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Top25 Best Hotels in Portugal

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The Residence
Rua de Leichlingen, 7
9004-566 Funchal
Madeira Island, Portugal
Tel: +351 291 708700
Fax: +351 291 708720
Email: recep.residence@portobay.pt
Reservations: book@portobay.pt

The Residence {4*}

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY...

apartments, kitchenette, five pools, room for the whole family, next to the seaside promenade, spacious, comfortable…

Occupying the west wing of the Vila Porto Mare resort, The Residence enjoys the use of all its facilities and a real sense of community.

A wide selection of carefully furnished and fully equipped apartments where comfort is our motto. The 99 units divided into studios, one and two bedroom apartments are decorated with a touch of exoticism. The Residence apartments combine views over the ocean with tropical gardens.

The 13,400 m2 of gardens at the Vila Porto Mare resort have created one of the most interesting botanical oasis's on Madeira island. The subtropical gardens, with over 500 unique and identified botanical species have turned this space into a real paradise... Discover our little secret... the orchid corner!

Four restaurants, six bars, one ice-cream parlour, five pools, SPA, sports and children's facilities... With an innovative concept, the Vila Porto Mare resort offers facilities which are shared by three hotels – Suite Hotel Eden Mar, Hotel Porto Mare and The Residence; however, the character of each one of these is guaranteed by individual receptions and different room/apartment types.

The resort offers Wi-Fi throughout the hotel (free in indoor public areas).

ROOMS

Studios, T1 and T2 Appartments. Space, space and more space...

We have options for families with more than 3 people, rooms adapted for people with reduced mobility or special circumstances.Contact book@portobay.pt

STUDIO

30-35 m2 | up to 3 pax.

Look out over the sea right from your window . ..

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FROM 166,25 EUR
ONE BEDROOM

70 m2 | up to 4 pax.

Here you will find the space you need for a really wonderful stay . ..

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FROM 140,6 EUR
TWO BEDROOM

100 m2 | up to 5 pax.

Spacious and quiet, where you can look out over the sea or gardens in comfort . ..

Prices are the "starting from" prices, corresponding to the lowest price available within the next 60 days, based on a room for two people. The prices displayed include taxes.

Resort Vila Porto Mare

DINING

each day a different emotion!!

Spoil yourself from dawn to dusk... The choice is all yours!!

Four restaurants, six bars, live music, Mediterranean, Italian and international cuisine, buffets and à la carte menus...
Under the direction of Chef Alcino Marques, we offer you a different experience every day!

Half board is valid in all the resort restaurants (conditions in reception).

Free Wi-Fi in the restaurants.

IL BASILICO RESTAURANT

lunch . tapas . dinner

Situated next to the Lido sea promenade, is an Italian-inspired restaurant, with sophisticated flavours, that integrates the local community with the resort’s guests. It serves 'à la carte' lunches and dinners, indoors or in the cosy and sunny decked terrace.

learn more at www.ilbasilicorestaurant.com

ATLÂNTIDA RESTAURANT

breakfast . dinner

With a sumptuous location overlooking the pool and gardens this offers the diversity of international cuisine. Every night there is a different theme. From Monday to Sunday, a range of flavours...

Suggestion: buffet dinner 'Portuguese Flavours'

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MED RESTAURANT

dinner

The warm flavour of Mediterranean cuisine, so familiar to the Portuguese people, hails from Mediterranean countries, in particular Greece, Morocco and Italy. The surroundings provide a very welcoming environment and the interior design is inspired by Greek and Moroccan styles. Discover hideaways outdoors...unique!

Suggestion: medallion of sea bass with grilled vegetables,
potato gnocchi and salmoriglio sauce

Douro red and white wine

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ALFAMA RESTAURANT

breakfast . lunch . dinner

The emblematic flavours of Portuguese cuisine are present at this restaurant. Try lunch or “à la carte” dinner in the inside restaurant or on the esplanade. Treat yourself to typical dishes of Portuguese and Madeiran cuisine.

Suggestion: Scabbard fish filet with banana and passion fruit sauce

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PORTOFINO BAR

snacks . afternoon tea . drinks . light meals

After going for a walk, there is nothing better than having a rest in good company. Good music and the sounds of nature provide the main soundtrack of this place. The Portofino bar hosts the entertaining 'Happy Hour' every day in the early evening. This is accompanied by live music on some days.

Suggestion: Mojito


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VARANDA BAR

snacks . drinks . light meals

Next to the biggest pool in the resort. Here you can choose lighter, more informal meals. Make the most of every moment enjoying the water and sunbathing.

Suggestion: Sangria and Nicoise Salad

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OCEANO BAR

snacks . drinks . light meals

The perfect setting to enjoy watching your favourite football team. With live music every night, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy a Ritz Fizz, with a dash of amaretto and lemon juice...

