Madeira island news and views.
No passado dia 17 de Janeiro de 2009, realizou-se no Palheiro Golfe, o torneio Anual de Solidariedade, que teve como intuito angariar fundos a favor do Centro da Mãe, uma Associação de Solidariedade Social fundada em Junho de 1999, que visa dar apoio às grávidas e jovens mães e seus filhos
Este torneio, que teve no tempo um grande aliado, contou com a presença de 86 jogadores, teve início ás 09h30, com saída em shot-gun, e teve como vencedores, na categoria homens, Philippe Moreau com um total de 37 pontos, seguindo-se de Owen Strong, também com 37 pontos.
Na categoria de senhoras, a grande vencedora foi Rubina Laranja, com 34 pontos.
Este torneio contou maioritariamente com sócios do Palheiro Golfe e Santo da Serra, todos juntos a favor de uma causa comum… ajudar o Centro Da Mãe!
No fim do torneio, houve um almoço no Clubhouse .
Após a entrega de prémios, fez-se o sorteio da tômbola, com prémios dos mais variados, prémios estes que foram gentilmente oferecidos por várias empresas da região que quiseram prestar o seu contributo para esta boa causa!
No final do almoço, foi entregue a uma representante do Centro da Mãe, Dra. Rita Vasconcelos, um cheque no valor de € 2800. O Palheiro Estate como vem sendo habitual também quis contribuir nesta causa, onde gentilmente ofereceu ao Centro da Mãe um cheque no valor de € 2000.
No total foi angariado para esta Instituição de Solidariedade €4800.
Agradecemos a todos os jogadores que participaram neste evento.
The first New Year’s Eve party at Palheiro Village went with a swing. The weather cleared that evening showing Funchal and surrounding hills glittering in their finery.
Palheiro Village owners and rental guests joined in the fun at the Forum hosted by Ricardo and Amr where there was champagne and music. The grand finale was of course the wonderful firework display at midnight.
Here’s to future parties at the Forum!
Happy New Year to all!
“No passado mês de Novembro, a revista britânica “Homes Overseas” atribuiu ao Palheiro Village o galardão para “Best Development – Portugal” (melhor empreendimento – Portugal) e “Best Fractional Ownership Scheme – Silver” (melhor plano de aquisição em regime de co-propriedade – Prata) na cerimónia dos “Homes Overseas Awards”.
Estes galardões são os mais respeitados símbolos de prestígio e excelência no mercado imobiliário, atribuídos a empreendimentos localizados fora do Reino Unido. O Palheiro Village compreende 79 apartamentos e moradias em regime de propriedade plena e faz parte do Palheiro Estate, englobando a Estalagem Casa Velha do Palheiro, os Jardins do Palheiro, o Palheiro Golf e a respectiva Club House.”
Texto de: Associação de Promoção da Madeira
Através do programa PRIME – Programa de Incentivos à Modernização da Economia concretizou-se cursos de formação num total de 4908 horas para 78 pessoas financiado pelo Palheiro Estate e pelo Turismo de Portugal.
Foram realizadas 18 acções de formação distribuídas por 7 cursos diferentes:
– Relações Interpessoais;
– Atendimento ao Cliente;
– Qualidade nos Serviços;
– Gestão de Equipas;
– Promoção, Vendas e Upselling;
– Código do Trabalho;
– Higiene e segurança Trabalho.
Os custos para esta formação rondaram os 71,871,00€.
Palheiro golf recently started its ‘golf for girls’ school which was well attended. This takes place every Saturday.
Lessons are from 11h to 12h, for girls aged 6 to 18.
Lessons cost is €3 per person, and will cover Putting, short and long game, as well as some of the basic rules of golf.
The price includes use of all equipment necessary.
There are still a few places available for girls wishing to participate – please phone or put their names down at Reception (tel 291 790 120) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Benoît Sinthon was head chef at Casa Velha do Palheiro between 1999 and 2004 and recently reached the highest culinary recognition by seeing his work awarded by receiving a Michelin Star at the Il Gallo D’oro Restaurant, the gourmet restaurant of The Cliff Bay hotel. He continues his connection with Casa Velha do Palheiro by directing its kitchen team being its gastronomy consultant since 2007.
