A really popular 4-star hotel located on the rocky Sao Martinho headland just over 3 kilometres from the centre of Funchal. Its position means that the hotel enjoys stunning sea views. Accommodation is in three separate buildings connected by covered walkways. The Forum shopping centre is just 400 metres from the hotel and it’s only a little bit further to several bars and local restaurants.
There’s a nice outdoor pool with a second heated one indoors with a whirlpool for those less sunny days. A gym and a sauna with beauty treatments and massage complete the hotel’s facilities. Please note that there is free access to the sauna and steam room between 17:00 and 21:00 – charges apply at other times.
Dining in Madeira is always a pleasure and as the Golden Residence hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast basis, you’re free to dine wherever you please and enjoy the cuisine for which the island is famous especially its seafood. Breakfast is served buffet style in the Golden Flavours restaurant. In the evenings relax over a drink or cocktail in the Golden View bar where there is regular live music.
Madeira’s mild climate makes it an ideal destination at any time of the year and it’s a beautiful island to get to know. The 500-year-old capital city of Funchal is best explored on foot. Don’t miss the 16th-century Gothic cathedral, the Farmers’ Market where you’ll be tempted to try bolo del mel (honey cake) which is delicious and the Säo Tiago fort which now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art.
It would be a shame not to stop off at one of the wine lodges and taste that Madeira wine! There are two world-renowned Botanical Gardens. The Madeira Botanical Gardens and the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens which you can reach by cable car and enjoy superb views on the way. If you’re hiring a car, head out of town and explore the levadas, the old irrigation channels which now open up some superb walks amid unspoilt and beautiful scenery.
There are plenty of boat trips on offer which give you to chance to search for whales and dolphins. Taking a dip knowing you’re actually swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is quite an experience. Madeira is world famous for its festivals. On New Year’s Eve the firework displays are legendary, matched only by the display for the Festival do Atlantico in June. If you come in April or May, you’ll be able to enjoy the renowned flower festival, Festa da Flor, which culminates in the colourful parade, the Cortejo Alegórico.