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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Madeira
- Hotel The Cliff Bay Madeira/Funchal