After reading other reviews about this hotel complex, expectations were high but the Porto Mare simply blew us away. We've stayed at a number of great resorts over the years but there's something very special about this place. The staff from all parts of the hotel are terrific, efficient, friendly, multilingual and unobtrusive. Management have definitely got it right.
Our room was large, well furnished and had a great view of the pool and amazing gardens. The beds are large and very comfy.
The restaurants are also a highlight; we ate in the main buffet restaurant most nights and found this to be of higher quality than others in the area. That said, the local cafes and restuarants are absolutely fine for a change of scenery. The Portugese, Mediterranean and Italian restaurants are also great, but requires deeper pockets.
The Porto Mare is about 20 mins walk to the centre of Funchal but you could take the free courtesy bus for free or a taxi for 5 Euros.
What amazed us most was that you could get a sunbed at any time of day. You are spolied for choice for both indoor and outdoor pool locations, 2 jacuzzis and umpteen quiet spots to read a book or just chill.
The fact that Thomas Cook have a stake in the Residence tells you that this complex is high quality and is geared for Brits. You will find europeans and scandinavians here too but it is all very civilised.
Funchal is a great little town for strolling around, some decent shops, cafes and restaurants. Again you'll find the locals very friendly and respectful.
In a balanced review, it is important to say what we didn't like. Sorry folks, there's just nothing to gripe about.
The worst part of the holiday? Leaving this idyllic setting after two weeks was hard.
We'll definitely be back.
- 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