Self Catering in Madeira


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Thomas, HomeAway, Great ;)

Date of Stay Oct 2018

Awesome apartment with a great view of the ocean, the pool and magnificent cliffs and amazing sunsets !

The apartment is well located west of Funchal which is an ideal basecamp to visit the island. It is also well equiped and has a lot of room for two. The residence is calm and clean. The pool, jacuzzy and fitness centre are a real plus.

Our contacts were extremely nice and helpful.


Ron, AirBnB

Date of Stay November 2017

Lovely apartment with great pool. Loved the two balconies. Well located in a quiet area within easy travelling distance by bus to the centre of Funchal.


We had a wonderful holiday.

Date of Stay Sept 2017

This well appointed apartment is spacious with a magnificent view. There is an Infinity Pool, Jakuzzi and Gym. The apartment is situated someway down from the main road. We are both 68 years old and did not hire a car. Access was no problem for ourselves but it could be a problem for an older or infirm couple. Bus transport to the cenre of Funchal and to the rest of Madeira was good and reasonably cheap. The Aerobus to the airport is also available at the main road. Restaurants in the old town are very good. The cafe on the main road opposite the entrance to the apartment complex was very good value and an excellent standard for somewhat simpler fare.


From the beginning of enquiring about the apartment communication was prompt and very helpful.

Date of Stay July 2017

Not long after booking the our stay we received a welcome and information pack which was filled to the brim with maps and guides and information about local amenities and also about the apartment and the facilities it has. upon arriving at the apartment we were shown around by a guide who was very welcoming. Large open living and dining space with an unobscured sea facing balcony, immaculate and modern. Other rooms again immaculate and decorated to a high standard with everything we needed for our stay. All the facilities the apartment came with were great. regularly used the pool and the gym. If we ever had any queries about anything responses were very prompt and helpful. We couldn't recommended this apartment more, pictures were great online but don't do the apartment justice as it was even better than imagined! We fully intend to return next year!


Well appointed and equipped apartment with good views ,facilities and close to amenities.

Date of Stay April 2017

The good weather helped . I have no hesitation in recommending this property


The apartment was exceptionally clean, very comfortable and was in a great location with lovely view

Date of Stay November 2016

We were greeted when we arrived, shown the apartment and provided with all info and keys needed.

The apartment has great sea views and a lovely pool and just a couple of minutes walk to the beach and a lovely

walk into the City Centre. It is very close to shops, bars and restaurants and the Island is stunning. We would definately return and highly recommend Villa Formosa. There is a bus stop right outside and great coffee shop across the road. The people of Madeira are charming.


Just Perfect!

Date of Stay April 2016

The apartment is great! The views are unbeatable! Distance to the old town is 15-20 mins on the bus, buses No1 & No2 run outside the apartment all the time! Apartment was clean and has everything you need for a couple. We were met by Peter, the guy managing the property, he showed us everything we had to know, nice guy! Mark replied to all my emails and answered all my questions. Thanks Mark. I recommend this apartment for a couple looking to visit Madeira!



Date of Stay May 2014

Excellent location with wonderful view - could hear the waves on the beach at night :-) Steep path/steps down to beach, and several cafes and a good restaurant there on Praia Formosa. Cafe Formosa just opposite the entrance gates - good coffee and pastries. Shopping centre a short walk away, and Funchal is a pleasant walk along the coast path, or very easy to catch a bus. The apartment is comfortable with all you need to relax, and cook if you want to. Even towels are provided... We thoroughly recommend it :-)


Just brilliant

Date of Stay May 2014

I stayed in the apartment for a week and had the most fantastic holiday. It was my 1st trip to Madeira and i will certainly return. It is beautiful. The apartment was just as described and better. The location was great - out of town but the bus service was excellent if you wanted to go into Funchal town. There were ample stores to buy food very close by and it was less than 10 minutes walk to the biggest shopping center on the island. The pool area was clean and quiet and the views from the apartment and the pool was second to none. I would have to say that it was all quite perfect. Mark was a pleasure to deal with too and i just couldn't fault the place. Thanks for a great holiday.


A Pleasure To Deal With

Date of Stay 21 October 2013

This was a brilliant apartment with fantastic facilities,the swimming pool and jacuzzi we had to ourselves for the first 5 days.Lots of great shops and restaurants nearby. The walk into Funchal was fine, but we ended up getting the 5 day bus pass,well worth it. Mark was great to deal with right from the start,sending us a very comprehensive information pack,with even restaurant tips.There wasn't to much room for cooking, but we didn't want to cook anyway with so many places to choose from, definitely would stay here again.


Vila Fromosa

Ray R, Southampton, Review Submitted: 28 March 2012 Date of Stay: March 2012

This apartment is in excellent condition, it is spacious well furnished, and very well equipped. The pool area, jacuzzi, sauna and gym area are excellent too and were never busy. The location could not have been better for us, easily walkable into Funchal, also a lovely beach walk to Camara De Lobos, and if you want to take the bus it stops right outside the apartments. Local shops have all you need and Forum Madeira which has a large supermarket is 5-10 mins walk away. The whole service provided by the owner is second to none, the best we have had and we have rented a lot of apartments off of the internet. You get a really good detailed information pack, he will arrange transfers if you want (we chose to do this and it was excellent), his local agent met us at the apartment with the keys and took time to explain everything to us, even left us milk in the fridge and a bottle of wine. We had a great week in Madeira and it was also excellent value for money, we are now sorting dates for next year as we will definitely book this apartment again.


A little gem in Maderia

Glenys/Dean Berkshire England, Review Submitted: October 22, 2009 Date of Stay: September 2009

We found this amazing appartment having been to Madeira before and would certainly return again. It is close to all the shopping you would require and only a short bus trip away from Funchal. The appartment has stunning views and excellent facilities. Nothing but excellent communications with the owner. If you want a hassle free holiday in a high spec appartment, this is the one for you. A gem on this fantastic island.


Madeiran Magic

Los aficianados Suton Coldfield UK, Review Submitted: October 16, 2010 Date of Stay: September 2010

Vila Formosa apartment provides all you require for a conveniently located and comfortable stay.Although on the edge of the hotel zone, the excellent and cheap bus service runs every 10 minutes from the door to the heart of Funchal. There are shops and good restaurants very close by. We found the apartment exactly as described and would certainly return. There is a beautiful pool,jacuzzi and gym, all very quiet in early October.The owner provided the best and most efficient service we have experienced within our Holiday rental experience. We were met at the airport and at the apartment both ends of our holiday. We have already recommended Vila Formosa to friends. Madeira is a beautiful island; there is none of the tackiness which you sometimes find on the costas.Eating out can be as economical or as expensive as you choose.There is no need for a car, the bus service will get you to most places. We would recommend also a tour by minibus, great fun. Walking the levadas in the mountains give you the most fantastic views but be prepared for steep climbs,drops and descents. We would heartily recommend both Madeira and Vila Formosa, there is something for everyone.


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