"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:
Depart from London Gatwick on 8, 15 July; 28, 30 September; 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 October. Depart from 20 July-23 September for an extra £50.
Depart from Manchester or Leeds Bradford for an extra £20. Alternatively, you can depart from East Midlands, London Luton or Birmingham for an additional £30; and Glasgow or Newcastle 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 won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2012. 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 access, 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". The free tour included in this deal starts with a visit to Eira do Serrado, a dramatic viewpoint overlooking Curral das Freiras (Nun's Valley). The volcanoes surrounding Curral das Freiras are said to have forced the landmass that is now known as Madeira out of the sea. You'll then travel to the village of Monte by coach, overlooking Funchal some 600-800 metres above sea level. For a small supplement you can ascend to Monte on a gondola lift and then descend on a traditional toboggan pushed by two locals.
Add shared transfers for an extra £20 per person, or private transfers for an extra £32 per person. Single room supplements are available from £224 per person.