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Discover the Enchanting Beauty of Madeira, Portugal: A Traveller’s...


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By Niamh Walsh on 4th September 2023

Imagine a place where opulence meets natural beauty, and you'll find Savoy Palace, a 5-star hotel that redefines extravagance in the heart of Madeira, Portugal.

In the midst of the stunning Portuguese archipelago of Madeira lies an oasis of luxury that beckons travellers seeking an indulgent escape. This lush and picturesque island, known for its dramatic landscapes, verdant forests, and vibrant culture, has long been a hidden secret in the Atlantic. And at the heart of it all is the exquisite Savoy Palace, a 5-star hotel where opulence meets the enchanting beauty of Madeira.

Madeira, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Atlantic," is a place of natural wonder. With its rugged coastline, towering cliffs, and lush botanical gardens, it's a destination that captures the hearts of all who visit. The island is renowned for its year-round mild climate, making it an ideal retreat for travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure. From hiking through the ancient Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to savouring the island's rich culinary traditions, Madeira offers an array of experiences that appeal to a diverse range of travellers.

Things to Do

Hiking and Levada Trails: Madeira is a hiker's paradise with an extensive network of levadas, narrow irrigation channels that wind their way through the island's lush forests. Adventurous souls can embark on treks that lead to secluded waterfalls, dramatic viewpoints, and remote villages, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the island's unspoiled nature.

Canopy Tours and Ziplining: For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Madeira's treetop canopy tours and ziplining adventures offer a bird's-eye view of the island's breathtaking landscapes. Soar through the lush forest canopy and across valleys, and feel the exhilaration of true adventure.

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling: Beneath the azure waters surrounding Madeira lies a hidden world of marine wonders. Dive enthusiasts can explore underwater caves, shipwrecks, and vibrant coral reefs. Snorkeling is equally rewarding, with opportunities to encounter colorful fish and even sea turtles in crystal-clear waters.

Surfing and Windsurfing: Madeira's coastal waters provide ideal conditions for surfing and windsurfing. Adventurous surfers can catch waves at renowned spots like Jardim do Mar and Ponta Pequena, while windsurfers can harness the trade winds for an unforgettable ride.

Mountain Biking: Madeira's rugged terrain offers exciting mountain biking trails for enthusiasts of all levels. Traverse challenging paths through the island's mountains, forests, and villages, all while enjoying breathtaking vistas along the way.

Where to Stay

Savoy Palace

Imagine a place where opulence meets natural beauty, and you'll find Savoy Palace, a 5-star hotel that redefines extravagance. Located in the heart of Funchal, this architectural gem is not only a stone's throw away from vibrant local attractions but also conveniently just 20 minutes from Madeira's international airport.

Opened in 2019, Savoy Palace has been meticulously designed to provide guests with the ultimate indulgent experience. The 309 rooms are a testament to the art of elegance, each carefully crafted and furnished to reflect true luxury. You'll find a variety of accommodations to suit your preferences, ranging from 40 to 260 square meters. This includes 2 presidential suites, 14 rooms with plunge pools, 246 ocean-view, superior, and concept rooms, and 56 avenue and garden rooms. Every superior accommodation features a spacious balcony offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Savoy Palace
Savoy Palace

Food connoisseurs will be in heaven at Savoy Palace, as it boasts four restaurants and four separate bars that offer an array of dining experiences. From sophisticated takes on international cuisine at GALÁXIA SKYFOOD, authentic local dishes at ORCHIDACEAE Atelier, to light meals and healthy snacks at HIBISCUS Restaurant and ALAMEDA Restaurant, there's something to satiate every palate.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the Laurea Spa at Savoy Palace is a haven of tranquility. Inspired by the vivid greens and striking floral palette of Madeira's Laurissilva Forest, the spa offers extensive treatments in 11 treatment rooms. Guests can also pamper themselves at the champagne and nail bar, beauty salon, halotherapy room, or unwind in the ice fountain, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room facilities.


Overlooking the scenic harbour of the charming capital, Funchal, NEXT offers a chic rooftop pool with an underwater sound system, providing a beautiful setting to soak up panoramic views of Funchal's breathtaking landscapes. The open-air terrace below features an additional salt-water pool and serves modern cuisine and creative signature drinks.

For those seeking relaxation, NEXT offers private beach access and a luxurious spa complete with a sauna, Turkish bath, ice-fountain, and a 24-hour gym.

NEXT's Recharge Bar & Restaurant offers a relaxed vibe and a dedicated vegan menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it ideal for those following a plant-based diet.

Whether you choose to embrace adventure, unwind in luxurious tranquility, or savour culinary delights, Madeira and the Savoy Signature portfolio, including Savoy Palace and NEXT, promise an enchanting journey into the heart of beauty and excitement.

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