At Casa Velha do Palheiro you find influences from Benoìt Sinthon’s Mediterranean origin where sea food flavours are mixed with Madeira’s subtropical inspiration.
Benoît Sinthon has a wide culinary experience from restaurants like La Côte Saint Jacques in his homeland France. This combined with his many years in Madeira with experiences from high class hotels such as Reid’s Palace, The Cliff Bay and Casa Velha do Palheiro, have helped create a most exciting and creative cuisine. Casa Velha do Palheiro was recently presenting its latest a la carte menu with classics such as Lion of Lamb with a herb pistachio crust, as well as more innovative cuisine like Oven cooked fish of the day with fresh herbs.
Restaurants within the Palheiro Estate;
Casa Velha do Palheiro – Fine dining restaurant – Relais & Chateaux
Palheiro Golf Club House Restaurant – Bistro/Brasserie cuisine
Palheiro Garden Tea House – Coffee & Cakes
It was the music that struck us as we walked into the restaurant, a pretty room lit by a chandelier and hung with 18th-century botanical watercolours: the adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, better known as the soundtrack to which Dirk Bogarde expires in Visconti’s Death in Venice. Casting a glance at our fellow diners, whose average age was mostly the far side of retirement, it seemed a ghoulish choice. But it came around twice during dinner and again at breakfast, so someone was enjoying it.
Hard to believe, then, that Casa Velha is the optimum option for a Madeiran sports holiday, but a spin around the adjoining golf course, Palheiro Golf – an unusually beautiful, bosky championship course designed by Cabell Robinson, with an orchard of king proteas by the sixth green – convinced me it is. There are also facilities for tennis (a floodlit court), badminton, croquet and table tennis, as well as a swimming pool and a boat guests can charter for a day’s marlin-fishing.
Casa Velha belongs to the Blandy family, the island’s pre-eminent makers of Madeira wine, who bought the estate in 1885. At that time, the house – an elegant, two-storey structure with typically Madeiran, pagoda-style tiled roofs and an ochre-stucco façade built by the Conde de Carvalhal in 1801 – had fallen into disrepair, so the Blandys, who still live on the estate, built themselves a bigger house in another part of the grounds. The estate is celebrated for its gardens: sensational camellias, fashionably garish and interestingly unkempt herbaceous borders, froggy water-lily ponds and an atmospherically dank gulley called the Ribeiro do Inferno, or ‘rivulet of hell’. (But be warned: they are closed to the public, including hotel guests, at weekends and after 4pm.)
It’s a gracious, 37-room hotel, the rooms in the old house being especially charming. Three of them have fragments of original floral murals incorporated into their appropriate if chintzy decoration. (Shame about the bathrooms: ours was spacious, with two large sash windows, but it had a mean bath squeezed into a corner with a view of the door, such an abrasive non-slip bottom that it practically hurt to lie on it and a shower screen that hung so that it opened into the bath, which presumably accounted for the fact that it hadn’t been cleaned in an age.) Otherwise, it was comfortable, unpretentious and elegant. And I couldn’t fault the courteous and solicitous staff.
As to dinner, my meal – a tartare of avocado and salmon, followed by scallops – was delicious and beautifully presented, although it troubled me that on an island noted for its fish, nothing on offer here was local. Instead there was red mullet, monkfish and Dover sole. I asked the chef why this was. ‘Because we can fly in anything we want,’ he said. Still, at least the menu – or my main meal at any rate – seemed to have been conceived out of consideration for those guests no longer in possession of their own teeth, with lots of purées and minutely diced vegetables.
Casa Velha do Palheiro: Rua da Estalagem 23, São Gonçalo, Madeira (00 351 291 790350; www.casa-velha.com). Doubles from €195
TAKEN FROM CNTRAVELLER.COM