Hotel Sport Hotel Galosol Hotel 4 star
Ponta da Oliveira - Apartado 12 Canišo, Portugal
Amy Adejokun Section editor

This hotel in Canišo, a few mi from Funchal, has been designed for sports enthusiasts. Between the fitness centre, the squash courts, the climbing wall, and the diving centre, they won't have a minute to spare! However, the rather simple rooms are unpretentious and lack refinement.

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    Location 5.72 /10

    Some 6 mi from the airport, the Galo Resorts complex is located in the village of Canišo, 7.5 mi from the centre of Funchal.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    Although the Galosol has 123 rooms, with an area of between 17 and 32m▓ each, the complex has a maximum capacity of 300 guests. The rooms look out onto the mountain and some offer a partial, or even total, view of the sea. They all have a balcony. Bright and simple, the interior decorating varies according to the category. The standard rooms have white and brown rattan furniture, a typical feature of the island, while the suites boast a more sophisticated interior with orange tones. You'll quickly realize that waste sorting is the norm here, as each room has its own waste bin. The bathrooms in the suites are spacious and include a double sink, a corner bathtub with a whirlpool, some hospitality products, and a small shower. The bathrooms in the standard rooms are smaller, with blue and brown tiling, but they are still clean and pleasant.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    As its name indicates, the Sport Hotel Galosol is ideal for sports enthusiasts. Built in 1988 and refurbished in 2000, it includes a free gym hall for its guests, the Onda Vital Club, which boasts numerous machines as well as a climbing wall. Spinning lessons are given by an independent trainer in a large and bright room affording a nice sea view but you'll have to pay extra for these. You can also use the squash courts or play some football. Furthermore, the hotel organises all sorts of football tournaments. The area dedicated to the spa and the well-being centre will enthrall you with its relaxing atmosphere created in part by the Indian music, the smell of frankincense, and a tasteful choice of colours. It has 15 different parlours and an Ayurveda room for couples. Don't forget the Finish sauna and the 2 individual jacuzzis next to the outdoor pool. Guests of the Galosol even have access to the diving centre, and once a week, the hotel offers a free dive.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The Galo Resorts includes 5 different restaurants. In the main Galosol restaurant, show cooking is put on in the mornings and evenings. In summer, meals are served around the swimming pool. The buffet offers a variety of local dishes, Portuguese specialties, and Asian-, Italian- or Brazilian-style romantic dinners. These theme dinners are put on every fortnight so that guests staying with the half-board formula can try out all the various culinary choices on offer.

    To know

    Galo Resorts is a large hotel complex that includes 3 hotels: two 4 star establishments, the Sport Hotel Galosol and the Alpino Atlantico, and a 3 star establishment, the Galomar. Canišo is a residential neighbourhood that is a lot quieter than the centre of Funchal and particularly popular among foreigners. In fact, several German nationals live here.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, golf, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, dance, step, bums and tums, squash, badminton, water-polo, surfing, windsurfing, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The main massage parlour
    • The sports facilities


    • There is no air conditioning in the standard rooms
    • The simple interior decorating

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    • Overall Score nc/10