Known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic”, the subtropical island of Madeira has a loyal following of British travellers and long-standing Anglo roots, thanks to a royal marriage in the 16th century. But, for us, it’s the year-round balmy weather, spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and famous wine that make it so special. The new hotels and nightlife are a fantastic addition to Madeira’s dramatic sea cliffs and miles of levadas (mini-canals), that make for excellent hiking.
Enjoy all this with a 7-night stay at the 4-star Monte Mar Palace Hotel – a relaxing all-inclusive retreat teetering atop the Ponte Delgada cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, verdant mountains and the beautiful Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO Natural Heritage site.
To match the superb surroundings, here all is designed with your comfort in mind. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, seawater outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, gym, squash, table tennis and billiard room. Take a stroll through the tropical blooms of the gardens or a little further on to a historic chapel or the Sao Vicente caves. Escape from the world with a levada walk, where you can immerse yourself in the forest and enjoy some soul-stirring views. By night, head back for a leisurely dinner and as night falls you don’t need to venture far, as there is entertainment on-site.