|Funchal, the island's capital,
with Manors and gardens that descend into the ocean, evokes in some, ideas
of the Garden of Eden..
Madeira was discovered quite by chance by Zarco in 1419, and named after the forest that once covered the island ("Madeira" meaning "wood" in Portuguese). The island became a regular port of call for trading ships to the New World and later to India.
The rugged peaks we see today are the highest points of a massive sub-marine mountain range raised by volcanic eruptions around 20 million years ago (the Canaries and Azores appeared at the same time).
Consequently, Madeira is
blessed with rich volcanic soil which supports a myriad of exotic plants
and flowers both native to the island and brought from foreign climes during
the Age of Discovery.
The original house is very luxurious, it still retains the feeling of a private house with fine paintings and beautiful antique furniture.
There is an elegant a la
carte restaurant renowned for its first-class cuisine, and in one of the
annexes there is another attractive restaurant which serves buffet breakfast
and table d'hote lunches and dinners.
The remaining accommodation is also located in the new annexe.
Some of the twin rooms offer a garden view There are also 'de luxe' rooms with large balconies and 'superior' twins with balcony.
All rooms have a private bathroom, mini bar, cable television, wi-fi, telephone, air-conditioning, safe and hair dryer.
Facilities at the Hotel include
24 hour room service, billiard room, solarium, gymnasium, jacuzzi, sauna,
heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, lush spacious gardens and car park.
The hotel has special rates at some golf courses.
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