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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  • 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 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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Mixed opinion

We stayed overnight at this hotel to catch a flight next day because it is within a kilometre or two of the airport. The hotel itself is very nice - modern, large and clean. There was just something about the very empty, echoing spaces in the main reception which didn't gel, with me at any rate. The bedroom which we had was very clean with a good bathroom and toiletries, but the room decor was bit dark. We didn't eat dinner in the hotel but had a look at the "menu". Aparently all meals are buffet style and reminded me of a cruise ship. The hotel caters a lot for "all inclusive" for the air / coach holidays from abroad. The bar in the main reception are didn't open in the evening at all, but presumably it's off season. The pool area is huge and the water inviting and there are plenty of sunbeds if you want to soak up the sun. However I don't know what else you can do here if it rains and there isn't sun - there doesn't seem to be much. The town itself is very small and it's too far from Funchal if you intend going there most days. About 30 - 40 euros in a taxi, although I believe there is a shuttle bus. The wifi works best in the main public area although it's generally acceptable in most of the bedrooms. It's a good hotel to stay overnight if you're catching a flight, but I wouldn't want to stay for a week.More

321uktraveller3, Glasgow, United Kingdom

A sort break for two

Lovely hotel excellent room and Santa Cruz is a lively village for walking eating drinking and close to airport too. Taxis close by if needed not expensive either cost 8euro to airport from Vila Gale HotelMore

Supernannyjazz, St. Helier, United Kingdom

13th times...

My lucky number...probably as i had the chance to stay at this great hotel 13th times. Check in as always was perfect by Catia and Emidio on the front desk and as usual we were greeted as part of the "family". Room very nice, clean and confortable with stuning views to the sea. During the afternoon we spent a lazy time using interior pool, jacuzzi, and all this services are free of charge. The gym is well equipped and had a great workout time. On the bar Duarte has provided a great service, beeing another great member among all the staff. Looking forward for my next stay!More

MadeiraIsland, Funchal, Portugal

Superb hotel

We spent a week at the Vila Gale at the start of November. I must say it was excellent. The hotel staff we very friendly and efficient, always happy to talk and give advice of where to go and what to see. They are very proud of their hotel and surrounding area. The all inclusive deal was very good. I am not a big fan of all inclusive holidays but the food was very good and, for one week, not repetitive. The house wine is the hotel chain's own brand from their own vineyard and very drinkable. The room was very clean and had everything you need, fridge, safe, balcony and a well equipped bathroom. There is a curtosy bus into Funchal so you can visit for the morning, afternoon or all day. You need to book this and when we stayed it was never a problem, but I guess it may be different in the high season. There are free towels for around the pool if you ask. The town is not very big but there is a selection of bars, cafes and restaurants if you want a change or are not all in. The area, as with the rest of Madeira, is hilly but if you can't manage hills the walk along the sea front is flat. If you are all inclusive you have the option of eating in the a la carte restaurant one night, it is included in the price, and make sure you do as it is very good and all food and drink is included.More

IanPov, Rochester, United Kingdom

Group dance break

We stayed at this hotel as part of an organised week's dance break. We found the hotel to be very clean and the staff are very efficient and friendly. Our group was well looked after both in the restaurant and the excellent ballroom. We were all inclusive, which meant we could take full advantage of the excellent extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We stayed in a room looking out to sea over the swimming pool (not tested). This hotel is also good for plane spotting as, if the wind is from the north, plane approaching the airport pass about 400m away from your bedroom window. Noisy during the day as they pass but we witnessed the only occasional late night flight. The hotel is about 10 kms or a bit more from Funchal but the hotel do operate a courtesy bus to and from Funchal during the day. We got free WiFi in reception area but not in bedroom.More

mikeands, Bedford, United Kingdom

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