Santa Cruz, Portugal

Vila Galé Santa Cruz

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Why We Love It

  • A modern 4-star hotel overlooking the Atlantic in the picturesque town of Santa Cruz
  • The town centre is within a 6-minute walk, & there's a free shuttle bus to it & Funchal
  • The rooms & suites are stylish & spacious, with furnished balconies & free Wi-Fi; some have ocean views
  • The hotel has two restaurants, three bars, a huge outdoor pool & a spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, gym & treatment rooms


Map & Directions

A taxi from the airport costs £4, but there's a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel (book in advance). Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz is a contemporary 4-star hotel on the coast in the picturesque town of Santa Cruz, near the airport, with dramatic views of the North Atlantic Ocean. 

While not a large town, downtown Santa Cruz -- within a 6-minute walk from the hotel -- is a pleasant community with a range of bars, cafés and restaurants. The hotel offers free shuttle transportation to Santa Cruz and back, as well as to Funchal. Funchal's highlights include the attractive Cathedral of Our Lady, Santa Catarina Park and the Presidential Palace Gardens. The art gallery and local heritage museum Solar do Ribeirinho-Núcleo Museológico in Machico is a 9-minute drive from the hotel. Golfers will want to check out Madeira's oldest course, Clube de Golf Santo da Serra in Santo Antonio da Serra, which is within an 11-minute drive from the hotel. Also in Santo Antonio da Serra, Quinta do Riacho offers horseback riding tours and other activities in the beautiful national Parque Natural Ribeira Primeira. Pico de Areiro and Pico das Torres are popular with hikers and mountain climbers; access to the peaks is a 28-minute drive from the hotel. The spacious rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, safes, mini bars and furnished balconies, most with ocean or pool views. There are also wheelchair-adapted rooms. Room service is available. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included in the room price.
The hotel features two restaurants and three bars. Other amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa with an indoor heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a hot tub. There is a 24-hour reception, and laundry service. 



  • Kids' club
  • Games room
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: EUR 7.50 per day
  • Facilities fee: EUR 11 and includes use of:

  • - Spa

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: EUR 35
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: EUR 35
  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.00 per person, per night, up to 5 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 18 years of age.
  • Resort fee: EUR 1 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Effective January 1, 2016, a tourist tax of EUR 1 per person, per night, will be charged and collected at the property. This tax does not apply from the 6th night of stay and children 17 and below are exempt. This amount has been determined by the local administration. For further details, please contact the property using the information contained in the confirmation received after booking.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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