Suggestion: Pina Colada

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DOCE-LIMA ICE-CREAM PARLOUR

ice-creams . crepes . snacks

A pleasant stroll in the gardens of our hotel takes you to Doce-Lima. Here the specialities of world coffees and real Italian ice-creams are combined with a wide variety of sweet crepes.

Times: 11am-6pm
Lunch menu: 12.30pm-3.30pm

LIDO BAR

Opened for special ocassions, come and experience this more colonial corner. Come and enjoy some funny nights.

Sport & show bar • bar service

Opening times: Open ocasionally

ALMA DI VINO...

A new wine bar with wines from more than 100 reference vineyards, located next to the Med Restaurant. Each wine has numerous stories associated with it to explain its origins and essence. Here you will find a 2005 António Saramago, “Dúvida”, a 2007 Adega Mayor - “7” or a 2007 from the Douro region “Chryseia” and many other fine wines...

ROOM-SERVICE

You can also choose this service to have breakfasts, light meals and dinners from the comfort of your room.

breakfast 7:30 am - 10:30 am
light meals 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
evening meals 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Theme Evenings

The special theme dinners give a special charm to the resort... Meat Lovers (Med), Sea Flavours & Fado (Alfama), Dinner Dance (Med), Live Music (Basilico), One Night Dinner Show (Lido), Pink Party (Veranda), Barbecue (Veranda)

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Vila Porto Mare

SPA

perfumes, idyllic sounds, relaxing thoughts...

THE SPA AT VILA PORTO MARE

A magical place where body and mind reach a unique level of well-being. Place yourself in the hands of the gods and enjoy the effects that extend through time...

Six treatment rooms, two sauna and steam bath a-reas, relaxation room and gym, you may choose from a varied selection of facial treatments, aromatherapy, body massage, exfoliating wraps, relaxing massage with mineral oils and reflexology, all using 100% natural products. Beauty treatments such as manicure and pedicure are also available.

The SPA also offers a space dedicated to treatments for couples. In a romantic atmosphere, try a spa treatment for two... a gift to celebrate a special date.

Information & Bookings: spa.vpm@portobay.pt

SUGGESTIONS

Vila Porto Mare

Gardens

13,400 m2 devoted to nature...

The Vila Porto Mare resort makes much of the space given over to nature, from the green of the trees to the colours of the flowers, the smell of aromatic plants...

Since the resort opened, this space has become a wonderful garden with over 500 species, subspecies and plants, with some of these plants originating from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and the African continent.

Different fruit trees can also be found where the forms, smells and flavours of their fruits take us to other latitudes, examples are the banana, sugar apple, avocado, starfruit among many others...

The majority of plants grow extraordinarily thanks to the subtropical climate, the fertility of the soil and the constant care and attention from our gardening team. Alongside the flowers and the trees are various endemic plants in the gardens such as the Madeira Geranium, dragon-tree, or the Pride of Madeira, all of them duly identified by origin, family, region and common name. Make the most of discovering a new corner with aromatic and medicinal herbs as well as the “orchidea Garden”, an area dedicated to the most varied species of these marvellous flowers.

Join a weekly visit organised by the hotel and discover some more secrets kept in the many corners of our garden.

See the garden’s video here.

More information at:
www.facebook.com/vpmgardens
www.vpmgardens.blogspot.pt/

POOLS

Entertainment

Live music, entertainment for the children, theme parties, games, guided visit to the
garden, visits to Funchal... and many exclusive events throughout the year!!
At the Vila Porto Mare resort, you'll find a weekly programme of varied activities...

Entertainment for children

traditional games, paintings, Wii, mini-golf, table tennis and board games. The entertainment team provides a programme of activities for children between the ages of 4 and 12.

ACTIVITIES & SPORTS

Water aerobics, yoga, tennis, pilates, table tennis, mini-golf, snooker, petanque...

Theme Evenings

Come and savour the best regional meat cured in our kitchen, and harmonized with a fine seletion of wines...

WALKS IN THE COUNTRY

Discover the Island of Madeira, cultural richness and traditions!! Take a walk to Santo da Serra and have lunch and get to know the charming little hotel, the Porto Bay Serra Golf.

GUIDED VISIT TO SANTO DA SERRA

Wednesday and Sunday: visit to a cheese factory and a rustic bakery, typical market, golf lessons...

TRIPS TO THE CITY OF FUNCHAL

Tuesday : visit to Factory Madeira Embroidery, Blandy's Madeira Wine Company, Ethnographic Museum, Farmers Market...

LIVE MUSIC

Every day in the Resort Vila Porto Mare you can enjoy a different style of music in the different resort bars...

