Widespread stunning panoramic views of Funchal and sea beyond
Modern rooms with marble baths, minibars, and bathrobes
Decent-sized outdoor pool with loungers and bar
Free shuttle bus makes trips to Funchal twice daily
Restaurant serves local dishes; half-board packages available
Free traditional Portuguese breakfast
Comprehensive spa features hammam, hot tub, and sauna
Small gym with cardio and strength-training equipment, plus free weights
Free Wi-Fi throughout property
Removed from city center; car or public transport required
Rooms and bathrooms are small across the board
No irons in rooms
Some TVs are tube-style
The four-pearl Quinta Mirabela is located relatively far inland, a 30-minute walk away from Funchal's center, but this means views overlooking the city and sea are breathtaking. At just 24 rooms, the hotel's small size ensures a quiet retreat for guests, who are primarily couples. The modern rooms have a sleek black-and-yellow color scheme and marble bathrooms, plus some have furnished balconies. All rooms, however, have lovely views, which can also be found at the pool and the panoramic rooftop terrace. A comprehensive spa and on-site restaurant serving local cuisine round out the features. As there's little to occupy children, families should consider the four-pearl Vidamar Resort Madeira, which has a kid's club and sports facilities.
Small, design-driven boutique with stunning views over Funchal and the sea
A panoramic rooftop terrace, relatively inland location, and 24 stylishly designed rooms draw guests who are looking for a secluded, upscale vacation rather than one spent hitting up the area's major tourist destinations. The modern interiors and a bit quirky. The lobby has a white, black and red color scheme with a mix of streamlined and funky furniture, a dramatic light fixture, and metal side tables in the shape of a head. The design-driven philosophy extends to the well-manicured grounds with minimalist furniture on cobblestone. More notable, however, are the widespread views over the city and sea beyond. The lack of kid-friendly features and secluded vibe make the intimate hotel best suited to couples.
Inland setting with gorgeous views but far from city center
The Quinta Mirabela is located inland high on a hill, away from the tourist crowds and between two botanical gardens. This means the views are stunning, but the walk down and up the hill is at a notably steep incline and quite long (the walk up is about an hour). As such, getting to the city center and tourist attractions will likely require a car or public transport for most guests. It's on a street famous for the island tradition of wicker tobogganing, which originally took inhabitants from the hills down to Funchal, and brave guests can give it a go. Traffic tends to go at speed around the slope's blind corners (there are also no curbs), which makes it hazardous for those with children. Hotel shuttle service into Funchal is available during select times.
Modern, attractive rooms incorporate motifs from island flora
The modern rooms are sophisticated, decorated in black wooden furniture, patterned carpet that resembles cobblestone, and gray curtains and bed throws. Some color is present in lime-green chairs and large-scale contemporary art depicting local island flora. However, rooms are a bit small, particularly the bathrooms. Guests can opt for rooms with furnished balconies or "with a view," the latter of which isn't private but grants guests access to a shared patio with tables and chairs. All have lovely views, and rooms are generally quiet -- even those overlooking the pool. Amenities include air-conditioning, TVs (which may be old tube-style, minibars, free Wi-Fi, and safes. Surprisingly, the property does not offer irons or tea- and coffee-making facilities. Marble bathrooms are tight but sleek, outfitted with shower/tub combos, quality toiletries, bidets, and hairdryers.
Variety and quality of features make this hotel retreat-worthy
Far from the maddening tourist crowd, the Quinta Mirabela's inland location makes it ideal for peace-seeking couples. Outside, there's a large pool with plenty of adjacent sun loungers, as well as a rooftop terrace with some seating -- both areas have beautiful views of Funchal and the sea. There's little to keep kids busy, but there are a spa with a variety of treatments, a hammam, sauna, and hot tub, and a gym with limited equipment and natural light. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Guests who wish to stay on the property for dining can try local specialities at the on-site restaurant, which serves well-reviewed Madeiran cuisine and international dishes. All rates include a typical buffet breakfast, and half-board options are available. Stephan's Bar is is cozy but quite small.