Enjoy a blissful seafront escape at this elegant resort in Calheta, one of Madeira’s sunniest and prettiest spots.
This sophisticated west-coast hotel is a great option if you’re looking to explore more of Madeira than just its capital, Funchal. After a super-scenic airport transfer with views over the Atlantic Ocean you’ll reach the small port town of Calheta, where the multi-tiered Saccharum sits against a rocky mountain backdrop. Calheta was one of Madeira’s first areas to have golden sand imported from Morocco, and the hotel is only a stone’s throw from a neat little man-made beach and Marina da Calheta. Saccharum was built on the site of an old sugar cane mill; head to Galeria 1425 on the ground floor to see some of the immaculately preserved machinery. Add in bare-brick pillars and walls displaying photos of the island’s sugar cane history, and you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a secret art gallery.
The décor here was perfected by famous local interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, and the rooms have a stylish vibe – think sleek wooden floors, olive-green panelling and exquisite close-ups of sugar cane printed onto the walls. All rooms have balconies and superb marble bathrooms with walk-in showers, while some have kitchenettes. Choose one of the Suites to really soak up the sweeping sea views and to enjoy the hotel's Premium Experience – it includes extras like free unlimited use of the spa, plus exclusive access to The Club lounge on the top floor and the Premium Sundeck area with Indonesian-style sun loungers, Jacuzzi, showers and massage area.
There’s plenty to do in Calheta – we recommend visiting the internationally acclaimed Casa das Mudas Art Centre, trying local delicacies at the various restaurants or just taking a stroll along the seafront. The hotel has a great range of facilities and dining options, too. Indulge in a detoxifying scrub or hot stone massage at the sumptuous Saccharum Spa before choosing from three restaurants and four bars. The eighth floor has the airy Fly Lounge Bar as well as a rooftop infinity pool; sit at the water’s edge and gaze out over the ocean before grabbing a well-earned drink.
On the beachfront along Madeira’s west coast, around 25 minutes’ drive from the capital, Funchal
Good to know
Minimum age 16 in the spa.
243 rooms and suites with contemporary décor
3 restaurants, 5 bars
Breakfast at the main restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £30 • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant
Full Board from £55 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge