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.
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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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Great time of year to visit
As others have said, this is a first class hotel in all respects; food, accommodation and service all excellent. The real bonus of visiting just before the 15th January is that you get to experience the town of Santa Cruz during their Santa Amaro celebrations of the end of Christmas. Immerse yourself I'm genuine Madeira culture, entertainment and food with friendly local crowds on the highly decorated streets and in the church. All within a stones throw of this great hotel. Free shuttle into Funchal is very useful and the indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness centre are fine. The hotel was quiet but if you like the sun not too hot and enjoy local life, THIS is the time to visit.More
Amazing can't wait to go back ðð»
My patner kindly booked this for my ðbirthday ðwe had a fantastic time room was amazing part sea view /gardens our room was 1111 . The gardeners do a amazing job ðºð¸ð¼ð¾ð·ðð¹. Breakfast was so lovely and soooo much choice it was amazing ... totally spotless and staff very friendly ...especially breakfast staff couldn't do enough for you . we loved the indoor pool .we couldn't fault it and can't wait to go back ... Thankyou again for a great holiday ...ðð«â¤ï¸ **Just one small hitch we where delayed by 3 days but not at Vila gale hotel , boohoo that would have been a fantastic result ðð»ð** Pictures off my surprise on my birthday ðððwhen we arrived back from day out ðð« and pic off me in gardens and our view from the room ðMore
Was a lovely hotel with warm, friendly and helpful staff, would highly recommend for a quiet break although we did go December so don't know about peak season. Pic shows the beautiful sunrise view from what was our room.More
Lovely all inclusive family new year break
We stayed in a pool / sea view room on the second floor from 2-9 January on an all inclusive basis. The room was comfortable with a modern bathroom and decent sized balcony. We had an additional bed for my son , the main bed was a super king sized double. The buffet had a limited choice which was understandable given low occupancy but the quality was fine. Special mention for the deserts and cheese which were excellent. We were also allowed a night at the a la carte restaurant which made a nice change. The restaurant staff were excellent as are the staff throughout with both restaurant and bar staff remembering you drinks orders. The bar was pleasant and the all inclusive was fine with all wine including sparkling being bottles and super bock beer on draught. Bottled water for the room was also provided. We only had entertainment one night again I assume due to low occupancy but that did not bother us at all. You have free use of the gym, indoor pool and spa with only treatments chargeable. The hotel provide a free 3 times daily return bus service to Funchal, again a great facility. Nice big outdoor pool in well tended gardens with plenty sun beds for the time of year. All in an excellent comfortable all inclusive at a great price. I wouldn't hesitate to return. Oh and as an aside plenty (albeit small) fish to be caught at the jetty in front of the hotel or the small harbours at either end of the promenade 12 species in a week.More
Relaxing winter break in a great location but room for improvement
The hotel was always spotlessly clean & the rooms comfortable & regularly cleaned.We were lucky to get a sea view & also a great view of the airport runway for landing/taking off.The aircraft noise didn't bother us that much but it may some people.The staff were very friendly & helpful.The downsides were the entertainment & the food which I guess is inevitable with buffet style dinner's etc.But there is no excuse for being served turkey with blood in the middle or two mega stinkey boiled eggs.We had entertainment in the "soul & blues" bar which would have been great but there was no soul or blues.WE had a couple of "karioke girls" 2 nights & a girl with a great voice singing Portugese folk songs but nobody had a clue what she was singing about.The "Library" had no books,the "Golf Room" had no golf & the kids club had no kids!....interesting.....We liked Santa Cruz & the walks along the promenade but the hotel despite it's potential needs some improvements.More
Ian H, 186317
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