Vila Gale Santa Cruz looks the business. Top-to-toe trendy, it’s got a minimalist reception full of cream and chocolate-coloured leather sofas, swanky-looking restaurants and modern bedrooms summed up by the LCD TVs and mahogany-dark furniture. In terms of stuff to do, there’s a really nice spa offering up the full A-Z – massages, facials, wraps, you name it. Head outside and there’s an Olympic-sized pool, as well as a poolside bar thrown in for good measure.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Snacks and ice-cream 10.30-18.00.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including house wine, draught beer, cocktail of the day, Madeira wine, mineral water, soft drinks, tea and coffee 10.30-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Large pool with swimming lanes, sunbeds and parasols around the edges.
Open Monday to Friday and 9am to 9pm at the weekend. Facilities include Turkish bath, roman bath and Jacuzzi™.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner with either a buffet or set-menu.
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We're Regulars Now
Vila Gale is a lovely hotel, right by the sea, near the end of the airport (not that that is an issue...there aren't many planes in Funchal) and very convenient for the airport. You pay extra to go into the health club (and the Jacuzzi is never hot enough), but can I find anything else to criticise? no The staff are wonderful and the views over the sea splendid. We stop here as a matter of routine if we have an early flight out..More
Great ocean view
My wife and I stayed in room 4016 for one week in April 2013, and were quite satisfied! Let me start by mentioning the nearby airport - something that might keep potential guests from booking this hotel: the arriving and departing planes hardly cause any disturbance such as noise. On the contrary it was quite fascinating to watch them pass by at such close distance. We only saw a handful of planes each day, and they never landed or took off during the night. The view from our room was spectacular - we had the ocean and southeast coast at our feet, it was among the most impressive sights, I've ever woken up to! The room was clean and comfortable like most Vila Galé hotels we've encountered in Portugal. The breakfast was good too, even during the late morning hours, the buffet was full of good stuff - it was constantly replenished. Hotel staff was very nice and courteous. Only minus was the internet service. The reception area has free wifi, but it doesn't work very well. Using the internet in rooms costs money, and I am always a bit annoyed by this, as I think internet use in hotels should be complimentary. Santa Cruz is a small and cozy village just a few miles from the airport. It doesn't have a lot going on, but it's only a short cab drive to the larger town of Machico - and a 40-minute local bus ride to bustling Funchal. Buses go back and forth until late in the evening. All in all it was a nice experience!More
Berlinaut, Berlin, Germany
Memorable Christmas Break
We had visited the hotel on a previous trip tro Madeira and when we saw a great deal for the Christmas period decided to book We were not disappointed, from our initial arrival to our check out we could not have asked for more, breakfast was a fairly extravagent buffet, complete with a glass of fizz if needed. The Spa was a bit of a haven of peace when devoid of kids, its a family hotel, a couple of dodgy showers, but other than that I found it a great place to relax. The rooms were comfortable and well cleaned, small problem with the shower head was fixed in minutes.More
vitalspark, Edinburgh, Scotland
A real pleasure offerd by TAP
After the Lisbon flight cancelation because of the difficult atmospheric condition specific to the beginning of March, TAP offered us one night stay in this nice hotel located not far from the airport. Very clean, modern furniture, well equipped with electronic devices, intimate and comfortable, supportive and polite staff. We were very much impressed by the waiters during the dinner when the restaurant was over-crowded and they were continuously doing their work in a professional manner. They were like bees in a hive. During our next morning walk on the beach we noticed a lot of big stones thrown by the huge ocean waves over the protection wall. Impressive. A nice and quiet place to have suntan, to swim, and relax in during warmer days in the outdoor pool, not far from the sea, but well protected laterally by both wings of the hotel. Nothing to complaint. Everything seems to be perfect.More
Virgil M, Bucharest
worth a try-easy to enjoy
This hotel is a matter of minutes from the airport. A short and inexpensive taxi fare. The hotel is on the sea and the rooms comfortable and clean. This is a pretty village with a fishmarket and a few shops. The restaurant at the hotel is help yourself-breakfast,lunch and dinner. Very good quality and value for money. The hotel has everything you need including its own bus into Funchal and its own wine. Very close to the golf course and in the summer next to the water park. We stay two days each year befor moving to time share in Funchal and find it is a wonderful start to the holidayMore
MaxBarford4, Tenterden, United Kingdom
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