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Hotel Spotlight - Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro in Madeira

Nestled amidst the lush beauty of Madeira, the enchanting Casa Velha do Palheiro is tucked away within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, surrounded by Stunning gardens, botanical wonders, and sweeping views of Funchal Bay. This Relais & Chateaux property combines impeccable service, lots of on-property activities, breathtaking surroundings, and a rich historical ambiance for a truly extraordinary experience.


The Palheiro Estate is a historic estate dating back to the early 19th century. The Blandy family acquired the property in 1885, and successive generations have managed the transition from traditional farming to a luxury resort. Located just 15-minutes from Funchal city center, the Casa Velha do Palheiro is known for its elegant and traditional design, blending classic style with modern amenities. The original building was constructed as a hunting lodge built by the Conde de Carvalhal in 1804. The Historic building underwent a thorough restoration in 1997, and today it features a selection of 37 luxurious rooms and suites, each meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation. From elegant furnishings to plush bedding and modern amenities, every detail is crafted with the discerning traveler in mind. The rooms offer views of the gardens, mountains, or the ocean, ensuring a captivating backdrop to your stay.


One highlight of Casa Velha do Palheiro is its award-winning Palheiro Golf Course, which is located adjacent to the hotel. Designed by Cabell Robinson, the golf course offers 18 holes with beautiful views and challenging fairways. The hotel also boasts a renowned spa and wellness center, where guests can indulge in various treatments and therapies. The spa is known for its tranquil setting and offers a range of massages, facials, and body treatments, using natural and organic products. The facilities include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Turkish bath, a sauna, and a smart gymnasium, further enhancing the well-being experience. There's an all-weather tennis court next door and croquet on the lawn below the property.


Indulge in a culinary adventure at Casa Velha do Palheiro's restaurant, where the menu reflects the diverse flavors of Madeira. The award-winning Chef takes pride in showcasing the island's local produce, incorporating fresh ingredients into innovative and delectable dishes. With exceptional service and an impressive wine list featuring Madeira's renowned wines, dining here is an experience to savor.


The Palheiro Estate offers various outdoor activities and attractions, with massive gardens and walking trails. Guests can explore the estate's subtropical gardens, which are home to a wide variety of plants and flowers, or enjoy leisurely walks in the surrounding countryside. The gardens contain a myriad of forest species growing alongside mature camellias and exotics. Many generations of the Blandy family have personally nurtured the gardens, developing them into the masterpiece of biodiversity they are today. The estate also provides a habitat for over twenty species of birds—some of them very rare. Both Macaronesian Sparrowhawks—of which there are just nine pairs, and Madeira Laurel Pigeons—a protected species native to Madeira—can be spotted nesting in the gardens' trees.


Escape to Madeira on the Madeira Self-Drive Luxury retreat and discover for yourself why the 5-star Casa Velha do Palheiro is an idyllic destination for those seeking an unforgettable stay in Madeira. 


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