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Hotel The Cliff Bay
Ranked #4 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Rightly so, The Cliff Bay is consistently ranked as one of Madeira’s best hotels.

The Cliff Bay is unique in our view. In terms of interior design, the hotel manages to elegantly blend the modern and the old and it does so effortlessly. Recently refurbished, the Cliff Bay is much lighter and more modern in feel when compared to Reid’s or The Savoy and we prefer it as a result.

The rooms are modern and well thought out – super comfy beds – all the mod cons you would expect from a leading 5*hotel. All the rooms have a balcony – some overlooking the gardens – some overlooking the pool – some overlooking the cliffs and the bay on which Reid’s Palace is built.

The food at the Cliff Bay is simply magnificent. We have stayed at hundreds of 5* hotels all around the world and I can say with confidence that the buffet breakfast and themed buffet dinners here are excellent. The themed dinner buffets (30 Euros a head) really are superb with a massive selection of soups, breads, salads, mains and deserts. Of course, drinks are extra!

And then there is ‘Il Gallo d'Oro’, the hotels Michelin starred restaurant – the only eatery on the whole of Madeira with a Michelin Star. As one expect, the food here is superb. Guests on a Half Board package can simply upgrade to eat here one night for a small premium (14 Euros per person). The upgrade is affordable and well worth it. We always eat here on our last night in Madeira and it never disappoints.

But aside from the excellent food and the superb service (the staff are excellent here – attentive without being at all intrusive), the hotel’s best feature are its nooks and crannies where you relax in peace and quiet. Choose from the gardens near the main restaurant, the upper level pool, the indoor pool, the lower lever pool (by the sea) or a series of areas dotted around the cliff itself.

There has been significant investment of late in the hotel’s spa facilities with a new spa lounge for couples to receive treatments together. The treatment menu is extensive and the prices are reasonable for this standard of hotel.

On the lower level, there is also a lovely sauna area with a brand new sauna, large steam room, rain showers and hot tub. This area is free for all guests to use without charge. There is also a separate sauna area for people on treatment programmes – this cannot be accessed unless you have bought some sort of spa treatment.

Our only minor criticism of the Cliff Bay is the gym, which although good, could be better. The resistance machines are rather out of date – with more space the hotel could bring in more rowing machines and bikes and a larger stretching area.

The Cliff Bay is an excellent hotel and somewhere we will definitely return to. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind feedback here at Tripadvisor. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to correspond to your expectations. The Cliff Bay offers a wide variety of food and beverage options with hopefully something for everyone. You are a seasoned traveler in five star hotels and therefore your comments are much appreciated.
Thank you for having chosen our hotel and we hope to see you back in a near future.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have just got back from a 5 night break in Madeira, we stayed at the Cliff Bay Hotel which has a very good reputation and we have stayed nearby in other cheaper hotels and thought it would be nice to try the Cliff Bay.
The room was rather dated and in our opinion not as good as rooms in other hotels that we have stayed at, we were looking forward to swimming in the advertised heated pool, well if thats heated i hate to try unheated! the pool was freezing, hardly used by anyone. The breakfast was good but i got a sense that the hotel may be struggling as they were pushing some sort of time share deal owned by there owning company (porto bay) which was a bit crass.The food and drinks didnt come cheap either! 9 euros for 2 small glasses of Aqua con gas with lime cordial seemed bit over the top. The hotel was very clean and the staff were not impolite altho rather distant. It wasnt a horrid time but we sort of felt rather dissapointed. Madeira is lovely!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. I am sad to hear that we didn’t manage to correspond to your expectations. Certainly there are cheaper hotels than The Cliff Bay but also some more expensive. When choosing to stay in five star hotel some things are previously understood. We are very proud of our staff and our general feedback is excellent. Porto Bay offer the possibility for interested in regular visits to Madeira to purchase an interval ownership apartment at The Residence – Porto Bay. I can assure you that this has absolutely no connection with the “hotel struggling” as we are fortunate to have good occupancies with many returning guests.
I hope that one day we might have the opportunity to welcome you back and if so please let me know previous to your arrival so that we can make all necessary efforts for you to have a most enjoyable stay and change this first impression.
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

This was our fourth stay here and it lived up to our expectations in every respect. The Cliff is a chance to have an unhurried relaxing and luxurious break with the opportunity to explore a little of what's on offer in Madeira when you wish to! Each time we have had a different room on a different floor , but always we've been n more than happy. The side sea views are excellent as are the sea views, and the rooms are verbatim ly the full 5 star, with all the luxuries you'd expect. Staff are helpful and yet not over fussy , which is just as I prefer. Food is very good and you have plenty of choice about where and when to eat. There is a really pleasant ambiance about the Cliff which is probably why so many people choose to return. I just wish there was a Cliff in the UK! I must mention that the pools and facilities are excellent and there is good access to the sea too. Madeira has a perfect climate all year , rarely too hot or cold- which is also why it's likely that we'll return again sometime sooo I'm sure. The Cliff is definitely where we'll be staying .

