Estalagem Ponta do Sol is a Design hotel, on a cliff at about 20 minutes out of Funchal.
Estalagem Ponta do Sol
The Estalagem Ponta do Sol sits on top of a cliff. Parking the car in the small road that leads up to the hotel is a challenge, especially when done in reverse… The center of the hotel is a charming old house, where the bar and a library are situated. Around that house, a terrace and a lounge area welcome you to take a break. The mixture of modern and old give the place its charm.
A part of the rooms is built so that it overlooks the cliff, and where you can see the ocean right below your window, but 100 meter below you.
Over the years, we’ve had some issues in the restaurant, but on most occasions we ate well here when we returned in time for dinner. The staff in the dining room at Estalagem Ponta do Sol is committed to their clients.
The rooms are spacious. But for a design hotel, some bizarre choices were made: there are three styles of faucets, and the double beds are actually single beds put next to each other. The whole complex is built in a very minimal style, that gives it an aspect of peace. Walking around the hotel, gives a sense of belonging.
The library on the first floor of the older part allows to sit quietly with a book or play some chess. The terrace on the ground floor and the grass area around it are perfect to grab a drink after a day filled with activities, such as golf or levada walks on Madeira. Or you can overlook the sunset over the town of Ponta do Sol.
The endless pool sits close enough to the rooms to get there, and far enough away not to have a noise issue when trying to take a nap. A bar below the pool leads to a second terrace, that overlooks the ocean.
My favorite hotel in Madeira, hands down.
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