Madeira, the pearl of the Atlantic, the birthplace of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, the home of a prehistoric forest, classified as UNESCO World Heritage. And that’s not all. There’s also the Madeira Wine, the gastronomy, the incredible landscapes, the amazing hotels, the lovely people. All packed on an island with its own subtropical climate, the eternal spring, as CNN has called it.
And this brings me to New Years Eve. Have you thought about what you’re going to do for 2017/2018 New Years celebrations?
Well, Funchal in Madeira might be just what you need. In the mix of the multiple tourism awards, Madeira has also been voted as the “Best Destination to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Europe”, an award given by European Best Destinations. New Year’s Eve in Madeira includes a fabulous display of fireworks, once recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest in the world. A display that can be seen in the centre of Funchal, the capital, which transforms into a beautiful multi-coloured amphitheatre on that special night.
Here are the top 5 hotels where to spend new years eve in Madeira this year:
Choose this hotel for the sea view, the proximity to the beach, the salt-water pool with a private sea access, the free transportation to two different golf courses and the delicious breakfasts. Book now and you’ll only pay €480 for a 4-night stay during the new years eve weekend.
Stay here for the lovely room with sea views (ask for a room with a balcony), for the comfy beds, for the staff who will go out of their way to help you with anything you may want. Then there’s also the location, it’s near the old city centre, and the São Martinho Boardwalks, perfect for a morning walk or a run. There’s also an abundant breakfast included in the bill and a lively piano bar with reasonably priced drinks. Right now it’s €744 for 4-nights.
The all-inclusive experience. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks with an option to take picnics when you’re away on tours. All paid for once you book this hotel. And then there’s the beach, literally one minute away, the gardens, the staff, the amazing pool, the late check-out, and the free shuttles to the centre of Funchal. 4 nights will cost you €988 but trust me, it will be worth it.
Visit if you’d like to stay in a brand new hotel, inaugurated less than a month ago, or if you want to have a front row to this year’s fireworks. The rooftop is amazing and the ponchas highly alcoholic and very sweet, as one would expect.
€769 for four nights.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live inside a botanical garden, this is your chance. Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden in Caniço, is only 15 minutes away by car from Funchal and it’s so worth the drive. Quinta is known for having one of the biggest spas in Madeira and a botanical garden so rich you will want to photograph every single plant and flower. Four days here will cost you €824.