I took my five-year old for a last-minute holiday and this hotel was recommended to us by a thoughtful travel agent. It ticked all my boxes. The Vila Vicencia really is three traditional Madeiran villas who have been turned into a B&B-style hotel. The villas are grouped around a small pool in a wonderfully lush and perfectly secluded garden. The furnishing is traditional but comfortable and all geared towards relaxing and unwinding - no TV or internet in the rooms, for example, so it really is possible to 'retreat' while you are there.
Breakfast is extended and delicious, with a selection of cereals, fruit, cheeses and meats plus, every morning, a freshly baked cake. We always had breakfast at a table in the garden under palm trees and surrounded by bougainvilleas and birds-of-paradise. A perfect start to the day.
The Vila is surrounded by a large number of restaurants, and it's easy to get into Central Funchal from here, too. This is not a place to stay for those who love the nightlife or big modern hotels but a perfect hide-away to really relax in. Service is attentive and friendly - but never obtrusively so. The only drawback was that the water in the pool was just a tad on the cold side - though it clearly did not bother my son. All in all - a perfectly relaxing holiday, away from the crowd. Would definitely revisit.
- Also Known As:
- Vila Vicencia Hotel
- Vila Vicencia Hotel Funchal
- Vila Vicencia Madeira/Funchal
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