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Four Views Oasis
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Canico
Certificate of Excellence
Aylesbury
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“Excellent hotel”
Reviewed December 21, 2008

We visited Madeira for a short break in the middle of December, and stayed at the Oasis Atlantic. We hired a car at the airport and found the hotel easily enough, coming off at junction 16 and following the road down the hill. The hotel is quite well signposted so you can't really go wrong.

The hotel is right at the bottom of the hill and by the seafront. It's fairly large but is dwarfed by the Riu Palace hotel nextdoor which looks quite expensive. There is a car park at the entrance to the hotel, and plenty more free car parking around the hotel too. As it was a fairly quiet time for tourists we had no problem with parking spaces.

On arrival at the hotel our passports were taken for the first evening, which we were able to recover in the morning. The reception area was quite spacious, with a nice big Christmas tree in the centre and a few little shops selling souvenirs and general supplies.

We had booked a garden room, and found ourselves on the first floor. The room was a very nice size and faced southeast, with a nice view of both the garden and the sea behind it. Behind the large patio door was a reasonable balcony with two seats and a small table. Despite another part of the hotel opposite facing north, it appeared the hotel had been designed in such a way as to allow the sun to always shine on our side of the hotel. Obviously the north-facing rooms would have got no sun at all and their balconies appeared a bit smaller, more of a wedge shape than rectangular.

The room itself was quite large, with two single beds pushed together but made as singles. We found that there were too many covers as it didn't get cold at night, so removed some of them and put the in the large wardrobe. The room had a TV with about 30 channels, including a few English ones - BBC World being the main one. There were also local stations, other Portuguese stations, and Spanish and German stations as well as MTV and VH1 for music fans.

The room also had a fridge which was surprisingly empty, a sofa, a couple of small tables, a desk, several lamps, and in the bathroom was the toilet, a bidet, bath, shower, basin, and hairdryer. The shower, although from the mixer tap, was powerful and warm. There were plenty of towels, and some sachets of shampoo, packs of soap, and shower caps. There was also a standard shaver socket and a tissue dispenser in the bathroom.

Now for the rest of the hotel. On the first floor are some conference rooms, and a general leisure room with some comfy chairs, a TV and some books to read. There are also a couple of computers which are connected to the internet, which are free to use. They ask that you spend no more than 30 minutes however this doesn't appear to be policed, generally it's up to everyone to be sensible about it if others are waiting to use the computers. With the majority of people staying at the hotel being OAP's it was never a problem getting onto the computers.

On the ground floor there was a lounge with lots of comfy chairs and a nice large window with views over the pool and the sea. Also here was housed Rita, the African grey parrot that everyone has talked about. She has an interesting repertoire of songs and whistles, and even speaks in English! Behind the shops there was a games room with a full-sized snooker table and a table tennis table, both in good condition. Equipment was freely available from reception, and like the computers were usually not being used due to the age of the residents.

The main staircase from reception took you down to level minus 1, which contained two restaurants, a bar area with stage, and behind all that a small gym and a swimming pool with sauna. There was also a nice nativity scene. Doors outside led to the outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers. The pool and loungers looked clean but we didn't see anyone using the pool in the time we were there, and only a few on the loungers. From the pool were more steps down to another level with what looked like beach chalets. Then there was a gate which was security-code locked to prevent unwanted people gaining entrance to the hotel. The security code was given to us when we checked in so we could come and go as we pleased, however the gate was locked permanently at 11pm. Outside the gate was a promenade which ran to the left to a small man-made sandy beach and a beach restaurant, and to the right past the Riu Palace hotel and up some steps into the "main" part of Canico de Baixo.

