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Quinta da Bela Vista

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Portugal, Europe

It's surprising the treasures you can unearth when you venture a little further out of Funchal... A little beyond the centre of the cosmopolitan city; beyond the main resorts, is a multi-award winning hotel whose charms will quickly draw you in. This is the Quinta da Bela Vista – a beautiful nineteenth century mansion house.

The Quinta da Bela Vista is a truly discrete haven for the discerning traveller. Full of colonial charm and rich with authentic character, it's the island's most unique five star hotel.

The Quinta da Bela Vista treats holidaymakers to five star service in a splendid setting:

A stay at the Quinta da Bela Vista gives you a richer holiday experience. As well as the views and the people, and the wonderful ambience that's so much a part of a Madeiran holiday, you'll get a little glimpse into a different time.

It's all about the experience. The look of the Quinta da Bela Vista sets the tone. As well as the beautifully appointed rooms and rich furnishings, the hotel is set in manicured lawns and boasts sweeping views out over the Bay. It all feels so picture-postcard perfect.

Naturally that timeless elegance extends to the guests' rooms. Each luxurious garden-view room has its own exquisite marble bathroom – how's that for nineteenth century style? Modern conveniences including cable TV, telephone, safety deposit box, hairdryer, minibar and data port ensure that you're not confined to the past. Balcony rooms are also available at a supplement.

The Quinta da Bela Vista is choc-full of wonderful amenities too. There are three bars and three restaurants to choose from, each with its own distinctive style and feel. There is an excellent gym, with sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as a heated outdoor pool. There's nothing quite like an evening swim under a starry sky. The billiards room is another kiss to the past, while Wi-Fi throughout the hotel brings things bang up-to-date.

You'll experience the best of past and present as you explore Funchal too. The Quinta da Bela Vista is such a perfect stepping stone for any holiday on this island. Madeira's past sits comfortably alongside its present. The capital – Funchal – is the greatest example of that. It's a thriving, vibrant city; a favourite with holidaymakers, and quite removed from its past as a fennel plantation by the sea. But it celebrates that heritage easily.

The Quinta da Bela Vista is one of Madeira's finest five star hotels, but not just because of its old-world style. Its facilities and service standards conform to the very highest modern ideals.

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  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Sundeck
  • 3 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • Tennis court
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Games room
  • Billiards
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Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

Room Types

Single Garden View
27m2 WiFi
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Superior Room
33m2 WiFi
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Junior Suite
55m2 WiFi
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Deluxe Room
50m2 WiFi
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Garden View with Balcony
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The Local Area

A discreet haven only seven minutes from the centre of Funchal, the Quinta da Bela Vista exudes traditional colonial charm and character. A mansion dating from the 19th century the hotel has won numerous awards and offers a unique and special guest experience. The hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens and enjoys sweeping views of the bay around Funchal. A complimentary bus service operates from the hotel to the centre of Funchal.

Tripadvisor Reviews

4.5 Excellent1,176 reviews
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TripAdvisor Review
Not for me....

hotel that was certainly a good hotel in the 70s but has been completely neglected and has certainly not been the subject of any renovation, and this can be seen in the rooms, in the social areas, in the swimming pool, and even in the staff, always with a dark and somewhat sinister air . As it was certainly a reference in the distant 70s (or thereabouts), it is clear that the clientele is from that generation. There's a lot of "wandering" and the smell of mothballs." feeling of a geriatric clinic

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Old worlde charm and elegance

This hotel is absolutely charming. And what makes it so is not just the beautiful building and gardens, but the excellent staff that ensure its efficient, friendly and welcoming ambiance. Every single member of staff we encountered were polite, friendly and keen to give their guests the best possible holiday experience. Carina in the dining room is a shining example of this, though all wait staff were equally wonderful too. A special mention too must be made of the chefs, who provided the incredibly tasty and beautifully presented 4-course evening meals. No two menus were the same, including a different fish course every night. Wines were very good value too and very good quality. The hotel is high up the hill, but a free shuttle service takes you down into Funchal and back and a local bus stop close by the hotel will take you to many parts of the island for just 1.95 euros. I thoroughly recommend this hotel for those who like a quiet, but classy place to stay. Not really for children though.

