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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.

Pevonia Botanica products 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.
The Palheiro Spa is managed by a very experienced team, which includes trained physiotherapists, masseuses, beauty therapists and esthetical therapists.

Palheiro Spa is open daily from 10h00-19h00. The Fitness Room is open daily from 08h00-20h00.

Rua da Estalagem 23
9060-415 São Gonçalo – Madeira

PH: +351 291 790 352

Palheiro Golfe – Madeira Island

O grupo de cerca de 10 jovens carenciados pertencentes ao Centro Comunitário “Integrar e Desenvolver” promovido pelo Centro Social e Paroquial de Santa Cecília pertencente ao Bairro da Palmeira, visitaram o Palheiro Golfe onde tiveram a oportunidade de experimentar este magnifico desporto que é o golfe, com vários exercícios técnicos e pedagógicos leccionados pelo Profissional Edgar Rodrigues.
No final das actividades foi notória nas expressões dos jovens jogadores a satisfação, o divertimento e a vontade de repetir.”

Edgar Rodrigues
Profissional de Golf

Gardens of Madeira Island

Gardens of Madeira Island – Gardens of Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro

Palheiro Gardens lie adjacent to Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro in the grounds of the Palheiro Estate.

By the gatehouse, take the main drive, lined with plane trees and huge camellias. On the left is a mass of mimosa acacia that flower in early spring.

The ground here is also carpeted with agapanthus, arum lilies and belladonna lilies that bloom according to season.

To the left of the car park are several Corymbia ficifolia – red flowering gum trees – and from China, a Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree). There is an impressive metrosideros on your right, and various magnolias.

Around the house (which is not open to the public, nor is it part of the gardens) are several Araucarias (pine), palms, Magnolia grandiflora and a fine old “tulip tree” – Liriodendron tulipifera – from North America whose autumn hue is a clear bright yellow. Neighbouring this is a huge Sequoia sempervirens – a California redwood.

Continue down a narrow path that snakes in between a line of box hedges and a generous plantation of Cryptomeria japonica, turn right over the ornamental bridge and you arrive in the main gardens.

Pause for a while and note the Sunken Garden to the left, which hosts a number of brightly coloured flora, especially tangerine-hued Gazanias and multi-coloured Lampranthus. Thriving too are freesias, banks of rose-tinted Ixias, pink nerines and scarlet tritonias.

Tucked into the surrounding rockeries you will find perennials like agaves, succulents such as aloes, and many other bulbous, ornamental plants.

Look out for the grass tree – a uniquely Australian plant that develops a thick, fire-resistant trunk and is reputed to live for hundreds of years.

At the bottom of the garden below the magnolias are a number of different banksias, Australian wildflowers that belong to the plant family Proteaceae that are characterised by their barrel-like heads and flower spikes – a rich source of pollen.

Here too can be found fine examples of the rare and endangered Camellia granthamiana – Grantham’s camellia, from Hong Kong.

Close by is the rose garden, a delightful collection of traditional and English Rose varieties of all shades, tints and perfume.

In the centre lawn to the right of the main esplanade is an atlas cedar of gigantic proportions, its silver-blue needles defining it as belonging to Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ (blue Atlas cedar).

An example of the very rare Saurauia nepalensis, a native of Burma, distinguished by its red and pink flowers and berry fruit crop, is close by.

Backtracking slightly from the well-manicured lawns, visitors will notice the tiny chapel of St John. Built by the 1st Count of Carvalhal, the original owner of the Palheiro Estate, the building is in typical Baroque style and features Venetian-style windows. A plasterwork ceiling depicting Christ being baptised by John the Baptist heightens the simple interior design. To the north of the building is a cluster of proteas, among them beautiful crimson waratah (Telopea speciosissima), the official emblem of New South Wales, in Australia.

To visit the Jardim da Senhora, or ‘Lady’s Garden’, return along the wide esplanade past more camellias until arriving at the herbaceous border. Note the delphiniums and daylilies. Look out also for the daturas with their trumpet-shaped flowers of white, orange, amber and yellow. Equally eye-catching are the sprekellia (sometimes known as “Aztec lilies”).

The Lady’s Garden is set out in a more formal pattern with neat box-edged hedges, though rapid growth in this sub-tropical climate means it’s almost impossible to preserve too much of a prescribed design.

