Booked through Thomson as a pure relaxation and chill holiday as we both work full time and don't get to spend much time on our own without the dreaded teenage kids!
1. The food is the best I have ever tasted abroad; so much variety that even the most fussy could find something. Always hot, displayed well and tasted amazing most of the time.
2. Cleanliness; rooms and public areas faultless
3. Rooms - superb. We paid extra for a sea view and were glad we did. Large balcony and very large room
4. Service - very good, although a few waiters a little ott!
5. Wine waiters knew their stuff and were able to select suitable wines
6. Evening entertainment - In the bar there were usually chilled singers or small bands with excellent music and talent.
7. A really good atmosphere/ambience throughout
1. A good half hour walk into Funchal, and not suitable for the unfit or elderly as it is a steep hill back. There is a courtesy bus but we did not use it at it did not run as frequent as it could have done
2. After about 3-4 days we had covered most of Funchal, so although the hotel was superb, I think you would need to be prepared to bus or taxi elsewhere to avoid getting bored
3. The GERMANS! No problem with Germans BUT, why oh why did the pool attendents not remove all the towels on the deckchairs!!!! They were put on them in the early morning, then the culprits would turn up after their day trips late afternoon and use them. Ridiculous! On busy days it was difficult to find a deckchair and hubby refused the 'if you can't beat um join em' attitude of some, so we had to take a risk and hope we could find two deckchairs free.
4. The Spa is extremely expensive. I had two identical Face, Head and Back Massage treatments at 105 euros( Yes, Iknow, but I do work hard!), and whilst one was amazing, (ask for Susanna), the other, done by another lady, was really not that good at all.
5. The drinks and snacks were expensive both in the hotel and Funchal.
6. Petrol was the same price as here!!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Madeira
- The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay) Madeira/Funchal