Casa Velha Do Palheiro is a stunning, boutique property set within impeccably maintained gardens in Funchal, capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. It offers two prestigious on-site restaurants and a tea house, a holistic spa, a range of sports activities including tennis, badminton and table tennis, as well as 38 elegantly designed rooms and suites. In addition, the property adjoins Palheiro Golf, a superb 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.

A proud member of Relais & Chateaux, this charming 18th Century former hunting lodge borders a sprawling 130-hectare Palheiro Nature Estate, into which residents have free access. Nature trails, hiking, cycling and wildlife are best enjoyed here, while Funchal centre is just over four miles away. Take the cable car up to the Monte neighbourhood for a fantastic view across the city from 600 metres above sea level – those brave enough can toboggan back down in a wicker basket, steered by two runners. The hotel is just over ten miles from Madeira International Airport.

The rooms and suites have a sophisticated country house feel, overflowing with antique furniture, floral bolsters and cushions. Soft earthy tones are used in the bathrooms, which feature a deep bath or walk-in shower, double sinks and marble flooring. Those looking for more space should opt for a suite, which are the hotel’s largest accommodation.

Accommodation details


Rua da Estalagem, 23
Sao Goncalo

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 14:00
Normal Check-out: 12:00


2.6 mi / 4.2 km from city centre

Room types and facilities

Total Number of Rooms - 38

Standard Garden Wing

Sleeps 2, Bed Type: Double(s) or single(s)  Minibar, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Television

Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2, Bed Type: Double(s)  Minibar, Air conditioning, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Television

Superior Golf Wing

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Double(s) or single(s)  Minibar, Separate Bath, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Television

Junior Suite Main House

Sleeps 2, Bed Type: Double(s)  Minibar, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Television

General facilities

  • Sauna
  • Onsite laundry
  • Baby sitting
  • Spa
  • Coffee shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Currency exchange
  • 2 Restaurant
  • 2 Pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • 1 Lounges/bars
  • Pool Bar
  • Golf
  • Room service
  • Game room
  • Massage services
  • Indoor pool
  • Water sports
  • Safe deposit box
  • Driving range
  • Steam bath

Other facilities

Despite the boutique-size of the property, there is an exceptional on-site spa offering an extensive range of holistic treatments and therapies, including facials and body scrubs. In addition, the spa features an indoor swimming pool with massage jets, a Finnish sauna and a fully equipped gym where you can access the Pro 5 AIRdaptive Power Plate.

There’s also a all-weather tennis court (racquets and balls available at reception), badminton and a jogging track around Palheiro Estate. The large outdoor pool is set within the rich gardens, surrounded by loungers and tables – a fully stocked bar and snack service is available throughout the year.

Golf enthusiasts couldn’t be better placed with an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course bordering the hotel, on the Palheiro Nature Estate. With its challenging terrain and spectacular Atlantic views, the course is renowned in Madeira and beyond.

Dining information

The Casa Velha Dining Room is the hotel’s elegant dining option, flooded with light, overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds. For breakfast, take a seat at a table, dressed in crisp white tablecloths to feast on an impressive continental menu of freshly baked pastries, assorted jams and spreads, cold cuts, fresh fruit, juices and eggs cooked to order. In the evening, the setting is more formal, perfect for those wanting to enjoy a candlelit meal from a menu of the finest cuisine, matched with a selection of Portuguese and international wines. Providing breathtaking views of Funchal Bay is Vista Balancal, headed up by chef Goncalo Bita Bota and his team. A menu of modern Portuguese dishes with a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours is served, using seasonal ingredients. Head here for a bite to eat post-golf, or for lunch or dinner. For teas, coffee and a selection of homemade cakes, soup, sandwiches and salads, Casa de Cha (or Tea House) is the ideal choice. It’s located beside the hotel in Palheiro Gardens, right next to Palheiro Golf, and boasts an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.

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