Of the two restaurants at the hotel, we only used one which called Aqua something. It is a buffet-style restaurant serving different styles of food each night, and you can go up and help yourself to any of what they have on offer for a set price of around
€25 per person. The two times we ate there the food was pretty good. The other restaurant looked a bit smarter and I think was a more traditional restaurant rather than buffet. For breakfast we ate in the same Aqua restaurant, again it was a help-yourself buffet with a choice of traditional English fry-up food, cereals, fruit etc, with hot drinks also included. The main waiter there will greet you with a big smile, a warm welcome and probably a kiss if you're a lady! He was a real character but friendly and charming with it at the same time.

In the evenings there is always some form of entertainment happening on stage. The first night there was a duo singing covers of well-known songs, and they were reasonably good. Sunday was cabaret night, with a male singer and some scantily-dressed ladies dancing around. It looked like some of the more elderly gentlemen in the audience were getting quite excited by it all! Unfortunately the whole thing only lasted 30 minutes. Then when there was nobody else on they had Brian on his keyboard singing covers, again he wasn't too bad.

In the vicinity of the hotel there are a few restaurants within easy walking distance. Origens was quite nice, they served traditional Madeiran beef on a skewer hanging from an iron stand. There are plenty more restaurants in Canico itself but unless you're very fit they are not within walking distance as they are a fair way up a steep hill. If you have a car it's about 5-10 minutes' drive but then you can't drink. One of the restaurants in Canico runs a free minibus service from the seafront hotels and this can be booked at reception. We didn't go there but another couple we spoke to had been and said it was the one of the best restaurants they've been to.

There is a bus stop outside the hotel which will take you into Funchal, however I'd recommend that unless you are intending to spend most of the time at the hotel or in Funchal that you hire a car. There is so much to see on the island and some very nice drives if you like twisty mountain roads with excellent views.

All in all Madeira is one of the nicest places I've been to and the hotel lives up to the rest of the island. It's peaceful, it's in a nice setting, and it has everything you would need - as long as you're not into clubbing and partying till the early hours of the morning!

  • Liked — Lots of things to keep you amused in and around the hotel
  • Disliked — Noise from extractor fan
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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North Wales
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Reviewed December 3, 2008

Having just returned from our 3rd visit to the Oasis we felt it was about time to write a review to let everyone know what a wonderful time we have whenever we holiday here.We are greeted by many of the staff as people that they know and remember and make us feel instantly relaxed and 'at home'.
We always have a sea view suite which is massive,extremely comfortable and with fabulous views of the ocean from all points of the room through the windows of our 2 balconies.The sound of the waves on the rocks beyond the gardens and promenade is always very soothing.
The whole hotel is spotlessly clean and the maid even washes any dishes in your kitchenette.As I am not too well in the mornings we always have breakfast in the room,well on the balcony actually,you can't beat such a relaxed start to each day!
I must mention Olinda on reception who checked us in on our 1st visit and even came up to give us a tour of our room and who goes out of her way to find anything out for us and always has time for us.
The hotel may well not be in Funchal but this does not mean you need miss out on any events or celebrations as the hotel does organised trips for all major events including a fantastic gala dinner followed by coaches to Funchal to a building where you have the rooftop in private to view the spectacular New Year fireworks.Also trips to see the Xmas lights and for the Flower Festival,so you can stay in beautiful relaxed surroundings without missing anything.
The pool area is lovely and spacious with plenty of beds and a small jacuzzi.the pool is cleaned every morning and towels are provided.
We usually book b & b then take advantage of the hotel's 3 nights in the restaurant for 70 euros which includes wine and water.On other days we have a late lunch by the pool and have room service later.
There's a small hotel shop looked after by Teresa,which sells all the basics so you don't need to trek anywhere for water etc.
I could go on and on and on but suffice it to say we treat the Oasis as our bolthole and plan to return in January and say hi once more to Olinda,Bruno,Nina,Teresa,Patricia and all the rest of the staff who make our time there so special.

