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Top 10 Hotels With A Sea View In Funchal, Portugal

Juliet
Published Sep 14, 2018

Beautiful Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira, is famous for its soccer export, Cristiano Ronaldo. But apart from that, this jewel of a city, nestled in an amphitheatre of mountains and facing the crystal blue Atlantic, has more to offer than its soccer reputation. The sunny coast has banana plantations and gardens with flowers that bloom all year round. A main port of call for cruise ships, it is not unusual to see many pulling into the harbour. Tourists in Funchal come here to dive, surf, take boat trips, swim with dolphins or go on whale-watching excursions and the spectacular Atlantic ocean is a perfect backdrop to many adventures.

Funchal comes alive at night, with bars and clubs that offer great music and ambience. Come New Year’s and Christmas, the city folk celebrate in style, with twinkling lights around the city and fireworks that light up the sky. For wine-lovers, visit during the wine festival. The sunny climate is perfect for wine and its reputation as one of the safest and cleanest cities in Europe makes this a great spot to have your wine without worrying about getting back safely. With lovely cobbled streets and many 4/5-star hotels lining the pavement, Funchal is an interesting mix of new and old. Intrigued by the city? Then pick one of our selected hotels to choose from as your accommodation during your visit there.

1. LTI Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel (from USD 203)

A property set on the rock of Ponta da Cruz, with views of the high sea cliffs of Cabo Girao and just two minutes on foot from the beach, this hotel will wow you with its raw scenery and saltwater pool. Apart from that, there are many facilities here, such as a full-scale spa with steam baths, saunas and hot tubs. Guests can work out at the gym or have a relaxing massage. There is also an extensive range of fine-dining restaurants and a piano bar. This is a top spot for many couples on honeymoon, with its luxurious rooms and proximity to the beach.

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2. Hotel Bal­a Azul (from USD 121)

The grand Hotel Baia Azul has three swimming pools, three restaurants, sauna rooms and a spa. If guests are bored with swimming and the spa, they can also relax on the sundeck and admire the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the gardens. They can also walk to the beach, which is just four minutes away. All bedrooms come with sea-inspired decor and an en suite bathroom with bath amenities and a hairdryer. There is also free Wi-Fi access.

The restaurants each have a distinctive ambience, including the Atlantic restaurant with its themed buffets, the Ocean restaurant has gourmet dishes with products from the region and Sal, which specialises in Italian cuisine.

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3. Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel (from 101)

Just two minutes away from the beach, this four-star hotel has direct access to the promenade that stretches to Praia Formosa. It has an indoor and outdoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, a spa with a sauna, a Turkish bar and last, but not least, a gym. The rooms in this hotel have hardwood floors and offer great views of the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony. The restaurant offers authentic food and guests can also dine al fresco on the terrace, surrounded by the exotic garden and palm trees. The front desk is open 24 hours a day.

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4. Muthu Raga Madeira Hotel (from USD 76)

If you stay at the Muthu Raga Madeira Hotel, you will be just 10 minutes from central Funchal and four minutes from the beach. Such a convenient location is made even better by the fact that it has an outdoor swimming pool with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, all guest rooms have a balcony that opens up to fantastic views of the sea.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and guests can dine at either of the hotel’s two restaurants: L’Horizon and Restaurant Bar Five. Both venues have an à la carte menu that serves local and international cuisine. There are also three bars on site, where guests can relax with a beverage. Madeira Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel and free parking is available, on-site.

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5. Belmond Reid's Palace (from USD 386)

The Belmond Reid’s Palace is set on a cliff, surrounded by 10 acres (4 hectares) of subtropical gardens, overlooking the Atlantic. This five-star resort has an oceanfront spa, three swimming pools and guests can access the Atlantic Ocean directly from the property. The spa has both indoor and outdoor therapy suites and comes with a private whirlpool. Guests can play on the tennis court or work out at the gym.

The restaurants offer al fresco dining at the Brisa Do Mar, while the Villa Cipriani serves classic Italian dishes. The Dining Room has a classic Edwardian ambience. The hotel is just 15 minutes away from Funchal city centre.

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6. Hotel Royal Savoy (from USD 355)

This five-star hotel is nestled within tropical gardens on the Bay of Funchal and features two heated swimming pools. Guests also have private access to the Atlantic Ocean. Within the hotel, there is also a bar with nightly live music and refreshing cocktails and a restaurant, the Armada, which offers international cuisine. Guests can unwind at the spa, visit the gym, or swim in the indoor pool. All suites are exquisitely furnished and come with a full kitchenette. There is also an extensive oceanfront solarium, which guests can use to soak up the sun.

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7. Molhe Hotel - Conde Carvalhal (from USD 68)

This is a restored mansion, located just 900 metres (2,952.8 feet) from Funchal’s Old Town, with scenic views of the sea, the city and mountains from its terraces. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and the rooms have flat-screen TVs, modern furnishings and wooden floors. All suites come with an equipped kitchenette and a balcony.

Nestled within lush gardens, guests can have breakfast in the garden, served daily. The hotel can arrange transport, either by scooter, bus, car, or bicycle rental. The Madeira Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

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8. Madeira Bright Star by Petit Hotels (from USD 83)

Just 1 km (0.6 miles) away from the centre of Funchal, this hotel features an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout. All rooms are air-conditioned with wooden furniture and a flat-screen TV. Guests can start their day with a breakfast buffet and then lounge on the sun loungers by the pool. The on-site bar has light snacks, cocktails and soft drinks. The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum is 50 metres (164 feet) away from this property.

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9. Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel (from 107)

Couples have rated this hotel a 9.5 out of 10, so you can be assured that this is a great place for a honeymoon. The property itself is only a one-minute walk from the beach. It has four restaurants, two bars and two saltwater pools. One of the two saltwater pools has stairs leading to the sea. If you prefer to relax instead of swimming, you can choose to lounge in Pestana’s Venus Health Spa, which includes an indoor heated pool, a Scottish shower and massage treatments.

This lovely 5-star hotel is situated on a cliff top on Madeira Island, so you when you walk out onto the balcony of your suite, you will enjoy beautiful sea, mountain or pool views. There is a giant chess board, an on-site diving school and a tennis court for more leisure options, or guests can always try other sea activities, such as paragliding, yacht excursions and windsurfing. The hotel is only a 20-minute drive from Madeira’s International Airport.

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10. Quinta Da Penha De Franca (from USD 83)

This lovely property is set within tropical gardens on Madeira Island. A charming guesthouse with two outdoor seawater pools, it is only a 20-minute walk from the beach. One of the pools is heated, for those who prefer a warm swim. Each room is equipped with a telephone, mini-bar, safe, cable TV and a hairdryer and the balconies offer views of the scenic gardens or the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can also relax with a massage treatment.

There is al fresco dining at the Penha Franca Mar Restaurant, where guests can enjoy views of the garden or the sea. The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum is 200 metres (656.2 feet) away and the Madeira Congress Centre is a five-minute walk from the property.

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Visit Funchal for amazing views of the cliff and the sea

Funchal, in Madeira, is truly a paradise, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the hotels along the seafront do not disappoint. If you are looking for a relaxing time soaking in warm, heated pools, dining al fresco under the stars and just spending time with loved ones, this place is your holiday pick, for sure. Any of the above seafront hotels will provide you with the best service and facilities they have to offer. So, why wait, don’t hesitate to choose Funchal, Madeira, when booking your next holiday trip!

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