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The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay)
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal   |  
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Bisley, United Kingdom
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We paid a week long visit to the Cliff Bay during middle of April - this being our 7th visit here if I recall correctly. As ever the hotel was stunning and the staff ever helpful and attentive. Since last spring the hotel has obviously spent a lot of time, thought and money into updating quite a few aspects of the hotel. The gardens have been improved with more flower beds replacing some of the main lawn with wonderful new flower beds etc. The spa has had a major update and has been both expanded and improved throughout. The area down near the sea has been changed with the swimming pool being reconfigured and a Jacuzzi spa bath being fitted into a new decked area as well. You would also find new soft furnishings in many of the public areas and a refresh of some of the decorations as well. Overall these changes have, in my view, maintained the hotel at the top of the list for places to stay in Funchal. Our room was on the 6th floor and overlooked the ocean; we were able to sleep with the doors open and awoke to the sound of the sea - simply brilliant. The staff were superb throughout our stay and did everything they could to make our visit an excellent one - we will certainly be back.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback and loyalty in returning to our hotel. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed our recent improvements. Many changes and updates were made last December and I do believe that we offer an even better product at this moment.
Hoping to welcome you back in a near future.
Yours Sincerely,
Jan E. Ringertz
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This was our sixth time to the Cliff bay, so they must be doing something right.
Everything about the hotel I cannot fault, from the staff to cleanliness and the breakfast buffet, which is to die for, including champagne if that is what you want for breakfast.
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback and loyalty towards our hotel. I am delighted that we once again managed to correspond to your expectations.
Looking forward to see you soon again,
With kindest regards,
Jan E. Ringertz
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have just returned from a 10 day stay at The Cliff Bay. Fabulous! Room spacious with a beautiful view of the rose garden and the sea. We got the sun in the afternoon and evening which is perfect for us. The beds are so very comfortable with lovely feather pillows. All spotlessly clean, and I'm fussy.
The sea pool is wonderful, warm and quiet late afternoon.The pool staff are so friendly and helpful; my husband went snorkelling in the sea and they advised and watched over him every time.
After our early evening swim we would go to the Spa for a sauna and a sit in the steam room before going back to our room to change for the evening.
Food choice and presentation was amazing, the only problem being what to choose as it all looked so good. Staff in the restaurants and bars all very friendly, watchful and helpful. We came home feeling very relaxed, it was just what we needed. Thank you Cliff bay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback here at Tripadvisor. I am pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay with us. Madeira and The Cliff Bay has much to offer including a wide variety of food and beverage options.
I hope to see you soon again in Madeira, where we today have beautiful spring day.
With kindest regards,
Jan E. Ringertz
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Rightly so, The Cliff Bay is consistently ranked as one of Madeira’s best hotels.

The Cliff Bay is unique in our view. In terms of interior design, the hotel manages to elegantly blend the modern and the old and it does so effortlessly. Recently refurbished, the Cliff Bay is much lighter and more modern in feel when compared to Reid’s or The Savoy and we prefer it as a result.

The rooms are modern and well thought out – super comfy beds – all the mod cons you would expect from a leading 5*hotel. All the rooms have a balcony – some overlooking the gardens – some overlooking the pool – some overlooking the cliffs and the bay on which Reid’s Palace is built.

The food at the Cliff Bay is simply magnificent. We have stayed at hundreds of 5* hotels all around the world and I can say with confidence that the buffet breakfast and themed buffet dinners here are excellent. The themed dinner buffets (30 Euros a head) really are superb with a massive selection of soups, breads, salads, mains and deserts. Of course, drinks are extra!

And then there is ‘Il Gallo d'Oro’, the hotels Michelin starred restaurant – the only eatery on the whole of Madeira with a Michelin Star. As one expect, the food here is superb. Guests on a Half Board package can simply upgrade to eat here one night for a small premium (14 Euros per person). The upgrade is affordable and well worth it. We always eat here on our last night in Madeira and it never disappoints.

But aside from the excellent food and the superb service (the staff are excellent here – attentive without being at all intrusive), the hotel’s best feature are its nooks and crannies where you relax in peace and quiet. Choose from the gardens near the main restaurant, the upper level pool, the indoor pool, the lower lever pool (by the sea) or a series of areas dotted around the cliff itself.

There has been significant investment of late in the hotel’s spa facilities with a new spa lounge for couples to receive treatments together. The treatment menu is extensive and the prices are reasonable for this standard of hotel.

