We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Grand and will be returning. The hotel is brilliant with superb grounds and facilities. We were self catering and had a studio apartment over looking the sea. Great sized room with large comfortable bed, comfortable sitting area and dining table. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment and the bathroom was large. Everything is kept spotlessly clean. The staff are helpful and friendly. The hotel is quite a way out of Funchal but there is a courtesy bus. We however used the service buses to get out and about. There are a number of good restaurants nearby and supermarkets too. The walk along the promenade is lovely. We tended to use the indoor pool as the outdoor one is quite cold. Most guests are of the older generation.