Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel and Villas

At the Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel and Villas, the pool takes centre stage. Comfy loungers line up around the edge and provide beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the emerald-coloured sea in the distance.

Everything’s super smart and chic here, so expect to be wowed by modern amenities and interiors that wouldn’t look out of place in an interior design magazine.

Minimalist decor sets a relaxed tone in the restaurant that offers laid-back dining options. There’s also an al fresco terrace here, so you can dine by the pool. If you’re in the mood for daytime snacks or a freshly-mixed cocktail, there’s a bar next door to the restaurant. Here, double doors also open onto the deck.

Overview of Cabeco da Ponta

For amazing mountain scenery and footprint-free beaches, head on a holiday to Porto Santo.

The sights and attractions here are some of Portugal’s best-kept secrets, so expect an off-grid escape. The entire island is only 11 kilometres long and six kilometres wide, so you’ll find everything within easy reach.

The Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel and Villas can be found in Cabeco Da Ponta. Here you can relax on the sandy beaches, hike on the mountain trails, enjoy a glass of wine with a stunning view and sample the delicious local cuisine. During a stay here, you’ll feel like you’ve found your own personal paradise.

Things to do in Porto Santo

When you stay at the Pestana Ilha Dourada Hotel and Villas, you’re only a stone’s throw away from one of Europe’s top-rated beaches. After a five-minute walk, you’ll land on this huge, biscuit-coloured stretch of sand. There’s so much room here that you may feel like it’s reserved only for you.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are both available down here and there are plenty of excursions and dives available, including a trip to a sunken freighter. For something more relaxing, you can see the turtles on a boat tour.

Further afield, you’re only a 10-minute drive away from Vila Baleira. The largest resort on the island, the central square’s home to plenty of cafes and shops. There’s also a Christopher Columbus museum here, which honours the city’s most famous former resident.

A tranquil island with quiet stretches of golden sand, in Porto Santo you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing break.

Resort Summary

The tiny village of Cabeco da Ponta is the perfect spot to get away from it all. It’s home to a couple of shops, a few restaurants and luxury accommodation, providing you with everything you need for a relaxing break. The village is nestled into Porto Santo’s dramatic volcanic landscape, perched on the island’s stunning six-mile-long beach.

This beautiful stretch of golden sand leads down to a vibrant, cobalt ocean. Even in the height of summer, it never gets too crowded, and that’s the way the locals like it. It’s the perfect spot for peaceful ocean dips and quiet sunset walks. The beach offers some amenities, too. There are sunloungers and parasols to rent, as well as lockers and showers.​