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.
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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, 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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October break 2016
Lovely hotel Food was excellent Andy the beer (super boc) was great. Not much entertainment at night and beds were extremely hard so not good if you suffer with back problems. Near airport but doesn't make you suffer too much with noise. Room was very nice with small balcony and pool was reasonable but a tad cold. Free transport to capital which needs booking, also cable and sledge trip down was brilliant. You do need to pay an eco tax on leaving which was 10 euros.. On the whole a very enjoyable holiday indeed.More
A relaxing excellent holiday
What a great holiday my daughter and I had at Vila Gale hotel! The place is very very clean, friendly environment and peaceful. We wanted a place where we could chill out and have time to reflect on life events! This was exactly the place conducive to our needs. The food was great with loads of varieties at each meal. Breakfast was however the same throughout. Drinks were lovely during meals and at any other time in the bar. We were on AI and enjoyed every bit of it. Rooms are cleaned every day and towels changed every day too. Employees are friendly and welcoming. There is not much entertainment at the hotel but this did not bother us as we had our own ways of entertainment. The hotel is a few minutes away from the small town of Funchal where one could find more entertainment. There are also lots of excursions that people could do. The hotel faces the sea and is also a few minutes from the airport. It was so lovely to watch aeroplanes from our hotel room landing on the run way. Definitely this was a great holiday and it ticked all of our holiday expectations. I would encourage anyone wanting a relaxing holiday to book at The Vila Gale Santa Cruz!More
Vila Gale hotel Santa Cruz is a a perfect hotel in a perfect location for anyone wanting to experience a quiet, relaxing break in a typical Portuguese village. It is very close to the airport yet unbelievably the flights do not disturb you. The hotel provides Free safe in room, Free T.V. and D.V.D. Free WiFi, Free daily mini bus transport into Fuchal, Free towels for the outdoor infinity pool. Lot's of facilities, Indoor pool, gym, Hot tub. I was celebrating my 74th birthday, returning to my room after a day out I was delighted to find an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne and bottle of water, two wine glasses and a tray of fresh fruit salad with the compliments of the management. this is typical of the service you will receive at the hotel Gale. I highly recommend it. My main tip is not to pay for a transfer as the hotel is only a very short distance to the hotel, it is cheaper to get a taxi when you arrive.More
Maureen C, 186345
I visited the hotel with my partner & was impressed with the modern hotel & grounds. Being in our twenties we was a little worried that the area would be to quite, however the tranquility was a pleasant surprise to the hustle & bustle that you can get at many sun resorts. The all inclusive was good & the lager on draught was Super Bock which is a great drop. We was fortunate to have a room with a sea view which was very nice however by the 4th day the novelty wore off a little. The room was equipped with a DVD player which we enjoyed watching chilling in the room when the sun is at its peak. Only negative was the extreme rudeness of fellow guests!!!!! Often we would be waiting patiently queuing, often guests would push in the cue, by the end of the holiday this was extremely frustrating!!!!! Maybe it's a cultural issue but manners don't cost anything. We stayed for a week but a few a short Stay would also be nice too. More
Great hotel for couples
Just returned from 5 days at the Vila Gale in Santa Cruz. Very modern, clean and well equipped hotel. Definitely deserves the official star rating. The swimming pools were great and excellent spa/ gym facilities. We ate in the restaurant on a couple of occasions and the food was really good with lots of choice. My only criticism is that we went as a family with a 4 yr old and I'm not sure I would recommend this is a family friendly hotel. There isn't really anything for children to do. There is a small child's room inside on the ground floor but other than a couple of tables and a small indoor climbing frame there isn't anything else. We also had a slight issue as had booked a room for 3 people but were given a twin room and then when requested were given a small child's put me up bed which made the room quite small and cramped. The evening entertainment was ok but didn't ever start until 9pm which was a bit late for children. Overall I would say it's a great hotel for couples though. Santa Cruz is a lovely little town, 6 euro taxi from the airport and has a handful of bars, restaurants and a fish market on the seafront. More
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