Overlooking the sapphire waters of the Atlantic and offering stunning views of Funchal Bay, The Cliff Bay hotel is a chic luxury resort that offers only the highest standards of service and amenities – and even boasts its own Michelin-starred restaurant. Stroll around the gardens filled with ancient pine trees and numerous hidden nooks and surrender to a total sense of well-being. Enjoy the views of a series of terraces spilling down the cliffs all the way to the ocean.

The hotel is perched on a natural promontory, Estrada Monumental, offering direct access to the seafront promenade in Funchal’s Sao Martinho district. You can enjoy a refreshing dip directly from the hotel's very own pontoon. The Forum Madeira Shopping Mall, with over 60 stores spread across three floors and Funchal's lively Old Town are just under two miles away. Sample delicious Madeira wine on the Madeira Wine Route and visit traditional wineries such as the Quinta de Santa Luzia, which is under five miles away. Discover the ancient irrigation waterways known as levadas on a pleasant day hike amid diverse landscapes and breathtaking views. There are more than 200 levadas covering over 1864 miles of channels and 25 miles of tunnels to explore. You should also explore the world’s largest concentration of lush, prehistoric Laurissilva forest along the northern coast of the island that’s now rated as a UNESCO-listed site. You can learn all about the island’s unique landscapes at the Funchal Ecological Park, located 10 miles away. Madeira Airport can be reached in just over 14 miles.

It may not be the most characterful hotel on the island, but fresh flowers and perfectly polished marble floors abound lending the hotel an air of elegance, while public areas are airy and spacious suffused with natural light from the many windows affording sea views. The well-appointed rooms are classically stylish in an understated, contemporary vein, with a generous amount of space and private verandas from which to enjoy the magnificent views. Carved wood and rattan bring traditional touches to rooms decorated in neutral tones of creams, with burnt orange and pale yellows. Top Floor and Suite guests can enjoy such deluxe extras such as fresh flowers, fruit and wine on arrival, as well as breakfast in the Michelin-starred Il Gallo D’Oro and a pillow menu to ensure you have a peaceful slumber.

Accommodation details


Estrada Monumental 147

Check-in Details:

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


1.1 mi / 1.7 km from city centre

Room types and facilities

Total Number of Rooms - 202


Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Side Sea View

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Sea View

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Funchal Bay Sea View

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Superior Upper Floors Sea View

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Sup Upper Floors Funchal Bay Sea Vw

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Junior Suite

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

Executive Suite

Sleeps 3, Bed Type: Single(s)  Private bathroom, Bathtub/shower combination, Separate Bath, Separate Shower, Satellite television, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Minibar, Air conditioning

General facilities

  • Business center
  • Sauna
  • Baby sitting
  • Non-smoking rooms (generic)
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Hairdresser/barber
  • 3 Restaurant
  • 2 Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • 1 Children's pool
  • 2 Lounges/bars
  • Pool Bar
  • Room service
  • Game room
  • Massage services
  • Indoor pool
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevators
  • Live entertainment
  • Steam bath

Other facilities

Spend lazy days soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi or in one of three swimming pools, while gazing out across the glittering ocean. One pool lies at sea level and is a saltwater pool, a second is reserved for children in the play area, while a third near the spa is an indoor freshwater pool perfect for those chillier days. There are also three Jacuzzis to sample, including an outdoor one with splendid sea views.

Alternatively head to the spa and unwind in the Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation room, or with a range of indulgent therapies. Try an invigorating ESPA Back, Face and Scalp treatment with 99% natural products. The spa has a cosy ambiance complete with earthy tones and soothing scents. It has a glass relaxation room that offers views over the indoor pool and even a gently flowing waterfall for total relaxation in serene surroundings. You can also style your look with the help of an on-site hairdresser and beautician.

When the weather’s warm enough you can have an outdoor massage in the gazebo. The exclusive SPA Suite, with its hydro bath and private chill-out area for two is perfect for romantic breaks.

When your energy has been restored, explore the ocean with snorkelling or diving. Lessons are bookable at reception. Try a free taster session, available in summer season only. Little ones, meanwhile, have their own indoor and outdoor play areas, plus a dedicated children’s pool. There’s a pleasing array of sports facilities too. Try your hand at tennis, table tennis and snooker, while fitness fanatics will be drawn to the hotel’s well-equipped fitness room.

Dining information

Dining is never dull at The Cliff Bay – start your day with breakfast at the Rose Garden, overlooking the hotel’s manicured lawns, or reserve a table for dinner, offering international cuisine across a variety of themes. Enjoy a light lunch and wonderful ocean views at the Blue Lagoon. Then indulge in delicious afternoon tea at Le Cliff Bar & Bistro.

For dinner, an unforgettable gastronomic experience awaits at Il Gallo D’Oro. This gourmet restaurant is the hotel’s jewel in the crown having earned two Michelin stars for its outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. Here Chef Benoit Sinthon delivers sublime local dishes such as pigeon eucalyptus, or the supremely delicate scarlet prawn with caviar. These dishes are expertly paired with wines from a distinguished cellar reflecting vintages from both Madeira and mainland Portugal. The restaurant’s popularity means that booking well in advance is essential.

If you're staying on the half board plan you’ll receive a buffet breakfast and a three-course set menu for dinner, served at the Rose Garden Restaurant. The full board plan includes buffet breakfast and a three-course set menu lunch at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant and a three-course set menu dinner served at the Rose Garden Restaurant.

Head to the main bar to enjoy live music every day and a glass of poncha, a traditional Madeiran white rum, or the Cactus Bar, which is the hotel's indoor pool bar serving fruit juices, snacks and light meals.

Additional information

Please note that parking at this hotel will be subject to availability and will require payment of a daily supplement. There is outdoor barrier-controlled parking on-site (payable). Some limited places will remain available at no extra cost in the hotel exterior.

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