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    Location 8.72 /10

    On the coast, southeast of Madeira, 2 miles away from Funchal and 15 miles away from the airport. Allow 15 minutes ride to get in downtown and 30 minutes to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    All the 206 rooms of the Atlantic Bay overlook the sea and each one of them has a large balcony ( fitted out with garden furniture) where one can enjoy the stunning view. In each of the rooms, there is a kitchenette equipped for those who wish to show their culinary talents. The materials provided are a bit scanty, though: two hotplates, a refrigerator, a kettle and tableware. As for the amenities, comfort and functionality are provided. Tiled floors are found in front of the kitchenette, while the floor in the rest of the room is carpeted. A table with two rattan armchairs are provided. There is ample storage spaces consisting of a wardrobe and a bureau. Amenities include a fan, satellite TV and a direct telephone line for international calls. Quite spacious, the bathrooms have bathtubs, hair-dryers and welcome products.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    A recent construction, the Atlantic Bay was built in 1995 and renovated in 2001. It consists of a large 7-level building with a lobby that is quite welcoming, where there are lots of lounges decorated in rattan and brightened by floral print cushions. Special note: the garden, overlooked by the restaurant terrace, is a quiet place that allows you to lounge peacefully on your deckchair. For those who want a view of the sea, the solarium surrounding the panoramic swimming pool is perfect. Plastic deckchairs and sunshades are supplied and it overlooks the pebbled beach that stretches down below. Towels are supplied free of charge but the sunshades are only provided for a fee. ( 1.5 euros per day). The nice-sized pool has a jacuzzi and a luxurious green islet, connected to the solarium by a wooden gangway. There is a playground for children. However, there is no mini-club. Baby-sitting can be provided by request.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    Meals are served a la carte at noon and buffet-style in the evening. The restaurant ( that tends to be noisy when full) is divided into two sections: smoking and non-smoking. When possible, it is better to sit on the sundeck facing the sea. The furniture here is elegant ( wrought iron chairs and tables) and a pergola protects you against the sun during the day. As for the cuisine, in consideration for the numerous German guests, sausages and different kinds of meats are abundantly served , along with mixed salads with a little too much mayonnaise. Nevertheless, you can taste the espada ( an excellent Madeiran fish ) or simply eat a dish of pasta, a soup or order an omelette. For the meals not included in your formula, allow about 7 euros per dish.

    Beach 5.95 /10

    The beach stretching out in front of the hotel is covered with grey pebbles. It is about 250 m long. No facilities are offered. If you want to swim, you are advised to wear plastic beach sandals and only have a quick dip when the water is absolutely peaceful. In fact, Madeira coasts are subject to strong streams which can quickly sweep swimmers out to sea if the ocean becomes rough. Nevertheless, you should be aware that a promenade borders the beach. ?t is 2.5 miles long, starting from the Lido in Funchal on the eastern side and ending in front of the Orca Praia hotel on the western side. This is a nice place to walk if you want to enjoy the view.

    To know

    Offering a great location on Praia Formosa Bay, 2 miles away from downtown Funchal, the Atlantic Bay is a little affected by the processing station Shell that is located slightly farther from the oceanfront. You should be aware that you cannot see the station from the rooms or the swimming pool.
    Those wishing to cook for themselves in the kitchenette ( present in all the rooms) can order any necessary grocery items, thanks to the ''market list'' service ( milk, yoghurt, coffee, small breads, water, soda and wine).
    To get to the centre of Funchal, a free shuttle is available every day except on Sundays ( from 9 am to 7 pm).
    Lastly, the Atlantic Bay has installed a computer with Internet access in the lobby so that guests can send and receive e-mails.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, (nearby)

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The gardens.
    • The nearby shops.
    • The Internet access is free of charge.

    disadvantages

    • The location (Shell station is near here).
    • The rented sunshades.

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