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Santo da Serra | Madeira Island | Portugal
15 minutes from the airport and about 30 minutes from the city of Funchal. Next to the Santo da Serra Golf Course.

Centre of Funchal: 25 km
Santo da Serra Golf Course: 400 metres
Madeira Airport: 10 km

W 16º 48’ 55.30” . N 32º 43’ 20.11”


PortoBay Serra Golf

Sítio dos Casais Próximos

9100-255 Santa Cruz Madeira Island Portugal

+351 291 550 500

Porto Bay Serra Golf {4*}

charm in the middle of nature . ..

21 rooms, lounge with fireplace, traditional restaurant, indoor heated pool, sauna, library, games room and gym, free Wi-Fi...

Porto Bay Serra Golf is a small charming estate with tasteful decoration, surrounded by nature and Madeiran traditions... with the golf course nearby!! Feel like you're in the heart of the country, with luxurious greenery, and a welcoming environments.

The main house, dating from 1920, was restored in 1999 and is classified as part of the region's heritage. The façade, with decorative elements from the Art Nouveaux period, the frieze of floral tiles, windows with white wooden slats, and its fish-scale roof are unique features...

In the Porto Bay Serra Golf garden there are over 90 species, subspecies and a variety of flowers and plants to be found, some of them found only on the island, and all duly identified.


There are 2 superior rooms and a suite in the main house.
Feel that you are surrounded by nature in a room that is decorated in a comfortable and refined manner....

We have options for families with more than 3 people. Contact


26 m2 | up to 3 pax.

Surrounded by nature, warm and comforting rooms . ..

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38 m2 | up to 3 pax.

Located in the main house and decorated in the style of traditional Madeiran estates . ..

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FROM 103,5 EUR

68 m2 | up to 5 pax.

Spacious room in the main house, direct access to the garden. .. An oasis to relax by the fireplace!

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FROM 127,8 EUR

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


cosy environment and home-made recipes...

Here culinary recipes from Madeira are to be found, always with a country touch and traditional flavours. The products of Madeira are rich in freshness, genuine flavour and touches of exotic ingredients. Soups, meats and the most delicious fish from the Atlantic... The afternoon tea served with homemade scones is much appreciated!!


breakfast . à la carte dinner

The former dining room of the Santo da Serra Tea House is the current Avó Micas Restaurant. The restaurant has a breakfast service with home-made specialities and offers a food menu which includes traditional recipes.

breakfast: 8am - 10am
snacks: 11am – 6pm
dinner: 7pm – 9pm

*prior reservation advisable . lunch is also served in the weekends

+351 291 550 500



The sitting room, with traditional Madeiran pieces of furniture, is a relaxing space where, by the fireplace, afternoon tea is served with our famous home-made scones, cakes and jams and a selection of teas and coffees...

3pm - 6pm


treat yourself to a re-invigorating massage...

Pool & Spa

The association among perfumed scents, the mixture of essential oils and plants bring out hidden emotions and awaken the senses.

In a private, calm and relaxing space discover the benefits of resting the body and mind.

Enjoy the sauna or relax in the warm environment of the indoor heated pool, with hydro-massage, natural light and direct access to the garden. An idyllic space!!

Discover all our treatments

The gymnasium is another option for daily physical exercise, a space from which you can improve your physique with good posture and get rid of the effect of accumulated stress.

Guests at the Porto Bay Serra Golf can make use of all the public areas of the resort Vila Porto Mare, in Fuchal (5 pools, outdoor and indoor, 13,400m2 of tropical gardens with over 500 unique species, SPA and sports fields).

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What to do...

Santo da Serra is the stage for many traditions.

The town of Santo da Serra is the stage for many traditions. Here you can discover a country cheesemonger, a traditional bakery, visit a local handicraft centre . ..

At the market you'll find clothes, handicrafts, and above all flowers and exotic fruits and vegetables... the area's gardens and the Santo da Serra estate complete your tour.

Around the hotel you can take walks, go riding, play golf, go biking and stroll along the 'levadas' or waterways in the stunning Laurissilva forest (classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999).

We'll be only too happy to help you plan your trips and activities on the island of Madeira. Find out all about the activities on offer in the picturesque Vila do Santo da Serra.


Porto Bay Serra Golf guests have direct and exclusive access to Santo da Serra golf course located just a stone's throw from the hotel.

With 27 holes the course provides a constant challenge to overcome. Get into the swing in the different practice areas: putting-greens, chipping-green, bunker-practice and driving-range.

Hiking trails

The Santo da Serra region presents options for walks for nature lovers and those who like hiking along the countless 'levadas' or waterways on the island of Madeira with their surprising scenery, passing along the island's old irrigation channels.

