“A classic, classy Funchal retreat, with stunning fine dining, acres of tropical garden and a full spa”
The 49 rooms and 2 restaurants are spread between the original Manor House and a modern glass-walled Quinta. Acres of surrounding botanical gardens and banana plantations mean you can always find a quiet corner. Unwind with sumptuous treatments in the spa, eat exquisite food (scabbard fish with Champagne mousse, scallops over asparagus puree), read books by the heated outdoor pool. This is the kind of elusive retreat where you can vanish entirely from the clamour of daily life - yet should you want it, the fun of Funchal is just a 15-minute walk away, beyond the high, ivy-clad walls.
- An excellent fine-dining restaurant, plus a casual garden bistro
- Two heated pools (one adults-only) and a lovely spa for relaxation-to-the-core
- The 5 Manor Suites in the original Manor House, with beautiful antique furniture, 18th-century paintings and modern luxuries
- Highly trained and professional staff; they run a very tight
- Set in central Funchal, within walking distance of the sea and Old Town - yet it feels like a hidden retreat
- Pricey but worth the splurge
- On the large side (49 rooms), but there's masses of space
- Won't suit those who want a buzzy scene; it's popular with an older crowd
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurants and bar open daily
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Most of the rooms are set in the striking modern Quinta, and vary from the cheapest Garden Rooms up to more spacious Premium Rooms, then Deluxe Suites. Décor is classic rather than innovative, but they are very comfortable, and each has a private slice of terrace overlooking the gardens.
If you can afford a splurge, the fit-for-a-king Manor House Suites are worth every Euro. Set in the original Manor House, 100m from the main hotel, each of them is different, with individual character and unique original furniture - this building was once the personal home of the Leacock family, of Madeira wine fame. Expect top-end toiletries, high thread-count sheets and Nespresso machines, as well as a balcony or terrace, fabulous antique features and 18th-century paintings.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast is a sumptuous buffet, served in the Garden Pavillion, with the quality of food being the standout shining feature. We ate our fill (and then some) of melt-in-the-mouth blue cheese focaccia, avocado and tomato salad, and (of course) homemade Madeira cake. There's a full menu of hot options (extra cost) in case you can't live without a bacon and egg fix.
For lunchtimes and evenings, the hotel has a range of options, from laid-back a la carte in the Garden Pavillion to world-class fine dining in the opulent Dining Room restaurant in the Manor House. In the name of research, we sampled the best of the latter’s excellent culinary delights (scabbard fish with Champagne mousse, scallops over asparagus puree, Madeiran banana pie) and declared it the most divine dinner we had in Madeira. We absolutely recommend following the house’s suggested Portuguese wine pairings, too.
Other restaurants are a walk away; ask reception to advise.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Spend a morning in the beautiful spa: we love the sound of the Chinese-inspired calligraphic massage with pink granite gems
- Or have a Shiatsu massage in the garden
- Swim in the heated outdoor pools, or lounge in the sun, bask in the peace and read
- Walk the cobbled streets of Funchal’s charming Old Town, with its winding rows of quaint shops and restaurants, and historic buildings and churches
- Picnic in Funchal’s world-famous tropical Botanical Gardens
- If you’ve a head for heights, take the scenic cable-car journey up the hill to the village of Monte
- Spend a day on the beach or go sailing
- Hike one of Madeira’s stunning levada (irrigation canal) walks, high up amongst the clouds; reception can advise
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
While families are very welcome, there are no specific facilities or activities for children. Quinta da Casa Branca’s quiet elegance is best suited to small families with babies or self-sufficient teenagers. There is a large heated main pool and acres of gardens, which kids will love.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Garden and Premium Rooms can fit a baby cot or extra bed for a child aged 2-12. Older children/additional adults will need a separate room. Manor House Suites are for 2 adults only.
Baby cots and high chairs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking