The Cliff Bay

  • Madeira, Funchal

  • 5

    5 Rating

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If you’re looking for luxury then the Cliff Bay Hotel delivers on all accounts. Enjoy exquisite views, direct access to the sea, delicious dining experiences and excellent service.

World-class dining

The Cliff Bay is a foodies dream with excellent food on offer as well as a variety of dining experiences. The two-star Michelin restaurant is its crown jewel with exquisite food imaginatively presented and excellent service, making it a dinner to remember (bookable and payable locally). For days lounging by the pool head to the Blue Lagoon restaurant for lunch, with its light menu options, and a bar so you’re sure to enjoy all it has to offer, guests on full board can also enjoy lunch here with set menu. The Rose Garden Restaurant is where guests on half board and full board can enjoy dinner, it always has a welcoming atmosphere and an internationally inspired set menu. In the evenings we love to head to the Cliff Bar, not only will you find a great cocktail menu amongst other delicious beverages (payable locally) but if you’re lucky you might also get to enjoy some live music. 

Located on the water’s edge

The views at the Cliff Bay are breath taking with sweeping views out towards the sea and the city of Funchal. Enjoy a stroll around the manicured lawns where you’ll find palm trees, tropical flowers and ocean views that are hard to beat. For those wanting to cool off, the hotel has a platform stretching out into the water that gives you direct access to the sea via a ladder. You’ll also find a salt-water pool at sea level with great views - perfect for an afternoon dip.

A variety of facilities to choose from

Like the hotel, the facilities are also 5*, the list just goes on and on. In the wellness area you’ll find an indoor/outdoor pool, as well as a whirlpool, gym, sauna and relaxation room. Outside, you’ll find a number of pools including one for children and another with fantastic views over the ocean. For those wanting to break a sweat, you’ll find a well-equipped fitness room or if you’re looking for a little competition then head out to the tennis courts (payable locally).

Exceptional service

Like most things at The Cliff Bay, service is of the highest standard. Guests are continuously commenting on the exceptional service from the friendly staff that are always on hand to help – nothing is too much trouble.

Added value

Guided Walks included (subject to availability)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice 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 hotel rooms: 202
  • Official rating: 5


Side Sea View Rooms are approx. 30 – 36m² and sleep up to three people, and have partial sea views.

Funchal View & Sea View Rooms are approx. 30 – 36m² and sleep up to three people.

Superior Sea View Rooms are approx. 30 – 36m², sleep up to three people in twin or double beds with the extra bed being a rollaway bed.

Superior Funchal & Sea View Rooms sleep up to three people with the extra bed being a rollaway bed and look out towards the bay of Funchal.

Standard Rooms are approx. 30 - 36m² and sleep up to three people. This room type is available on request, please call to book.

Single Land View, Single Limited Sea View and Single Sea View Rooms for sole use are available on request, please call to book. 

Junior Suites are approx. 40m² and sleep up to three people with the extra bed being a rollaway bed, there is a small living room with armchairs. The views from the balcony are lovely and look towards the bay of Funchal. This room type is only available on a request basis, please call to book.

Executive Suites are approx. 68m² and sleep up to three people with the extra bed being a rollaway bed. You’ll find a living room with a balcony off it where you can enjoy the afternoon sun and shower cabin with hydro-massage bath tub. This room type is only available on a request basis, please call to book.

Atlantic Suites are approx. 61m² and sleep up to three people with the extra bed being a rollaway bed. You’ll find a living room with sofas, desk and arm chairs and a lovely terrace. This room type is only available on a request basis, please call to book.

All rooms have:

  • Balcony
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Mini-Bar 
  • Smart TV 
  • 24 hour room service 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Safe
  • Change of towels 3 times per week or on request 
  • Bed linen change 3 times per week or on request 

General information 

  • Check in: 2pm
  • Check out: 12pm 

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).


There are adapted rooms available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: Yes

Please note: The 2nd and 3rd floor are only accessible through ramps. All other floors / facilities and lifts are accessible for wheelchairs.

  • Airport Transfer time: Approx. 25 minutes from Madeira Airport
  • Located next to the sea
  • 2 kilometres from Funchal

Spa & wellness facilities

  • Sea level: sea-water pool, Children's pool (fresh-water)
  • Heated indoor and outdoor pool 
  • Pier with sea access
  • Spa with 8 treatments rooms, spa suite with jacuzzi, outdoor spa (seasonal & payable locally)
  • Spa wellness area sauna, relaxation area and steam bath
  • Massage and spa treatments (payable locally)
  • Fitness room
  • Pool towels
  • Tennis court and table tennis (payable locally)
  • Golf green fee (special prices on the islands two golf courses)

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel 
  • Library and games room with snooker table (payable locally)
  • Live music every day 
  • Hairdresser (payable locally)
  • Parking (payable locally)
Family Facilities
  • Playroom for children 
  • Children's pool (fresh-water) 

Guests on half board and full board can enjoy breakfast and dinner in the Rose Garden Restaurant. For breakfast there is a delicious buffet with plenty of choice and many international options. In the evening you can look forward to a three-course set menu.

Guests on half board or full board also have the option to enjoy dinner at other restaurants within the hotel (excludes Il Gallo d’Oro, Michelin star restaurant), with a credit of €30 per person, per meal. However, reception must be informed in advance and any additional cost for the meal must be paid locally.

Full board guests can dine in the Blue Lagoon restaurant for lunch where there is a delicious three-course set menu.

Il Gallo d’Oro is a very special dining experience with two Michelin stars under its belt. Taking influence from Mediterranean and Iberian cuisine coupled with impressive presentations it won’t be a dinner you forget in a hurry. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday and there is a smart casual dress code in place. Il Gallo d’Oro is not part of the half board or full board offering and those wishing to dine here must book in advance.

The Rose Garden Restaurant is open every day and offers a set menu of international cuisine as well as a children’s menu.

Avista Restaurant is open daily and serves an à la carte menu with Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes.

Blue Lagoon Restaurant is open daily during lunchtime hours and offers a light menu.

Hotel bars (bookable and payable locally):

Cliff Bar has a great atmosphere and is open every day to enjoy some delicious cocktails as well as other drinks and light snacks, some evenings there is even live music to enjoy.

Cactus Bar is next to the pool and is open daily with drinks and light meals on offer.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Full Board
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

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