When the hip music and film crowds need an escape, they drive 25 minutes outside of Funchal to a cool, mountain top, design hotel with breath-taking views. We decided to join them. We are checking in to Estalagem da Ponto do Sol.
Sitting in the Atlantic, some 860 km (535 miles) off the cost of Europe is the Portuguese island of Madeira. It is a subtropical paradise that, throughout history, has been a favorite stop over for Europe’s elite. Perched high atop a cliff, overlooking the bay of Funchal is the classic Reid’s Palace, a Grand Dame of hotels as timeless as the island itself.
Madeira is known for its tropical splendor, temperate climate and relaxing island lifestyle. Many people also equate Madeira with its production of world-famous wine. And now, Madeira is home to one of Portugal’s newest boutique hotels—The Vine.
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