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Villas Palheiro Estate
A select number of villa plots are also available for development near the Golf Clubhouse; Palheiro Real Estate offers a full turn-key service to assist you in creating your dream villa.
A range of fully furnished villas and apartments are also available for holiday rentals. Guests can enjoy the facilities of the Estate from the privacy of their own rental property.
Palheiro Village is an award-winning development of luxury freehold apartments and detached villas in a private condominium, with a central Forum building which includes a heated 18 m swimming pool, pool bar, and viewing deck, and reception room for residents and guests. A full range of property management services are available on site from Palheiro Property Management. Palheiro Village offers property purchasers a superb location; the properties are beautifully integrated into a south-facing hillside with spectacular views over Funchal Bay. Residents enjoy privileged access to the facilities of the Estate, including Palheiro Golf, the Casa Velha hotel and the Palheiro Spa.
Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 500 m above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and the Bay of Funchal below.
This picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira’s hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer. Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy – the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there’s little room for error.
The first Count of Carvalhal created a hunting lodge in the heart of Palheiro Estate over 200 years ago. This has now been converted into a 5-star country house hotel which is a member of Relais & Châteaux. It has just 37 beautifully-decorated rooms as well as a restaurant which is a reference for Madeiran epicure. Guests can enjoy the superb facilities of the new Palheiro Spa and privileged access to Palheiro golf course and gardens.
Palheiro Golf Restaurant , Tea-house
The stylish Palheiro Golf Clubhouse, with its panoramic terrace commanding uninterrupted views of Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, features a superb restaurant managed by the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel.
The Tea House, located in the heart of Palheiro gardens, adjoining both Palheiro Golf and the hotel gardens, offers wonderful home-made cakes, pastries and ice-creams for visitors to the gardens as well as light snacks and refreshments for the energy-burning golfers.
The Palheiro Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments within a peaceful garden environment. In this unique oasis setting, experienced therapists can massage away the stresses of everyday life with selected aromatic essences. The Spa has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
These gardens were started by the first Count of Carvalhal two centuries ago, and have been continually nurtured and improved by the Blandy family. The gardens are famous for Camellias and the beauty of their setting among ancient trees as well as the rich collection of plants from all over the world. Some 45,000 visitors a year enjoy the delights of Palheiro Gardens.
The sport fishing boat M.Y. Balancal, moored in Funchal marina, is available exclusively for residents and guests of Palheiro Estate. This is an ideal way to see Madeira Island, to watch whales and dolphins or to enjoy big game fishing.
Madeira Island – Portugal
TripAdvisor is delighted to recognise Palheiro Village with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.
This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all business worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn hig ratings from TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistentenly earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelllers.
TripAdvisor is delighted to recognise Palheiro Golf with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.
This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all business worldwide on TripAvisor travellers.
On the 13th April one of golf’s greatest players visited Palheiro Golf. Arriving on-board the MS Crystal Serenity, Tony Jacklin was accompanying a group of golfers from the Unites States.
Upon arriving at Palheiro he was full of praise about the course, the set up and the wonderful panoramic views which can be enjoyed from various points. Watching him tee off on the 1st hole Tony, at age 68, showed that he has still got it as his ball landed perfectly in the middle of the fairway. I did follow him for a few holes and it was a real pleasure watching him play, hitting shots that made the game look so easy, and bringing back memories of the good old days.
In 1969, he became the first British player to win The Open Championship for 18 years, winning by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The following season he won his second major title, the U.S. Open by seven strokes. It was the only U.S. Open victory by a European player in an 84-year span (1926–2009). He also won eight events on the European Tour between its first season in 1972 and 1982, and his 1968 PGA Tour win at the Jacksonville Open Invitational was the first by a European player on the U.S. Tour since the 1920s; However, Jacklin may be best remembered for his involvement in the Ryder Cup. He was a playing member of the “Great Britain and Ireland” team in 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977, and of the first European team in 1979.
He later served as the non-playing captain of Europe in four consecutive Ryder Cups from 1983 to 1989. He had a 2.5–1.5 won-loss record, captaining his men to their first victory for 28 years in 1985, and to their first ever victory in the United States in 1987. In 2002 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He retired from tournament golf in 2004 at the age of sixty, having won a number of events at senior level.
For further information please contact Jonathan Fletcher.
Monte Palace Tropical Garden in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal is one of most beautiful botanical gardens around the world according to Conde Nast Traveler
Madeira em destaque no porta The Foody Traveller / – “Madeira – The Island with Flower Power”
More information about this at http://www.foodytraveller.com/features/europe/287-madeira-the-island-with-flower-power
Funchal, Madeira, February 8, 2013 – The grand prize winner of the Palheiro Estate 2012 Photo Competition is… Mr. Anders Blakstvedt of Norway! Congratulations! His fantastic entry of the sunset reflected in a large pool in one of our luxury villas was a clear favourite.
Mr. Blakstvedt stated that winning the competition was a very nice surprise and said about his photograph:
“A colourful mix of quietness and luxury – and a reflection of our stay in Palheiro Village”
Mr. Blakstvedt used a Canon EOS 650D and EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens to take this photo. The settings were: f/5.6, S 1/60 & ISO 125.
It was a difficult decision for this year’s jury, comprised of:
· Jonathan Fletcher – Director of Palheiro Estate
· Chris Szabo – Web design and social media marketing guru -http://www.navegabem.com/
· Toby Majewski – Graphic / web designer and photography enthusiast
This year’s entries were of a high standard with some very creative compositions taking full advantage of the huge array of opportunities within the Estate.
“It was great to see so many photos of the Estate which we know so well, captured from such different and unique perspectives. It goes to show how a good camera, a keen eye and a bit of quality time spent in a beautiful place can produce some stunning images” – commented Toby.