Review by patriciawY6303VL West Bridgford, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Good old fashioned hospitality

Staying at this hotel lets you enter into a beautiful old world experience. The building is decorated in muted colours with antique furnishings. The pathways through the gardens are a little uneven with the local small cobble type surfaces On our arrival the receptionist could not have been more helpful and charming. Our room was not ready so she took us through the verdant gardens to show us the pool, bar etc. The gardens are beautiful with mature trees and colourful shrubs.

The garden view room itself was comfortably furnished - it was nice to have 2 easy chairs. We had specified a double bed, which we got, but the fittings clearly were tailored to accept twin beds which was a little odd. All usual amenities were present: we had a bath with shower over, plenty of wardrobe space, tea making tray and a mini bar. Our air conditioning didn’t work but this was a fault across several rooms awaiting parts and fitting.

We had half board. The breakfast spread covered all tastes with continental and English items available along with fruit, pastries, cereal. The evening meal was 4 set courses with that evening’s menu on display in reception each morning to allow you to provide notice to the chef of any dietary changes needed. All the food we had was delicious. A varied wine list enabled us to select reasonably priced bottles to accompany the food.

The pool is looking rather tired and the water was cold. However warmer than usual weather made this area appealing and pleasant. Like the rest of the hotel this area was kept clean and leaves and blossoms were regularly cleared by grounds staff.

The real jewel in the crown of this hotel is the staff. Throughout our stay each member of staff we encountered was efficient and cheerful. The smooth operation of the restaurant was ensured by the way the staff worked together. We really felt as though we were welcome visitors.

Review by Mazda5Sue Marchwood, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Excellent quiet hotel set in tropical garden grounds.

We are used to hotels not getting everything right for guests, but the Quinta da Bela Vista is an exception. The entire staff works together as a team and is well managed to make your stay comfortable. We stayed in a 'Garden Room' located in an annexe building next to the main hotel. As a result, it was very quite and in a lovely tropical garden setting. The hotel has a period feel with some interesting traditional furniture in the manor House, but its decor is clean & modern without the chrome and glitz.

The paths are paved with pebbles set in concrete as is a common use of materials in Madeira. They don't suit high heels or wheeled cases and quality trainers are the best footwear. Their porter can take your suitcases from the small car park or entrance to your room.

The hotel is set on the West side of Funchal at some height. Walking to Funchal and back would be a trek, but they provide a minibus service running to and from Funchal about every 2 hours.

Our inclusive dinners were 4 courses with varied daily menu and well prepared. Breakfast was a buffet with an excellent choice of food, including cooked English! Our only criticism is we found the restaurant a bit too bright and noisy with some tables too close for privacy. But there are options for A La Carte Buffet in the Manor house.

Review by temp995 London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Serene stay in a lovely hotel

If you're looking for serene elegance and relaxation with lovely food and a wonderful team of staff then this is a place to go. Being well out of the town in a peaceful hillside location does mean you may spend a fair amount of time in and around the hotel but the facilities are good and it has everything you need.

Our superior room had a small balcony in the main building. The air-con in the room was excellent, and the bathroom was steam free faster than any other hotel we have visited. We found the furnishings very comfortable, and there was a residents' lounge with sofas, books, computer, board games and a wide balcony overlooking the gardens.

The food was excellent. Healthy, varied, restrained on the carbs and focused on good quality ingredients in good but not excessive portions. We had the half board fixed 4-course evening meals. Each one had a starter, a fish course, a meat course and a dessert. Only a few wines by the glass but they were delicious and decent value.

The hotel staff, without exception, are friendly and quietly efficient, ensuring that all guests' needs are attended to as best they can. We were always put at our ease and very well looked after.

The pool is kept very clean by the staff who we saw clearing filters two or three times a day, removing leaves and flowers that had blown in, keeping pool towels and sunbeds readily available. There's even "Lucky" the hotel cat to keep everyone company!

The courtesy bus is handy, taking it one way is fine, and taxis down into town are not terribly expensive (7-10 euros depending on how far down you want to be dropped off).

Admittedly this is an hotel which will attract, shall we say, the more mature visitor but if you want a relaxing holiday this would be very hard to beat.

Review by The_Dunelmian Surrey, UK
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