This wonderful place deserves every one of the excellent reviews it has received. We booked through email contact and since the owner (Joel) and his son (Bruno) knew we were renting a car, emailed accurate instructions to get to Vila Marta from the airport. From there on, everything was excellent. We were given an extremely helpful orientation session by Bruno when we arrived, so we could be confident about getting around by ourselves. Bruno gave us a map, restaurant recommendations and suggestions of places to visit. Joel and his wife made us very welcome, by treating us to a drink on their veranda and at a bar in town. The daily fresh bread was a lovely touch, and when you realise the owners have to wake at 5:30am to collect it each morning, you realise how dedicated to running the place well they are. When we wanted to go to a particularly busy restaurant, they took care of the arrangements for us. The apartment and building are spotless, well furnished and the kitchenette has everything you need. Vila Marta is the owners' home and you are made to feel like an old friend visiting - warm, friendly, and nothing is too much trouble. It has been noted by other reviewers that you are a little out of Funchal here, but that is not a problem. It is a 5-10 min drive into town or 20 mins on the efficient bus service. Frankly, the main 'hotel' district of Funchal is not very pleasant, and old Funchal has no places to stay, so this was an ideal neighbourhood. I really couldn't recommend this place enough if you are visiting Funchal.
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- Vila Marta Madeira/Funchal
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