07 Aug 2018 4188
Sofia Vasconcelos www.frommadeiratomars.com

A day at The Cliff Bay Hotel

To enjoy every minute of a stay at The Cliff Bay is to fulfil a dream.

From check-in to dinner on the pier, to waking with the sea view or the unforgettable sights over Funchal bay, there are moments, that I will cherish forever.  

The Cliff Bay Hotel, has received several awards and prizes, namely the Best 5-star Hotel in Portugal (Trivago Awards 2018) and Traveler's Choice 2018 (Tripadvisor). After staying there, it's easy to understand why...

Have you ever wondered what to do for a day at The Cliff Bay Hotel?

In this article, I describe 24 hours at The Cliff Bay Hotel to inspire you on your next stay.

2 PM The arrival.

As soon as I enter the hall, through the beautiful wooden revolving door, there is a lovely floral arrangement whose perfume and colours captivate my senses. At the reception, a glass of sparkling wine is expecting me, as well as the essential information about the hotel. On Friday there is "Sushi by the sea", an experience you do not want to miss! I reserve it for dinner. On the opposite side of the reception, the blue of the sea is reflected in the vast glass windows. What an excellent way to begin...

3 PM The room

My spacious room overlooks the city bay, the spectacular amphitheatre, which is Funchal. Inhaled by the views, I sit on the porch, to enjoy this personal quality time. I hear birds singing, and I contemplate the gardens, next to the immensity of the sea. Down below, by the pool, I watch the other guests. There is a feeling of peace that reigns in the air, on one side people read books or newspapers, on the other, they rest on the loungers, in-between loose conversations. I begin to relax... I could have made other plans for that afternoon, a massage at the SPA, an afternoon tea with homemade scones and petit fours ... but this invitation is just as seductive. Staying in the comfort of my room with that sea view is all I need. I stop, I look, and I let myself travel through the moment.

5 PM Indoor swimming pool

To complete my relaxing afternoon, I take a walk through the gardens and visit the Cactus Bar, to taste their famous fruit juices. I go for a dip in the SPA pool, which has covered and uncovered areas with passage through the pool cascade and the jacuzzi. The sun goes high, and I lie on the lounger, listening to the relaxing sound of running water. There are pool towels always available at the pool reception. One feels so good here.

7 PM "Sushi on the Pier"

One of the peculiarities of The Cliff Bay is to have small quays, by the sea, characteristic of the coast of Funchal. I walk down the white steps, following the arrows that indicate the evening event, "Sushi by the sea." I am attracted to the sea and the sounds of the Dj, whose music goes well with cocktails, and an ideal sunset for incurable romantics. In addition to sushi and sashimi, decorated with flowers, I try the steak with sweet potato and finish with a duet of sesame ice cream and matcha. Everything is perfect and delicious: taste, presentation, service and ambience.

9:30 PM Live Music

The evening ends with traditional Madeiran music, with the fun and very particular "Banda d'Além", at "The Cliff Bar & Bistro". So much fun!

8 AM Awakening on the balcony

After a restful sleep, on one of the best beds I've ever slept in, I woke up with this beautiful view. The image speaks for itself.

9 AM Breakfast at The Rose Garden Restaurant

Under a warm sun and shady trees, I enjoy my breakfast at The Rose Garden. The buffet is varied and rich in quality, presenting the most diverse flavours, whether the continental breakfast or the English one. Highlights for me were the fresh fruit and a typical Madeiran speciality, called "douradas". The daily news is distributed in various languages, the ideal excuse for an extended breakfast, with coffee in the Navigator's Lounge. Undoubtedly one of the best views of the Island ...

10 AM Outdoor swimming pool, salt water

I take the opportunity to swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the solarium. There are flowers everywhere, and nooks and crannies to rest by the sea. I go to sleep on the cushioned beds. It's impossible not to relax here!

12 PM Check-out

It's time to check out, and I do not feel like leaving The Cliff Bay Hotel at all. I extend my stay with a lunch in the turquoise blue restaurant, "The Blue Lagoon", next to the pool. I follow the chef's suggestion, and I recommend the Blue Lagoon Fish Stew. Do not miss this dish, you’ll love it!

For a long time, I wanted to know the pleasures of a stay at The Cliff Bay.

I found peace, exemplary service, comfort, unforgettable views, delicious food and a charming atmosphere.

Thank you, PortoBay.

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