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Bird Watching at Palheiro

On the 7th of November Palheiro estate will be hosting a bird watching excursion together with SPEA (Portuguese Ornithological Society) in an attempt to spot some of the rarer species to be found at Palheiro Estate.

There are more than 20 species of birds at Palheiro Estate, a fair share of those to be found on the island. We are also privileged to have two rare endemic species nesting at Palheiro (The Macaronesian Sparrowhawk and Trocaz Pigeon) and have recently been visited by several migratory birds such as the Red-footed Falcon (in pic) and Cuckoo.

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Holidays mean you will have the chance to get away from a stressful daily life, at Palheiro Village you can be sure all your needs will be met.

The Three Bedroom Villas With Private Pool lodge up to 6 people and have an area of 250 square feet.
Looking for total privacy? Our three bedroom villas with private pool are exactly what will keep kids happy and parents very relaxed! All the comforts of home and without the work.

All three bedroom villas with private pool enjoy Funchal and sea views, surrounded by very peaceful surroundings. Large living and dining areas are perfect for enjoying life under the blue or starry skies.


All of our villas and apartments are fully furnished and equipped. The kitchens have a dishwasher, washer/dryer, gas stove/electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, dishes, pots, pans & all utencils. The living rooms offer a flat screen television and dvd player. The one and two bedroom apartments are air conditioned, central heating is available in the three bedroom apartments/villas and all bathrooms offer floor heating. Many units offer wood burning fireplaces. All properties are serviced twice a week.


Pool heating for the three bedroom villas is €200 per week or €250 for four bedroom villas (where applicable).

For more information and reservation:

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Palheiro Golf is delighted to announce that Yudik Gold are now sponsoring Palheiro Golf’s bunkers.

Jonathan fletcher President of Palheiro Golf explains ‘Sand shots are notoriously difficult for the average golfer.  With our new gold dust in the bunkers we have found that the lighter texture of the particle translates into a simpler shot.  During the experimental phase many of our guests were amazed at the difference and how much easier bunker shots were. It is great to be the first resort course in the world making this change from sand to gold dust and we are sure that many top end resorts will follow.’


Madeira Film Festival and Palheiro Estate


Palheiro Estate is delighted to announce their continued support of the Madeira Film Festival for 2015.

Jonathan Fletcher director of Palheiro Estate explains; ‘this year for the first time we have created exciting packages, whereby guests at the Casa Velha do Palheiro or Palheiro Village will be able to participate in many of the activities going on during the week.  This includes a visit to the magical Laurissilva forest to see a show, tickets to all films, invitations to the opening cocktail at Belmond Reid’s as well as to the Gala dinner.’

Also this year for the first time there will be a Golf day at Palheiro Golf on 28th April for film makers and our guests.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and play golf with them.

Madeira Film Festival Package
Take part in the Madeira Film Festival whilst staying in a double garden wing room at the Casa Velha or at one of our luxury one-bedroom sea view apartments in the Palheiro Village:

Package includes:
·  One week’s accommodation for two
·   A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
·   Complementary Wi-Fi in the room or apartment
·   One dinner for two in the Casa Velha do Palheiro (table d´hote)
·   Tickets to all movies shown during the Madeira Film Festival
·   Participation during the following program activities:
– Meet and greet of Film makers and an excursion to the Laurissilva Forest
– Opening Cocktail at Belmond Reid’s Palace
– Gala Dinner at Belmond Reid´s Palace

Prices from €960

For more information and bookings please visit our website: Casa Velha do Palheiro

Visit Madeira Film Festival official website:

Golf Urbano Funchal


Convidamos todos os sócios a participar  no “Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” a ter lugar no dia 15 de Março pelas ruas do Funchal. As inscrições poderão ser feitas através do site

Nota: não é necessário ter experiencia em golfe para poder participar no evento, o mesmo está aberto à participação da população em geral desde que tenha mais de 8 anos.
Inscreva-se aqui:

We invite all members to join the “ Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” (Funchal Urban Golf 2015) that will take place on March, 15th, through the Funchal streets. Registrations can be made by the website

Note: it is not necessary to have experience in golf to be able to participate in the event; this is open to everybody older than 8 years.
Informação e regulamento em anexo.
Sign up here:


Whisk away your special someone for a romantic getaway with our special Valentine’s day package. Enjoy one night’s accommodation in the best double room available with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, personalised massages at Palheiro Spa and free access to Palheiro Gardens.

Saint Valentine´s Package

  • 1 night accommodation in best double room available upon arrival, including breakfast
  • Bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
  • 1 Personalised massage (30 min) at Palheiro Spa
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas
  • Free access to Palheiro Gardens

From 13th to 16th Feb. 2015
80,00 € per person in double room

For more information go to our website:

2nd stage of the Transquadra Regatta

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Quinta do Lorde Marina will host the offial start of the 2nd stage of the Transquadra regatta towards the port of Le Marin (Martinique), a course with a total of 2,700 nautical miles.

Already on its 8th edition, the Transquadra regatta, one of the most emblematic Transoceanic races on the sailing competition panorama, totalled a participation of 100 boats.

For more information check the official website:


Free Wifi on all rooms at Casa Velha

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We are proud to announce that the Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro has recently installed broadband internet wifi service for all rooms & suites as well as the main building, pool, tea house, tearrace & spa areas. The use of these service is complimentary for all guests and visitors to the hotel.


MADS presents the Musical Annie



This month, the theatre company MADS prepares to return to the stages of Madeira with the popular musical ‘Annie’.

Annie is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, whose original Broadway production debuted in the year 1977. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, this show was performed, for almost six years, in the former Alvin Theatre, in New York.
The best-known songs from the show are “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life”.

To make reservations and buy tickets, please contact the Madeira Casino:





Madeira is on the Top10 of the RadioTimes list for best fishing destinations in the world. The list was suggested by the expert angler Rae Borras, the presenter of BT Sport’s new fishing show.

“8. Madeira

For many anglers the giant blue marlin, which can grow to weights in excess of 1,000lbs, is the ultimate piscine catch. The island of Madeira, sitting 360 miles off the west coast of Africa is a magnet for these giant ocean predators and a world record fish is always a possibility. Just a few hours flying from the UK, Madeira is a great tourist destination as well as an angler’s paradise. You had better make sure you are fit, as the longest recorded fight with a marlin was over 30 hours (and it got away!).”

Read the full article here: