VidaMar Resorts Madeira
Did someone say 5 star luxury? If you’ve been searching for ocean view rooms as standard, exceptional service, an ultra-modern design, infinity pool and a serene spa – you’ve come to the right place.
The Vidamar Resort oozes opulence and glamour throughout its 10 floors, and if that wasn’t enough you’ll be overjoyed to know that its situated just moments from the heart of Funchal.
Sea views and free bathrobes
Whether you opt for a standard, superior or premium room you’ll be welcomed by stylish decor, free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, fridge, kettle, air conditioning and more. These spacious suites won’t disappoint with photo-worthy views of the Atlantic Ocean from each balcony.
Fancy an upgrade? The premium rooms have recently been refurbished and are now more chic than ever before. They even come with added perks such as fruit and house wine upon arrival, daily water and exclusive access to the Thalasso Therapy Centre.
Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s turndown service, where a member of staff will make sure your bed is ready to hop straight into after a long day exploring the city. Not forgetting the chocolate waiting for you on your pillow.
Four a la carte restaurants and a piano bar
Tastes from across the globe await, sink your teeth into Italian delights, flavoursome sushi or go back for seconds at the all-you-can-eat buffet. To top it off, there’s an extensive cocktail menu listing tropical favourites such as Pina Colada and Sex on the Beach.
This may be a Half Board hotel, but it also offers a dine-around experience which means you can eat at any of the 5 themed restaurants. You can order from one of the several tailored menus without extra charge, or you can order a-la-carte. If you choose to order a-la-carte, the meal allowance of €15pp (children €7.50pp) will be deducted from your total bill.
Ocean Buffet Restaurant: This child-friendly eatery serves international cuisine at breakfast and dinner until 9pm. Watch as chefs mix up fresh omelets in front of your eyes at the show cooking station, or help yourself to a hearty selection of meats, pizzas and pastas. There’s also a kid’s buffet and highchairs available.
Mamma Mia: If you’ve been craving a tasty carbonara or caprese salad then this a la carte is the one for you. If the name doesn’t already give it away, this restaurant serves Italian from 11am – 11pm.
Cas das Espetadas: Tasty and traditional Madeira wood fire cooking is what you can expect at this delicious eatery. Tuna, pork and beef grilled before you, as you watch the folklore and fado entertainment. Open from 6pm – 10.30pm.
Sabor a Mar: This is where you’ll find a helping of light bites and snacks during lunch time, the kids are covered too with a specially designed menu catering for mini holidaymakers. Indulge in fresh fish, salads and grilled meats from 10.30am – 6.00pm. On occasion there’s even summer barbecue nights.
Koi Sushi Restaurant: Your taste buds will go crazy for the tuna fillet with tangy salsa, or blow torched salmon oozing with zest. This ones for all you adventurous eaters out there – the mouthwatering begins at 7pm and ends at 11pm.
Lisboa Piano Bar: Alongside the local Poncha, flavoured gins and cocktails, this bar offers a laid-back atmosphere so you can truly escape reality. Enjoy live music and on warm nights kick back and relax on the outdoor terrace from 6pm – 1am.
Please note, reservations are required at the a la carte restaurants and a supplement may be charged if eating outside of your dine-around services.
Infinity pools and spa
Inviting you for a swim are the two large alluring infinity pools that lookout directly onto the ocean, there’s also a children’s pool which is heated and an indoor swimming area. At the Vidamar your beach towels are free, saving room in your suitcase.
And if that wasn’t enough, massages, Turkish baths, hot tubs and steam rooms await in the spa. It’s the perfect escape when your tiny tots are having a blast in the kids’ clubs. They even offer childcare services at a small charge, if you fancy a night on the town.
For those who wish to burn some calories the onsite gym won’t disappoint. Alongside the top-notch facilities, there’s a list of daily fitness classes from zumba to yoga!
Your surroundings are one for the camera. In fact, the grounds are so beautiful that the Vidamar is often used as a wedding location, which is hardly surprising with its exotic gardens, beachfront location and panoramic views of Funchal bay.
Shops, popular bars and restaurants are all just a short walk away. In just 0.25 kilometres you’ve got the Lido complex and in two kilometres awaits Funchal city centre. Here you’ll find stylish shopping centres, first-class restaurants and major attractions such as the Funchal Cable Car, wine tasting and more.