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Archive for April, 2011




Madeira Island

Madeira is a mountainous island with lush tropical vegetation, an abundance of flowers, flowering shrubs and trees, a stunning coastline and breathtaking scenery – a perfect place to be at any time of year. Daytime temperatures are very mild, 25ºC in the summer and 19ºC in the winter, with a moderate level of humidity. The seawater temperature is also very mild, averaging 22ºC in summer and 18º in winter.

Madeira lies between latitude 32º and 33º with its longitude between 16º and 17ºW. The island is 55km from east to west, 20km from north to south and has a surface area of 741km2. Situated 800km from the African coast, it is 1 hour 30 minute flight time from Lisbon and 3 hours 30 minute flight time from the UK. The archipelago is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.

Discovered in 1418, Madeira has been owned by Portugal for five centuries and the British have been residents for three. Between them they have created a heritage of beautiful gardens, wines fit for the gods, churches filled with fine carving and rare tiles, and museums nonchalantly scattered with Flemish Old Masters and priceless objets d’art.

The mild climate and gentle pace may lull you into a dreamy indolence – but if you can rouse yourself for a walk along the water channels (levadas) and paths that criss-cross the island you will be rewarded by quite another Madeira. You will see the highest points of a massive underwater mountain range, towering well over 1700 metres above sea level. Strong rivers flowing off the mountain tops have carved out ravine-like valleys, such as the dramatic Curral das Freiras (Nuns’ valley). Cabo Girão, to the west of Funchal, is the second highest sea cliff in the world, with a plunge of 589m to the breakers below.

Most of the population of around 260,000 people lives on the south side of Madeira, about 95,000 of them in the main town of Funchal. Portuguese is the native tongue but English is widely spoken.
A mere 40 km north east of Madeira, two and a half hours by boat or just 15 minutes by plane, lies the austerely beautiful island of Porto Santo. Drier and flatter than Madeira, it measures 12km by 7km and has about 5,500 inhabitants, most of whom live in the tiny port of Vila Baleira. With its tempting warm waters and eight kilometres of golden therapeutic sands you will find it one of the most relaxing places to be.
The cost of living in Madeira and Porto Santo is about 75% of that in the UK.

Special Events at Palheiro Estate

Special Events

Palheiro Estate offers a myriad of different opportunities to celebrate that special occasion.
Unforgettable scenery and discreet service will make your event unique.
At Palheiro Estate we will tailor make the perfect package for that unforgettable event.

Some suggestions:

* Special Occasions at Casa VelhaCelebrate your wedding in the award winning Palheiro gardens.
* Christenings or baptisms using our 200 year old Chapel.
* Renew your vows or blessings  in the stunning Palheiro gardens.
* Important family occasions such as birthdays, reunions based at the Casa Velha do Palheiro a 200 year old hunting lodge now a Relais and Chateaux country house hotel with 37 rooms.  Exqusite food and service.  A cocktail on the croquet lawn perhaps….
* Hen parties – lazy days pampering yourself and your friends at the Palheiro spa in preparation for the big day.
* Private Dinners at the Palheiro golf clubhouse with the amazing panoramic back drop of Funchal.
* Cocktails on board the Motor Yacht Balancal whilst watching the dolphins.

For more information please contact us here.

Flower Festival Madeira Island

Flower Festival

7th – 8th May 2011

7th May – The Wall of Hope Ceremony (Children’s Parade)
8th May – Great Allegoric Parade
Madeira’s flowers are celebrated every Spring with a festival in their honour and in 2011 this celebration will take place in May.
During the “Festa da Flor” Funchal’s main streets are invaded by a procession of allegorical floats which display a huge array of flowers, filling the air with delicate perfumes. On the eve of the flower procession thousands of children gather in the Praça do Município where they lay flowers to build what is known as the “Wall of Hope”.
Apart from these events there are also other initiatives including the creation of flower carpets, the Flower Exhibition in Largo da Restauração, performances by folk groups, classical music concerts and a wide selection of entertainment.

Madeira Island  Events Calender

Flower Festival Package

Flower Festival Package – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro

7 nights accommodation including breakfast
Return airport transfers
Welcome gift upon arrival
Upgrade to a Superior room (subject to availability upon arrival)
1 Dinner per person in the Casa Velha Dining room (drinks not included)
1 Free entrance per person to Madeira Botanical Garden
1 Free entrance per person to Monte Palace Tropical Garden
Free access to Palheiro Gardens (on weekdays)

€ 650,00 per person in double room
Valid from 01st to 09th May  2011

More information visit:

Easter Package – Casa Velha do Palheiro

Easter Package

4 nights accommodation in best double room available upon arrival, including breakfast
Welcome gift upon arrival
1 Dinner per person in the Casa Velha Dining room (drinks not included)
1 Personalised  30 minutes massage per person at Palheiro Spa
1 Guided tour per person to The Old Blandy Wine Lodge*
Free access to Palheiro Gardens (on weekdays)
Free access to wet areas at Palheiro Spa
Complimentary  transport,  with hotel mini bus, to city centre*

€ 430,00 per person in double room
Valid from 16th April  to 01st May 2011

*Services subject to pre-established schedules

Madeira Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro – Luxury Country House

200 Year Anniversary – Special Offers

Second generation Stays Free at Casa Velha, Palheiro Estate, Madeira, in 2011

The Blandy family, which owns and operates the Casa Velha do Palheiro – the five star country house hotel and resort in Madeira, is celebrating the 200th anniversary year of the founding of the family business on the ‘garden isle’ by offering ‘two generations for the price of one’* during 2011.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe or Superior room
  • Return airport transfers
  • Madeira Wine and fruit basket upon arrival
  • 1 Dinner per person in the Casa Velha Dining room (house wine included for the meal)
  • 1 Afternoon Tea at the Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • 1 Guided tour per person to The Old Blandy Wine Lodge
Free access to Palheiro Gardens (on weekdays)
  • 1 free entrance  to the Madeira Story Centre
  • 1 Afternoon Tea at the Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • Free access to the Palheiro Spa

960.00 Euros per Person in the first room – valid from now to 30th of April

Guests will have access to:

  • Palheiro Golf, one of only two golf courses on the island with the clubhouse overlooking the Bay of Funchal<
  • Palheiro Spa, offering a range of signature massage treatments using organic Pevonia products, plus an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and a fitness room
  • Palheiro Gardens, which has one of the world’s largest collection of Camellias and attracts over 40,000 visitors per year
  • The private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ for coastal cruises, dolphin and whale watching and deep sea big game fishing.

Casa Velha do Palheiro was originally built in 1801 as the hunting lodge and summer residence of João Esmeraldo, the first Count of Carvalhal. It was purchased by the Blandy family in 1885 and through the generations, has evolved from a farming estate into a world class leisure destination, now part of the Relais & Chateaux collection of hotels of ‘unique character and exceptional customer service.’

Journey times of the direct flights from 13 airports in the UK take just over three hours to Funchal. Airlines include easyJet, TAP Portugal, First Choice, Thomsonfly and Thomas Cook.

For more information about the Generation Package, please contact Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel on Tel: (+351) 291 790 350

*Offer applies to two rooms booked for the same period, with the cheapest room type free
**Bookings subject to a certified copy of the guest’s passport.