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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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.
Facilities► View all
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, sauna and Jacuzzi®.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner with either a buffet or set-menu.
Rooms ► View all
twin room with balcony
This inviting and comfortable twin is a great base from which to explore your local area. It's fully air-conditioned with access to free Wi-Fi in the room. There's also a minibar* on request, direct dial telephone and a hairdryer. If you like to be outside there's also a balcony.
twin room with sea view and balcony
The décor in this twin room is bright and cheerful with smart, comfortable furnishings. You'll have a balcony and sea view too, providing that bit of outside space. There's air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi available and you can also request a minibar*.
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We thorooughly enjoyed a very chilled out week. The room was beautiful, great sea view. We enjoyed the food in the restaurant but found the meal in the a la carte restaurant disappointing. The staff were all ver friendly and helpful. It was a pity that the rep and hotel staff had no information about the yellow bus hop on hop off tour which covers the Santa Cruz area on a Sunday as this was great value for money and gave an opportunity to see Camicho and Santo da Serra and also try short levada walks. As others have said the entertainment was poor, and we preferred to sit outdoors in the evening rather than inside watching it. However there was a lack of seating outdoors to allow guests to do this. Although daytime activities were advertised these never took place. Overall though the hotel was lovely and we would definitely consider a return visit.More
Great hotel, don't miss out on Machico!
We have just returned from staying at Vila Gale on an All Inclusive basis and cannot fault it at all. The hotel is extremely clean with modern decor throughout and we found all the staff to be friendly and courteous - some are more naturally friendly and chatty than others but all were very pleasant and helpful. The food was of a good standard for All Inclusive and there is a wide selection with a few different meats and fish, accompanied by vegetables and salad every night. And whilst some people have complained about the lack of international brands in the AI drinks package we found the local alternatives to be a great alternative. There were plenty of sunbeds available but those on the right hand side of the pool lose sunshine quite early on so most people tend to try and get some on the left! Santa Cruz in a small village but there are a couple of shops and O Professor is definitely worth a try if you fancy a night away from the hotel - and it's not expensive! And well worth getting the bus or taxi up to Machico which has a much larger selection of shops, beautiful marina and beach and fab beach bars! Also worth walking up to the end of the runway in Santa Cruz (about 10 mins) to watch the plans coming in - quite a unique perspective! Definitely not a hotel for children or people looking for crazy nightlife but brilliant for a relaxing, chilled out break in the sunshine! The evening entertainment is terrible but do you really book a holiday to sit inside and watch someone mime to a backing track - surely you would stay at home for that!More
Best thing of this hotel is the Restaurant staff
Nice hotel very quite resort the 5 star of this hotel is the restaurant staff very hard working rushed of their feet but still top service with a big smile need to double .Food very bland spices at all the only thing was Tabasco so we managed to get some PIRI PIRI sauce from Funchal .Room house keeping was very good apart from forgetting leave water and had to ring so many timesMore
NICE HOLIDAY BREAK
Booked this Hotel in Madeira rather late . So we ended up going Sept 26 th for a week . Weather forecasts for the Island looked dodgy but weather turned out fine with plenty of hot sun . This Hotel is in St Cruz which is very quiet ( at least when we went ) . Not much going on . Not any shops or Restuarants either . Nice area , tidy . Only walk was along the sea front . Only a short walk .Its easy and cheap to get the Busses here . Only 5 Euros each return to Funchal . A half hour on the Express and 45 mins on the regualr service . At this time of year Bus frequency still good . The Hotel did have its own Courtesy bus free but it got booked up . Funchal is the only real interesting place to go . Plenty of shops , restuarants e.t.c . Also nice Harbour . A couple of Cruise Liners in when we were there .The Cable Car is here as well and is a must , even if , like me you are not to keen on heights .This takes you up to the Bottanical gardens , also a must see. The Cable Car is 15 euros each and the gardens 10 Euros each . But must stress both worth it . The Hotel Villa Gale in St Cruz was we thought excellent . Can see no other way to describe it . Food not to varied but very good . We did all inclusive .Hotel rooms were comfortable and very clean . Possibly Entertainment not brilliant but a minor quibble . Would certainly go back to the Hotel .More
Stayed here on full board. The hotel is lovely and clean. The staff so nice, efficient and very friendly. The food excellent with lots of choice. The pool area has lots of sun beds and umbrellas. The trip from the airport is only 5 minutes. Being so close, it's great to see the planes coming in to land - an added bonus!More
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