The Cliff Bay

At a glance

  • Fantastic location on a clifftop with direct sea access
  • Two-Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Excellent range of spa treatments

The Cliff Bay


This highly sophisticated retreat has spellbinding views, elegant facilities and Michelin-starred dining.

This renowned resort is in a spectacular and dramatic clifftop spot, with enchanting Atlantic Ocean views. It’s surrounded by beautifully manicured tropical gardens, where you’ll find plenty of secluded corners shaded by palm trees.

After an indulgent Champagne breakfast, take the lift down from the clifftop and make your way to the sunbathing platform by the hotel’s jetty to enjoy views across the bay to Funchal, or there’s direct sea access for swimming and snorkelling. The pool area is equally gorgeous – cool off in one of the two pools or grab a terrace table at the Blue Lagoon Snack Bar & Restaurant for delicious fresh salads and barbecued fish. Dining options are excellent – for bold Mediterranean flavours, choose The Rose Garden buffet restaurant, or for something special, you have Madeira’s first two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Gallo d’Oro. Chef Benoît Sinthon combines fresh local ingredients to create a fabulously aromatic menu. After dinner, it’s time for a Madeira Night cocktail and live music at Le Cliff Bar & Bistro.

Rooms have views of the land, sea or Funchal. Upgrade to one of the lovely upper-floor Superior Sea View Rooms to enjoy complimentary soft drinks from the minibar and à la carte breakfast at Il Gallo d’Oro.


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Key information

In the Bay of Funchal, perched on the clifftop, with breathtaking ocean views

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minutes' private transfer from Madeira airport
Rooms: 202

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
The Cliff Bay is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 12th in the Top 25 Hotels in Portugal category for 2020.

Good to know

Minimum stay: 7 nights 23 Dec-03 Jan. Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

Accommodation information

202 rooms and suites


• Enjoy traditional afternoon tea on the terrace*, with the possibility of an accompanying violinist* • Book a private candlelit dinner for two, with Champagne and strawberries* • Take the free shuttle bus to the centre of Funchal.


3 restaurants, (1 with two Michelin-stars - à la carte), 3 bars

What's included

Breakfast at The Rose Garden (or at Il Gallo d’Oro for Superior Room guests).

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board from £44 • Breakfast at The Rose Garden (or at Il Gallo d’Oro for Superior Room guests) • Dinner at The Rose Garden

Full Board from £74 • Breakfast at The Rose Garden (or at Il Gallo d’Oro for Superior Room guests) • Lunch at Le Cliff Bar & Bistro or The Blue Lagoon • Dinner at The Rose Garden.

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*Denotes local charge