Just returned from a week over Christmas and thought the hotel was perfect if you have children. Great location on a pebbly beach and you can walk to Funchal mainly on a car free promenade (through a tunnel which is wet underfoot) most of the way which takes about 11/2 hours approx passing lots of cafes/restaurants and lidos. The only noise you hear is the ocean and the views from the apartment were spectacular. The hotel staff went out of their way to be helpful and were great with our young children (3 & 5). Was a real break as breakfast was at the Pestana Bay next door which had a huge choice and there are two great restaurants outside the hotel one we ate in a lot was called By the Sea and has fab fresh sea food and always busy full of the locals and the other on the beach called the Yacht Club both cheaper than eating at the Pestana Bay. Weather was great, didn't expect to be sunbathing on Christmas Day and swimming in the pool but we were!!!! Free Shuttle bus into Funchal is also a bonus
Funchal is a lovely place, very clean and the Christmas street decorations were the best I've ever seen
We did the trip up to the Gardens by cable car which the children loved and also did a short levada walk by ourselves by catching the 47 bus to the Hortensia tea garden and walking 11/2 hours and catching the 29 bus back.(buses run every hour approx) The buses leave from the old town in Funchal right by the shuttle bus stop.(this is a much cheaper way of doing a levada walk as the tours charge 35 euros each) There was also a fair on by the harbour which was a bonus for the children!
The holiday exceeded my expectations and would thoroughly recommend the hotel with children as the space in the apartment is ideal with the facility to cook (hobs only) if required. The hotel is a good 3* in my opinion and is not too formal so great choice if you have two boisterous boys like I do!
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