Have just returned from a week at the Riu Palace, and can honestly say it is the most relaxing holiday I have ever had. I went with my mum, and from our arrival at the hotel everything was just perfect. There was not a very long queue for check in but we were offered a complimentary glass of Madeira wine whilst we waited, which we thought was a nice touch. We had a room each with a partial sea view. The rooms were absolutely spotless, cleaned daily whilst we were there, and the usual nice touches like making swans out of towels etc. Mini bar prices were high, but I think this is the same wherever you stay. The spa facilities were good and Wellness centre prices reasonable. There was a small gym and an area with treadmills, cross trainer and bikes, but only used it once. The pool area is very well maintained and staffed. There is not a problem with sunbeds and parasols. Not sure if the hotel was full when we stayed - it seemed to be at mealtimes, but we always had plenty of choice where to sit round the pool and there was a parasol for every two sunbeds - marvellous! The guy will carry your mattresses for you and put them on the sunbed - he was also very helpful with two helpless females struggling with their parasol. The food is fantastic - the hot food is hot, and the cold food is cold - plenty of choice and varied each day. You can choose the buffet or you can be served at your table. The waiters and waitresses were so friendly. Portugal were playing in the World Cup whilst we were there, so they all wore there football scarves at breakfast time (they had taken them off for the evening meal though because their team only managed a draw!) To sum up: We were wondering what made it such a relaxing holiday, and came to the conclusion it was because it was term time and there were no children there. Madeira is a beautiful island but I don't think there is much to do for children or young adults. It is fantastic for older couples or groups who have done the bucket and spades bit and seen their kids off to Uni. It would be a lovely place to go for a honeymoon too. Thomson trips were good, the rep, Emma was very friendly, informative and helpful, and obviously loves the island. I would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located opposite the oceanfront promenade of Canico de Baixo. 8-Storey building. 10 M to the sea; access to the ocean across a walkway. 13 Km from Funchal (complimentary shuttle service from the hotel; weekdays and Saturdays. Not available on public holidays). 2 Km from the city centre. 2 Km from various shops. 10 Km from the airport. 50 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Madeira Canico
- Hotel Riu Palace Madeira Canico