We would like to congratulate Mr. Blakstvedt and look forward to welcoming him back to Palheiro Village to enjoy his prize.
Also very much deserving of an honourable mention are the runners-up – Jens Dembski & Artur Gorcz (photographs below) whose submissions caused quite a discussion as to who should take the prize.
We’d also like to thank the everyone who submitted their photos in this year’s competition. It’s been our biggest one so far, and the quality of photography was great. We hope next year’s competition will be even better.
Please note that we will soon be launching the 2013 Photo Competition! So, plan your trip, keep your camera at the ready and we look forward to receiving your submissions.
About Palheiro Estate
Palheiro Estate on Madeira Island enjoys a beautiful hillside location with stunning views of the ocean and the city of Funchal. Since it was acquired by the Blandy family in 1885, successive generations have managed the transition from traditional farming to leisure based activities.
This strong tradition of hospitality and quality continues in all areas today, from golf and the hotel to the gardens and flower business; from real estate to property management and even the sports motor cruiser. The names of Blandy and Palheiro are synonymous with quality on Madeira Island and beyond.
For further information, contact: Toby Majewski at 291 003 690
Palheiro Golf, Madeira Island celebrates 20 years.
In 2013 Palheiro Golf in Madeira Island will be celebrating its 20th year.
For this special year Palheiro Golf has put together a fun program for both visitors and members.
The program starts in April 2013 and comprises of:
Tournaments, Memorabilia, Special Packages and promotions.
As part of the promotions and Palheiro’s ‘grow the game’ philosophy, they will be offering ‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’ as well as other unique prizes including a prize for the 20,000 player during the year.
With the help of collaborators over the last 20 years Palheiro golf has put together a collection of memorabilia. Here you will find some fun photos including some of our more famous visitors including Prince Edward, Ronaldo and Sir Bobby Robson.
There will also be stay and play packages at our luxury hotel or at our stunning self-catering villas and apartments with views over the bay of Funchal.
For further general information please check the dedicated section of the website
For further press information please contact:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
O Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira, celebra 20 anos.
Em 2013 o Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira celebra o seu 20º aniversário.
Neste ano especial o Palheiro Golf preparou um programa divertido tanto para visitas como para sócios.
O programa começa em Abril de 2013 e inclui:
Torneios, Recordações, Pacotes Especiais e promoções.
Incluídos nas promoções, e em linha com a sua filosofia “nutrir o golfe”, serão oferecidas vinte pacotes de sócio a vinte jovens que completem 20 anos no mesmo ano (‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’) bem como outros prémios inéditos, incluindo um para o jogador que fizer a 20.000ª volta durante este ano (20,000 player during the year).
Com a ajuda dos seus colaboradores dos últimos 20 anos, o Palheiro Golf juntou uma colecção de recordações (memorabilia). Veja as fotos engraçadas que temos, incluindo algumas das nossas visitas mais ilustres, tais como o Principe Edward, Cristiano Ronaldo e Sir Bobby Robson.
Temos também pacotes de alojamento com greenfees stay and play packages na nossa estalagem de luxo ou nas moradias e apartamentos do nosso aldeamento com vistas maravilhosas sobre a a baía do Funchal.
Para mais informações generalizadas, é favor visitar a secção específica do nosso website
Para informações de imprensa é favor contactar:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
The island attracts thousands of people to events like the Festival of Flowers in the spring and the New Year’s Eve party with the largest fireworks show in the world.
Casa Velha do Palheiro and Spa this hotel is a graceful luxury 5 star Golf resort with 37 luxurious rooms and a full Spa.
Leisure facilities in the Hotel
Facilities at Casa Velha
• Morning room / Library
• Lounge / Bar
• Sitting room
• Games Room
• Meeting Room / TV Room
• Free WiFi in public areas and garden
• No charge for incoming faxes
• 7 day In-house laundry service
• Dry cleaning (next day service)
• Wake up service
• Multi-lingual hotel personnel
• Medical Doctor on call
• Private Parking
• Golf Adjacent to Palheiro Golf Course
• Palheiro Gardens Free entrance on weekdays
• Big Game Fishing
• Sauna – no charge
• Steam room – no charge
• Fitness room – no charge
• Outdoor and indoor Swimming-pools
• Badminton, Croquet, Table tennis
• Card table and Board games
• All weather tennis court – floodlit
Wellness & Spa
• Spa Sauna Facilities
• Spa Treatments
• Caci Ultra Non Surgical Face-Lift
• Spa Packages
• Fitness Facilities
• Spa Sauna Facilities
• Spa Pools ( Outdoor Swimming Pool / Indoor Swimming Pool)
• The Conservatory Bar
With a permanent spring-like climate Madeira is the perfect holiday destination for golf lovers all year round.
Situated close to the famous gardens of Quinta do Palheiro, which date back to the beginning of the nineteenth century and are famous for their wide range of exotic flora, the Palheiro course offers fabulous views over Funchal bay, the sea and the Ilhas Desertas in the distance.
The par-72 course was designed by the architect Cabell Robinson, a former assistant of Robert Trent Jones, who had already done work in Portugal and took care to make the most of the hills, mountain peaks and deep valleys that are a typical feature of the Madeira landscape, in order to provide golfers with an exciting and competitive round.
At the Palheiro course, there are five par-3, nine par-4 and four par-5 holes, including the final hole which leads up to the beautiful clubhouse, built in the Madeira style and offering golfers the chance to relax and enjoy the unforgettable panoramic view over the city of Funchal.
Stay & Play in Madeira
Great packages available at 5 star Hotel Casa Velha and Palheiro Village self catering villas and apartments.
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