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Archive for July, 2009





O Financial Times: How to Spend It é um suplemento mensal de referência do Jornal Financial Times  (circulação: 448.241 exemplares) que aborda habitualmente temas como moda, beleza, decoração, arte, gastronomia, vinhos, saúde e viagens. O valor estimado de uma página de publicidade neste jornal ronda os 61,500 £.

A Associação de Promoção da Madeira, em parceria com a sua Agência de Relações Públicas no Reino Unido, a ZFL,apoiou a vinda à Madeira, de 16 a 18 de Junho, do jornalista freelancer Sebastian Hope que irá escrever um artigo de 2 páginas sobre deepsea fishing na costa da Madeira.

Golfe nas Férias – Ilha da Madeira


“O Palheiro Golfe está a realizar este ano, a pela primeira vez, um programa de “Golfe nas Férias”. Se tem filhos pequenos, e agora que as férias estão aí à porta, porque não surpreendê-los com umas aulas de Golfe ?! Se o seu filho tem entre 6 e 18 anos desafie-o a aprender algumas dicas e técnicas desta modalidade !

O golfe ajuda a desenvolver a coordenação motora e a capacidade de concentração. Ajuda a definir e a esteblecer objectivos, estimula o auto-conhecimento e o respeito à natureza. Além disso é um desporto que conta com um conjunto de etiqueta que abranga cortesia, cuidados com o campo, ordem de jogo, tratamento interpessoal, entre outros aspactos que são apresentados aos alunos de forma lúdica e divertida. Exprimente . ”
Para mais informações contacte a recepção do Chubhouse do Palheiro Golfe ( 291 790 120 )


Last month saw the opening the Palheiro Spa, at Madeira’s five-star Casa Velha do Palheiro and the SPA da Quintinha at the five-star Quintinha de Sao Joao. Both spas have been carefully designed to incorporate the beautiful gardens settings that the Quintas da Madeira are so well known for.

The Palheiro Spa located within the Palheiro Estate, is a perfect complement to the early 19th century Quinta, originally built as a hunting lodge. The Quinta is located in the heart of the 100 hectare Palheiro Estate, home to the renowned Palheiro Gardens.

Every effort has been made by highly regarded local architect Bruno Martins, who has integrated rustic elements with the classic style of the Casa Velha hotel to ensure the new spa enhances the site. The spa is extremely light and treatment rooms look out onto floral gardens and local materials and native planting have been used wherever possible.

The spa uses Pevonia Botanica products which are natural formulations that use organic extracts. All products are packaged in an eco-friendly way (recyclable/biodegradable), are non-comedogenic and have not been tested on animals.

Palheiro Spa includes four treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The spa complex also includes a fitness room equipped with a power plate, treadmill, bicycle, rowing machine and weights. A personal trainer can be arranged on request.

The comprehensive massage menu from around the globe includes massages specifically designed for golfers as well as botanical face and body treatments and ‘immediate results’ non-invasive facial treatments.

Introductory spa packages are being offered for €450 per person, including four nights’ accommodation at Casa Velha hotel and three spa treatments, plus unlimited access to Palheiro Spa’s facilities.

The ‘SPA da Quintinha’ at Quintinha de Sao Joao is located in the gardens of the original Quinta which dates back to the 18th century. The contemporary spa has been specially designed to incorporate the Quinta’s magnificent garden setting, again concentration on allowing in the light and surrounding views. All the treatment rooms look out over the garden, with aromatic herbs planted in front of the windows, which are also used in the treatments.

‘SPA da Quintinha’ offers three treatment rooms, one for couples, and a relaxing room, with views over the magnificent gardens of the hotel. The spa offers both cosmetic as well as health treatments.

At the same time the Quinta opened its new outdoor swimming pool. The Spa also has a “wet area” overlooking the new pool, complete with a Jacuzzi bath, sauna, Hammam, Vichy, Scottish and Tropical douches.

The treatments in the spa have been packaged according to the necessity of each individual. Programmes include the Nature Programme, only using 100% natural products, The Goan Programme drawing on the therapies of the former Portuguese colony of Goa (and the heritage of the family that own Quintinha de Sao Joao), an ant-cellulite programme and a body firming programme.

