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Casa Velha do Palheiro, Funchal, Madeira

Editor's Pick
Rua da Estalagem 23
Funchal , Madeira
Tel: 351 291 790 350's insider take:

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.

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