Golf Holidays to Madeira
Madeira has an array of accommodation which will cater for the most discerning traveller. There are luxurious 5 star hotels some of which are built on the cliffs and overlook the sea. There are also wonderful Quintas and Chateaux’s that would make the ideal romantic base for a honeymoon couple. The golf course of Santo da Serra has over the past few years held the Madeira open, this annually attracts the top golfers from the PGA European Tour. The islands other course the Palheiro Golf Club offers up some of the most breath-taking views of any Portuguese golf club. The volcanic landscape of Madeira leads it to be one of the most picturesque locations for a golf holiday in Europe. Read More
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Casa Velha do PalheiroBuilt in 1804, this hotel is spread over a 4-floor main building and a 2-floor annex building with 37 rooms altogether. There is a foyer with a 24-hour reception desk, a hotel safe, a café, a currency exchange counter, a cloakroom and a lift. There is also a TV room, a bar, a conference room, a public Internet terminal and an air-conditioned à la carte restaurant available for use. Laundry and room services as well as medical assistance round up the offerings. A car park and a garage round up the facilities on offer.MORE INFO
Enotel Lido MadeiraThis stunning hotel basks in its enchanting location, lying just a few steps away from the sea. Guests will find themselves just a short distance away from the town centre, offering the ideal setting from which to explore the delights that the area has to offer. The hotel is located within easy access of a host of shopping opportunities and dining options. This charming hotel features beautifully-appointed guest rooms, which are well equipped with modern amenities for added comfort and convenience. Guests can enjoy a leisurely swim in the pool, relax and unwind in the sauna, or enjoy the ultimate rejuvenation in the spa. Guests can also enjoy an energetic workout in the in-house gym.MORE INFO
LTI Pestana Grand Ocean Resort HotelThis luxurious beach hotel enjoys an exclusive setting atop the cliff of Ponta de Cruz just outside the city of Funchal. The hotel is located just 200 metres away from the pristine beach and 3 kms from the bustling town centre. Guests will find themselves in the ideal location from which to enjoy the best of both worlds. The airport is conveniently situated a mere 35 minutes' driving distance away. This luxurious hotel is nestled amidst 5,000 metres squared of attractive tropical gardens, creating a relaxing sense of peace and serenity. The interiors are stunningly designed, exuding opulence and elegance with every turn of the head. The guest rooms are luxuriously appointed, offering an oasis of beauty and serenity in which to unwind in comfort. Guests will be impressed by the hotel's extensive array of exemplary facilities.MORE INFO
Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort HotelThis luxurious hotel is located in the lively city of Funchal on the mesmerising Portuguese island of Madeira. The hotel enjoys an idyllic slope setting overlooking the shimmering waters of the magnificent sea. Guests will find themselves just 10 minutes from the beach and in close proximity to a selection of colourful shops, exquisite restaurants, lively bars and nightclubs. This upscale hotel offers a host of exemplary facilities, catering to the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers. The hotel features an elegant style with lavish decor and decadent furnishings. The guest rooms exude luxury and opulence with neutral tones, classically-beautiful furniture and an exhilarating sense of calm and tranquility. Guests will be impressed by the hotel's choice of exceptional leisure, recreational and dining amenities.MORE INFO
VidaMar Resorts MadeiraThis resort is well located in the tourist zone of Funchal, just 5 minutes' away from the city centre and conveniently situated within walking distance of restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shopping malls. This establishment offers its customers direct and private access to the ocean and consists of 2 contemporary designed buildings that allow daylight to filter through to the interior spaces. The 300 double rooms feature private balconies overlooking the gardens or the sea and has been tastefully decorated. This elegant establishment is surrounded by lush gardens which create a relaxing atmosphere. Guests can exercise in the fully-equipped fitness centre or take a dip in the 2 salt-water infinity pools with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. The complex features the Dine Around concept that allows customers to choose an option of Half Board at 5 different restaurants, where guests can try a wide range of local and international specialities.MORE INFO
Enotel Quinta do SolThis hotel is situated in the tourist centre of Funchal. The hotel is set amidst the splendour and beauty of the stunning island of Madeira. The hotel is set amidst Quinta Magnolia Park, just a 10 minutes' walking distance away from the city centre. Commercial districts, as well as entertainment and shopping opportunities, can be found just a short walking distance away. Links to the public transport network can be found nearby. The hotel is just a 25 minutes' driving distance away from the airport. This wonderful hotel enjoys an attractive design. The guest rooms are superbly designed, featuring soothing tones and a peaceful ambiance. The hotel offers a varied entertainment programme, ensuring that there is never a dull moment. The hotel also features leisure facilities to please guests of all ages.MORE INFO
