I had little hopes for this hotel. We went to Madeira for a diving holiday - as such I called the hotel before booking to check whether there was diving in the area. They said that there was and we booked.
Just before we went I called for the details of the dive outfit and was told that all diving was centred on Funchal - about 1 hrs drive away. I did manage to book through an outfit in Funchal but I had booked in the hope that I would not have to engage in a holiday commute.
Despite this the hotel was actually very pleasant. It is situated in a stunning location and the rooms had excellent sea views. The staff were very friendly and occasionally almost impossible to escape from. Parking was a bit of a nightmare and must be almost impossible when the hotel is full over the summer.
The rooms were spacious and provided a decent 'basic' kitchen for selfcatering if you so desire. The resturant serves a very good breakfast (we did not eat lunch all stay the breakfast was so filling). It is almost impossible to find a decent resturant (either in Funchal or out of it) so be prepared for some long drives in the evening as you search the villages and towns.
Madeira as a destination is probably best suited for the over 70's. As mentioned we went to dive but were blown out for all but two days of our holiday. Unfortunately the weather that made diving impossible also rendered the majority of the islands Levada Walks (the other attraction) dangerous. Funchal's museums are basic and uninspiring but the botanic garden is worth a visit (if your heart survives the frightening drive up precipitous slopes. There is a lovely gem of a tiny but much cared for aquarium at Porto Moniz.
You must have a car to enjoy Madeira, the Madeirans are good drivers but the roads are very frightening - get a car with power steering ours wasn't and I did not have the strength to handle it safely on the bends. Be prepared from macho attitudes from the hire companies as well - they addressed everything to my husband even though I had booked and paid for the car!
I would reccomed a visit outside of the depths of winter you stand less risk of being rained out of your holiday attractions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ApartHotel Paul do Mar, situated in the picturesque and tranquil village of Paul do Mar is a very special hotel, ideal for those who want to feel the real Madeira. With such a wonderful setting, the building of Hotel Paul do Mar was carefully designed. It's a lovely hotel just a stone's throw from the sea and next to the Nature Park. It is a perfect place to find yourself in harmony with nature, surrounded by the most spectacular cliffs and sea views. Hotel Paul do Mar enjoys one of the most impressive locations in Madeira. It is located at the base of a cliff on a gentle slope towards the sea in the quiet village of Paul do Mar... Quiet but lively with several local restaurants and bars, a small supermarket and a pleasant promenade by the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Paul Do Mar Hotel Calheta
- Aparthotel Paul Do Mar Calheta
- Aparthotel Paul Do Mar Madeira, Portugal