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Porto Santa Maria, Funchal


★★★★4 star
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Porto Santa Maria, pool

Overlooking the sea in Funchal's old town, Porto Santa Maria hotel is an oasis of calm in the bustling city. Surrounded by subtropical gardens and with the lapping waves proving a peaceful soundtrack, it is easy switch off and relax here. A spa, gymnasium and a choice of swimming pools are among the facilities on offer, as well as a private sun terrace overlooking the ocean. Hotel guests can wander straight out onto the seafront promenade, ideal for romantic walks. Meanwhile, just behind the hotel is the old centre of Funchal, with bars, restaurants and shops. The historic Sao Tiago Fort sits just to the left.

A breakfast buffet is served at the hotel's restaurant, Arsenal, and includes a wide array of dishes to please all appetites. For lunch and dinner, there are themed buffets with international cuisine or an à la a carte option. The Captain's Bar is the spot for an aperitif or an evening drink. With a terrace overlooking the seafront, it is perfect for sitting back and relaxing while watching the cruise ships dock in the port. There are also live music performances at night. The hotel's poolside Promenade Bar serves drinks and snacks such as club sandwiches, hamburgers and ice creams throughout the day.

Porto Santa Maria has an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, as well as a large indoor pool, both are open from 8am each morning. There are also three Jacuzzis to choose from, including one outside on the harbour terrace, which has panoramic views of Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean. The spa at Porto Santa Maria has a large menu of relaxing treatments, as well as beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures. Why not try the sumptuous hot chocolate or scented red wine body massages? There are also several treatments designed specifically for men.

There are 146 well-appointed bedrooms starting from the studios with a garden view, up to the junior suite. All have tea and coffee-making facilities and internet access. There are rooms available for people with disabilities.

The winding streets of Funchal's old town date back to the 15th century, and the yellow and terracotta hues of the buildings provide an idyllic backdrop. The photogenic Mercado dos Lavradores, or farmer's market, is rich with delicious local produce, while the Arte de Portas Abertas project, which saw artists transform the doors of more than 200 houses, gives this place true character.

Funchal Airport is approximately 30-minutes' drive away from Porto Santa Maria.

Porto Santa Maria is an adults only hotel and the minimum age is 16 years.

Family Rooms

Porto Santa Maria will confirm interconnecting rooms on a request basis.


Porto Santa Maria has achieved Travelife Gold certification for sustainability.

A member of the Porto Bay Group.

  • Adapted rooms available
  • Fitness room
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Wifi in public areas

Studio Ocean Facing View contains a Balcony or Terrace, Bath with Shower, Safe (no charge), Tea and Coffee Making, Wifi (no charge)

Suite View contains a Balcony or Terrace, Bath with Shower, Safe (no charge), Separate Lounge, Tea and Coffee Making, Wifi (no charge)

Studio View contains a Balcony or Terrace, Bath with Shower, Safe (no charge), Tea and Coffee Making, Wifi (no charge)

Studio Partial Ocean View contains a Balcony or Terrace, Bath with Shower, Safe (no charge), Tea and Coffee Making, Wifi (no charge)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Arsenal bar. The restaurant serves internationally inspired cuisine and alternatively themed buffets as well as à la carte options and a weekly gourmet flavour.

Breakfast- 7.30am – 10.30am
Lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Dinner 7.00pm – 10.00pm

*Dress code for dinner- Casual, no shorts or beach sandals are allowed.

It’s the simple pleasures in life, drinks, sea breeze and the sounds of good music. Gaze upon the sea and watch boats come and go or simply sit and read enjoying the wonderful atmosphereor the weekly programme of live music.

Open 6pm – 12am

This bar provides a perfect atmosphere by the pool with views of the sea. Guests can replenish with a refreshing drink or light meal whilst watching the activities of the nearby harbour.

Open 11am – 6pm

Awaken the senses and get the body back in to realignment with the spa at Porto Santa Maria. Soak up perfumed aromas and mixtures of essential plant oils to bring balance and relaxation. The hotels 3 Jacuzzis and sauna are a perfect place to relax. A hot stone massage or reflexology foot massage is highly recommended, or alternatively enjoy one of their several beauty treatments.

Porto Santa Maria puts emphasis on the benefits of improving posture and exercising to relieve stress. The gym facilities available are a great way to benefit both body and mind.

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Hotel Summary

Porto Santa Maria, pool

Porto Santa Maria


ROOMS: 146


NEAREST AIRPORT: Funchal Airport

TRANSFER TIME: Approx 30 mins


Adult Only
Beach Resort Hotel


Adult Only

Beach Resort Hotel

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As an adults only property, this hotel proves popular with guests loyally returning year after year to enjoy its great location right beside the ocean and close to the Old Town