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Estalagem Ponta do Sol
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2009

Located in the best area of the beautiful village Ponta do Sol, this hotel sits enthroned on a cliff. Therefore you have a perfect overview of the old village and more than 180 degrees of ocean.

I would definitely recommend a room with sea view. Looking at the horizon is fantastic and you are very, very close to the ocean.

What makes this hotel special is the beautiful facility. Many well-thought of design elements, bridges and elevators. And a pool where the hoirzon melts with the ocean (optically).

The fitness center used to be old-fashioned and was a bit lost in the whole facility. Last year it got removed and was replaced by a spa. You can get a very nice massage there.

The staff is very friendly. Actually this starts already when being picked up at the airport. The hotel offers some unique programs such as a sailboat trip or a beautiful hide-out called Faja dos Padres.

As there are only about 60 rooms, this makes a holiday a relaxation.

I am a returning guest, for 8 years now. This is probably the best judgement for a hotel.

Keep it up!

P.S. The only disadvantage I see: There is no internet in the room available. You have to go to the bar or library. As more and more people use the internet these days, this makes the internet connection very slow sometimes. But in the end: who wants to work when you are in such a wonderful place?

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2009

We have found this hotel via www.designhotels.com and booked it via a Swedish touroperator. The hotel is fantasticly located on a high cliff overlooking the atlantic ocean. You can only reach the hotel via an elevator build in the rocks, or if you a not faint at heart ... a steep climb. The hotel has a shuttle service from/to the airport. We booked a small little car, but ended up using it only a few times. You are better off renting one from the hotel if you need it and use their free shuttle service to Funchal if you want it (or other selected destinations around). The car park is limited and it's difficult to park elsewhere if you don't want to P&D all the time. The police is pretty fast writing tickets, so make sure you are safe.

Of course the hotel has a clear strategy towards home furnishing, but they succeeded to do it with style and not overkill it or make it to sober. There are several famouse branded design pieces through the hotel ... but the best was the launch area next to the sauna ... big matrasses on a sunny spot just 80 metres above the ocean ... brilliant.

The hotel Staff is friendly but slightly unpersonal. The restaurant staff was really nice and helpfull. Our teenage daughter is somewhat of a difficult dinner guesy (we've booked breakfast and dinner with it), but they always managed to help her out. The food is of good quality and it's recommandable to book the dinner menu for the whole week. There was always a choice between fish or meat and vegetarian option if wished. If you are not a big drinker, but you still enjoy wine to your meal, they will keep the bottle for you untill the next night .. which is a sign of good customer friendlyness. Breakfast is complete and something which I found really amusing was the fact that they would serve the cakes, left over from dessert the night before at breakfast ... why not ... you are on holiday by any means.

The rooms are very nicely furnished, the beds were a bit hard and there was a choice in pillow, which I appreciate a lot. Basically all rooms have a brilliant see view, the rooms which don't overlook the Ponta do Sol valley, not to shabby ... put make sure you get the sea view. A nice balcony with sliding doors and comfortable chairs top it off. One word of critism was the extra bed, which was a bed sofa. This is not acceptable if you are staying for a whole week!

Free internet is available in the coffee / reading room, unfortantely not in the rooms.

The outside pool is a nice place for relaxing in the morning sun, but unfortunately not heated so outside swimming was not an option in february. The inside pool is small but OK. The Sauna and Turkish steambath are free and just perfect

Conclusion; this is one of the seldom hotel I really found a pleasure to be in for a whole week, get spoiled and enjoy nice surroundings and food. Definately not overprised ... though the total package of getting there and staying around is still reasonable money ... but who cares ... once a year ???

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2009

as we were booking our honeymoon we looked for ages for a lovely hotel, we could get to from Bristol easily and was within our budget. We hit upon Estalagem Ponta do Sol and took a risk and booked it up. Another reviewer on this website mentioned beware of overbooking and a week before we were due to arrive we got an email saying they were overbooked for the first night and would we mind staying somewhere else - we did mind, and said that, and then it was no problem. This is the only negative with our experience.
The hotel picked us up at the airport, and took us back to Ponta do Sol.

