TU Holly 16
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Tripadvisor Travellerschoice 16



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Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Portugal


Old town | Funchal | Madeira Island
Porto Santa Maria is located next to the sea and the sea-front promenade in the middle of the old centre of Funchal in the renowned “Old Town”; it faces the harbour used by cruise ships and pleasure boats. Close by is the cable car which links Funchal with Monte, Forte de São Tiago (XVIIth century) and the famous Mercado dos Lavradores (market)...

Madeira Airport: 17 km
Sea access: 50 metres

free shuttle bus 7 times per day

W 16º 54' 0.65'' . N 32º 38' 49.93''


Hotel Porto Santa Maria

Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, 50

9060-190 Funchal Madeira Island Portugal

+351 291 206 700
Geral: portosantamaria@portobay.pt
Reservas: book@portobay.pt

Porto Santa Maria {4*}

In the heart of the city !!

historic centre, views over the cruise port, terrace with 360º views, kitchenette in the rooms, scenic surroundings...

Porto Santa Maria is located at the water's edge with direct access to the sea front promenade. Behind the hotel lies the old centre of Funchal, the well-known "old town". Its close relationship to the sea, the outstanding and exclusive views over the harbour where the cruise ships dock, its picturesque surroundings and the unique flavours of its cuisine result in genuine urban tranquility.

The Porto Santa Maria´s location is fantastic for both the actively inclined and those who would prefer to relax and listen to the breaking of waves.

A congenial hotel offering 146 rooms, restaurant, bars with terrace, direct access to the promenade, outdoor pool, indoor pool, SPA, gym, parking... all in the heart of the city.

Porto Santa Maria is an adult only hotel, only accepting reservations for guests over 16 years old.


On each balcony you can feel the presence of the salty breeze .

Porto Santa Maria's proximity to the harbour makes for a front row view of the spectacle provided by the coming and going of cruise ships and leisure boats. At dawn many verandas light up as guests peek out... a unique phenomenon.

We have options for rooms adapted for people with reduced mobility or special circumstances. Contact book@portobay.pt


24 m2 | up to 3 pax.

A beautiful garden right outside your window. In the morning inhale the fragrance of the greenery and . ..

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FROM 132,05 EUR

24 m2 | up to 3 pax.

Overlooking the sea, this room provides an especially warm welcome for your stay with us . ..

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FROM 150,1 EUR

40 m2 | up to 3 pax.

your relaxation is sacrosanct: large double beds and a magnificent veranda for . ..

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FROM 175,75 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. 


every detail invested with good taste...

At Porto Santa Maria every detail is invested with good taste. Dining is no exception!

An example of this is the Arsenal, where flavours will make your stay an even more unforgettable one.

With breakfast buffet, lunch, snack or à la carte dinner... the hotel offers you various options.

Guests love to have a drink on the veranda at the Captain's Bar whilst admiring the beautiful views of the sea!


breakfast . lunch . dinner

The recently refurbished Arsenal Restaurant offers alternative themed buffets every day inspired by international cuisine. In addition to the À la carte menu that is available, there is a special Gourmet Flavours dinner each week.

dress code for diner: casual . no shorts or beach sandals are allowed

breakfast: 7.30am -10.30am
lunch: 12pm – 3pm
dinner: 7pm – 10pm

+351 291 206 700 portosantamaria@portobay.pt



The simple pleasures of life are sometimes the best. At this bar you can sit and read on the terrace, watch the boats and spot São Tiago fort or simply gaze at the sea… to the sound of good music. At night enjoy the weekly programme of live music.

6pm – 12am




Treat yourself to a refreshing drink or light meal next to the hotel’s outdoor pool while contemplating the sea and watching the comings and goings of the cruise liner port. Don’t miss the lunch time mini-buffet and the snacks.

11am – 6pm


Pools & Spa


With the ocean just two steps away, the scent of the sea breeze mingles with the fresh water of the outdoor pool. How about some invigorating strokes with a view of the cruise ships? An unbeatable setting...
Porto Santa Maria's indoor pool complements the outdoor one. An option for a cooler day...

Outdoor Pool
Opening times: 08.00 to 20.00
Average temperature: 24ºC

Indoor Pool
Opening times: 08.00 to 20.00
Average temperature: 28ºC

The Spa

at Porto Santa Maria

The association of perfumed aromas, aromatherapy massage, mixtures of essential and plant oils evoke hidden emotions and awaken the senses. The effect is heightened, bringing emotions and the health of the whole body into realignment. Beauty treatments such as manicure and pedicure are also available.

Learn more about our treatments

Information & Bookings: portosantamaria@portobay.pt



In this secluded, calm and relaxing space take care of yourself with health-giving sessions in the sauna and jacuzzis. You can also enjoy the new outdoor Jacuzzi located at the Harbour Terrace.