Horse Riding

Make the most of your stay at the Santo da Serra by taking a pleasant horse ride with excellent views over the different points of the Island of Madeira.


The hotel's surroundings make the perfect place for a bicycle ride during the day, and thereby discover the town of Santo da Serra. Let yourself be led along pathways surrounding this environment of pure nature! You can rent bikes from us.

Guided Visits

The town of Santo da Serra is the stage for many traditions. Join us on guided visits! The Porto Bay team will join you on visits to a local cheesemonger, a traditional bakery where bread is still baked in a wood fire oven, all followed by lunch at the hotel. Book your reservation now!

Local Market

This small town welcomes a wide variety of local traders on Sundays. Here you'll find clothes, handicrafts, and above all flowers and exotic fruits and vegetables... Why not buy local products and take home a souvenir!
Enjoy some cocoa cake and savour the famous chicken prepared on the spot, quench your thirst with one of the traditional apple-flavoured drinks from the area, the Cider!

Your resort in Funchal

Guests staying at the Porto Bay Serra Golf have free access to all the facilities here and at the Resort Vila Porto Mare the tropical gardens of which have over 500 unique specimens and are one of the most interesting examples of floral diversification on the island of Madeira.
Five pools, outdoor and indoor, 13,000m2 of tropical gardens, SPA, four restaurants, sports fields... at your service.

Quinta do Santo da Serra

The Quinta do Santo da Serra is a leisure and recreation place known and visited by the local community. You can find a small zoo here, see different species of trees and indigenous and exotic shrubs, a belvedere overlooking the hills in the Machico district, Ponta de São Lourenço, the Island of Porto Santo and a picnic park.


Holiday Package

Package: accommodation, breakfast, buffet dinners...

Prestige Blue Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Blue members get a 10% discount on accommodation rates from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGE

Prestige Gold Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Gold members get a 15% discount on accommodation rates from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGOLD

News & Reviews

14 November 2016
We have almost a year of classical music concerts for you !!
Pbcyt Mood

Piano, guitar, clarinet, cello, saxophone and vibraphone . .. From 19 November until May next year you can hear classical music at The Cliff Bay and Vila Porto Mare, in Madeira! PortoBay gives the stage to eight promising young musicians studying in several European countries but all connected to the island of Madeira. Not to be missed !!


27 October 2016
What to do in Santo da Serra?
Santo da Serra

Santo da Serra has a wide variety of activities available and extremely interesting places to explore. From hikes through the region’s levadas to the world famous golf courses, the choices are endless !! A dream come true for nature lovers . ..

Read the full article here . ..

18 October 2016
PortoBay Youth Week
dedicated to our younger friends
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From 25 to 29 October, PortoBay Hotels & Resorts is organising the PortoBay Youth Week event in Madeira, which will take place at its hotels The Cliff Bay, Vila Porto Mare resort and PortoBay Serra Golf.
We aim to dedicate these days to pleasing our younger friends, giving them a healthy and unforgettable holiday experience . .. where good humour and youthful spirit are in charge, and where the main rule is to make the most of these fantastic holidays !!

See the event's journal here. ..

01 September 2016
Madeira Version 3.0
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For a tourist destination with 200 years of tradition, it’s not age that matters but the ability to be different and modernise. In recent years a combination of different factors and initiatives has helped transform the experience of holidays in Madeira.

Read the full article here . ..

11 August 2016
Funchal returning
to normal
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After two days of great difficulty for Madeira Island, for the city of Funchal in particular, we can say that the city’s daily life is returning to normal.
In response to the many requests we have received from our guests, that from their homes have seen news of the fires in the media, we are publishing some photos taken yesterday in Funchal and in our hotels.
If you are currently staying in one of our hotels, please share also on social media, using the hastag #portobay.

10 August 2016
Fires in Madeira Island
Oficial message

On behalf of PortoBay Hotels & Resorts, I want to thank you for all the messages of concern that we are receiving due to the fires that affected Madeira island, with higher incidence in some areas of Funchal.
We are pleased to advise that the PortoBay Hotels - The Cliff Bay, Porto Santa Maria, Eden Mar, Porto Mare, The Residence and PortoBay Serra Golf – are fully operational and we have not been advised of any incident affecting the well-being of our guests or staff members.
Currently the public authorities together with private enterprises and the general population are doing an outstanding work to put everything back to normal as quickly as possible. For this purpose, we also collaborate with the supply of goods, toiletries, bed linen and mattresses for the support of the people who had been evacuated.
Thank you.

António Trindade
CEO & Executive President
PortoBay Hotels & Resorts

12 July 2016
Nature’s best kept secrets in Madeira
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We’ve been in conversation with nature in Madeira - she’s beautiful and that’s official. Her natural sunlit look will win you over at first sight. But, like all natural beauties, this island has secrets that she does not give up, to keep herself special. Follow us on this journey and discover the best-kept natural secrets of Madeira.
Read the article on our blog!


