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Roca Mar 3.0

Canico, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Pros

  • Quiet oceanfront location in Canico Baixo, with gorgeous sea views
  • Simple rooms with furnished balconies and air-conditioning; some include kitchenettes
  • Relaxed restaurant with fresh seafood and alfresco dining (all-inclusive options available)
  • Bar features scheduled entertainment and live music
  • Saltwater pool with a sundeck; plus access to the sea
  • Guests can use spa and fitness facilities at nearby sister hotel
  • Computer station and conference rooms
  • Free daily shuttle service to Funchal
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Free self-parking

Cons

  • Wi-Fi only in public areas
  • No wellness facilities directly on-site
  • Double beds are two twins pushed together
  • Style verges on dated in some parts of hotel

Bottom Line

This three-pearl, 99-room oceanfront hotel is located in Canico Baixo, a quiet village around a 15-minute free shuttle ride from Funchal. It's set on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, but there's no direct access to a beach. Rooms are simple, with private furnished balconies and air-conditioning, but they lack free Wi-Fi. Features include a saltwater pool and dive center, plus a restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes and a breakfast buffet. There's a bar with live entertainment, plus outdoor seating with panoramic views. Although there are no on-site wellness facilities, guests can use those found at the sister hotel next door. Travelers looking to stay right by the beach might prefer Hotel Riu Palace Madeira, which adds three swimming pools and excellent wellness facilities, though the property is more dated. 

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Scene

Simple oceanfront hotel with a quiet atmosphere and pretty sea views

Travelers seeking tranquility are in luck when they land at Roca Mar's quiet cliffside property overlooking the ocean. There's not much activity in the immediate area, so the most frequently heard sounds are those of the sea and birds. Tropical palm trees and plants color the grounds, while the lobby is modern and simply furnished. It's a bright space that gets plenty of natural light, decorated with polished marble-effect floors, white walls, dark wood furniture, and modern L-shaped couches. The vibe is relaxed, with mostly mature travelers staying here as opposed to young guests. Many visitors spend their days lounging on the sundeck, while evenings are spent dining on the outdoor terrace or taking in the live entertainment at the restaurant or bar.

Location

Cliffside setting in Canico Baixo, a 15-minute free shuttle ride from Funchal

The Roca Mar has an idyllic location for those who prefer a slower pace compared to that of the buzzing Funchal hotel district to the west. Situated on a rocky cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the property has amazing sea views, but lacks direct access to a beach. Sandy Praia Formosa is a 20-minute drive away for those wanting to swim and sunbathe. Roca Mar is set within a complex of properties that are part of the same chain, and there are a few supermarkets and a couple of bars and restaurants within walking distance. Guests will need to use cars, buses, or taxis to get around and see the sights, or they can take the free daily shuttle bus to Funchal, Madeira's historic capital. The Madeira Botanical Gardens and the Palheiro Gold Club are a 15-minute drive away, while Madeira Airport is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Private furnished balconies and air-conditioning -- plus Studios with kitchenettes -- but no free Wi-Fi

The Roca Mar Hotel has a total of 99 rooms, including Studios with kitchenettes that are equipped with microwaves and stovetops. All rooms are just a touch dated, decorated with soft neutral tones with blue accents, dark wooden furniture, cool tiled floors, and old-school bedspreads. Sliding glass doors in each unit open out onto furnished balconies or terraces, with most providing gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include air-conditioning, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, phones, and safes (for a fee), but free Wi-Fi is only available in public areas. Marble-finish bathrooms are clean and well-sized, equipped with shower/tub combos, bidets, tube hairdryers, and free basic toiletries.

Features

Saltwater pool, seafood restaurant, and bar with live music, but Wi-Fi only free in public areas

Despite its oceanfront location, guests should be aware that the hotel has no direct access to a beach. The sea can be accessed from the cliffside, though waters are often choppy. A saltwater pool is located on the sundeck, surrounded by loungers, umbrellas, and showers for rinsing off. There's a on-site dive club offering safe diving experiences, certified courses, snorkeling, and catamaran trips to the offshore Underwater Marine Park of the Desertas Islands. 

The hotel has its own restaurant with an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining, serving a variety of fresh seafood and meat dishes. A breakfast buffet is offered daily, with generous hot and cold options. The bar serves cold beers, local wines, and fresh cocktails, and has regular entertainment including traditional dancing and live music. A variety of packages are offered, including all-inclusive rates that cover three meals per day plus drinks until relatively late in the evening (though not around the clock).

There are no on-site fitness or wellness facilities, but the hotel is set within a complex of properties that are part of the same chain, so guests can use the spa and fitness facilities at a nearby sister hotel. A computer station, TV room, and library are situated in the lobby, and there's a conference center for corporate events. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, concierge, laundry, free self-parking, free Wi-Fi in public spaces, and a free shuttle bus to Funchal.

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Address

Caminho Cais da Oliveira, Canico de Baixo, Canico, Madeira Islands 9125-028, Portugal