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Casa Velha do Palheiro - Madeira Island

Nestling in rolling hills above Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, the five-star Casa Velha do Palheiro is a charming country house hotel that enjoys a privileged location within the Palheiro Estate next to the celebrated Palheiro Gardens, originally created by the 1st Count of Carvalhal.

The 37-room boutique property – distinguished by Relais & Châteaux – offers guests direct access to the Palheiro Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from near the halfway house, or Tea House, a short stroll from the gate.

Casa Velha affords all the luxuries of its five-star status.

Set within the grounds and just a short walk from the hotel entrance is Palheiro Spa that offers guests the chance to indulge in a comprehensive range of authentic massage and beauty therapies for him and her.

Wellness options extend to Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath, refreshing rain and waterfall shower experiences, and a fabulous heated indoor swimming pool with exhilarating massage jets. On hot, sunny days the larger outdoor pool is a real temptation.

The spa also has a Fitness Room where guests can maintain their usual exercise routine while on holiday using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Guests can also play tennis or croquet, have a game of billiards or walk the levada footpath around the estate.

Casa Velha’s own private motor yacht Balancal is based at Funchal marina and is available for a range of exciting leisure activities like coastal cruises and whale and dolphin watching. Swimming is also possible. The yacht can also be used for ‘catch and release’ big game fishing and special charters.

For a more gentle way of relaxing, the hotel’s bright and airy morning room and library offers peaceful seclusion. Opposite, across the hall, a smart and comfortable lounge and bar provides refreshments and light snacks.

Evenings can be spent at Casa Velha Restaurant savouring delicious gourmet cuisine and fine wine. In fact, Casa Velha also manages the Palheiro Golf Clubhouse Restaurant, which is an ideal place for lunch.

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