On the lower level, there is also a lovely sauna area with a brand new sauna, large steam room, rain showers and hot tub. This area is free for all guests to use without charge. There is also a separate sauna area for people on treatment programmes – this cannot be accessed unless you have bought some sort of spa treatment.

Our only minor criticism of the Cliff Bay is the gym, which although good, could be better. The resistance machines are rather out of date – with more space the hotel could bring in more rowing machines and bikes and a larger stretching area.

The Cliff Bay is an excellent hotel and somewhere we will definitely return to. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback here at Tripadvisor. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to correspond to your expectations. The Cliff Bay offers a wide variety of food and beverage options with hopefully something for everyone. You are a seasoned traveler in five star hotels and therefore your comments are much appreciated.
Thank you for having chosen our hotel and we hope to see you back in a near future.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
General Manager
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Milton Keynes, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have just got back from a 5 night break in Madeira, we stayed at the Cliff Bay Hotel which has a very good reputation and we have stayed nearby in other cheaper hotels and thought it would be nice to try the Cliff Bay.
The room was rather dated and in our opinion not as good as rooms in other hotels that we have stayed at, we were looking forward to swimming in the advertised heated pool, well if thats heated i hate to try unheated! the pool was freezing, hardly used by anyone. The breakfast was good but i got a sense that the hotel may be struggling as they were pushing some sort of time share deal owned by there owning company (porto bay) which was a bit crass.The food and drinks didnt come cheap either! 9 euros for 2 small glasses of Aqua con gas with lime cordial seemed bit over the top. The hotel was very clean and the staff were not impolite altho rather distant. It wasnt a horrid time but we sort of felt rather dissapointed. Madeira is lovely!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. I am sad to hear that we didn’t manage to correspond to your expectations. Certainly there are cheaper hotels than The Cliff Bay but also some more expensive. When choosing to stay in five star hotel some things are previously understood. We are very proud of our staff and our general feedback is excellent. Porto Bay offer the possibility for interested in regular visits to Madeira to purchase an interval ownership apartment at The Residence – Porto Bay. I can assure you that this has absolutely no connection with the “hotel struggling” as we are fortunate to have good occupancies with many returning guests.
I hope that one day we might have the opportunity to welcome you back and if so please let me know previous to your arrival so that we can make all necessary efforts for you to have a most enjoyable stay and change this first impression.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This was our fourth stay here and it lived up to our expectations in every respect. The Cliff is a chance to have an unhurried relaxing and luxurious break with the opportunity to explore a little of what's on offer in Madeira when you wish to! Each time we have had a different room on a different floor , but always we've been n more than happy. The side sea views are excellent as are the sea views, and the rooms are verbatim ly the full 5 star, with all the luxuries you'd expect. Staff are helpful and yet not over fussy , which is just as I prefer. Food is very good and you have plenty of choice about where and when to eat. There is a really pleasant ambiance about the Cliff which is probably why so many people choose to return. I just wish there was a Cliff in the UK! I must mention that the pools and facilities are excellent and there is good access to the sea too. Madeira has a perfect climate all year , rarely too hot or cold- which is also why it's likely that we'll return again sometime sooo I'm sure. The Cliff is definitely where we'll be staying .

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you have stayed with us many times before. Madeira is a beautiful destination with a good travelling distance from the UK. I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in a near future.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
General Manager
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a garden view room which was perfect as we enjoyed evening sun on our balcony. The staff were very professional but also very friendly. We had mixed weather so we enjoyed the gym and the spa on the rainy days. It is within walkin distance to the main square in Funchal where you can sit and enjoy a meal listening to live local music which was very enjoyable. There is not one aspect of stay which we were not happy about.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanRingertz, General Manager at The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our garden view room pleased your expectations. We have many different room categories but they all have in common being spacious and fresh.
I am sad that the weather wasn’t excellent but we are fortunate to have good facilities that offer alternatives if the sun is not shining.
I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in a near future.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
General Manager
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Address: Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#3 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#3 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#4 Family Hotel in Funchal
#7 Business Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay) 5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Atlantic Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see at the foot of The Cliff Bay which is perched on the top of a natural promontory. The hotel is surrounded by gardens with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to the very edge of the cliff face. The panorama is completed by a magnificent view over the bay of Funchal to the left of the hotel.The most influential restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide, has awarded a star to Il Gallo d'Oro, The Cliff Bay's gourmet restaurant run by Chef Benoît Sinthon. This is Madeira's first and only star ... more   less 
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Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal
Cliff Bay Hotel Madeira
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