Vila Gale Santa Cruz

This hotel has a beachfront spot near Santa Cruz. And you’re only a short drive from the capital, Funchal.

This hotel opened in 2006. The contemporary décor incorporates lots of leather sofas and arty photography. And outside there’s a gigantic Olympic-sized pool with its own little café.

Nearby there’s a pebble beach, a little harbour and a quaint little town. It’s also about half an hour from the island capital, Funchal – there’s a free shuttle bus that gets you there.

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Based On 516 reviews

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  • 1Building
  • 6Floors
  • 262Rooms
  • 4Lifts

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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Outdoor pool

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®.

Buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner with either a buffet or set-menu.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 - can be sold as a single. With twin beds and a camp-bed or similar with maid service daily, linen changed twice weekly and towels changed 3 times a week. Minibar is chargeable.

twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and a camp-bed or similar with maid service daily, linen changed twice weekly and towels changed 3 times a week. Minibar is chargeable.

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Expensive room service, far from Funchal.

We wanted to celebrate new years eve in Funchal/portugal and all the best hotel were full booked -so we tried santa cruz. Its very far far away, their is only a church som poor restaurants and a pub where u only see old people/local people in. We ended up only sleeping at the hotel. The hotel have spa, but the prices is to high, although they have good restaurants and staff it felt like we where in a senior bubble, so my best tip is book a hotel near funchal or in funchal and take a guide trip out here:) It will cost a lot and tak time to travel back and to the hotel everyday. BDW the hotel doesnt have free wifi, we paid for wifi but got very bad wifi so do not pay for wifi here.More

882cass33, Norway

Loved this Hotel!

Just arrived back from a weeks all-inclusive stay here, what a great hotel! Very modern and absolutely spotless! It's very close to the airport so no long transfer times and the airport isn't so busy, so that the planes aren't a disturbance, on the contrary,I found it quite entertaining. I can't praise the staff highly enough, they're a really great bunch, all very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Free Wi-Fi is available with good signal strength in the public areas, though the room we were in could do with a signal boost as we could only get it right next to the door! We were there out of the main season so Santa Cruz itself was pretty quiet, it may well be a busier spot in the summer, so when we were there there wasn't really any kind of 'buzz' about the town. The food at here is lovely, plenty of choice and variety, there were a couple of times it could have done with being a touch hotter, but it is a buffet so that's to be expected to some degree, but it really wasn't an issue. The Hotel provides a free courtesy bus to/from Funchal a number of times during the day which you need to book at reception. We used this on about four days of our weeks stay. It's a really good service and is only about 20 minutes each way. We just wished they provided an evening service, it would have been nice to have had an eveing in Funchal without having to get a Taxi or wondering where to catch the public bus from to get back. Perhaps a thought for the future? It would be a useful addition even if they made an evening service available for a fee. The only negative comment I would make, and this could well be because it was out of season, was that the Bar 'Soul & Blues' really had no atmosphere, any background music was too quiet and very like music you'd expect in a lift! as the week went on the Hotel seemed to get a bit busier and that helped. The 'Live music' offering was all ballads - nothing to get your feet tapping! This is when a bus into Funchal would have been handy. Put that aside though as it's minor detail. This really is a great hotel. Would I stay there again? Absolutely . . . . . . I wish I was going back tomorrow. Would I reccomend this Hotel to others? . . . .Without hestaition!More

Barnes1968, Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Excellent All Round

A very well-run hotel with consistently good service in all areas. Nice rooms, good food, and excellent indoor pool and spa facilities including an indoor pool that (unusually in my recent experience) is actually warm enough to use. Add to this a very nice Jacuzzi, steam rooms, sauna and gym. Food was good quality buffet, with all items replenished regularly, and tables cleared promptly. The restaurant manager (Bruno) does a fine job. Definitely a very nice hotel, within walking distance of the small village centre and only 3 minutes drive from the airport. Highly recommended.More

Golfingtravellers, Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very Good Hotel

Visited this hotel on my recent trip to Madeira.Like going to Santa Cruz a lovely spot on a trip from Funchal.Hotel very good staff fine faciliites fine food drinks etc are good.Santa Cruz bit remote for me but still a lovelyspot. Prefer Funchal and The Cliff Bay where i allways stay but this is a fine hotel.More

bob4434, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Big hotel with a small hotel feel

All Vila gale hotels seem to be the same and probably are, however the staff and feeling you get can only be described as friendly. The hotel has everything you could want for your stay. We were very happy and surprised to learn that they also provide free transport t and from Funchal ! AND the 2 nearest bars to the hotel are well worth the visit if you like to mix with the locals.More

Neil P, Coimbra, Portugal

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Vila Gale Santa Cruz
Rated: 4.5 /5 based on 516 customer reviews
from £426.00