Golden Residence Hotel

  • Madeira, Funchal

  • 4

    4 Rating

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Think coastal cliffs, orange-streaked skies at sunset and poolside daydreaming at The Golden Residence hotel.

Cliff-side location

Head out past the outdoor pool and onto the terrace and enjoy fantastic views across the Atlantic ocean, look to your right and you’ll see Cabo Girao in the distance which is Europe's second highest cliff, as well as views of the grey pebbled beach of Praia Formosa. You’re a little further from Funchal here, around 2.5 kilometres away but the location and views are fabulous and if you do want to head into the centre you can always make use of the local buses and taxis.

Fantastic facilities

This peaceful location doesn’t mean the hotel is short on things to do, with three buildings full of facilities you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. The outdoor pool and terrace area is always a great place to relax, it sits next to the hotel bar and restaurant so there’s a nice atmosphere. The spa is also a popular part of the hotel and is almost 600m² with a great range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and steam room (payable locally).

Added value

Guided Walks included (subject to availability)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 Support and advice: Over the phone from our local resort team


Funchal is a lively, sprawling city – famous for its harbour, mountain backdrop and flower displays. The city’s split into about 10 parishes, all slightly unique, so there’s plenty of nooks and crannies to explore on holiday.

Most hotels are in the São Martinho area, and you should definitely pop to the old town to get a proper feel for the history and culture. The narrow alleyways are always fun for a wander, with lots of lovely cafés and restaurants to stop in when you feel peckish. Take some time to explore the busy harbour, too. We love sitting by the water to watch the world go by.

Explore Funchal's culture: street art on the doorstep

Take a stroll down the street of Rua de Santa Maria to see a colourful collection of nearly 200 doors that have been painted by local artists. It was an effort to breathe some life into an area that was previously a little run down – we’re happy to confirm it’s a thriving spot to explore and a must-see on your holiday.

Funchal's thriving food scene

Get your hands on some fresh tropical fruit, like bananas and passion fruit, at Mercado dos Lavradores, the local farmer’s market. The ones at home won’t taste the same after you’ve tried these. The market is a magnet for food-lovers as the sights, smells and colours are irresistible – maybe pick up something to bring back?

If wine is what gets you excited, there are a few tasting venues for the full experience, but most local bars will have a selection of Madeiran wines to try. The sweet, rich taste makes it very distinctive – you can’t leave without giving it a go.

You won’t be short of restaurants either. Funchal has a great foodie scene including a surprising amount of fine dining options and Michelin recommendations. Try a bolo do caco – a bread dish you’ll find most places, usually smothered in garlic butter and optionally topped with seafood like octopus or made into a sandwich.

The full Monte

To get a different view of the city, jump on the cable car to Monte and head for the Botanical Gardens, they're particularly beautiful in the summer. You’ll get great views across the bay before heading into the gardens for an explosion of colour and design.

It’s easy to get around Funchal, you can walk but it’s hilly in places so if you’re not up to the challenge there’s a reliable bus service that’s reasonably priced.

Activities for the itchy feet

You’re spoiled for choice with activities - bike tours, guided walks and diving to name a few. It’s also a good base to explore other parts of the island.

The Levada walking trails don’t come into the city but there are some lovely coastal paths or you can just take the time to wander the city. To see the Levada trails we always recommend booking with a guide.

Why book a summer holiday in Funchal with Inghams?

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Funchal include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Madeira's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Madeira. Join a professional walking guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

  • No. of rooms: 172
  • No. of buildings: 3
  • Official rating: 4


This hotel consists of 3 buildings that interconnect with each other.

Twin Side Sea View Rooms are approx. 34m² have a balcony where you can enjoy the side sea views and are located in building C of the hotel. This room type is also available for sole use at a supplement. 

Suite Land View with Kitchenette are approx. 52m² and can sleep up to three people (extra bed is a sofa bed). It has a small lounge area and the kitchenette comes well-equipped and is great for those looking for a little flexibility when it comes to dining. This room type is located in building A of the hotel.

Suite Side Sea View with Kitchenette are approx. 52m² and can sleep up to three people (extra bed is a sofa bed). These rooms also have a small lounge area and kitchenette. This room type is located in building A of the hotel.

T1 Apartment can sleep up to four people (extra bed is a sofa bed). These rooms also offer a small lounge area and kitchenette. This room type is located in building B of the hotel.

Twin Side Sea View Rooms for sole use are available on request, please call to book. 

Bedroom facilities:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Kettle
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer

Local fees and taxes

From the 1st of June 2024 a tourist tax of approx. €2.00 per person per night, for a maximum of 7 nights is payable locally for guests age 13 years and over (subject to change).


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes
  • Airport transfer time: approx. 30 minutes drive from Madeira Airport.
  • 2.5 kilometres to central Funchal
  • Bus stop located right next to the hotel
  • Spa and wellness area that spans approx. 600m², it offers a sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool and indoor swimming pool. Massages and treatments are also available (bookable and payable locally).
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness area
  • Yoga classes (subject to hotel schedule, bookable and payable locally)
  • Two bars with live music some nights of the week
  • Free Wi-Fi

The hotel is available to book on bed & breakfast, half board and full board.

Golden Flavours restaurant serves a selection of regional and international dishes in a buffet-style and is where guests can dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner (dependent on board basis). During the warmer summer months you can dine on the outdoor terrace with views towards the outdoor swimming pool and ocean.

Golden views bar with an array of cocktails to choose from as well as soft drinks and teas, there's plenty to enjoy at the golden views bar (drinks payable locally).

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Full Board
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Special dietary requirements are available on request, please advise at the time of booking.

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