped with everything you need. Although there are many restaurants and shops nearby, Hotel Salgueiro has an on-site restaurant where guests enjoy their complimentary hearty breakfast. If you want to rent a car or book a tour in Machico, the property can help you organize that. There is also a spacious terrace that boasts phenomenal ocean views and you can easily access the mind-blowing naturals pools in Machico.
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I hope this guide helped you choose where to stay on Madeira Island. There’s some truly epic hotels in Madeira and some of the resorts have incredible locations. I’m sure you will have a great stay at your accommodation on Madeira Island.
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.
All of my favorite hikes: MADEIRA HIKING GUIDE: 60 AWESOME HIKES ON MADEIRA
The best waterfalls on the island: 25 EPIC WATERFALLS ON MADEIRA
My favorite levada walks: 25 BEAUTIFUL LEVADA WALKS ON MADEIRA
Most epic adventure I had: HIKING THE MADEIRA ISLAND ULTRA TRAIL IN 4 DAYS (115KM)
Longest hike on Madeira: CAMINHO REAL 23: MADEIRA’S ROYAL PATH (180KM)
YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT ALL OF MY MADEIRA VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
I created 20 adventure travel videos while on Madeira and some of them were from never-before filmed locations. From hiking in a snowstorm to running on coastal ridges, it’s a playlist of videos you will enjoy. I’ve linked the entire playlist of my Madeira videos below.
WONDERING ABOUT WHERE TO STAY ON MADEIRA?
Throughout my six months on Madeira, 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