If you’re seeking a stay with classic Madeiran good looks, this is the place. The Quinta Jardins do Lago is an 18th-century manor house that’s retained all its traditional charm – think terracotta rooftops, green window shutters and a cocoon of botanical gardens. The hotel is perched high up above Funchal, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Despite its secluded setting, you can walk to the nearest bars and restaurants in less than 10 minutes from here, and there’s a handy bus stop nearby that’ll whisk you into Funchal’s cosmopolitan centre.
An outdoor pool weaves through the gardens, neighboured by loungers and parasols. There’s a section just for children, and a whirlpool corner, as well. When you’re not relaxing by the waterside, you can take advantage of croquet, table tennis and a sophisticated billiards area.
The restaurants and bars showcase the same timeless elegance as the hotel’s exteriors. Expect immaculate white tablecloths and regal-feeling wall portraits, plus lots of dark wood and chintzy seating areas. You can dine à la carte for breakfast and dinner, in rooms with names like The Jade Room and The Beresford Room.
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