The gym offers an alternative for daily exercise. Here the emphasis is on the physical-work on good posture and eliminate the effect of any stress that may have accumulated in your daily life, benefiting body and mind.

Harbour Terrace


a privileged belvedere . ..

A visit to Porto Santa Maria is a unique experience! And the Harbour Terrace is the best place to enjoy a 360º panoramic view of the city of Funchal.

Behind you lie Madeira’s impressive and majestic mountains and the roofs of Funchal’s pretty historic downtown district. To your left is the old São Tiago Fort decked out in rustic yellow tones, to the right your eyes catch sight of the sleek cruise liners weighing anchor in the Port of Funchal, while your field of vision takes in the soaring craggy cliffs and The Cliff Bay hotel. The Atlantic ocean stretches out before you as far as the eye can see. That’s the spectacular panoramic view you now get from the “Harbour Terrace” at the Porto Santa Maria hotel.

This lounge has been designed to make sure it isn’t short on creating comforts: cane recliners, comfy sofas all await you, so you can soak up the splendid views, immerse yourself in a good book, or simply lounge around and relax.

Enjoy the views!


Old Town

city's historic centre . ..

The historical part of the city of Funchal, better known as the 'Old Town' is a point of great cultural and architectural interest for everyone who visits.

Its narrow streets and picturesque houses dating from the 15th century are full of history...The Porto Santa Maria hotel is right alongside the Rua de Santa Maria, one of the oldest streets on Madeira island, which gave the hotel its name.

Hotel Porto Santa Maria is ideal for those who want to experience the dynamic feel of the city, art, lifestyle and traditions whilst being close to the sea, or who want to get to know the history of Funchal through the various museums there, or who simply want to experience the exotic flavours of the Lavradores market.

Close to the hotel you can also visit São Tiago fort, built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirate attacks and extended in the 18th century. It was used by the military until 1992, when it was handed over to the Regional Government, and turned into a cultural centre. It is currently the home of the Modern Art Museum.

Just a stone's throw from the hotel lies the cable car that connects Funchal's old town to Monte.

One of the great novelties of the old town was the arts movement 'Arte de Portas Abertas'. The idea behind this innovative concept was to turn the doors of over 200 houses into canvases for artists.


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News & Reviews

09 September 2016
TUI Holly Awards 2016
The Cliff Bay and Porto Santa Maria among the 100 best in the world
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The hotels The Cliff Bay and Porto Santa Maria, on Madeira Island, have received the TUI's Holly Award, which recognizes the world's best 100 hotels. The awards were given on the 8th of September, on a ceremony that took place in Malaga.
TUI, based in Germany, is one of the world's biggest tour operators.
The awards reflect the opinion of around half a million customers who stayed at the nearly 5,000 hotels who work with this operator. TUI selects the best hotels based on its customers' experiences.

See the complete awards list here . ..

05 September 2016
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Indulge yourself with a refreshing drink or a light meal overlooking the sea and watch the cruise ships come in and out of Funchal harbour. With the Promenade Bar on hand, the new terrace at Porto Santa Maria also offers light snacks during the day.

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 . ..

25 August 2016
PortoBay Wine Week returns
to The Cliff Bay, Porto Santa Maria and Vila Porto Mare
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Dinners, wine tastings guided with commentaries, workshops, special treatments at the spa and guided visits to vineyards and wineries . .. these are just some of the things to look out for at the fifth edition of PortoBay Wine Week.
Following on from the Madeira Wine Festival, this event takes place at The Cliff Bay, Porto Santa Maria and Vila Porto Mare hotels from 5 to 9 September. The aim is to showcase the regional wine-making tradition along with the range of grape varieties present in Portuguese wines.
Over five days there will be wine-themed dinners and visits to the island's wine producing areas organised in each hotel. Guests will have the chance to visit Quinta de Santa Luzia, Fajã dos Padres and - to the north of the island - Seixal, as well as to sample local wine.

See the program 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

07 July 2016
Eden Mar, Porto Mare, The Cliff Bay and Porto Santa Maria
distinguished with the TUI Environmental Champion 2016 award

The island of Madeira's Eden Mar, Porto Mare, The Cliff Bay and Porto Santa Maria have been recognised with the TUI Environmental Champion 2016 award, an accolade presented by tour operator TUI.
Every year, TUI selects the hotels which have been most socially responsible and committed to environmental protection.
When drawing up the list of the world's greenest hotels, the opinion of guests is taken into consideration, while a certificate of sustainability from the Global Council of Sustainable Tourism is also a must.


For Porto Santa Maria 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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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, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Búzios and São Paulo.

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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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The Brazilian knack for making music

‘‘Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça . ..´ When Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes hummed this song to the beautiful Helô Pinheiro, they could never have imagined that it would travel around the world quite so spectacularly. Brazilians have a particular knack for singing verse and prose and declaring their undying love. Let us take you on a musical journey, by way of the musical genres, rhythms and big names of Brazil.


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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