Come away with us to the city of Funchal and from here we’ll take you to the best of the mountains and oceans of this stunning Portuguese island. This is an adult only break, with a choice of active excursions to take in all that Madeira has to offer.

The dramatically mountainous island of Madeira is located 300 miles off the coast of West Africa. Known as the island of eternal Spring, in late October we’ll be enjoying temperatures in their mid-twenties. Its mountainous terrain is home to vineyards for Madeiran wine, and banana plantations which are traditionally paired with their gorgeous scabbard fish dish. Imagine green mountains, walks above the clouds along a network of water walkways, catamaran trips to see whales and dolphins in a Gulf Stream warmed sea (with lowest temperatures of 18 Celsius!) and tele-cabin trips up to luscious gardens with breath-taking views.

Madeira hosts an endless array of ‘Levada’ walks which start high in the mountains, some even above the clouds, and take you along easily accessible walks through forests and mountains. We’re excited to include a number of walks on our itinerary.

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Madeira is located 300miles from the coast of East Africa. Come away with us to the city of Funchal and from here we’ll take you to the best of the mountains and oceans of this stunning Portuguese island.

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

In the centre of Funchal, based in a series of restored Madeiran manor houses, is the Castanheiro Boutique Hotel. This medium sized hotel is a little piece of 4* luxury in a historical and quiet part of the city, thanks to its leafy side street location. Being a family-run independent hotel, there is a very friendly feel that we just love. There is an optional excursion timetable which has a brilliantly tailored itinerary of outings, but from the Castanheiro there is lots to explore locally if you’d like a more flexible trip.

  • The stunning rooftop space hosts an infinity pool, rooftop bar and jacuzzi where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, mountains and sea.
  • There’s also a peaceful indoor spa with sauna, pool, and bookable treatments for full relaxation!
  • The food is really something to talk about here and taking your time over breakfast is something we’d definitely advise.

The Rooms

The Food

Our holidays are half board and include an incredible breakfast buffet spread, along with an A La Carte menu and a set menu for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Just to say… we will do our best to cater for any dietary requirements, please let us know at the point of booking your holiday. 

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s bright courtyard or spacious and contemporary restaurant each morning. Along with the spread with local fruits, choices of breads and juices, full hot buffet, pastries, local Portuguese treats, fresh coffee, choices of teas, there is an A La Carte menu. ‘Cozinhados no momento’ or cooked on request menu included in your holiday which features ‘pancakes with bee honey and walnuts’, ‘crepes with sauteed fruits and ground cinnamon’, ‘scrambled eggs with fresh asparagus’ and more.

Each morning your Richmond host and ministry leader will be at breakfast to soak in the island pace with you.

Although lunch isn’t included in your holiday package, on a number of our outings and excursions we will be having lunch together in tavernas and restaurants on the island. We are based in the centre of Funchal and so there is an extensive list of restaurants and cafes at a stones throw to enjoy. The Castanheiro terrace and pool bar also has a light menu of sandwiches, salads and pizzas to have while enjoying the pool loungers and panoramic views.

For most nights we will be enjoying the hotel’s Tipografia restaurant with a different set menu each evening. Take your time over a three course dinner, with local delights and a Mediterranean feel. Example menus include:

Starter:
Feta cheese salad with dehydrated olives and lettuce selection
Smoked duck with red salad and mango vinaigrette

Main Course:
Braised pork fillet with sautéed potatoes and confit cherry tomato
Fish ling breaded with aromatic herbs on crushed potato and steamed broccoli

Dessert:
Tiramisú
Chocolate delight and red fruit jelly

Ministry

We believe a time away of fun and relaxation is the perfect opportunity to grow deeper in relationship with our awesome, loving God in the setting of His beautiful creation. Christian holidays in Madeira are an amazing way to meet others, spend time with our Heavenly Father and encourage each other.

Each day, our caring Ministry Leaders provide daily teaching and reflective prayer times. They are also available throughout the holiday to chat and pray with you and will be joining on a number of excursions. At meal times, both your Richmond host and Ministry Leaders will be present and this time of fellowship is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers over the course of your holiday.

Excursions From Resort

In addition to enjoying the facilities at the hotel itself and nearby shops, Richmond offers a range of excursions with opportunities to explore more of Madeira. Our hand-picked excursions deepen your experience of Madeira and offer those memory-making days, there’s something for everyone! Excursions will be available to pre-book from 4 weeks before the holiday. Here are some example trips we may operate:

Levada Walks, through the beautiful Serra D’Água Valley, along the peaks of Madeira and more: specially curated, guided walks just for our Richmond group 

Joining a walking tour, visiting the famous markets and historical side streets. We’ll take the telecabins up to luscious tropical and botanical gardens, with the opportunity to take the famous wicker baskets back down.

Our West Island Tour takes in the less-trodden side of the Island and includes a stop at Sao Vicente, with a vineyard tour with traditional Madeiran meal cooked by the owners. 

A Catamaran boat trip to take in the dramatic Madeiran coastline from the sea, with opportunities to see whales, dolphins, turtles and porpoises which are seen on over 80% of the outings.  

Getting There

FLIGHTS

Direct flights from the UK are available from London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh airports. It is a short 4 hour flight into the same timezone as the UK, but you’ve made it down to warm oceans and an island of eternal spring.

TRANSFERS

Transfers from Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (the official name for Funchal Airport), are available to book with us and take around 30 minutes to the hotel. These are pre-bookable for £40pp return and are available for flights booked through Richmond or independently. We will make all the arrangements for you in line with your chosen flights. 

ATOL PROTECTED PACKAGE

If you would like to to book an ATOL-protected flight package with Richmond, please call us on 020 3004 2661 to get your quote! With flights from London Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh, our packages include transfer to and from the hotel and are ATOL protected for your peace of mind.