The Porto Mare has a surprisingly high ratio of returning residents and it's not hard to understand why. Madeira itself is a lovely island so the hotel certainly has a head start, but the key is that it supplements this with a complex that offers every facility you could possibly want and provides this with some delightful service. With sister hotel Eden Mar and time share The Residence connected internally and their facilities available to all, opportunities for activity abound and there is a full calendar from Portuguese lessons to kitchen tours, pilates classes to classical concerts, wine tasting to water gym and yoga to evening entertainment. The cuisine is outstanding and spread across four separate restaurants. We chose to dine for the majority of our two week stay in the Atlántida, Porto Mare's main restaurant, which provided a choice hot and cold buffet of the highest order, each night having its own theme, and we also enjoyed a buffet breakfast here that again was outstanding and, as with dinner, featured chef's serving and cooking 'out front'. I had undertaken a sponsored charity diet several months before our holiday and it is unfortunately no exaggeration to confess that, with this unmissable culinary experience, I found myself back where I had started by the end of our stay. There was just too much of it that was too good not to enjoy! For the record, we also particularly enjoyed a fish evening in the Alfama restaurant as well as venturing to the sea front restaurant beneath the hotel complex where the Il Basilico provides Italian cuisine in a modern and attractive setting. (it is to be found, by the way, next door to the ice cream parlour whose best-kept secret is a very special lunchtime soup.) The grounds, with tropical gardens beautifully tended, are extensive and, certainly during our stay, never crowded. Our weather was variable and, while the enormous outside pool was tempting, its temperature was really only fit for the hardy, but, with indoor alternatives and a spa in which to relax, there was never any fear that we would not be engaged throughout our stay. And when we wanted to look further afield there was many an island tour to choose and a courtesy bus into Funchal also at our disposal. A word of warning to check and be sure of return journey times, and a recommendation that, should you choose to try out Funchal's cable car, come down the same way rather than travel by bus - that is a REALLY scary journey! We left far too much undone and this is without doubt a hotel that we would be delighted to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Porto Mare hotel occupies the central wing of the Vila Porto Mare resort and benefits from the use of all its facilities. There are many different corners and atmospheres here ... something new to discover every day. The rooms combine views over the ocean with tropical gardens. Four restaurants, six bars, an ice-cream parlour, five pools, SPA, sports and children's facilities... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Mare Funchal
- Porto Mare Hotel Madeira/Funchal
- Porto Mare Madeira