Offers

Early Booking

Take advantage of the 5% early booking discount that we offer you...

Prestige Blue Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Blue members get a 5% discount on charges from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGE

Prestige Gold Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Gold members get a 10% discount on charges from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGOLD

News & Reviews

21 January 2016
Travellers’ Choice by TripAdvisor
Six PortoBay hotels in the TOP25
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One of the recognitions most sought after by international hotel groups is the chance to get on the demanding "Travellers’ Choice" lists compiled annually by the biggest world travel information and review site: TripAdvisor.
On the list of awards now announced for 2016, six PortoBay Group hotels are part of the exclusive lists of the world's best hotels.
The Cliff Bay and The Residence hotels, on the island of Madeira, are among the TOP25 Best Hotels in Portugal. The Cliff Bay was also listed among the TOP 25 Luxury Hotels in Portugal, while the PortoBay Serra Golf is on the list of the TOP25 Best Small Hotels. The Cliff Bay, Porto Santa Maria and Suite Hotel Eden Mar are among the TOP 25 Hotels for Romance in Portugal.
In Brazil, L’Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo is listed among the 25 best luxury hotels in Brazil.
This is the 14th edition of the award, which distinguishes the world's best establishments based on millions of reviews and opinions (received in the last year) from travellers worldwide.
“Travellers’ Choice” winners are acknowledged for their impeccable service, best cost/benefit ratio and outstanding quality.

04 February 2016
We are upgrading
all mattresses at our hotels !!
PBL Suite 1

At PortoBay, our mission is to do everything for your sleep to be even more restful and refreshing. This is why we are upgrading all of the mattresses at our hotels. Around 3,000 new mattresses are being installed. The old ones, still in good condition, have been handed out to employees and welfare institutions.
At PortoBay, our guests' comfort is essential . .. Now, we have 30 cm mattresses with 5 cm mattress toppers. In other words, our beds are now higher and even more comfortable !!

03 February 2016
Carnival at PortoBay’s destinations
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Rio De Janeiro Carnaval Afrodrigues Riotur

Right after Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, we’re already on countdown to one of the most expected celebrations of the year . .. Nobody forgets that February means Carnival !!
Year after year, PortoBay’s destinations like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Búzios, Madeira, Lisbon and Algarve celebrate this special occasion with all the muss and fuss that it deserves.
So it’s better if you get your costume ready and join the party !!
Read the full article here . ..

27 January 2016
“This is the place for every chocolate addict”
www.inportobay.com
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Admitting that he loves chocolate and that his passion grows every time he creates a candy with its own hands, Tony Brown creates at his own place, about 12 different chocolate flavours, from white chocolate to salty caramel, lemon, orange, raspberry and even strawberry shake !!
It was on one of PortoBay’s Chocolate & Madeira Wine events that he felt his curiosity being aroused. He accepted the challenge and as soon as he went back home, he started to make his own chocolate !! Now he’s the owner of he produces "Tony’s Handmade Chocolates”, and usually gives them to friends and family.
Read the full article here . ..

22 January 2016
The sweetest week of the year is here !!
Chocolate Wine

From 25 to 31 January, chocolate and Madeira wine will be in the spotlight at Madeira's PortoBay hotels.
Theme decorations, afternoon teas especially dedicated to chocolate, themed happy hours, chocolate and Madeira wine tastings, original cocktails, guided tours with wine tasting, chocolate sculptures, workshops, dinners and special treatments with chocolate at the spa . .. are just some of the activities scheduled for the “PortoBay Chocolate & Madeira Wine” event.
Find out more here . ..

22 January 2016
Sleep like an angel
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A good night's sleep is essential for your health !! Sleeping well improves mood, boosts productivity and even affects body weight. At PortoBay, our mission is to do everything for your sleep to be even more restful and refreshing.
Click on the link to learn about all of the care we have for better sleep. We also give some helpful hints for sleeping like an angel . ..
Read the full article here . ..

20 January 2016
Funchal at the TOP
Ranked among cities with the world's best hotel reputation
MAD Funchal 4

This is the first time a Portuguese city is among the 10 destinations with the world's best hotel reputation!!
Funchal is number 10 in the ranking put together by Trivago which, based on more than 200 million hotel reviews, chooses 100 cities with the best worldwide reputation each year.

Awards

For The Residence it is a matter of pride to achieve guest’s expectations. This position has fostered significant loyalty which distinguishes us and has led to a host of awards from tourist operators, online travel agents, or travel audit websites. Thank you!

Portugal

Madeira Island

TripAdvisor TOP 10 Island In The World 2015

Madeira Island

dynamic, creative and multifaceted destination...

