"Old-fashioned charm, wild mountains and relaxed inhabitants" are Madeira's calling cards, according to The Daily Telegraph, while World Travel Guide simply calls it "Portugal's most beautiful island". Explore this Atlantic retreat for yourself for £549 per person.
Saving £260 on the original price, the deal includes return flights to Funchal with a 20kg of luggage allowance and seven nights' accommodation at the 4-star Pestana Bay Hotel on an all-inclusive board
Depart from London Gatwick on 28, 30 September; 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 October. For departures between 26 August-23 September add an extra £50.
Monday departures are also available from Manchester or Leeds Bradford on the same dates for an extra £20. Alternatively, you can depart from East Midlands, London Luton, Birmingham, Glasgow or Newcastle on the same dates for an additional £40.
Pestana Bay Hotel is in a quiet location on the outskirts of Funchal, with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo Girão -- one of the highest cliffs in Europe. It recently won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The hotel has direct access to Praia Formosa (pictured), the longest beach on the island.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a children's pool, a Jacuzzi, a playground, a Turkish bath, a fitness centre, landscaped gardens, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and two bars. All rooms are sea-facing. Arlequim Restaurant has ocean views and themed buffet evenings, and the bar hosts live music and shows six nights a week. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as are soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks (from 11am to 11pm).
A 10-minute drive from the hotel, Funchal harbour is described by World Travel Guide as "one of the most spectacular bays in the world, rivaling even Rio de Janeiro's harbour".
Add shared transfers for an extra £20 per person, or private transfers for an extra £32 per person. Single room supplements start from £224 per person.