Dom Pedro Garajau, Madeira Portugal
★ ★ ★
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A well organised and amenable property in a pleasant location, away from the main tourist centres. Those wanting to explore the island may find a hire car useful, as the bus service from the area is erratic and infrequent.
The sea views from most rooms will please many guests, as will the indoor pool and spacious gardens. Attracts couples and families who prefer a slightly remote base with an all inclusive option and a courtesy bus service to Funchal.
A long straddling cliff top building that is hemmed between the busy main street and a well maintained garden overlooking the sea. There are many steps between the six linked buildings, which have recessed balconies with green coloured railings.
The wide, glass panelled, off street entrance provides a warm welcome and has a small tourist shop and newsagent outlet to one side.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
A dated and somewhat functional looking lobby has a wide reception desk and doors leading directly on to an indoor pool. An adjacent bar has little in the way of style or character.
Stairs lead down to a larger bar and well furnished restaurant with a smart terrace overlooking the garden and small pool. Smart tableware and pristine linens create an upmarket feel although the furnishings are rather closely packed.
Spacious, lush lawns are surrounded by a good supply of colourful vegetation with walkways linking the various blocks and pool areas. A heated freeform pool has a good supply of furnishings along the poolside whilst a smaller rectangular pool is peaceful and relaxing.
Alfresco entertainment is provided on some evenings. The indoor pool has a retractable roof and there is a sizeable mini club for younger children.
Area Type: 4 km to the SW of Canico village, in the heart of the quiet Garajau area, on a cliff top, at the side of a long and street with adjacent shops and a couple of snack outlets. There is on street parking either side of the property and a car hire office immediately opposite the entrance. Bus stop outside.
Nearest beach: 250m (Garajau)
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Freeform (26 yds)
- Rectangular (16 yds)
- Children’s pool/section (5 yds)
- Public facilities
- Children’s daytime entertainment
- Children’s playground
- Evening entertainment
- Indoor covered pool
- Indoor games
- Internet terminal(s)
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)