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Madeira Hotels

$300-$399
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Casa Velha do Palheiro
Rua da Estalagem 23
Funchal , Madeira
Portugal
Tel: 351 291 790 350
info@casa-velha.com
www.casa-velha.com

If you simply must have five-star luxury and you just gotta be on the links, this Relais & Chateau country house just north of Funchal is the place to stay. Its 37 accommodation options—done in a modern take on country-style elegance, with comfy furnishings and floral-print drapes to match the bed skirts—are spread across the three buildings of a hunting lodge that dates to 1800. What's more, the property sits amidst an 18-hole, par-72 golf course that's not only immersed in parkland and a laurel forest, but also on the UNESCO list of protected areas. Non-duffers can content themselves with the pool, sauna, tennis courts, and other activities.

$400 or more
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Choupana Hills Resort & Spa
Travessa do Largo da Choupana
Funchal , Madeira
Portugal
Tel: 351 291 206 020
info@choupanahills.com
www.choupanahills.com

Surrounded by eucalyptus and mimosa, Choupana Hills is a distinctly Asian-looking tiered triangle of 34 wood-and-stone bungalows set in 20 acres of landscaped hillside above the Atlantic Ocean, about 2.5 miles north of Funchal. Designed by the architects who designed Malaysia's Datai Hotel, Choupana Hills was constructed along Zen lines of symmetry and simplicity, with details such as Buddhist statues. There are two heated pools, one inside and one out, a restaurant, lounge, library, and spa, together with 60 double rooms and four suites.

$200-$299
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Quinta da Casa Branca
Rua da Casa Branca 7
Funchal , Madeira
Portugal
Tel: 351 291 700 770
estalagem@quintacasabranca.pt
www.quintacasabranca.pt

A 19th-century country manor houses the restaurant; the 43 guest rooms occupy one of those 1960s-style glass houses normally seen hanging off cliffs in the Hollywood Hills. The hotel's inside is equally modern, with rooms done up in sateen stripe bedspreads, highly waxed parquet floors, and clean-lined functional units—though there are wicker chairs on the patios to help soften all those sharp modernist lines. Standard rooms are all on the ground floor (patios open straight onto the gardens), while Superior rooms are upstairs with balconies or terraces. Also on the premises, an outdoor heated pool and a health club/spa with sauna and Turkish bath.

$199 or less
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Quinta da Penha de França
Rua Imperatriz da Amélia
Funchal , Madeira
Portugal
Tel: 351 291 204 650
info@hotelquintapenhafranca.com
www.hotelquintapenhafranca.com

Just a kilometer from the center of town, this Quinta seems miles from urbanity as you stroll from your room, under the palms of the harborside gardens, right down to the sea. For your lodgings—smallish but inexpensive, with modular units and loud fabrics—choose between the romantic original manor house (high ceilings, casement windows, and a bit more classy décor) and the new, sea-view wing, where all the rooms have terraces or balconies (and where it's worth plumping for the sea view). Guests also enjoy a warmed seawater pool with a bar, restaurant, cocktail piano bar, and a billiards room.

$300-$399
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Reid's Palace
139 Estrada Monumental
Funchal , Madeira
Portugal
Tel: 351 291 717171
reservations@reidspalace.com
www.reidspalace.com/web/omad/omad_a2a_home.jsp

Situated in a prime cliff-top location, Reid's is the place to stay. Considered one of the world's top hotels for more than a century—just about every politico, celebrity, and member of European nobility since 1891 has stayed here. Its hushed colonial ambience isn't appropriate for the shorts and flip-flops crowd, but if you like the idea of dressing up for a few days, sipping dry martinis on the terrace, and waltzing under the stars, Reid's Palace is ideal—assuming you can pony up the price tag (room rates start around $475). The 130 Superior and Premier rooms—there is no "standard" category, natch—are decorated in a contemporary style; you have to upgrade to suite to get antique ambience. But you don't come for the décor; you come for the sheer elegance of an Orient Express property, the three swimming pools, the beauty and health spa, water sports, deep sea fishing, tennis courts, five restaurants (See “Eating” for more on The Dining Room), and the other accoutrements and amenities of five-star luxury.

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