The Dom Pedro Baia is an all-inclusive hotel but has none of the mass marketing feel about it. Guests were chilled out and relaxed, polite and friendly - and no one seemed to mind the large parties of French who wanted to re-arrange the dining room every meal time! The staff took it all in good humour and were always courteous and friendly, efficiently serving the complimentary drinks at the poolside bar and restaurant.
We went at a fairly quiet time before the school holidays but were warned things livened up with the children arriving a week later!
The room was lovely. We were allocated a suite on the 8th floor and nothing was too much for the male receptionist who hastily helped us convert the double bed into two comfy single ones. We could have done with an air conditioning system that filtered through to the sleeping area instead of just the sitting area and had to open our window as wide as it would go - a bit daunting on the 8th floor with no balcony or safety bars! But as two adults we realised the dangers! The room was cleaned daily and well.
The food was fairly varied with a good selection of salads and desserts but pork seemed to be the flavour of the month! Nevertheless, there was always something to appeal to all palates.
Pluses of the hotel included relaxing with a coffee by the pool, an adult environment, well-run restaurant and some lovely sitting areas including one with a selection of donated books and magazines.
The 'meet and greet' rep was friendly, helpful and informative - though even she could not get us tea and coffee-making facilities in our room!
The town is literally a few minutes away and provides a nice alternative to eating at the hotel if you want a change (but no doubt if all inclusive you wouldn't want to do this!) and some interesting shops. It appears that trade is not good on Madeira at the moment so there were many sales going on.
There are a variety of tours and we went on the one to the capital of Funchal, taking in the botantical gardens, a lace-making factory and the flower and vegetable market. This might sound like a bit of an old ladies tour but it did give us the chance to glimpse Funchal. However, I would strongly recommend hiring a car and touring the island independantly - it is an island of greenery and scenery and I feel it appeals very much to the independant, discerning adult traveller. Like nearly all holiday destinations, it is worth checking out how much a taxi driver will charge for a day's outing as this can be cheaper than an organised tour.
Transfer from the airport was super quick and efficient as we were just down the road!
it was a perfect, undemanding week and we were dismayed to learn that a second holiday departure date there was cancelled because of low numbers. The flights were from Manston in Kent, our local airport which is why we chose that route. But had we booked the week after, June 20th, there would have been no holiday. This is a great shame for companies like Atlanic Holidays who are trying to boost use of Manston for all of us in this corner of England!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dom Pedro Madeira Ocean Beach Hotel Located on the east coast of the Madeira Island, at Machico Bay, with a stunning view over the sea, Ilhas Desertas and Ponta de São Lourenço. Only 50 meters from one of the few Madeira’s white sandy beach, the hotel features a large salt water pool with a view of Machico Bay, a diving center, tennis and volleyball court. The hotel has a buffet restaurant, serving regional and international cuisine and two bars, where the famous Madeira beverage "poncha" and the unique “bolo do caco” cake are served. To ensure your holiday is worry-free, the Dom Pedro Machico hotel also offers an All-Inclusive option: with meals, drinks and activities included. To make your holiday a unique experience Machico is a peaceful town with a variety of traditional restaurants and bars. This Island is the perfect destination for nature lovers, walk along the most beautiful “levadas” and paths of the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dom Pedro Baia
- Dom Pedro Madeira Machico