Look out for the Cantua buxifolia, the national flower of Peru, and lagerstroemias, clianthus and banksias, among other flora. Towering over the habitat is a splendid Araucaria angustifolia – a candelabra tree from Brazil. Also worth pointing out is Hymenosporum flavum, native to the rainforests of Australia.

This is a good opportunity to partake in a little light refreshment at the Tea House and perhaps recount your steps before exploring the rest of the gardens.

Actually, from your table you’ll most likely see Casa Velha, the “Old House” built in 1804 by the 1st Count of Carvalhal and now a luxury five-star country house hotel, Casa Velha do Palheiro.

Casa Velha’s private grounds, accessible only to hotel guests, features a formal terraced lawn that includes a pond bordered by ornate iron railings. Within the vicinity are several fine conifers, eucalyptus and magnolia. A huge, sprawling metrosideros, a Christmas Day Tree from New Zealand, leans over the terrace.

An area of the gardens often overlooked by visitors is Ribeiro do Inferno, the unusually named “Hell’s Valley”.

The valley is located beyond the main garden; a sign-posted path takes you past a terraced plantation of wonderful camellias to an area of wild, native woodland and knotted bamboo. The undergrowth here is predominantly made up of sturdy acanthus and tree fern – dicksonia and cyathea.

During damp, misty weather, paths here can become slippery and in some places unstable. On days like these, less sure-footed visitors are advised to explore the valley during another occasion.

Having completed the tour, you can leave by following Camellia Avenue past more proteas, species like leucadendron and leucaspermum, and Protea cynaroides – the king protea noted for its large flowering head.

Much of the flora at Palheiro Gardens is rare, and some species are endangered. The visiting public is therefore playing a key role in the conservation and sustainability of the gardens so that future generations may continue to enjoy this celebrated botanical wonderland.

Madeira Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro – Luxury Golf Resort

As a second home destination, Madeira is gaining international attention – one major UK based property agency recently identified it as “one of the top 5 places in the world to buy overseas property for investment or as a lifestyle choice”.

Now is the time to buy!

For those considering an investment in a luxury home, consider the advantages:
Sub-tropical climate – warm & pleasant year round
Natural beauty – dramatic scenery, lush & colourful:known as the “Garden of the Atlantic”
Ease of access – within 3 hours flight time from most European cities, direct flights from over 40 destinations in Europe
Protected environment – 70% of the island is protected parkland & forest
Activities – wide range of sports & leisure activities
Tourist infrastructure – long known as a qulaity tourist destination, with lots to see & do
Quality of life – a friendly, safe & clean place to visit and to live in

The Palheiro Estate – the best address in Madeira:
Location – key location with easy access from the airport and to Funchal
Natural beauty – heavily-wooded hilltop location with mature forested areas, gardens and dramatic views
History – a blend of history and affluence still evident more than 200 years after its inception
Amenities – luxury accomodation, fine eating, sporting and leisure activities that together form an appealing international resort destination
Palheiro Village – an award winning development of 79 freehold apartments and villas, with central amenities and full property management services available, including property rental.

Now is the time to buy!

For further information, please contact Anne Marchington as follows:
Tel: + 351 291 794 015

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End of the Year Madeira Festivities

Christmas and New Year Celebrations – Madeira Festivities
From the 8th of December to the 6th of January of 2012

The arrival of the decorative lights in the streets of the city centre of Funchal, during the month of December, marks the beginning of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
These commemorations consist of a rich and extensive programme of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic manifestations that takes place throughout the entire month of December and ends with the celebration of Twelfth Night.

At this time of the year, Funchal transforms itself into a crib of real life proportions, the streets become decorated with multi-coloured flowers and lights of all sizes, forming shapes and figures allusive to the season. In the streets and squares, everyone partakes in the sound of the contagious music of the concerts, the performances of the philharmonic bands and of the folklore groups, in addition to the Christmas exhibitions, authentic living portraits of Madeirean traditions.