Pestana Bay Ocean AparthotelThis superb beach apartment complex offers impressive views over the majestic cliffs of Cabo Girao. The complex enjoys an idyllic setting just 50 metres away from the Praia Formosa Beach, offering guests the perfect location from which to enjoy leisurely, moonlit strolls or to simply lie back and revel in the intrinsic beauty of the surroundings. The centre of the lively city of Funchal is just 5 kms away, where guests can explore the myriad of shopping opportunities, charming restaurants, exciting entertainment venues and attractions it has to offer. The complex provides a complimentary bus service to the heart of the city. The complex also offers beautifully appointed apartments, which provide a warm, relaxing home away from home. Guests will appreciate the array of exceptional leisure and recreational facilities the complex has to offer.MORE INFO
Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical GardenThis complex is set amidst a private botanical garden, set overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the mesmerising island of Madeira. The centre of the charming town of Canico can be found just a short distance away. A range of shops, restaurants and bars can be found nearby. The nearest beach is just 2 km away. This wonderful complex enjoys a convenient setting, just a 10 minutes' driving distance away from the airport and the heart of Funchal. This complex features beautifully-decorated apartments, suites and rooms. The accommodation options all offer a comfortable, relaxed setting, in which to completely unwind. The complex features a bar and delightful dining options, as well as a conference room, for the convenience of those travelling for work or events purposes.MORE INFO
Vila Gale Santa CruzThis beach hotel in Santa Cruz is situated directly beside the sea. Funchal is just 15 minutes away, while Funchal airport is only 5 minutes from the hotel. The promenade and the aqua park are also nearby. There are also stony and pebble beaches in the area. The hotel, which was built in 2006, has a total of 262 rooms on 4 floors, Including 4 disability-friendly accommodations. It is fully air-conditioned and offers a rich variety of on-site facilities. It has a 890-sqm congress centre, as well as a kids club and games room. All guest rooms feature modern amenities such as an electronic lock, individual climate control and a satellite TV with CD/DVD player. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool for adults and children, indoor swimming pool and SPA facilities where guests can enjoy some relaxation.MORE INFO
Dom Pedro Baia ClubThis hotel is centrally located at the heart of Machico, enjoying fabulous views over the bay. The hotel offers an on-site dive centre and nearby leisure activities include snorkelling and windsurfing. In the vicinity, there are shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, as well as many excellent walking trails, making this an ideal starting point to explore the area. The hotel is less than a 10-minute drive from Madeira Airport. This is the perfect hotel to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the breathtaking exotic island of Madeira.MORE INFO
Despite the fact the island is very mountainous it remains a very 'green' region due to the rainfall levels, which are on average, marginally higher than mainland Portugal. Temperatures here are good all year around, with similar summer temperatures to mainland Portugal of 24-26°C however the winter temperatures are higher than the mainland with temperatures averaging 17-18°C.
Access too many coastal and inland villages is being improved with extensive tunnelling through the mountainous terrain. Whether you are looking for a superb golfing holiday, an unforgettable and indulgent break or a very special place for that once in a lifetime celebration, Madeira will deliver on that entire front. Madeira is a superb place for families, honeymooners, couples, groups and golfers alike. Madeira is an Island and is situated 600km from the coast of Morocco in Africa. The flight time from the UK and Ireland is between 3-4 hours depending on which airport you depart from. Madeira has another Island with sandy beaches, ‘Porto Santo’ which can be accessed by ferry or air. The capital of Madeira is Funchal and transfer time from the airport is around 15 minutes.
Madeira Golf Review: Gerard Watson - Our Madeira Specialist.
“I spent 5 days on the island in mid-September and I was totally blown away by it. The flight time was just over 3 ½ hours from Dublin and before I knew it we had arrived at Funchal airport. A quick 20 minute transfer and I arrived at our hotel for the next 5 days. The 5* Madeira Melia Mare. It was a beautiful hotel in the heart of the Lido district and right next to the famous Lido pools.
Over the next few days I played golf at both Palheiro and Santo da Serra courses and both did not disappoint. Palheiro is a stern challenge for any level of golfer and I remember thinking to myself as we were driving up to the course, “how on earth is there a golf course up here?” The location of the course only adds to the magnificent setting, which is high above Madeira’s capital Funchal and as you can imagine the views are breathtaking.
Santo da Serra the home of the Madeira open was my next challenge and again it was truly awesome. Santo da Serra is in the Machico district where explorers first discovered Madeira. The course itself sprawls over 27 holes and rolls invitingly into Machico bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s easy to see why it has been home to the Open for 17 years!
The rest of trip was spent visiting various hotels, quintas and of course the other wonderful attractions Madeira had to offer. Definitely worth the trip is the full day excursion to Porto Moniz located in the North West of the island. An excellent scenic drive followed by a wonderful place to chill out and have lunch. Another must is the cable car up to Monte followed by the famous Madeira Toboggan!
I could literally talk all about Madeira all day and I would love to share my experience with our customers. So if you are reading this and wanting to know more please do not hesitate to contact me.”
I look forward to hearing from you.
Gerard Watson: Madeira Specialist