Melia Madeira Mare Resort & Spa, Funchal Portugal
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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A modern businesslike establishment that attracts a wide range of guests who prefer the minimalist and somewhat glitzy approach to the their accommodation.
Many groups also choose the property for its extensive conference facilities and formal approach. The well equipped spa is a popular facility and adds to the generally upmarket appeal.
A white painted, sparkling building with gently swerving trim to some of the balconies, most of which have a direct or side sea view.
A wide glass panelled entrance provides an impressive introduction for new arrivals albeit at a slightly lower level than the street above.
A lower 2-storey extension complements the main 10-storey construction with its airy, glass sided balconies. A ground floor terrace overlooks the pool area.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: All rooms
Built Year: 2008
The interior is cavernous and cool with modern decor in the vast lounge area, a long officious looking reception and displays of fossilised wood offering some interest and detail.
Long sofas with many cushions are supplemented with round coffee tables and football enthusiasts often occupy a TV lounge. A wood panelled bar is amenable and spacious whilst the main restaurant offers a cool and minimalist ambience.
The grounds are spacious but the pool surround tends to become rather cluttered as the day wears on. The metal sunloungers are sturdy and comfortable and white coloured parasols are available.
An alfresco dining facility is well laid out and refreshing with views across the Atlantic Ocean. The pool is of an adequate size but not exceptional but there is a small children’s splash pool available.
Area Type: At the centre of the main stretch of hotels and apartments that form the fringe of the coast to the SW of Funchal with other superior class properties immediately adjacent. Situated on a narrow road beneath the main coast road with a street running down the side to the sea front promenade. There is ample parking space available on the streets to the side and a good supply of tourist amenities is available on the upper road or near the Lido, 200m away.
Nearest beach: 220m (Lido)
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Oval (21 yds)
- Children’s pool/section (6 yds)
- Public facilities
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Indoor covered pool
- Indoor games
- Internet terminal(s)
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- Tea/Coffee making facilities
- TV (English language)