Starting at $1199 per person, this luxury retreat covers six nights at a 5-star oceanside resort in Madeira, international airfare, daily breakfast and roundtrip transfers. This deal saves $210 on putting this together on your own, which would be tricky to do since the flights can be thousands of dollars more on certain days of the week.
Madeira is still a relatively new destination for North American travellers, but the allure of this Portuguese island is catching on since it was named the World's Leading Island Destination in 2015 by the World Travel Awards. The 2016 winner hasn't been announced yet, but Madeira has again been nominated for the award.
Here's why this European island is considered the hidden gem of the Atlantic:
Depart from Toronto for $1199 on select dates November 2016 - January 2017. Surrounding dates are also available.
The 5-star Pestana Carlton Madeira is situated on top of a cliff with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. The resort is tucked away enough to give a secluded feel but is a 10-minute walk from the centre of town. There are four restaurants and two bars on-site, plus two saltwater pools with steps leading down to the ocean. There's also a full-service spa, which has a heated pool. There are tennis courts and a diving school on-site, and the hotel can arrange off-site adventures like paragliding, yachting and windsurfing.
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