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On Saturday 2nd May 2015 the American ambassador in Portugal, Robert Sherman, and his wife, Kim as well as the Ambassador of Bulgaria, Todor Stoyanov, visited Palheiro Estate with many of the film makers and organizers of the Madeira Film Festival.

Palheiro Estate hosted a lunch at Palheiro Golf and the visitors, along with many of the participants from the tournament taking place that day – «Campeonato da Madeira, Absoluto» were treated to an impromptu concert by the well-known American singer Natalie Gellman.

The organizers of the Madeira Film Festival also reiterated their plans to incorporate a golf day at Palheiro Golf for the next edition of the Festival whereby the film industry and the local golfing community will be able to socialize and play golf.


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  • GoldDustBunkers

    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:

    Flower Festival 2015


    EN: Madeira Flower Festival

    Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira, as the island meets specific climatic conditions that allow species from both tropical and cold regions to flourish.

    The Flower Festival is also a cultural event. Tradition is particularly associated with the event, whether through the performances of folk groups, or through the construction of the beautiful floral carpets. At the same time, homage is paid to flowers at the magnificent Flower Exhibition and the city is animated with music concerts and variety shows.

    For more information:

    DE: Blumenfest

    In Madeira blühen Pflanzenarten aus unzählige Regionen der Welt, da die Insel über die speziellen und geeigneten Klimabedingungen für das Wachstum von Pflanzenarten sowohl aus tropischen als auch aus kälteren Regionen verfügt.

    Das Blumenfest ist auch ein Kulturevent. Die mit diesem Event verbundene Tradition wird durch Auftritte von Folkloregruppen und durch die Errichtung der schönen Blumenteppiche hervorgehoben. Es wird gleichzeitig die Blume über die wunderschöne Blumenausstellung geehrt und die Stadt durch Musikkonzerte und verschiedene Veranstaltungen belebt.

    Mehr Informationen:

    FR: Fête de la Fleur

    À Madère, des espèces florales provenant de nombreuses régions du monde poussent, car l’île possède des conditions climatiques spécifiques qui sont propices au fleurissement des fleurs tant des régions tropicales que des régions froides.

    La Fête des Fleurs est aussi un évènement culturel. Associée à cet évènement, la tradition est mise en avant, avec des spectacles de groupes folkloriques et la construction de beaux tapis de fleurs. En parallèle, un hommage est rendu à la fleur grâce à la magnifique Exposition de Fleurs et la ville est animée par divers concerts et spectacles.

    Informations supplémentaires:

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    Palheiro Estate Loyalty Card Holders, don’t miss out on these great prices for fine wines at ‘A Loja do Vinho’ – Blandy’s Madeira Wine.

    We are delighted to announce the continuation in 2015 of the fantastic support from ‘Loja do Vinho’ in their sponsorship of our monthly medals and stablefords at Palheiro Golf.

    Don’t forget that with your fidelity card you are entitled to great discounts – around 20% off wines at the shop in town and at the airport shop once you have reached the duty-free area.

    ‘A Loja do Vinho’ Opening Times:
    Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:30
    Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00

    A Loja do Vinho | Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Avenida Arriaga 28 – Funchal
    Telephone: 291 282 396 | Email:

    Have you stayed at Palheiro Estate but don’t possess a loyalty card ?
    Please fill in this form to claim your  Loyalty Card.

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  • Camellias at Quinta do Palheiro


    Now is the time to visit the Palheiro gardens and see the Camellias in full bloom.
    The early Camellia Sasanqua start in October together with the famous Granthamiana from Hong Kong and finishes about now.
    The Camellia Japonica, white, pink, red and striped flower from December through to end of April.  Single and double, a mass of beauty!  Also the huge pink and red blooms of the Camellia reticulata are showing.
    From the gate house entrance along the drive, at the bottom of the main garden and in the Ribeira do Inferno you will see masses of plants; the walk continues to the Chapel, surrounded by more Camellias and then towards the huge Araucarias by Casa Velha hotel. Yes, they are everywhere.
    You may notice there has been much pruning work going on in the Camellia Avenue, also along the west side of the main garden and along the drive (remnants of the fire in July 2012).
    You will also see to the south of the entrance gate an extensive replanting program underway, using mainly Madeira indigenous and endemic species.
    The Gardens are open every day between 09.00 – 17.30
    Bus from Funchal that stops by the entrance gate, number 36A and 37.

    Christina Blandy Feb 2015


    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:


    The Blandy family, owners of the 210-year-old Palheiro Estate, have recently opened their private chapel for weddings and ceremonies in the stunning Palheiro gardens.

    Family member and director ‘Jonathan Fletcher-Blandy’ explains:
    ‘We are delighted to open the doors of this beautiful baroque chapel for weddings and ceremonies.  We are sure that this will become the setting for some fantastic weddings and we are very excited to finally be able to share this unique location.’

    A word of warning though…the 2nd owner of the Estate (The Conde de Carvalhal) was a huge ‘bon viveur’ and held many lavish parties at Palheiro…some of a rather scandalous nature! On one occasion women were invited wearing as their costume, nothing but jewellery and high-heeled shoes! Jonathan is quick to reiterate that all ceremonies must now be fully clothed!!

    General information about the Estate, its wedding facilities and location options.

    Palheiro Estate offers a stunning and unrivalled reception venue ensuring you and your guests have a day you’ll never forget. Set in a 210 year old ‘Quinta’ in the foothills of Madeira surrounded by rolling hills and fantastic views of the Bay of Funchal, Palheiro Estate provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.

    The possible options within the Estate include The Casa Velha do Palheiro (an old hunting lodge dating back to 1804) which has been transformed into a graceful 5 star resort with 37 luxurious rooms and a full Spa.

    The award winning Palheiro Gardens which is one of the Islands most famous private gardens, hosts an array of tropical plants as well as being home to one of the world’s most famous Camellia collections. The exquisite possibilities for wedding photographs in the gardens are endless.

    Within the gardens there is also the opportunity to use the 210 year old baroque Chapel.

    The Palheiro Golf Clubhouse has a unique open plan design perfect for wedding parties, which is both spacious and welcoming and has one of the best views on the island of Madeira. It sits high above the bay of Funchal and has panoramic views over the mountains and Atlantic Ocean.

    For accommodation within the Estate your Wedding party can mix and match between the refined elegance of the ‘Relais & Châteaux’ Casa Velha do Palheiro or alternatively choose one of our of self-catering Luxury Villas and Apartments situated within the Palheiro Village.

    For more information contact us:

    +351 291 790 120 |  |


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  • 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: