Madeira Region

Cabo Girao, in Madeira considered one of the world’s hottest “non-fiscal” cliffs to experience in 2013 by Hideaways International

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

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Hideaways InternationalTM revealed recently its timely list of the world’s hottest “non-fiscal” cliffs to experience in 2013. “All the talk of a looming fiscal cliff got us thinking about the real, must-see-in-your-lifetime cliffs we’ve encountered in 34 years of global travels,” says Mike Thiel, Founder/President of Hideaways International™, Inc. (, this country’s premier travel club. “Our picks for ‘Top 7 Non-Fiscal Cliffs’ are dramatic sea cliffs with breathtaking views and heart-stopping drop-offs, the kind where the outlook is actually inspiring. And, unlike the impending fiscal cliff, each one will leave you feeling on top of the world.”

Cabo Girão in Madeira is a lofty sea cliff is set along the southern coast of the island of Madeira, in this Portuguese archipelago off the Atlantic coast of North Africa. Towering as much as 1,932 feet above sea level, these cliffs are among Europe’s highest. “A transparent glass skywalk similar to the one at the Grand Canyon was recently unveiled here, so you can experience a vertigo-inducing view over the rocky cliff face—it has a real ‘gasp’ factor,” says Thiel. Hideaways hotel pick: Reid’s Palace.


Madeira Islands Open returns to Santo da Serra

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 18:35

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The Madeira Islands Open, won in 2012 by the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, Ricardo Santos, will return to Santo da Serra from May 16-19, 2013.

In May this year, Santos celebrated the 20th edition of the tournament with an emotional home triumph, becoming only the second Portuguese player after Daniel Silva to win on The European Tour.

Santos will be bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Madeira Islands Open title when Santo da Serra stages the €675,000 tournament for the 18th time next year.

Situated on the beautiful holiday island of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean, Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s creation boasts spectacular mountain views, and was recently voted Portugal’s third best course in The Rolex World’s Top 1,000 Golf Courses.

The tournament, which will be held in the same week as the Volvo World Match Play Championship, will again form part of both The European and Challenge Tour Schedules, with the prize money counting towards The Race to Dubai and Challenge Tour Rankings.


'Quinta do Lorde' opens December 10 on Madeira

Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

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A new tourism venture on Madeira recreates a fishing village with the sophistication of a 5-star hotel. Located in Caniçal, Madeira, Quinta do Lorde is the latest on the sunny isle of Madeira. Linking nature and the human spirit, the Quinta do Lorde Resort Marina emerges from the crystalline ocean waters of the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island, only 20 minutes from the capital, Funchal, and 10 minutes from the Madeira International Airport. The Quinta do Lorde Resort is located on the peninsula of Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira Island.

Ponta de São Lourenço is a unique area of the island, due to its terrain and unique vegetation. It is considered one of the calling cards of the region, where the blue of the sea blends into nature on land.

The 5-star hotel is the centerpiece of the resort, where refinement and elegance predominate.

The Hotel consists of five individual buildings, connected by landscaped areas. The principal building forms the resort's central plaza and provides all the facilities, public areas and technical zones. In the four remaining buildings, there are 111 rooms, ample leisure areas, and swimming pools with terraces and bars.

All this combines to make for a truly memorable stay. The design of the luxurious hotel is integrated into the architecture of the whole resort, being provided with the equipment, materials and decoration of a level of quality befitting its 5-star category, on par with the most modern hotels of the world.


New Serra Golf Hotel in Madeira's Porto Bay

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

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The Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts Group has acquired a new unit next to the Santo da Serra golf course. The unit underwent a series of renovations before reopening on March 18, 2012 under the name Porto Bay Serra Golf.

With 22 rooms, Porto Bay Serra Golf features a remodeled welcome lounge, a new indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna and massage rooms and 19 remodeled guest rooms with pillow-top mattresses, quilts, heating, a DVD system, mini bar, iPod docking station, a tea and coffee station, armoires, and bathrooms featuring “Rituals” brand amenities.

The two superior rooms and suite, located in the main house,  were also updated with the same facilities. These rooms are decorated in the traditional Madeiran farmhouse style, offering a unique, inviting and exquisite experience for its guests. The suite, with direct access to the gardens, features two bedrooms, a living room with fireplace, two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three televisions. The hotel features hotel-wide wi-fi with ethernet outlets.

Guests can sip on afternoon tea and nibble on housemade scones in front of a roaring fire in the hotel's new lounge. The Avó Micas restaurant, reading and activity room, gymnasium, library and video library complete the hotel's indoor offerings, but the enjoyment doesn't stop here: guests can take advantage of a variety of activities around Santo da Serra, including nature trails, bicycle paths, horseback riding and golf.  Porto Bay's guests are also permitted free access to all public facilities at neighboring Vila Port Mare Resort, including swimming pools


New Porto Bay Serra Golf Opens in Madeira

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:00

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Madeira's new Porto Bay Serra Golf is a small boutique property surrounded by natural areas in the island's mountain with an interior decoration that is both elegant and comfortable - and  with the golf course nearby. The main house dates from 1920, and is classified as part of the regional heritage. The facade, with decorative elements from the Art Nouveaux period, the frieze in floral tiles, windows with white wooden slats, and its fish-scale roof are unique. There are 22 rooms, living room with fireplace, traditional restaurant, heated covered pool, sauna, library, games room and gym.


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