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Hotel Quinta Splendida Botanical Garden Hotel 4 star
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Estrada da Ponta Oliveira 11, 9125-001 Caniço, Portugal Caniço, Portugal -
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Located in the small town of Caniço, the Quinta Splendida is an attractive boutique establishment perfect for dropping anchor during your holidays. Its 30,000m² botanical garden is true little gem and home to no fewer then 1,000 plant species, some of which are endemic. Each part of the hotel has been stylishly decorated with particular attention to detail. Quite simply, the Quinta Splendida will suit those looking for calm, relaxation and well-being.

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      Quinta Splendida Botanical Garden   -   © Benchallal / EASYVOYAGE

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      Quinta Splendida Botanical Garden   -   © Benchallal / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.38 /10

    The Quinta Splendida is located in Caniço, a small town 4 mi from Funchal. You will need ten minutes to get there. The airport is 5 mi away, or a 15-minute car journey. If you cannot take the hotel shuttle, there is a bus stop just opposite the exit. This will take you into Funchal for £0.80.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The 141 bedrooms, including 25 Spa suites and 80 studios with balcony or terrace, are housed in small blocks named after fruits and flowers. Studios are very well lit, notably due to their large bay windows, small outdoor terraces and the neutral shades used in the decor. Two large pink and white wicker sofas are situated opposite the bed. Light wooden furniture divides the room into two sections. The second part serves as a dining area with a large kitchenette. As far as facilities are concerned, we have it covered: television, air-conditioning, direct international telephone line and hair-dryer. Room service is not available unless requested by a guest. The decor in the bathroom harks back to the former life of the Quinta, with white tiles patterned with small blue flowers. A soap dispenser is provided in the bathtub. As far as the 1,400 sq ft Spa suites are concerned, they are quite simply palatial. The decor is contemporary, unpretentious and quite simply stylish. The walk-in wardrobe in the hallway means you could easily stay for several months! The king size bed offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The bathroom is as big as the rest. A desk with a computer and Internet connection is available free of charge.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The Quinta Splendida will strike you as soon as you arrive at the reception. Sheltered by high ceilings, it is located in a pretty little building which, just like the rest of the establishment, has been painted pink, the traditional colour of old Madeiran residences. Two lounges with wicker furniture are located opposite. Once outside, you will discover a superb panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, visible from all parts of the establishment. You will then, no doubt, visit the garden, a true pleasure. No fewer than six people are responsible for the daily upkeep of the grounds, which are divided into four sections: the main entrance and the reception, the original manor house, the "Vegetable garden", used solely for the chef's aromatic plants, and the area surrounding the swimming pool. Each section is home to very distinct species. It is a real pleasure to wander along the paths discovering all the plants. Novice botanists may find help from the small signs stating the name of each plant.
    The year-round heated pool at the Quinta is located in the middle of the garden. This large rectangular pool is surrounded by deckchairs and parasols. The area is very quiet, ideal for a quick siesta in the sun, or even in the shade. The 15,000 sq ft Spa, located on the lower floor, has also been a success. The hot to cold and vice-versa cycle is perfectly observed between the sauna, the Scottish shower, the ice fountain, the Turkish bath, etc. A 27° heated swimming pool and 10 separate rooms, including one for couples, are also available. A wide range of treatments is also offered: for the face and for the body, as well as Balinese, Thai, Swedish, etc. massages. Guests staying in suites may use the spa facilities free of charge, whereas a charge of £14.90 per day applies to other guests.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The Quinta Splendida offers three different places to eat. The main restaurant, Galeria, is used for breakfast, which is served in the form of a buffet, whilst the evening meal is a la carte with Mediterranean-influenced dishes. The interior room, with its contemporary decor and furniture, is very pleasant. The room also boasts an outdoor terrace. The second, the La Perla restaurant, offers gourmet cuisine in the evening, again with a Mediterranean influence. For aficionados of Asian cuisine, the Thai Lounge is a must! The Siddhartha Bar serves light dishes for lunch with a menu consisting primarily of salads and sandwiches. The attractive presentation of the dishes makes them all the more appetising. The bar is located near the swimming pool, opposite a small pond with a pretty fountain. In addition to the Siddartha, The Globe bar is also open in the evening. Its modern, Italian-influenced design helps create a refined atmosphere. This is also where entertainment such as fado and local folklore takes place. Finally, at the Wellness Bar you will have the opportunity to sample, before or after your treatment, various types of tea in a large relaxation area.

    To know

    The Quinta Splendida has a past rich in history. The original manor house was built in the 19th Century and belonged, at the time, to the Jesuits. Formerly known as Quinta Estrela, it was later bought by Mr Giancarlo Bertoli. The latter wanted to restore the building, taking care to maintain the charm of the place. And what a success! The Quinta was then renamed the Quinta Splendida when it was inaugurated in September 1993. From the moment it opened, it was awarded the 'Golden Estrelicia' from the Madeiran government. Little by little the establishment grew. In 2006, a new part of the Quinta, including the spa and 25 suites, was opened.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      (free)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, football, golf, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beauty of the garden
    • The spa

    disadvantages

    • 4 mi from Funchal
    • Exposed to the wind

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 6.71/10