We arrived at the hotel on 8th March just in time for dinner. We were put in a huge room (2 bathrooms, kitchen with 4 chairs and table, lounge with flat screen, separate bedroom with flat screen, double balcony!) there was only two of us and we were All-inc so that wasn't needed!! We thought we had booked sea view and apparently it was partial sea-view (meaning when the wind blew the trees out of the way we could just about see a slither of the ocean) and we were in the back part of what turned out to be a sort of double hotel, separated by a road with a foot bridge connecting the two parts. To get to our room we had to go up two floors then across the bridge then down two floors. Very confusing. We wanted a sea view and the balcony door didn't lock so we asked to move rooms and the following day we were upgraded to a sea/pool view in a modern single room with bed and separate bathroom, just enough for two. The balcony was small and fine for our needs.
The holiday overall was relaxing, the weather wasn't great but it was never cold just overcast and windy. We couldn't use the beach because there were diggers on it morning to night making an horrendous amount of noise for the duration of our stay which got annoying as there was no peace however they are obviously trying to make ongoing improvements to the resort and the island which is promising.
The hotel was clean in all public areas and I cannot fault any of the staff. The best were the evening bar staff who were often more entertaining than the entertainment. Although on Tuesdays and Fridays they have a local band in and they were fantastic.
The food in the dining area was always well presented and there were choices of approx three main dishes or fresh salad daily at lunch and evening. We never had the same meal twice (sadly are some were delicious!!). The breakfasts were standard but well presented and the waiting staff were available, friendly and not imposing. We never had to wait to be served our drinks.
My gripes were - the noise levels of the building work, the fact you have to pay for games like pool or table tennis, the fact you have to pay for ice cream and milkshakes, that they stop serving all-inc drinks at 10pm sharp.
The outdoor pool was freezing (and I mean, freezing). The indoor pool was out of action for two days of our stay. There is a mini gym we used and a sauna.
The bus transfer to Funchal was reasonable and needed as there is nothing at all to do otherwise. There is a port with about three bars and one useless shop to the right and to the left there is a rum distillery and a church up the hill. Thats it.
The hotel also run buses to a few local villages for a cost but these are also very welcome if you don't hire a car.
Try the Madeira wine. Its addictive.
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- Also Known As:
- Calheta Beach Hotel
- Beach Hotel Calheta
- Savoy Calheta Beach Madeira