Additionally guests to the spa can indulge in a variety of individual treatments including Peelings, wraps, facials and massages. Highlights include the Sugarcane Honey and Muscovado Sugat wrap and a whelks and shells massage.

Both spa’s are managed by a very experienced team, which includes trained physiotherapists, masseuses, beauty therapists and esthetical therapists.

Article by Tatiana Rokou – Travel Daily News –


On reflection I can now look back and say what happened in Madeira was either a strange collective of coincidences or some real magic actually happened

It was with great excitement when I stepped off the plane and set foot on the island, I intentionally took my first long deep breath of fresh Atlantic air and thought “ please let this be my lucky year” I had spent the last 12 months mentally recalling the events from my first visit to Madeira last summer.

To cut the first part of this story short:
In 2008 I was invited by my friend Oliver king to try my hand at Blue marlin fishing, well let me tell you that the first thing that went through my mind was “cost”. I had always been under the impression that this was a sport that only the rich and famous could afford, a misconception on my behalf.
Our charter of M.Y BALANCAL for some reason deemed unfruitful for me as my  first Marlin  was lost. leaving me sat in the chair wondering what the hell did I do wrong?

This is where the Magic starts:
I had to time everything right, my children were going to join me this year and Ollie was yet to arrive.
On the morning of june 14th  with everyone onboard Balancal we all set off, with my hopes dashed and my expectations not so high as we had previously experienced some heavy un-seasonal rain. It was at this point that Ollie told me he had cleared it with Anibal our captain, that he could wire his first Marlin if we were to be lucky.

I looked at the dirty water and turned to Ollie with a frown, he said “don’t worry, It may be a good sign”
Ten minutes later I was in the galley when some almighty foot stomping and shouting came from the bridge, we had raised a marlin which I missed, “typical” I thought, so I sat to eat my lunch. Five minutes later all hell broke lose as a bigger fish this time was on.

Like a well rehearsed play, all actors took their place on stage,” this was it” I thought as I sat in the chair with my first Marlin hooked, little did I know that my battle had just began.
With cameras clicking and advice from crew (Ollie and Mathew) and our guest (jody a.k.a Albatross from Kenya)  I swore, toiled and eventually came to realize,  this fish had strength I could not have comprehended. After around fifty minutes we eventually see the size of the fish for the first time as she comes up within a 15 meters off the boat, All I remember are some choice words from behind me as all realize just how big she is.

After another forty  minutes with Ollie wiring his first Marlin and me being told I had caught my First Marlin estimated to be over 1000lbs (A Grander) and all on board to witness it, I paused and thought

The real Madeira island fishing story

Heres the story.

I gave a days fishing to a friend last year, we put him on a fish that pulled hooks after a few minutes. This year he asked me to go out to Madeira with him so he could repay the day. I said yes, but would have quite liked to wire his fish for him rather than fish myself. He said OK, Jonathan said OK as did Capt. Anibal. (Needed his blessing!)

On our first day out, maybe about lunch time, I see a fish swim between the white headed pro range Andy on the short left, and the purple pro soft that we ran as a teaser one wave behind. Anibal shouts fish on the left, and no sooner than everyone jumps into action, she fades away. 12 minutes later we pass over the same area again and get a crash bite on the short left – the white Andy!

Ian jumps into the chair as the crew (including me!) clear the rest of the rods. A couple of minutes later Capt. Jose on the Our Mary reports he is hooked up. He is less than 200mtrs away from us and we see his fish put on a dispaly at the back of the boat.


Ian on his first fish!

We get on with the job in hand – Ians first marlin – after about 30 mins the fish comes to the surface about 200 yards away and makes a couple of jumps. We put our estimates in the 600 – 700 class.


After about 45 mins the fish is stripping line of the reel that is now at 45lb of drag, and we are starting to think that we have a tail wrapped fish. 57 mins and 50lb of drag I get sight of the wind on, and am able to take a wrap. IAn backs off the drag and I can see the fish is not wrapped and she is heading for the surface…. I shout that she is going to jump and dump the leader as her massive bulk breaks the surface.