The hotel was fantastic, really light, airy, secluded, beautiful (if you like bauhaus architecture) there were lots of wonderful places to relax, an honesty bar, good food, great staff, in fact i'd rate it as one of the best places we've stayed. The area around is a bit lacking, but the hotel offer free shuttle buses so you can get to funchal for trips out. 6 out of the 7 days though, we just relaxed around the pool. On the last night there was a horrendous 'soft rock' festival in the town so we high tailed it to The Vine Hotel, in Funchal - its definately worth a visit, over double the price and gimicky (there's a switch you press to close the curtains, etc.) its got an amazing roof top pool and spa, but I have to say I dont think it was worth over double the price of Ponta do Sol.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2009

The Hotel met all our requirements, to relax, use the spa facilities and enjoy a high standard of accommodation. The evening meal was excellent with several choices on a half board basis, aswell as the breakfast. The staff were friendly and helpful and the sea view from our room was breathtaking. Will be returning next year with other members of the family and will be hard pushed to go elsewhere in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

Some reviews concentrate on the hotel's relative isolation but this suited us fine. The hotel greeted us at the airport and taxied us to Funchal, nearby towns and levada walks (all included in room rate). The siting is stunning and the design, perched on high ground linked by lifts and bridges, very clever. The staff were friendly and the restaurant good, especially breakfast. The dinner menu was limited so could wear a bit thin after several days. One tip - visit the Jardin Botanica in Funchal by town bus, not the private, expensive gardens at the top of the cable car. Also visit the interesting museum of ethnicity (?) in nearby Riva Brava. Buses are complicated (four or five companies) but can be used with perseverance.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2009

A nice modern hotel, make sure you up grade to a room over looking the ocean - with your own balcony - otherwise you are sharing balconies and looking at a cliff or the town - nice but the towns dogs/rooster and lorries will wake you. The maids are very noisy and will wake you (regardless of which room you have) at about 8am shouting and banging the room doors etc. Go for B&B the breakfasts are good the evening menu (if you're not going for the set menu) is fine but never changes whilst you are there so if you are there for 2 weeks you will have tried everything twice - we saw the set menu (Turkey and cous cous mm nice!!) and it's pricey for what you get - on the sea front is a cafe that doesn't look much but don't be put off - the fish is great and service better than the hotel! Rooms are nice and airy - clean and have everything you need furniture is from Ikea - matresses are cheap and very uncomfortable. Pool is lovely and during the day the hotel is quiet and restful. the gardens are very nice and well kept. They are doing a few improvements but it does need a lick of paint, new sheets (be nice if they were 100%cotton) etc, the receptionists need a training course on how to talk to guests - they are a a bit snotty and when we were talking to one of them they broke off our conversation to talk to a worker who had walked in. It's not a 4star hotel! You need a hire car - which we did and then eating out and going out for the day is not a problem - all in all I would say - stay here as a base with a hire car as town is lovely, only have the breakfast and lunches in bar - there are loads of nice places to eat in neighbouring towns - Funchal is only 30mins away. Have to say wouldn't stay there again - would either go self catering in the hills or a real luxury hotel near Funchal. Oh and they say on their website "no children under16" there were 4 when we stayed all under 10 years old!!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2009

Nice building and layout. Quite a secluded location. Limited activities without a hire car if you don't want to sunbathe all day. The hotel restaurant was very disappointing, we only ate there once and there was not much choice of places to eat within walking distance. If I went to Madeira again I would definitely stay closer to Funchal as there is much more to do. The room was clean but basic - fraying fabric covers over uncomfortable plastic chairs, faded synthetic blanket on the bed. There was free wifi on the beach but not in the hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Quinta da Rochinha, Ponta Do Sol, Madeira 9360-529, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Ponta Do Sol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
Price Range: $94 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Estalagem Ponta do Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best way to define the concept that lies behind the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is the idea of an escape hotel. It is set on the top of a cliff - a more spectacular location is difficult to imagine. The hotel is a result of the renovation of an old "quinta", and the goal was simple: to integrate the original buildings in a distinct, contemporary style. The architecture enhances the beauty of an already beautiful place and the atmosphere is simple and relaxed, yet sophisticated. ... more   less 
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