This is an an unusual spot, with a strange, desolate beauty. For walking, the nearby Paul da Serra nature reserve and the Rabacal Valley with the waterfall is worth the trip.
Pros: Unusual spot; nice quiet hotel, away from it all; great spot for walking; On-site restaurant and bar/grill.
Cons: Small rooms.
We were more or less accidental visitors. We'd booked this hotel thinking it was in the village of Arco da Calheta. We arrived in the village and were naively seeking out our hotel, only to learn that it was another 10km, straight up yet another windy mountain road, right in the middle of the island!
We had to hire a taxi to take us there. The people in the cafe asked why on earth we'd go stay in such a desolate location as the only thing we were likely to see there were ghosts.
Arriving there the place was completely enshrouded in mist. The atmosphere was nothing like the rest of Madeira.
When we arrived we started to wonder what on earth we would do up there for two days as there seemed to be absolutely nothing else around.
As some others have pointed out, it can get quite cool here in the winter. Our room was rather chilly and we had to ask for an extra blankets, but thankfully the staff was able to accommodate our request. If you bring your own hot water bottle you might not regret it.
The room included breakfast which was a basic buffet style. Nothing extravagant, but not bad either. They will do eggs in whatever style you like.
The dining room is done is a jungle theme, which makes the whole place seem even more surreal. Apparently it is popular with families who visit from other parts of the island.
In the evening we discovered the Pastor da Paul bar & grill, a part of the hotel that was a nice place to relax.
I wanted to try 'açorda' soup which is a local specialty made from day-old bread, garlic and some sticks of thyme. Suffice it to say that is was not one of the better things I tasted in Madeira.
The next day we learned that the Rabacal park was only about a twenty minute walk away. We had a fantastic all day walk, down into a sort of gorge with a very nice waterfall. Be sure to pack a lunch for this walk. [note: buy food before you get to the hotel as the only food on-site is in the restaurant.]
If you don't have a car, you'll have to get a taxi to Arco da Calheta or Calheta as there are no buses I know of that come up here.
The hotel does not have a pool, unfortunately.
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