Madeira Mix

Madeira island news and views.

Palheiro Estate Loyalty Card Holders Benefits

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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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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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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:


Madeira Island Open 2015



EN: The Santo da Serra golf course is the main venue for the 2015 edition of the Madeira Island Open Golf championship, part of the Main PGA European Tour, an event which will be held between the 19th to 22nd March.

The Madeira Island Open Golf championship is an event on the European tour that brings together sport’s best players who, hole by hole, fight it out for victory. According to the rules, the last two days of each tournament are played only by the 70 best contestants from the first two days.
Santo da Serra Golf Club rates as one of the most spectacular courses in Europe, with staggering views from the mountains to the sea below.

DE: Der Golfplatz Santo da Serra ist der Schauplatz für eine weitere Ausgabe des Golfturniers Madeira Island Open 2015, mit einer Probe die in der Main Tour der PGA European Tour vom 19. bis zum 22. Märs integriert ist.

Der Madeira Island Open Golf gehört in den europäischen Golfkalender und versammelt alljährlich die besten Sportler zum Kampf um den Sieg. Laut Verordnung werden an den letzen zwei Tagen jeder Probe nur siebzig der Teilnehmer zugelassen, die aus den vergangenen zwei Turniertagen als beste Spieler hervorgegangen sind.
Der Golfklub Santo da Serra gehört zu den spektakulärsten Golfplätzen Europas, mit unglaublichen Ausblicken auf die Berge und das Meer.

FR: Le terrain de golf de Santo da Serra est la scène d’une nouvelle édition du Madeira Island Open de Golf 2015, une épreuve intégrée dans le Main Tour da PGA European Tour, qui se tiendra du 19 au 22 mars.

Le Madeira Island Open Golf est une épreuve du calendrier européen qui réunit tous les ans les meilleurs joueurs de la modalité qui, trou après trou se disputent la victoire. En termes réglementaires, les deux derniers jours de chaque épreuve ne sont disputés que par les meilleurs soixante-dix joueurs sélectionnés au cours des deux premiers jours du tournoi.
Le Club de Golf Santo da Serra est considéré comme l’un des plus extraordinaires terrains de golf d’Europe, avec des vues incroyables sur les montagnes et la mer.
Info: Maderia Tourism

Carnival Festivities 2015

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EN: The Carnival, or Mardi Gras, celebrations in Madeira take place on Saturday with a fabulous parade of floats and remains an essentially folk festival.

Groups with thousands of participants flood the main streets of Funchal with music and contagious enjoyment. This is a week of healthy madness that invades the hotels, bars and clubs, turning them into permanent parties.

In an atmosphere of effusive revelry there are surprising examples of creativity and imagination and there is no shortage of daring caricatures in the Cortejo Trapalhão costume parade on Shrove Tuesday.

11th to 18th February – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
14th February– Great Allegoric Carnival Parade
17th February – Slapstick Parade

DE: Die Faschingsfeste von Madeira finden ihren Ausdruck im Großen Allegorischen Festzug, der am Faschingssamstag stattfindet. Sie versuchen, deren populäre Wurzeln intakt zu halten.

Dabei nehmen verschiedene Gruppen mit Tausenden von Figuranten teil, die die Haupstraßen Funchals mit Musik und ansteckender Freude überschwemmen.

Es ist eine Woche des “Verrücktseins” gesunder Umzüge, die in die Hotels, in die Bars und Diskotheken eindringt und sie in Orte fortwährender Animation verwandelt.

In einer Atmosphäre der überschwenglichen Freude wimmelt es von überraschenden Initiativen bezüglich Kreativität und Vorstellungskraft, deren kühne Karikatur beim Marsch des Tölpelfestzugs am Faschingsdienstag repräsentiert wird.

vom 11. bis 18. Februar– Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
14. Februar– Karnevalsumzug
17. Februar – Narrenumzug

FR: Les festivités du Carnaval de Madère revendiquent leurs origines fortement ancrées dans la tradition populaire. La manifestation la plus spectaculaire est le Grand Cortège Allégorique du samedi.

Plusieurs groupes participent au défilé et des milliers de figurants inondent les rues de Funchal de musique et d’allégresse.C’est une semaine de folie salutaire qui envahit les hôtels, les bars et les discothèques, qui deviennent alors des lieux d’animation continue.
Dans cette atmosphère de joie bruyante, les manifestations débordantes de créativité et d’imagination se multiplient, la plus étonnante étant le cortège Trapalhão qui se déroule dans l’après-midi du Mardi Gras.
11 au 18 février – Animation dans le centre-ville
14 février – Grand Cortège Allégorique
17 février – Cortège Brouillon
Info/Photo: Madeira Tourism

Casa Velha do Palheiro – Seasonal Packages

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210 Year Celebration Package

In 2014 Casa velha do Palheiro will celebrate 210 years of history! To celebrate, we have created an anniversary package which includes the following:

  • 7 Nights in Double Garden Wing Room with upgrade to Superior Golf Wing Room (depending on availability on arrival)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Choose between 18 holes green fee at Palheiro Golf or a Personalised Body Massage at Palheiro Spa
  • 1 five-course Menu Degustation dinner at our culinary recognized restaurant, created by Chef Eric Weidmann and Francisco Quintal (drinks for meal included)
  • Free entrance to Palheiro Gardens – awarded by Relais & Châteaux as the Best Garden in 2007 and honored with “The Garden Trophy”
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas
  • A memory from Madeira  The book “The Blandys of Madeira”

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Special Christmas Package

  • Accommodation in Double Garden Wing Room with upgrade to Superior Golf Wing Room (depending on availability on arrival)
  • Special welcome gift upon arrival
  • Special Christmas dinner on the 24th December
  • Free participation in hotel Christmas activities programme
  • 1 Afternoon Tea per person at Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • 1 Spa Treatment (30 min) per person at Palheiro Spa
  • Free entrance to Palheiro Gardens
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas

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Special New Year Package

  • Accommodation in Double Garden Wing Room with upgrade to Superior Golf Wing Room (depending on availability on arrival)
  • Special welcome gift upon arrival
  • Special New Years Eve dinner
  • Free transportation to Clubhouse for the Fireworks display
  • Free participation in hotel Christmas activities programm
  • 1 Afternoon Tea per person at Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • 1 Spa Treatment (30 min) per person at Palheiro Spa
  • Free entrance to Palheiro Gardens
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas

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Celebre as suas festas conosco. Junte os seus amigos, familiares, a sua empresa e venha deliciar-se ao nosso Restaurante, com esplanada e a melhor vista panorâmica sobre o Funchal.  Estamos à vossa disposição para proporcionar-lhe um ambiente mágico.

Desde €25,50 por pessoa

Consulte os Menus dos Eventos Especiais no Restaurante Club House Palheiro Golfe aqui.

Deixe-nos fazer parte do seu Natal! Aguardamos por si. Obrigado.

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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.