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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Great location to explore the island from

PROS; A good hotel with a nice location on the ocean in the small community of Santa Cruz, away from the mass tourism of Funchal.The public facilities are excellent,inviting and comfortable. The food in the large dining room was excellent and plenty choices. The staff in general was courteous and caring. CONS; The room we had was ocean front/seaview on the 4th floor was small and the furnishings were scratched/chipped and generally tired and ready to replace. What bothered us most was the high gloss paint on the walls which appeared to us as paint one would use in a kitchen or bathroom. The carpet in the room was the same as in the hallways. While the location is easy to get in and out of the village for exploring the Island it is also close to the airport can get great closeup of planes come in....More

Xeny43, 2004176

Great hotel to visit Madeira

We stayed at this hotel for the end of year and New Year's Eve. It is an excellent choice if you prefer to stay in a quite place, very good quality hotel, near the airport and in a very nice village. The hotel is beautiful, has a great infinite swimming pool overlooking the Atlantic and the desert islands. In front of the hotel you have a rocky beach and a walkway to do your walking or running. The rooms are standard 4-star hotel. Breakfast is really good. SPA area is also very nice, however if the hotel is full of kids quietness is a bit more difficult. Remember that this hotel also has all inclusive, so during high season might not be as quite. A plus is the free private transfer to Funchal, which runs several times a day. Santa Cruz is a very nice village where the weather seems to be better than in Funchal due to its geography. More

AndreFMaia, 189180

absolutely perfect

We stayed there for a week on all inclusive basis and it was the best holiday option. All property was perfectly managed. Resort located at the beach, with stunning views of the opposite islands and with dramatic views of the plans landing on the nearby airport. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly, heplful, kind, very professionally trained. Service PERFECT, with the staff just always at hand. Each corner of the hotel was absolute clean. Very tasty food, always fresh, in good selection. Cannot wait till be back there again!!!!More

HappyChris008, 274759

Really nice hotel

We were brought here from the airport late at night due to our flight being cancelled as a result of bad weather. We were so pleased we were allocated this lovely hotel. On arrival check in took minutes, and we were given a fantastic full buffet meal. The rooms were nice as were the bathrooms and although we did not have a pool or sea view the side view was nice. Most rooms appear to face the pool or sea. Breakfast was great too and at both meals they accommodated for my coeliac diet, providing advice as to what was suitable and also gluten free bread. Coffee after breakfast by the pool was lovely. So our stay was unexpected and short, but I would now consider staying in this hotel on future trips to Madeira.More

kumearn, 186565

first holidays with our baby girl

perfect place to spend family time! Our little one 11 months was enjoying this hotel so much! Staff was so friendly! I will not mention any names here - but I would like to say that restaurant and bar staff is the best team on the planet!!! Great job, great people amazing professional and personal approach to the guest! Beautiful hotel, indoor pool great! really enjoyed watching landing planes on Funchal airport - this hotel is perfect spot! We has sea view room, with baby cot complimentary. Lady from housekeeping was always leaving my daughter's toys in such a nice order! Amazing!!! The only thing I didn't like - coming for breakfast at 9 and there were no bananas left for my baby so even I was on all inclusive I had to run to local market and buy bananas...More

negunio, 186338

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