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 704 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, sauna 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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Lovely hotel and people

This was a last minute booking for a short break ( 4 days ). We have been to Madeira a few times but not this area. Very close to the airport, literally 5 minutes drive. This may put some people off but it never bothered us, fascinating to see how close the aeroplanes are when coming in to land. The hotel itself is beautiful and the double room/bathroom spacious and very clean. Staff are friendly, nothing too much trouble. As we were staying for just 4 days we opted for all inclusive and we were not disappointed, the food was excellent. Always a lot of choice for all dietary needs and requirements and well presented. We went into Funcal one day, this is a free return service that the hotel offers on their minibus. Although the weather was mixed, it did not spoil our break, my husband and i have both come back with colour to our faces and arms and it is only April. We would definitely stay here again, even if you dont stay all inclusive there are some lovely little restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. While we were at the hotel the outdoor pool was being refurbished, again this didnt matter to us - there is a indoor one that seemed popular due to the mixed weather. Although the hotel backs onto the beach, it is not the sandy type - it is made up of large pebbles.More

sayjay2015, 186233

Great hotel 4 star acts like a 5 star !

Great, smart, modern public areas. Free shuttle to Funchal. Hotel is clean and pleasant. Good for golfers. Mobility rooms available. Near to airport but not affected by noise. Excellent spa facilities, steam room, sauna, Pools well appointed. Great buffet restaurant.More

wrestler1703, 187069

Clean and nice

We stayed here for two nights. Close to the airport and situated in a nice little village by the sea. Rooms were large and spacious. The main dining room was quite noisy, but for dinner a smaller dining room is available away from the buffet noise and served very good food. There are also a couple of small restaurants at the nearby town square. The hotel's free parking facilities are a bit limited and can be full if arriving late, but garage space was available at a cost.More


Peace at the end of the runway

Despite the fact that the hotel is only 2 kilometres from the airport and the end of the runway can be seen from the seaward side of the hotel the hotel is quiet. We enjoyed an all inclusive holiday here through Jet2Holidays. The hotel is modern and all public and private areas are scrupulously clean and well maintained. The beds could be more comfortable. I was fine but my wife is able to feel every lump in the mattress and wasn't too happy. The hotel attempted to rectify this by putting an extra duvet on top of the mattress but under the bottom sheet with limited success. Kettles are available to use in the bedrooms on request and come with cups/saucers/teas and coffee. The food is served buffet style and is always fresh, tasty and the meats are tender. There is an excellent changing menu with lovely deserts and masses of fresh fruit and cheeses. At al levels the staff were friendly, helpful and mindful of our every wish so that we had a memorable holiday. The down side of our trip was that the outside pool was being maintained and was closed for 10 of the 14 days. Beware the weather in Madeira - April should be dry and warm but after a dry winter spring and early summer has been marred by heavy rains. The up side of the rain is that the gardens were looking very beautiful!More

Alan R, 186356

Over night stay.

Stayed only for one night as our flight was cancelled but what a lovely hotel, food really lovely, staff great nothing too much trouble,and rooms nice size and comfy beds. We will be coming back and will be staying in this hotel.More

Joe875, 187069

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