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We had a truly fabulous family holiday staying in Ocean View and Bay View both of which are equally gorgeous. The initial booking process was extremely efficient and quick and Cristina replied to all my emails promptly. The villa itself is beautiful and is within walking distance to local supermarket and town so no car needed and also taxis are cheap and in abundance. Cristinas attention to detail is spot on and the apartments are truly gorgeous and comfortable. The views from the balconies are breathtaking and I loved watching the cruise ships manoevering their way in and out of the harbour. Would we go back again?.... Bet your life we would!!!
The apartment was in a fantastic location on the edge of the old town, but it is quite hilly around there, so lots of energising walks and great views.
We liked that location, rather than the hotel area past the marina, as we felt that we were experiencing traditional Funchal as part of the holiday.
There is a small supermarket and nice bars / cafes nearby, but the main shops and supermarkets are only a 15 minute walk or short cab / bus ride away and there are a few bus stops near the apartment.
The apartment is so spacious and comfortable and provides everything you could need. It also has a great balcony to relax on and watch the world and ships go by.
We can't wait to come back to Funchal and this apartment some time soon. We wouldn't want to stop anywhere else.
The apartment is exactly as described and shown in the photos, clean and comfortable and with bags of character. Excellent service from the managers from a smooth pick up at the airport, with lots of tips, to our final lift back to the airport at the end. We were lucky with very warm weather. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking and eating in (I have a restricted diet). Local mini market good - very uphill! - and local supermarket in town excellent with a gluten free section. We love Funchal - so colourful, so welcoming. Cafe Opan (several branches) excellent for light snacks and drinks at very reasonable prices. Easy to use public transport, nearby bus stops. Don't miss the cable cars, lovely views. The locals are extremely friendly and helpful.
Rented both Ocean View and Bay View for a wedding anniversary and so happy with our choice! Ocean View has light streaming in from all the rooms, with sea views from all rooms it was like being on a large ship. Very clean house, light colous and elegant decoration much nicer than we´ve had in other self catering rentals. The area is peaceful with pretty quaint houses in the colonial style and a short walk took us to the fish restaurants and bars of the old town. Madeira is a friendly island with so much to do (Bob wanted to walk so he went on a levada tour, the girls went shopping and I booked a big game fishing trip which was a dream I had). We all loved discovering the city on foot, going to a concert in the theatre and of course lounging by the sunny swimming pool and toasting to the cruise ships on our terraces. have already recommended this house to a friend and we hope to return again very soon.
Ocean View lived up to all our expectations and so much more. The apartment is bright and airy with the most wonderful views you will ever find. Overlooking the harbour with the Old Town and the centre of Funchal spreading out below, it is an absolute pleasure to just relax on the balcony and watch the city (and the ships) go by.
The apartment is beautiful, well furnished and feels very much a home from home. High ceilings, comfy sofas, fully equipped kitchen and with added extras such as a dvd player and wifi, the apartment is a joy to stay in. The swimming pool is fantastic and our daughters (aged 8 & 5) spent many happy hours every day swimming and splashing about.
The Old Town has some fantastic restaurants and is only a 5 - 10 minute walk from the apartment. The local bakery (up a steep hill) provided super bread and cakes, and there is a little convenience store next door for all the essentials. The main supermarket in town (opposite the Farmer's Market) stocks absolutely everything and a taxi back to the apartment is less than 5euros.
Funchal is lively and cosmopolitan (but never too much so) and there is loads to see and do. Cafes are great (especially the Golden Gate). If you have children, definitely do the cable car (station located in the Old Town - you can see it from Ocean View's balcony) and visit the water park (back near the airport).
And after a busy day, coming back to Ocean View and its wonderful panorama will always provide a restorative tonic to the most tired traveller.
In terms of logistics, it is a 20 minute car ride from the airport (organised through the agents before we arrived) and the service we received from Cristina and the agents looking after the property was first class from beginning to end.
I can't think of a single negative thing to write. In fact, it was so good, we are going back.
I would heartily recommend Madeira, Funchal and Ocean View in particular!
We had a simply wonderful winter break at the Ocean View, it really made the rest of winter bearable and we have booked a month already for 2014. We had great service throughout, from the airport pick up, to the restaurant tips and advice on walks and how to make the most of the beautiful island. It was like living like a local (without having to know Portuguese) we found everyone so genuinly friendly. It is by far the best location to stay as we could walk everywhere and nip down for some meals in the old town and shop in the local grocer and bread shop. The cleaners came once a week and left everything spick and span, the apartment is very beautiful inside with good fabrics and decor, we had real luxury of space but of course the best feature by far was the drop-dead gorgeous seaviews right in front in the large terrace. It was like staying in a ship, and we did watch dozens of cruises pass right by the villa. The swimming pool is a good extra specially in town and the water temperature (not heated) acceptable. Thanks Cristina..and now that I´ve booked our dates, can highly recommend it!