For Porto Bay Serra Golf 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!


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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16 Dec - 26 Dec

PortoBay Christmas
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16 Dec - 24 Dec

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26 Dec - 01 Jan

PortoBay New Year's Eve
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28 Dec - 28 Dec

On 28 December, take part in an experience that is both pleasant and practical, helping a good ca...
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01 Jan - 01 Jan

Madeira Plunge
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29 Jan - 29 Jan

Funchal Marathon
& #160;The Funchal Marathon is held annually in the city of Funchal, attracting athletes from a w...
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29 Jan - 29 Jan

Irina Chistiakova
At 6pm on 29 January, the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias is hosting the Russian pianist Irina Chi...
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07 Feb - 12 Feb

PortoBay Chocolate & #38; Madeira Wine
Sweet or bitter . .. chocolate awakens sensations !! And Madeira wine gives it that special touch...
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22 Feb - 01 Mar

Carnival in Madeira has a long tradition that dates back to the 19th Century . ..The Great Allego...
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24 Mar - 28 Mar

The Stars Route
In March the hotel The Cliff Bay and Il GallO d'Oro restaurant (1 Michelin star) will kick off th...
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17 Apr - 23 Apr

Madeira Film Festival
& #160;& #160;The Madeira Film Festival awards film-makers the Laurissilva Ambassador Award, the ...
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22 Apr - 22 Apr

Madeira Island Ultra Trail
& #160;What better place to run in the mountains than on Madeira island ??On April 22nd, Madeira ...
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04 May - 21 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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04 May - 10 May

PortoBay Flower Festival
& #160;In the lobbies of the hotels of the PortoBay Group on Madeira island, and continuing our h...
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14 May - 14 May

Classic Auto Show
& #160;The Classic Auto Show is a fantastic annual exhibition of vintage and classic cars that re...
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14 May - 14 May

Madeira Auto Parade
& #160;The & #145;Madeira Auto Parade& #146; forms part of the celebrations for the 2017 Flower F...
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02 Jun - 04 Jun

Mercado Quinhentista de Machico
& #160;During the first days of June, the city of Machico returns to the sixteenth century !!!& #...
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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 Jun - 04 Jun

Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira
& #160;Skyrunning is back in the mountains of Madeira& #160;!!Between 3 and 4 June, the athletes ...
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29 Jun - 02 Jul

Extreme Sailing Series
& #160;The Stadium Racing sailing championship - Extreme Sailing Series& #153; will stage its thi...
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01 Jul - 31 Jul

Funchal Jazz Festival
& #160;An open air stage with Funchal Bay as the backdrop !! The jazz festival is one of the most...
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27 Aug - 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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18 Sep - 26 Sep

True italian Essence
& #160;The Il Basilico Restaurant & #150; part of the Vila Porto Mare Resort - is promoting a wee...
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03 Oct - 08 Oct

Madeira Nature Festival
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24 Oct - 28 Oct

PortoBay Youth Week
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14 Nov - 20 Nov

Funchal International Film Festival
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21 Nov - 25 Nov

PortoBay Wine Week
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01 Dec - 06 Jan

Christmas and New Year's celebrations
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15 Dec - 26 Dec

Christmas at PortoBay
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16 Dec - 24 Dec

Childbirth Masses
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26 Dec - 01 Jan

PortoBay New Year's Eve
& #160;Madeira experiences a unique New Year !! The "Guinness World of Records" classified this a...
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28 Dec - 28 Dec

& #160;On 28 December, take part in an experience that is both pleasant and practical, helping a ...
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Christmas Calendar

24 windows, 9 presents and lots of surprises . ..

A surprise behind every window . .. Starting today through 24 December, we have gifts, facts and tips to offer in the PortoBay Christmas Calendar !!

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PortoBay Events

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PortoBay 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 PortoBay hotels: Madeira, Algarve, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Búzios and São Paulo.

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New hotel in Lisbon !!

Take advantage of our launch campaign for the new 4-star hotel: PortoBay Marquês

Win €10 a day in credit to spend on purchases in the hotel! You can use it on food and drinks. .. at breakfast, in the restaurant, in the bars, on room service or the mini-bar. Treat yourself !!

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‘Raviolone all’ostrica’ with Norcia black truffles

Giorgio Damasio, consultant chef for the Populi restaurant and responsible for the Mercantina restaurant’s menu (Lisbon) was the special guest at the latest ‘True italian essence'. For one week he shared his knowledge with the team from Il Basilico and left tips, advice and recipes . ..


6 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 (Madeira Island) 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.

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