There were some very blue words on that boat at that point! We now knew we were dealing with a fish in the 950+ class. The fish is off again and we bump up the drag back to the button (45lb) and then over to about 50lb again. It’s not long before I get another shot on the wire, this time the fish is all lit up, those blue bars glowing down her side.


Second shot on the wire.


Still full of beans, I have to let go and duck.


One hour and 20 later, she is ours! We get the snooter on the fish and Ian can get out the chair to take a look. He takes the snooter rope as we drag the fish up the cockpit to take the short measurement.


Jody shouts up to Anibal that she cracked the 11 foot mark!


Ian and Capt Anibal with the release flag!

We call her 1000++ as she is a very fat fish and held all he size down her length. Ian is stoked at his first blue marlin, and me, well I got to wire a Madeirian grander for my mate, the first marlin I have ever wired!


Oliver King

Childrens paradise found on Madeira Island


Thanks to the appealing climate and increasing range of year-round outdoor activities, Madeira has been expanding its appeal to families in recent years.

Roger Still, who lives on Madeira with his wife Lizzie and daughter Lara, says:  “When we moved here 18 months ago, we weren’t sure how Lara would settle – but we’ve all acclimated very quickly thanks to the huge range of activities available year round.   Opportunities here for families are terrific.

“Lara particularly enjoys the Saturday morning girl’s golf lessons held at the Palheiro Golf Course. They are very popular, with around 20 girls attending each week.”

The long coastline provides a range of water sports including surfing, fishing, sailing and snorkelling.  Dolphin spotting boat trips are another great day out.

The lush interior has a winding network of levadas for walking explorations of the islands flora and fauna.  Mountain biking is another popular activity.

The annual festivals are a highlight for families, particularly the fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and during the Atlantic Festival in June.

During the Festival of the Flower in April, thousands of children gather to place a flower at the Municipal Square to make up the floral “Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperança).  This festival also offers classical concerts and live folk music.

A deer park, an ecological park, a farmyard zoo (Prazeres), the Story Centre and the Santana theme park with a mix of Madeiran history, tradition and culture, are sure to keep children of all ages entertained for hours.

For families interested in a longer stay, the two international schools – the British School of Madeira and International School of Madeira – compliment a range of state primary and secondary schools.

Palheiro Village, overlooking the capital city of Funchal, provides the prefect place to explore the delights of Madeira. Or, to take in the sweeping views of the ocean and relax at the pool bar while the children enjoy swimming in the Village Forum pool.

Both long and short stays are possible – with villas and apartments available to rent or buy.

A family sized three-bedroom villa, with well designed indoor/outdoor flow to terraces overlooking the ocean, is available for €690,000.

Fully furnished villas are available to rent from €1,450 per week, providing the perfect family holiday for all ages.

For more information, please contact Palheiro Village on + 351 291 794 015 or visit:


Read about Palheiro Estate in an article that was printed in yesterday’s Sunday Times –  The article is about the merits of buying a villa within a resort, and it is stated that “in a beautiful spot on the island of Madeira is the 200-year-old Palheiro Estate”. Owners David and Elizabeth Vine are quoted and a picture of the Palheiro Forum is used to illustrate the piece.

The estate is compared to some of the most exclusive developments around the world, including the new Club Med Mauritius and the Four Seasons in Seychelles, highlighting the quality and wide appeal of the resort.

Madeira… being served

Madeira Wine Rally (Rali Vinho Madeira)

Madeira Sports Club (Club Sports da Madeira) is organising the traditional and already famous Madeira Wine Rally, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009.(more)

Rali Vinho Madeira
Funchal Jazz

The tenth edition of Funchal Jazz Festival, an initiative taken by the City Hall of Funchal, will be held from 2nd to 4th July at Parque de Santa Catarina.(more)

Vânia Fernandes Ron Carter
Sata Internacional with two direct flights to Poland

In summer 2009 Madeira will have an additional weekly direct flight from Poland as a result of the commercial agreement between Sata Internacional and the Polish tour operator Itaka.(more)

IWC organises annual conference in Madeira

From 29 May to 26 June 2009, the International Whaling Commission will hold its 61st annual meeting in the city of Funchal, drawing attention to the Region of Madeira and highlighting its environmental and touristic attributes.(more)

