Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro is a celebrated five-star country-house hotel of exceptional character and year-round appeal. Located on Madeira Island and set high above Funchal within the verdant 300-acre Palheiro Estate, this luxury boutique property – a Relais & Châteaux establishment – provides 32 rooms and five suites, each one singular in style and personality.
A former hunting lodge built by the 1st Count of Carvalhal in 1801 as a summer residence, Casa Velha do Palheiro maintains a genteel, bygone impression that is at once refined as it is alluring. The main building’s design signature is classical 19th century – sober yet decorative.
Handcrafted mahogany furnishings embellish the lounge and library; gilt-framed oils and lithographs adorn pastel-hued walls. The plump sofas and deep-set armchairs are wrapped in attractive printed fabrics, and everywhere fresh flowers sprout from crystal vases to lend the interior colour and vitality.
The hotel’s award-winning restaurant is highly regarded, and a deserved gourmet reference point. The dining room is bathed in a pale apricot palette, with tables set across a polished wood floor. Breakfast is served here and the morning atmosphere is bright, breezy and refreshing. At night, soft candlelight dances across the room, with the mood romantic and more sophisticated. Conversation is hushed, the service always courteous and discreet.
Guest amenities are commensurate with the hotel’s enviable reputation as an international destination of choice.
The Palheiro Spa, nestling in woodland a short walk from reception, features a veritable array of treatments and beauty therapies. Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities, plus a smart gymnasium, further enhance the wellbeing experience.
For the sporty, there’s an all-weather tennis court next door; the less energetic can play croquet on the lawn at the rear of the property.
The hotel borders the world-renowned Palheiro Gardens – landscaped grounds that nurture an astonishing variety of rare and beautiful sub-tropical flora.
And the neighbouring Palheiro Golf – a superb 18-hole, par 72 Championship layout – offers privileged access to guests staying at this noble and historic Madeira Island Hotel.