Madeira is a dynamic, spectacular and adventurous island. The weather’s warm and sunny year round, and direct flights from the UK take less than four hours. It’s also safe and wonderfully friendly, home to unusual and interesting places to stay, and packed with adrenaline fuelled activities.
Probably a few of the reasons why award-winning tour operator Archipelago Choice has found they’re sending more families than ever on action packed Madeiran holidays . Are you ready for your next family adventure? Have a look a five exciting reasons to put Madeira up top on the wish list.
Families love Aqua Natura in north west Madeira. It’s a stunning hotel, but the real attractions here are its own lava rock pools. Filled, and refilled endlessly by huge waves from the sea, these Piscina Naturais are mesmerising to watch from your balcony, and take swimming to a whole new level for kids.
Perched on a cliff top you reach by elevator, intriguing Estalagem da Ponta da Sol is more like a Bond villain’s secret hideaway, than a mere hotel. Covered bridges, and yet more lifts, connect different floors; and it’s car-free, so young spies have freedom to explore. Take to the garden and gaze over Madeira’s south west coast, the views are spectacular, and it’s the perfect spot for a martini (or just a long, cool drink); shaken, not stirred, of course.
If you like a bit of history and great connections, luxurious Belmond Reid’s Palace is the place to stay. Long favoured by royalty, politicians and celebrities, it’s the oldest and most iconic hotel on the island and traditional Afternoon Tea here is almost as famous as the guests. Just don’t forget the dress code: jeans, shorts and trainers are strictly forbidden.
For something a little less formal, try Quinta da Serra; calm, peaceful, surrounded by gorgeous grounds and organic vegetable gardens, this child-friendly, escapist fantasy is only 20 minutes north west of Funchal.