IWC organises annual conference in Madeira
Madeira to have 20 Blue Flag beaches in summer 2009

This year 20 beaches in the Autonomous Region of Madeira will be given the prestigious award of “Blue Flag” (five more than in 2008).(more)

Lido Porto Moniz
World Press Photo

The photojournalism works, which were awarded at World Press Photo 2008 will be exhibited between 1st and 23rd July at the Noble Room of the Municipal Theatre (Salão Nobre do Teatro Municipal) Baltazar Dias, in Funchal.(more)

Municipal Theatre
Madeira Specialist – Stage 2 of the Programme starts in January
5 January 2009

The first stage of the Madeira Specialist programme, which greatly exceeded all expectations, has been completed. Stage 2 starts on 5 January 2009.

At the pre-registration stage, there were around 80 applicants for this on-site or distance training course involving specialisation in the tourism services offered by the Madeira Islands. Over time, it became firmly established and by the end of the first stage, 250 professionals had enrolled and were completing the programme, which was a pilot programme in the country.(more)

Madeira Specialist
First Madeira Gourmet Food Festival (Festival Madeira Gourmet) to be held in November

From 3 to 7 November 2009, the first Madeira Gourmet Food Festival will be hosted by the Commercial and Industrial Association of Funchal – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madeira (Associação Comercial e Industrial do Funchal – Câmara de Comércio e Indústria da Madeira), in partnership with the “World Gourmet Club”.(more)

Madeira Gourmet
Casa Velha do Palheiro opens Palheiro SPA

In May a new section of the Palheiro Estate complex was opened, Palheiro Spa, which joins Palheiro Gardens, Palheiro Golf and the Inn Casa Velha do Palheiro.(more)

Casa Velha do Palheiro
New Madeira Menu Website

A new online research tool has now been made available in the Region, to help search the many restaurants which Madeira has to offer.(more)

Madeira Menu
Madeira participates in the Big Game Fishing Championship 2009

Madeira’s ocean is a teeming nursery for a wide range of aquatic life that attracts many big game fishermen looking for the time of their life. Reeling in a Marlin is the dream of any Big Game Fishing enthusiast.(more)

Big Game Fishing - Logo
Innovative ways of promoting Madeira

Following a partnership between Apple and the company “Wow!Systems”, the “iPhone” allows users to see panoramic photos of Madeira (except Porto Santo, for the time being), providing them with information about the photographed place.(more)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer in the world

FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football) has crowned the Portuguese international footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world in 2008.(more)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Madeira Wine and Embroidery on display at Madeira Airport

On 29 April, Madeira Airport, in conjunction with the Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts Institute (Instituto do Vinho do Bordado e Artesanato da Madeira), inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to Madeira embroidery and wine.(more)

New attractions at Madeira Theme Park

Madeira Theme Park, in Santana, has introduced a set of entertaining and educational activities, both in pavilions and outdoors, in order to promote a better cultural and historical knowledge of Madeira Archipelago. Within this scope it will also include new attractions from summer 2009.(more)

Madeira Theme Park
Overseas Promotional Actions by Madeira Promotion Bureau

Madeira Promotion Bureau (AP Madeira) launched another campaign to promote Madeira in Europe, this time particularly in the city of Vienna, by making use of audiovisual techniques.(more)

Opera House
Green Fresh week
From 2 to 9 July

From 2 to 9 July, the company Fresh Produções, will promote “Green Fresh Week”, a sui generis initiative in partnership with Madeira Shopping and FNAC. In addition to a musical component, this event will have other very interesting activities. Hosted by Estalagem “Quinta da Rochinha”, in Ponta de Sol, and the Baía do Sol Hotel, the philosophy of the event is the “Fresh” spirit, where environmental awareness, relaxing in nature and pure enjoyment come together with an urban lifestyle.(more)

Quinta da Rochinha
Regatta of Traditional Madeiran Canoes
12 July

The bay of Funchal shall be the venue for the 6 th Edition Regatta of Traditional Madeiran Canoes, to occur on 12 July at 12 am.(more)

Regatta of Traditional Madeira Canoes