Recommended tour operator: Inspired Luxury Escapes
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There are few destinations that offer year-round sunshine and are less than four hours flying time from the UK. Madeira has most definitely moved on from its former reputation as a winter retreat for the more mature traveller.
There’s a huge range of things to do year-round from whale- and dolphin-watching to horse-riding and golf. Head out from your hotel in the evenings for a superb dinner in one of the many restaurants – the fish and seafood in Madeira are exceptional and very reasonably priced.
We’ve hand-picked the best of Madeira’s luxury hotels in the capital, Funchal, and further afield. Many offer superb spas and all deliver outstanding service – some of the best in Europe.
For contemporary luxury on the seafront, Vidamar is a stylish choice, with a top-notch spa and direct access to the sea. Or check out The Vine, which has funky interiors and some rooms with a Jacuzzi. It ranks as one of Europe’s leading design hotels.
The Royal Savoy is ideally located close to Funchal’s centre, ideal if you want to explore the local area when you’re not luxuriating poolside or in the spa.
Splash out for the ultimate in pampering at the Belmond Reids Palace, one of Madeira’s most celebrated hotels – ideal for your own celebratory holiday.
We work closely with a local provider to offer some exceptional and authentic tours and excursions to help you make the most out of your trip. Levada walking is extremely popular – explore the mountains on foot along levadas (irrigation channels) and footpaths through stunning countryside on our guided levada tours and take the chance to visit the Unesco-listed Laurisilva forest.
Madeira is also a hot spot for water activities. You can explore the rich ocean landscape with a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle boarding as well as parasailing, banana boat trips and jet ski tours.
Our tours include the chance to visit some of Madeira’s quaint villages including Porto Moniz, famed for its volcanic rock swimming pools, and Santana, well-known for its A-framed cottages. We can tailor-make a private tour just for you – with no coach load of fellow holidaymakers to wait for.
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