Quinta da Casa Branca details
A plush five-star retreat, Quinta da Casa Branca combines to-die-for décor with gardens that were made for romance.
Set in sub-tropical gardens, the Quinta da Casa Branca is the place to get back to nature. The grounds are nothing short of spectacular. In fact, with so many exotic flowers and trees like Pink Snowballs and African Tulip Trees, the hotel has name-tagged them in response to guest demand. And with around three Zen-like acres, they make superb strolling territory.
As gorgeous as they are, it’s not the gardens that make the headlines here. The main attraction is the building itself. A long, contemporary glass building more reminiscent of an art gallery than a hotel, it was critically acclaimed for its modern design when it was unveiled. In fact, it was awarded the ‘City of Funchal Architecture Prize’ in 1999. On top of that, the property is a member of ‘The Small Luxury Hotels of the World’, so you know you’re in for something special.
You can see why it’s held in such high esteem the minute you step inside. The lobby’s polished wood floors and trendy white sofas give it an exclusive but laid-back feel. But it’s the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that really steal the show.
Design-wise, the rest of the place follows suit. There are several areas where you can relax with a drink, including a terrace and cocktail bar. The library lounge deserves special mention for its chic style. Ditto the bedrooms. Painted in warm, modern tones, they don’t scrimp on the space and come with extras like minibars and personalised bathrobes. And because they’re all on the ground floor, terraces have direct access to the gardens.
The food matches the hotel’s five-star status. For sheer elegance, it has to be the classy Casa da Quinta à la carte where contemporary Portuguese cuisine is the order of the day. Set in the middle of the breathtaking gardens, go for the Garden Pavilion restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.
With all this, plus a swimming pool, a fitness centre and a spa, it’s no wonder this peaceful oasis comes so highly recommended.
Location• 150m to nearest shops • 15 minutes' walk to promenade and lido area • 30 minutes' walk to Funchal centre
30 minutes to 1 hour
• Heated swimming pool • Sun terraces • Poolside snack bar • Landscaped gardens
• Dining room in separate building • Buffet breakfast in Garden Pavilion restaurant • Dinner for Half Board guests is table d'hôte • Gourmet and à la carte restaurant 'Casa da Quinta' for dinner • Flexible dining option available: 7 nights Half Board on 14 night holidays and 3 nights Half Board on 7 night holidays. Meals can be taken on any day. Please contact our pre-travel team to add a flexible dining package to your booking.
• Gym • Spa packages • Sauna • Massage • Whirlpool bath • Turkish bath • Phytoceane spa with body and facial treatments
• Lounge • Bar • Library • Card room
Luggage may be transported separately on the coach transfer.
All rooms have air-conditioning/heating, cable TV, phone, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, slippers and bathrobes. Standard rooms have twin beds and a 3rd bed which is suitable for a child up to 12 years, they are all on the ground floor and have a garden terrace with direct access to the garden.
We also offer Superior rooms.
Superior rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 1 child - 3rd bed is only suitable for child up to 12 yrs, with a queen-size bed, DVD player, CD player, complimentary internet access, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony/terrace.
Sparkling wine on arrival if you are celebrating your anniversary. Sparkling wine and fruit on arrival for honeymooners
Extra Local Charges
Some facilities may incur extra local charges, please see the A-Z Guide