My husband and I stayed at the Quinta do Lorde Resort from 1st July this year for a weeks holiday.
The hotel is excellent as is the accommodation. We had a beautiful room overlooking one of the three swimming pools and towards the harbour. Our room was on the top floor but there is a lift so access would not be a problem for those who cannot manage stairs.
However, the resort is built on a hill and although the climb from the captains bar in the harbour was no problem for us, it may affect those who find hills a problem.
The hotel is exceptionally clean, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The main restaurant was always cleared and a table ready for when you wished to eat.
As previous reports, I always found something I could eat, but if I had one criticism, the food could be a little hotter as I always found it was lukewarm.
There was a chef each morning who cooked a mean ham and cheese omelette which went down very well with the lovely soft bread which was supplied each morning.
If you fancied a change, the captains bar served meals each day which were very good. I had the local scabbard fish with a tomato risotto and the local garlic bread, and my husband had a huge steak sandwich with ham, egg and cheese, washed down by the very nice Coral beer.
I also have a small critisism with the bar upstairs, there was only one bar fellow serving which was great early on, but when the bar was busy, I found he struggled to cope.
They did put an extra person on after the mean meals were finished, but by this time the bar area was very busy and there was a huge backlog. - The drinks on the all inclusive by the way are very good quality, even the wine which sometimes can be like vinegar!
We hired a car for three days which I would definately recommend as the scenery is some of the best I have ever seen. It's not for the faint hearted as some of the climbs are very very steep and narrow, but worth the wait at the top.
Also, when you get away from the tourist areas, the prices for meals etc are very reasonable. We had the local scabbard fish with banana, fresh vegetables, new potatoes and a drink for 14 Euros, this was the total cost.
If you do hire a car, don't miss the Sao Vicente Caves and Volcanism centre - remember to take a raincoat for the caves, you have been warned!
A few people complained of the weather. The resort is at a remote part of the island and is not as sunny as Funchal. It was very windy and cloudy at times, sometimes drizzle, but it was still warm enough to wear a swimsuit. Please bear in mind that on sunny days, although there are some sunshades, you can very rarely put them up because the wind is so strong.
You may have to sit in one of the shaded areas just outside the main bar area to get out of the sun.
We also met some great people, Sean and Tracy, Emma and Steve - if you are reading this just remember the split peas!
In Summary, If you want the ultimate chill holiday, just to relax, have a nice meal, this is the place for you.
If you like to go outside of the hotel for an evening stroll or a change of scenery this is not for you. There is nothing outside the hotel other than some walks up some very steep craggy hills.
No shops or restaurants. However, I was happy just to meet up with friends for a drink or two in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Linking nature and the human spirit, the Quinta do Lorde Resort Marina emerges from the crystalline ocean waters of the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island. Quality, well-being, luxury and tranquility are the main characteristics of Quinta do Lorde, which invites you to visit and enjoy unforgettable moments. ... more less
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