  • Stayed: October 2012
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you have stayed with us many times before. Madeira is a beautiful destination with a good travelling distance from the UK. I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in a near future.
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a garden view room which was perfect as we enjoyed evening sun on our balcony. The staff were very professional but also very friendly. We had mixed weather so we enjoyed the gym and the spa on the rainy days. It is within walkin distance to the main square in Funchal where you can sit and enjoy a meal listening to live local music which was very enjoyable. There is not one aspect of stay which we were not happy about.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our garden view room pleased your expectations. We have many different room categories but they all have in common being spacious and fresh.
I am sad that the weather wasn’t excellent but we are fortunate to have good facilities that offer alternatives if the sun is not shining.
I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in a near future.
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Jan E. Ringertz
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Stayed at the Cliff Bay with a friend last September (2012) and still thinking about it. It is very well run with friendly staff and terrific facilities. We had what they term a "side sea" view which turned out to be a room overlooking the sea, Funchal and the gardens of the legendary Reid's Hotel. I fully recommend the "side" sea view... The bedrooms are very well appointed and spacious. The Cliff Bay is one of a small number of hotels that has direct access to the sea and this is one of it's many attractions. At the hotel level there is a fresh water pool with indoor and outdoor ends and as it is on top of the cliff, there are great views of Funchal and the mountains from the pool itself. There is a lovely terrace with plenty of sun loungers and staff to bring you refreshments. They serve the most yum iced-coffee, make sure to indulge if you are a coffee fiend.

There is also an "interim" terrace at this level with about 14/16 sunloungers right on the edge of the cliff. From the loungers at this level all you see is the sea and Funchal. That was my favourite spot and I am reluctant to share this knowledge!

There is a lift as well as steps down to the sea-water pool, again with extensive terracing and a couple of further steps brings to down to the jetty from which you enter the sea. So lovely to have a refreshing dip in the sea at the end of the day. There is a restuarant beside the sea-level pool.

Breakfast on the terrace is one of the highlights of the day. I have stayed in a lot of places and I have never had a better selection of lovely fresh food.

Another highlight is the twice weekly aqua-aerobics with a terrific teacher. They last a hour and there is no additional charge. The same teacher also takes Pilates classes in the gardens. Very enjoyable way to pass the time.

The hotel is at the near end of the Hotel Zone, ie closest to Funchal. It's about 20-25 minute leisurely stroll into town and the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle bus. Taxis aren't expensive and are plentiful.

Would thoroughly recommend this hotel and I hope to return very soon.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind feedback. September is one of my favorite months in Madeira. Our Sea Access (now further improved) is a much appreciated facility that allows sea bathing when in good conditions all year round.
Recently we made many improvements in the hotel and I hope to be able to welcome you back for another memorable stay.
Yours Sincerely,

Jan E. Ringertz
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We have stayed in this hotel twice now and the service and accommodation are excellent. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes to be looked after and treated well. There was plenty of room to relax and de-stress and the food is as always varied and good quality.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope to see you soon again in Madeira.
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We have just spent a week in a Funchal view room. Although weather was not great (some rain and some cloud) the sun did appear every day. The hotel has not changed since our last visit some 3 years ago. Except the spa/pool has been approved a bit. This is a great 5* hotel which is not stuffy at all. Our room was a Funchal view...there are two problems some have palm trees in the way and only seems to catch the sun in the morning. All rooms are large and of a very high quality.
Food and service can't be faulted..... Just enjoy

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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JanRingertz, General Manager at Hotel The Cliff Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Madeira has much to offer and we hopefully will see you soon again for another pleasant stay in the island.
Yours Sincerely,

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Address: Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#2 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#2 Family Hotel in Funchal
#3 Business Hotel in Funchal
#4 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#4 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: $182 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel The Cliff Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 200
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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Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
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