  • Liked — the wonderful suite and the staff
  • Disliked — could be more choice of food at pool bar
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank hectorzaza
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Essex
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Reviewed November 12, 2008

Just got back from a lovely relaxing week at the Hotel Oasis Atlantic, at Canico, Madeira. The weather a glorious 24 degrees, perfect for sunbathing and getting about to sea the island. The accomadation was a large, comfortable and spotlessly clean room, with a large balcony to take in the wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the passing cruise ships and fishing boats.

The hotel has a wonderful friendly and helpful staff from the General Manager down to the maids, who service the rooms daily. Food in the restaurants is of a high standard and the main one is buffet style so the choice is endless and varied to suit everyones taste.

The outdoor pool area is lovely, well maintained and perfect for a cooling swim, a spot of sun bathing or catching up on holiday reading. The indoor pool area is also a lovely little retreat.

We prefered to hire a car to get about to see more of the island, which the hotel arranged and offered us a good rate. They also run a free suttle bus service to Funchal, which you have to book and there are excursions available direct from the hotel.

There is some form of entertainment each evening and dancing in the main lounge. English films and news etc., on the tv in your room, snooker and table tennis in the games room. A library of books and computer area to keep in touch with the folks back home.

The locaton is right on the sea front, 2 minutes walk to the man made lido, with toilets and a sea food restaurant. Uphill there are other hotels and restaurants.

No hesitation in reccommending this hotel is you want a week away to be pampered, relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life yet close enough to the capital Funchal to hit the high night life.

  • Liked — Balcony and sea view; size of room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cumbria
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Reviewed November 8, 2008

We returned last week from a great holiday to Maderia,(the weather was wet and cold and cloudy) but apart from that we enjoyed our stay at The oasis Atlantic Hotel in canico. It is a fantastic location especially if you have a hire car. I can not sing the praises of this hotel enough. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, the room was large and very clean, the entertainment was varied especially rita the parrott. The food was excellent. There are also very good restaurants within a five minute walk away.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to maderia.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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timisoara, romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2008

We (me and my wife, both thirties) stayed here 10 days end of september 2008. We made the reservation directly with the hotel by email, and everything went well, even if we arrive late in night (around 1:00 AM, local time) the room was waiting for us.
The room was very clean and spacious. The bad (even it was a twin not a double) was very good and large, and the twin part was barelly noticeable. The furniture was common, nothing luxuriant, but decent, no copmlaint about. Electrical appliances: 14 inch TV, mini-fridge, boiler for tea/cafee, hair-dryer - none of these were new, but every of them in good condition and working properly.
I recomand the hotel for people looking quietness and also I recomand staying there if you plan of renting a car. We did and it was the perfect blend. The parking is no problem around the hotel and we really enjoy the feeling to came back at the hotel in a quiet atmosfere from other the loud and agitated places (e.g. Lido).I admit we didn't spent time in the hotel (we've been twice at the pool, which by the way is a heated salt water). We preffered to have a swim in a ocean, since very close of the hotel (2 minutes walking) there is a very nice pebbly-beach (the usual in Madeira). As for the evening shows, we never atend one, since we were always in other places with our rented car. Usually we arrived by the end of the show, which seemed a little boring if you plan to stay all the nights in the hotel (same guy playing almost each evenint).
The breakfast is excellent with a very good range of food : from roasted bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, ham, cheese, fruits, jam, yogurt, cafee, tea, milk, natural juices, etc.
Bottom line - it was the perfect choice for us: quiteness, nice walking alley right near the ocean in front of the hotel, plenty parking places, very clean, spacious, good breakfast, always helpfull staff. I clearly recomand it.

  • Liked — The quiet atmosphere
  • Disliked — The smell from kitchen
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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sergiocosta, General Manager at Four Views Oasis, responded to this review, October 22, 2008
Obrigado, or thank you in Portuguese for the time you have taken to write your review. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and have found our services to meet your expectations. Our location with the Ocean right in front of us it is certainly a most for guests who enjoy swimming in the sea as the temperature never goes below 19ºC.
On the entertainment side we have changed it and it is now more varied and should the guest stay in the Hotel I am certain they will appreciate this effort.
A special thank you for having chosen our Hotel and we are glad that we have contributed to your holiday's enjoyment.
kind regards
Sergio Costa
General manager
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Reviewed October 15, 2008

We stayed for a week at the Oasis Atlantic, booking the room direct with the hotel - Side Sea View for under £300 including breakfast.

