Madeira's All Inclusive hotels give peaceful prospects, even in the capital
After your four-hour flight to Madeira, transfers to the All Inclusive resorts along the southern coast are nice and short, with Santa Cruz and Canico de Baixo within 15 minutes’ drive, and Funchal in the 45-minute range.
Madeira’s capital, Funchal, is bustling but not too big, with a picturesque old town and marina plus lots of shops, bars and restaurants housed in grand buildings. Many of the All Inclusive hotels are a little way from the centre so they can have bigger grounds and a closer proximity to the lido and excellent Formosa Beach.
To the east are Canico de Baixo and Santa Cruz – both peaceful and beautiful places to stay All Inclusive, and each having a lido. In Canico de Baixo, most All Inclusive hotels are located in the newer Baixo area and you’ll find excellent restaurants in the nearby old town. Further east, Santa Cruz has a waterpark, market and plenty of watersports, including a surf school.
Madeira isn’t known for its sandy beaches, with the majority of sunbathing done at lidos and on bathing platforms, but there are some good exceptions along with plenty of pebbly beaches to pick a sunbed on.
Pebbly Formosa Beach is the largest in Funchal and All Inclusive hotels tend to hang around this end of town. Canico de Baixo and Santa Cruz both have pebbly beaches offering plenty of watersports, with Santa Cruz’s Palmeiras Beach also having two swimming pools at hand. If you must have sand, stay at the Savoy Calheta Beach to be right on Calheta’s golden sandy beach and next to the marina.
What's included in your holiday
As well as buffet meals, drinks and activities, many All Inclusive hotels have extra perks – just check the hotel information to see exactly what’s covered. Our selection of Madeira’s All Inclusive hotels have generous a la carte dining offerings, pools ranging from Olympic size to heated indoor numbers, and include use of watersports equipment, kids’ clubs and shuttle buses.
Other popular holidays in Portugal
For an equally idyllic Portugal island getaway, you could go All Inclusive in Porto Santo, or in the tried and tested Algarve region of southern Portugal. We can’t blame you for thinking All Inclusive in Madeira is the way to go though – to find your perfect Madeiran All Inclusive hotel, read on.
Right by the beach, Vila Gale Santa Cruz has a sea-view, Olympic-sized pool with lanes and a bar for drinks on your lounger. The excellent entertainment covers Madeiran nights to reptile shows to live music on Sunday nights, or you can just relax at one of the two bars for inclusive drinks, including wines from the hotel's own vineyard. The main restaurant has both buffet and set-menu meals and you get dinner at the a la carte restaurant once per stay. Also included is a kids' club and free shuttle bus to Funchal.
In a prime position right by Calheta's marina and on a sandy shore, aptly named Calheta Beach even has its own bar on the sand for inclusive cocktails and snacks. Meanwhile the indoor bar hosts karaoke nights and shows from dancing to magic. The daytime All Inclusive offering covers playing a game of pool beside the pool to learning Portuguese or using a kayak. And the gym, sauna, whirlpool and Turkish bath are all free, with a charge for spa treatments. After all that activity, head to the buffet or choose set-menu and a la carte dining twice each per week.