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The Vine Hotel, Funchal, Madeira
The prolific Madeiran interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, who has a fabulous shop and restaurant overlooking the nearby harbour, has worked her magic on this glamorous five-star hotel opened in 2009 above La Vie shopping centre. Rising to six floors, its star attraction is a rooftop terrace with a bar, pool and the sophisticated, dinner-only Uva restaurant. Inspired by vine and wine, the rooms and public areas have a theatrical, full-bodied style that demands attention. Most guests check in for leisure rather than business, staying up to five nights and relishing The Vine's high standards and the easy walk into the city centre to admire Funchal's historic squares, engaging museums and bountiful Mercado das Lavradores.
The Vine sits above the full-blown La Vie shopping centre which has a good supermarket - handy if you need cash, a snack or maybe some new shoes?
The hotel is a short walk from the seafront with great views of the ocean.
By plane: there are direct flights to Madeira from London and Manchester (4 hours). The hotel is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Great for couples on city breaks; design hotel addicts; hen parties; fans of a panoramic roof terrace with a bar, pool and jacuzzi. Funchal is spread around a natural amphitheatre so the rooftop views at sunset, and then of the city lights at night, are enchanting.
Service & Facilities
We love soaking up the rays on the roof terrace followed by a gentle cool-off in the pool to some background lounge beats.
- Swimming pool
- Roof terrace
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
There is a choice of seven categories, with the Deluxe rooms on the fifth floor particularly appealing. Connoisseurs of design hotels will appreciate the many deft touches, from crinkle-pleated drapes to grape-shaped closet door handles that echo the hotel logo.
Atrium View Room, Deluxe Superior Room, Deluxe Prestige Room, Grand Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Design Suite, Panoramic Design Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, hairdryer, TV, air conditioning, Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The buffet breakfast served in the Terra Lounge is a lavish spread including local fruits and honey, homemade jams and sparkling wine - a fine place to plan your day with tips from the hotel's ever-helpful staff. We love the sublime risotto made with lobster bisque and crowned with a trio of local fish: trigger, scabbard and golden bream.
Uva: Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for dinner.
Terra Lounge: buffet breakfasts.