In Madeira, the preparations for “A Festa” (the Festivity) are lived with special enthusiasm, which is the nickname that the Madeireans have given to identify Christmas as their party par excellence. They commence at the beginning of December with the setting up of the “lapinha” (crib) and with the confection of various delicacies and pastries, namely the famous honey cake, corn bread, homemade liqueurs and the preparation of pork in wine and garlic, which is one of the most famous culinary dishes of Madeira.
Another living tradition of this season is the celebration of the 9 Childbirth Masses, which take place at dawn to announce the Birth of the Boy Jesus, accompanied by hymns sung by locals, normally in churchyards, filled with Christmas decorations and where traditional drink and food typical of the season is offered to those present. On 23rd December the traditional Market Night Party celebration is held, where the Madeireans do their last-minute Christmas shopping and where one can savour the various traditional snacks and drinks of the season.
After the Christmas commemorations the high spirits continue, in anticipation of the New Year Festivities, with the famous fireworks display, officially recognized by the  Guinness World Records, in 2006, as the greatest display of fireworks in the world. This magnificent scenario, of rare beauty, is simply unique, with thousands of multi-coloured lamps decorating the amphitheatre of Funchal, transforming it into a grandiose stage. As the clock strikes twelve, on the 31st, the sky is lit up with colour, light and hope in a new year that is just beginning.
Don’t miss it and come lo live up this event in Madeira!

53rd Round the City of Funchal

53rd Round the City of Funchal

The Madeira Athletics Association will hold the 53rd edition of Round the City, on 28th December.

This event is considered to be one of the oldest contests of this kind in Portugal and Europe. As in previous years, this contest has brought to Madeira some of the most important athletes of the national and international panorama. The route is approximately 6 000 metres in length and in each edition there is an increasingly greater number of registered participants.
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  • ” Art of Open Doors ”

    Funchal Old Quarter hosts a cultural Urban Art project designed by José María Montero Zyberchema, in partnership with several entities including João Carlos Abreu , Funchal City Hall, apart from other entities such as “Navega Bem” and “Acontece Madeira”.

    For more information please visit:

    An elegant 3 bedroom villa in a quiet cul de sac in Palheiro Village.

    Master bedroom with ensuite shower room.

    2 twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom with bath and shower.

    Open plan living space downstairs with generous windows and access to the terrace where there is seating for al fresco dining.

    The living room is equipped with TV and DVD.

    The kitchen is full equipped with coffee maker, kettle, toaster, microwave, and blender.  There is also a dining area.

    For more information please visit:

    The beautiful hillside location of Palheiro Estate makes it ideal for discerning property owners: quiet and peaceful with ocean views, yet within easy reach of Funchal city centre and the international airport. All property owners enjoy special concessions at the various facilities around Palheiro Estate, including the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel, the Palheiro Spa, the 18-hole Cabell Robinson golf course and use of the M.Y. Balancal motor yacht.

    End of the Year Madeira Festivities

    8th December to 6th January 2012 – Christmas Lights, Decorations and Exhibitions

    31st December – New Year’s Eve Firework Display

    Beginning on the 8th of December, the preparations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations will commence.

    The main streets of downtown Funchal will be decorated with colourful lights, composing the most varied designs evocative of the Christmas season on the island. Take the opportunity to come shopping for Christmas or simply stroll in the small and typical streets which invite to a union and harmony spirit, with us and with others.

    Book your Special packages for Christmas and New Year with  us  JOIN  on this special time of year!

    Madeira island luxury Apartments and Villas. Palheiro Estate offers quality Real Estate opportunities for discerning property owners.

    The beautiful hillside location of Palheiro Estate makes it ideal for discerning property owners: quiet and peaceful with ocean views, yet within easy reach of Funchal city centre and the international airport. All property owners enjoy special concessions at the various facilities around Palheiro Estate, including the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel, the Palheiro Spa, the 18-hole Cabell Robinson golf course and use of the M.Y. Balancal motor yacht.

    The choice of real estate includes large, individual villa plots close to the golf course and clubhouse, or Palheiro Village, a small, luxury development of apartments and villas.

    The most attractive resort on the island is Palheiro Estate, owned by the Blandy family since 1885, which comprises the five-star Casa Velha do Palheiro country house hotel, a Cabell Robinson 18-hole golf course and Palheiro Village, a development of luxury apartments and villas. Its gardens, which receive 50,000 annual visitors, are renowned because they include plants that have been introduced from all over the world.