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Choupana Hills Resort & Spa 4.0

Funchal, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Pros

  • Clifftop location with stunning views of the Atlantic
  • Located on a levada that leads to the Monte Cable Car
  • Bungalows have minibars and Nespresso machines; some have sea views
  • Suites offer whirlpool tubs on balconies
  • Outdoor pool with sea views, indoor pool, and hot tub
  • Spa with hammam, sauna, and small gym
  • Contemporary bar and restaurant with gorgeous views, plus a pool bar
  • Afternoon tea is served and breakfast is included
  • Meeting room and a library with a computer corner
  • Airport transfers available (for a fee)
  • Free shuttle from the hotel to Funchal
  • Free outdoor parking and Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Located on a steep, winding road outside Funchal
  • Bungalows are spread out, and property has a lot of steps
  • Shuttle has limited seating and must be reserved in advance
  • Fees for things like extra in-room coffee

Bottom Line

Mixing African and Asian decor, the upscale, 62-bungalow Choupana Hills Resort & Spa is one of the most polished properties in the Funchal area. It's perched on the hillside above town, with spectacular views and free shuttles into Funchal throughout the day. Contemporary bungalows include four-poster beds, vaulted wooden ceilings, and balconies, some with sea views. Suites have whirlpool tubs on the balconies. The infinity pool, outdoor terraces, and the bar and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, all overlook the Atlantic. While the clifftop location offers sunset vistas, there are stairs throughout the property and fees for extra in-room coffee and tea take things down a peg. Travelers might want to also check out the Vine, which is in a more walkable area and closer to Funchal, although rates are higher.

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Scene

Contemporary cliffside hotel with minimalist Asian style and amazing coastal views

With its shingled rooftop bungalows set on stilts, it's easy to forget that this clifftop property is on Madeira. Built by French architect Michel de Camaret, Choupana Hills Resort & Spa, sometimes seems as if it belongs in the remote jungles of Asia. The resort's 42 acres of eucalyptus trees are subtly perfumed and lush, and interiors have an equally exotic look. The A-frame main building, designed by Didier Lefort, uses lots of stone and wood, and its large windows overlook Funchal. The lounge is done with purple-and-cream colored sofas has details like bamboo boxes on coffee tables, wooden pillars, and intricately carved mirrors. At night, the property turns romantic, with accent lighting in the pool and on terraces. A tiki cabana sits on the edge of the cliff, offering beautiful sunset vistas over the coast. This hotel appeals most to families and couples seeking a quiet vacation.

Location

Stunning hillside location with direct access to a levada, a 20-minute drive to Funchal

The hotel’s location on a clifftop provides great views of Funchal and the Atlantic, though there's not much else in the neighborhood. This is a residential area, traversed by a winding and steep road that can intimidate drivers with its hairpin turns. The area isn't tremendously walkable, but there's a levada (an ancient irrigation channel unique to Madeira) that leads to the Monte Cable Car and Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Guests can hop on the hotel’s free shuttle that goes to Funchal’s museums, the marina, shops, restaurants, and bars -- it's about a 20-minute drive from the hotel and space is limited on the shuttle. Praia Formosa beach can be reached in 20 minutes by car. The drive to the Madeira International Airport takes 25 minutes. The front desk can arrange airport transfers on request and free parking is available on-site.

Rooms

Stylish bungalows with minibars, Nespresso machines, and furnished balconies -- some with sea views

Choupana Hills Resort & Spa's 62 bungalows are a stylish blend of rustic and urban features, all with a distinct modern edge. Decor includes wood-beam ceilings, four-poster beds, pops of red, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to nicely furnished balconies with sea or garden views. Expect to see handsome Asian wall art with bodhi-leaf motifs plus handsome hardwood floors, bamboo details, and attractive contemporary furniture with neutral upholstery. Deluxe Family Bungalows with interconnected rooms that can sleep up to four adults and two children are available, and cribs can be requested. All bungalows have Nespresso machines, kettles, minibars, flat-screen TVs with CD/DVD libraries, safes, slippers, and free Wi-Fi. There is a fee for extra tea and coffee. Beds are orthopedic, though some king beds are simply two smaller mattresses placed together Suites have separate sitting areas and whirlpool tubs on large balconies. Urban-chic bathrooms have modern fixtures, hairdryers, bathrobes, and shower/tub combos next to windows. They are outfitted in lots of matte stone, giving them a sexy appeal, and chrome fixtures are all contemporary.

Features

Outdoor and indoor pools, spa treatments, and multiple dining options

Choupana Hills Resort & Spa has a nice range of amenities, though some don't live up to the hotel's own five-pearl claims. The outdoor infinity pool has lovely views of the coast, but unfortunately it's not heated. The indoor pool, with its purple walls and pillars that convey a Zen-like calm, is warmed year-round. The gym, equipped with a treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical machine, bike, and Pilates balls, is small and simple for a resort that claims luxury status. The spa has a sauna, a Turkish bath, and treatment rooms. 

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the Xopana restaurant -- it has plenty of hot and cold options and is well-liked by most guests. More casual dining -- like salads, light meals, and fruit drinks -- is offered at the pool bar. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge, and the Basalt Bar, located above the restaurant, serves cocktails and snacks. Travelers going on day trips or hikes can order picnics.

The hotel has an attractive meeting room that’s about 644 square feet with wood-beamed ceilings. The library offers international book titles and free internet access at a computer station. Free, reliable Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The hotel also runs a free shuttle into Funchal several times per day, though it must be booked ahead of time and has limited seating. 

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Address

Travessa Largo da Choupana, Funchal, Madeira Islands 9060-348, Portugal

Phone

351 291 206 020