The room was clean and spacious (any bigger and my husband may have got lost!), with a fridge (empty mini bar, but more useful), TV with good range of channels, and a 12' x 3' balcony with lovely view.

Hotel staff were excellent, particularly in the a la carte restaurant where we ate 3 nights. (75 Euros for 3 meals - including glass of sparkling wine, half bottle of wine, water and 3 course dinner). Breakfast was varied, and we saw no one waiting for a table even though we ate at different times. Tables were re-laid very quickly. We ordered room service one night and that was delivered very quickly.

Pool was lovely, very quiet, with some people choosing to stay on the sun loungers all day (but not for us). Nice stroll along the promenade in the evening.

We hired a car and drove round pretty much all of the island and loved it. Had a few games of snooker in the hotel - table very good (unlike us!)

I read some of the negative reviews and could barely recognise the same hotel. Entertainment is geared up to the older age group, but that was no surprise and suited the ambience of the hotel.

Overall, an extremely enjoyable stay and would definitely recommend it for a quiet and relaxing holiday.

  • Liked — Service, room size, balcony
  • Disliked — Not much to do close to the hotel
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank aphrodite100
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sergiocosta, General Manager at Four Views Oasis, responded to this review, October 22, 2008
Obrigado, or thank you in Portuguese for your review. It is in fact the same Hotel and I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay. We also listen to our guest's reviews and we have changed the entertainment which is now more diversified which i hope will be able to experience it in one of your future visits.
Kind regards
Sergio Costa
General manager
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Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2008

We have just returned from our honeymoon at Oasis hotel, it was wonderful, we had no loud music, and we stayed in a garden room which meant that we could swim then go back to to the garden and relax. The staff were excellent very polite and interesting to talk too.
We stayed for 2 weeks, and really did not want to come home, the room was very nice and cool so did not need the air conditining. We were close enough to everything.
We found the hotel clean and well presented and enjoyed walking to the local resturant up hill, as we knew it would be down hill on the way back.
The pool was never full of guests, in fact sometimes we were the only ones in it, even though it was warm, people seemed to just want to relax and enjoy their holiday.
Breakfast was a bit of a struggle as didn't always want to get up, but we managed it. The lady that cleaned the room did an excellent job, even making the 2 single beds into one (well it was our honeymoon!!)
From our room we could see the sea, and although we were near to the exit gate it meant that we could get up and go out without having to use stairs, or lift.
The computer access is rather limited, only one computer seemed to be working with the internet, and although there is a note asking for limited time this isn't always followed.
There are many books that can be read & exchanged, which we made full use of.
Canico is very quiet and has steep hills, this maybe a problem to some as humidity can be high.
My only concern were the dogs and cats roaming about OUTSIDE the hotel, they seem to be well fed and well behaved but its not always welcomed in the garden area, if they managed to get in, as not everyone closed the gate, or quietly! The dogs & cats use it as a toilet. That was my only worry as I am sure these animals are not vacenated, but maybe they are. Just a thought incase anyone takes small children.

I would return to the hotel & hopefully in the not too distant future.

  • Liked — The quiet and peaceful relaxation
  • Disliked — No welcome pack, i.e. tea/coffee on arrival after journey.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Four Views Oasis
Address: Rua da Praia dos Reis Magos | Canico de Baixo, Canico, Madeira 9125-024, Portugal (Formerly Oasis Atlantic)
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Canico
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Canico
#2 Luxury Hotel in Canico
#2 Romantic Hotel in Canico
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Four Views Oasis 4*
Number of rooms: 224
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