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Hotel The Cliff Bay
Ranked #3 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

We have stayed here 4 times and highly recommend this hotel. The staff are friendly and helpful, the facilities are good and everything is well looked after and clean.
The rooms are comfortable and spacious and have balconies.
Breakfasts and the themed evening buffets in the Rose Garden restaurant are excellent. I have two favourites, one is the Madeiran buffet which includes a glass of Madeira wine, Madeiran specialities and later some folk music and dancing. The other is the fish buffet when there is a stunning array of seafood, sushi, a large salmon baked in a salt crust and several hot fish dishes. The pastry chef knows his onions as the desserts are above average for a hotel buffet.
My Rose Garden Waitress Award goes to Paula.

There are plenty spaces to sit outside with different views, either at hotel level at the top of the cliff or smaller areas on the way down to the sea or right down by the sea.
At hotel level there is a swimming pool that is half inside and half out and fairly warm. I like the sea water pool on the lower level.
There is a courtesy bus to take you down to town.
In the evening there is live music in the bar. My favourite is the local music performed with passion and skill by Banda d Alem on a Friday, you can find them on youtube. I also like the jazz evening and The Strolling Saxophone duo. Some of the others though can be a bit samey with some of the same tunes being repeated. The Fado evening was good but wasn't on this year.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

We have stayed in the cliff Bay six times.
It has everything for a relaxing holiday.
The rooms are huge, the balconies are lovely had the bathroom has bath and separate shower.. something that is not always available these days.
The setting, high up on the cliff, overlooking the sea and the swimming pool is superb. There is also an indoor/outdoor pool at high level, with wonderful loungers inside and out.
The food is buffet style for breakfast and dinner with an amazing selection to suit all tastes. For lunch there is a bistro style restaurant at sea level on the terrace. Also they have a Michelin Star restaurant which is rather good.(Jacket required) Well worth a visit.
The hotel provides a taxi to and from the airport and the journey takes about 20 minutes.
Everything is done to make your stay happy and memorable.
Free Internet is available, shuttle bus down to the town and spa treatments and hairdressing is all there. I recommend this hotel to everyone who likes a bit of luxury.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

Still having a lovely break at this hotel. I am quite fussy about hotels but this has met my every expectation. The rooms are lovely, very spacious, our balcony overlooks the harbour and the view is beautiful. The staff are all very attentive, nothing is to much trouble. Rooms are cleaned daily and turned down at night. Very comfy, good beds and pillows! The pool areas are all very well kept with plenty of loungers.
Breakfast was nice with plenty of choice, we only had B & B, we did have snacks at the bar and they were fine. The guests are all older couples, it was very quiet which suited us, so if you have a young family it's probably not for you, I didn't see any children.
We ate out every night, there is a great restaurant called villa cipriani, if you turn right out of hotel, it s pricey but worth it. If you turn left from hotel, there is a restuarant next to the hole in one pub, which is also very nice.
The hotel is about a 30 min walk to Funchal or 5euros in a cab.
We are having a great break here, very relaxing and I would visit again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was our second visit in 5 years. On our original visit in 2008 we thought that it was an excellent hotel with facilities to match. We were not disappointed this time. The hotel in general, the staff, food and the facilities (spa, pools etc.) were all of a very high standard. In particular the staff, whether in the restaurant, reception, spa or cleaners did everything to be helpful. We have no hesitation in recommending the Cliff Bay and hope to go back soon.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

holidayed in this superb hotel after having read favourable reviews in trip adviser and found it a wonderful , luxurious stress free vacation. My wife cant stop talking about the size and comfort of the memory bed we slept in which there were two kings pushed together even though i found them unsociable as we were at least 8 feet apart!. I loved the hotel for different reasons those being location, staff and the ambience of the place. Being able to snorkel straight off the hotels jetty in clear deep blue unpolluted warm sea was a bonus. If i could have a couple of gripes it would be that the drink was a bit expensive and that sometimes the dress code in the dining room wasn't adhered to,this didn't prevent us having a truly wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

We've stayed here on five occasions and have been treated like royalty.During the month of June there is a magnificent fireworks display over Funchal harbour eachSaturday night at 10.30pm.Whilst the in house restaurants provide good choices they are a little pricey,there are many better value restaurants close by.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Just got back from 2 weeks at this great hotel.From the second i entered felt at home.It is nice to be greeted by name by the staff most of whom are old friends.Reception ladies do a fine job hard at times with a few fussy guests just a few i know but worth telling. Cliff Bar staff great as well ladies who clean the room the same excellent.Rooms great food the same.Blue Lagoon lovely for a light lunch Rose Garden food wonderful.It is hard to pick out members of staff for praise by name but here are a few Paula in the Rose Garden Nicole the young lady manager from Germany and Jan who is in overall charge I think i have said it all before will return all going many times to this fine hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel The Cliff Bay
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 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#2 Family Hotel in Funchal
#3 Business Hotel in Funchal
#3 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#4 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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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

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