Overlooking the sea in Funchal’s old town, Porto Santa Maria hotel is an oasis of calm in the bustling city. Surrounded by subtropical gardens and with the lapping waves proving a peaceful soundtrack, it is easy switch off and relax here. A spa, gymnasium and a choice of swimming pools are among the facilities on offer, as well as a private sun terrace overlooking the ocean. Hotel guests can wander straight out onto the seafront promenade, ideal for romantic walks. Meanwhile, just behind the hotel is the old centre of Funchal, with bars, restaurants and shops. The historic Sao Tiago Fort sits just to the left.
A breakfast buffet is served at the hotel’s restaurant, Arsenal, and includes a wide array of dishes to please all appetites. For lunch and dinner, there are themed buffets with international cuisine or an à la a carte option. The Captain’s Bar is the spot for an aperitif or an evening drink. With a terrace overlooking the seafront, it is perfect for sitting back and relaxing while watching the cruise ships dock in the port. There are also live music performances at night. The hotel’s poolside Promenade Bar serves drinks and snacks such as club sandwiches, hamburgers and ice creams throughout the day.
Porto Santa Maria has an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, as well as a large indoor pool, both are open from 8am each morning. There are also three Jacuzzis to choose from, including one outside on the harbour terrace, which has panoramic views of Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean. The spa at Porto Santa Maria has a large menu of relaxing treatments, as well as beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures. Why not try the sumptuous hot chocolate or scented red wine body massages? There are also several treatments designed specifically for men.
The winding streets of Funchal’s old town date back to the 15th century, and the yellow and terracotta hues of the buildings provide an idyllic backdrop. The photogenic Mercado dos Lavradores, or farmer’s market, is rich with delicious local produce, while the Arte de Portas Abertas project, which saw artists transform the doors of more than 200 houses, gives this place true character.
There are 146 well-appointed bedrooms starting from the studios with a garden view, up to the junior suite. All have tea and coffee-making facilities and internet access. There are rooms available for people with disabilities.
- Indoor heated pool
- Interconnecting rooms
- Adapted rooms available
- Fitness room
- Outdoor pool
- Wifi in public areas
Funchal Airport is approximately 30-minutes’ drive away from Porto Santa Maria.
Porto Santa Maria is an adults only hotel and the minimum age is 16 years.