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean and with a mild climate, Madeira Island is one of the oldest and most prestigious tourist destinations in Europe. With an extensive natural reserve, the most famous is the prehistoric and exuberant Laurissilva (laurel) forest, which has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the World Natural Heritage.

Nature, the temperate climate, the unique waterfalls, the local traditions, the culture, the cuisine, water and mountain sports, immense gardens and flowers, popular festivals, embroidery and Madeira wine, and the cosmopolitan city of Funchal make Madeira a multi-faceted destination.

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19 Feb - 23 Feb

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07 Apr - 13 Apr

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07 Apr - 13 Apr

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20 Apr - 24 Apr

Madeira Island Ultra Trail
What better place to run in the mountains than on Madeira island ??From 20 to 24 April, Madeira I...
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04 Jun - 25 Jun

Atlantic Festival
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28 Aug - 04 Sep

Madeira Wine Festival
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05 Sep - 09 Sep

PortoBay Wine Week
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04 Oct - 09 Oct

Madeira Nature Festival
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25 Oct - 29 Oct

PortoBay Youth Week
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07 Nov - 15 Nov

True italian Essence
The Il Basilico Restaurant – part of the Vila Porto Mare Resort - is promoting a week dedicated t...
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01 Dec - 06 Jan

Christmas and New Year's celebrations
The Christian tradition of the Christmas season, deeply set in the habits of the people of Madeir...
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08 Dec - 10 Dec

The Cliff Bay Golf Tournament
Between 8 and 10 December, The Cliff Bay hotel, in partnership with Palheiro Golf club, will orga...
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16 Dec - 26 Dec

PortoBay Christmas
Madeira has unique traditions at Christmas.One of the most popular and unique to the island are t...
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16 Dec - 24 Dec

Childbirth Masses
Come take part in one of Madeira's biggest religious traditions !!On Madeira, Christmas begins wi...
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26 Dec - 01 Jan

PortoBay New Year's Eve
Madeira experiences a unique New Year !! The "Guinness World of Records" classified this as the l...
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28 Dec - 28 Dec

MOVE. .. FOR HOPE !!
On 28 December, take part in an experience that is both pleasant and practical, helping a good ca...
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22 Feb - 01 Mar

Carnival
Carnival in Madeira has a long tradition that dates back to the 19th Century . ..The Great Allego...
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04 May - 14 May

Flower Festival
Spring is here and it's time to celebrate nature !! The streets of Funchal are the stage for a pa...
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03 Jun - 24 Jun

Atlantic Festival
3, 10, 17 and 24 June. The fireworks make Funchal vibrate and echo across the mountainous slopes ...
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03 Sep - 10 Sep

Madeira Wine Festival
Madeira wine is almost as old as Madeira itself. Exports began shortly after the island was disco...
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03 Oct - 08 Oct

Madeira Nature Festival
Between October 3 and 8, Madeira and its visitors celebrate the best the island has to offer.Reco...
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01 Dec - 06 Jan

Christmas and New Year's celebrations
The Christian tradition of the Christmas season, deeply set in the habits of the people of Madeir...
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16 Dec - 24 Dec

Childbirth Masses
Come take part in one of Madeira's biggest religious traditions !!On Madeira, Christmas begins wi...
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CAIPIRINHA, A BRAZILIAN DRINK TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS

Brazil is colour, dance, genuine smiles, wonderful cities and flavours . .. ando also is the land of caipirinha — a drink that is as wonderful as everything else !! The real caipirinha always tastes like joy and the whole world really wants to taste it, either in its original version or its delicious variations.

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6 PortoBay hotels in the TOP25 !!

Six PortoBay Group hotels are part of the exclusive lists of the world's best hotels !! The Cliff Bay and The Residence hotels, on the island of Madeira, are among the TOP25 Best Hotels in Portugal. The Cliff Bay was also listed among the TOP 25 Luxury Hotels in Portugal, while the PortoBay Serra Golf is on the list of the TOP25 Best Small Hotels. The Cliff Bay, Porto Santa Maria and Suite Hotel Eden Mar are among the TOP 25 Hotels for Romance in Portugal. In Brazil, L’Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo is listed among the 25 best luxury hotels in Brazil.

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Photography Contest

Moments @ PortoBay

We want you to share with us your special moments experienced at the PortoBay hotels !! Send your photographs, up to a maximum of 6 to in@portobay.pt. So, what's the prize ? A 3-night stay at any hotel in the PortoBay group, chosen by the winner !! The winners are picked in May and November. The photos will be published on www.facebook.com/portobay. Be part of this !!

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Porto Bay Events

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Porto Bay Events bring together the various events organised in the hotels of the group. This initiative also aims to promote and boost the main events held in the locations of the Porto Bay hotels: Madeira, Algarve, Rio de Janeiro, Búzios and São Paulo.

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