"Ponta do Sol" Ribeira Brava Hotel Tip by ghislain69

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Tucked into the base of a lush valley, just a five-minute drive west from the pleasant little town of Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol is not just one of Madeira's most charming villages, but also ? according to local legend ? the island's sunniest spot, hence its name, which translates as "Point of the Sun". Framed at both ends by towering cliffs, whose steeply sloping sides yield a particularly fine banana crop, the village's seafront is lined with slender palm trees and fringes a dark pebble beach. The promenade is backed by what at first glance appears to be a terrace of elegant town houses, but behind this traditional, inconspicuous façade hides one of Madeira's most stylish and comfortable hotels.

From the moment you enter the spacious lobby, you cannot help but be impressed by the tasteful design that permeates every corner of this very special hotel. Contemporary colours and well-chosen furnishings and accessories lend a subtle, oriental twist to the décor, and the hotel's well-trained staff create a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere under the auspices of the affable resident manager, Rosa Marcus. The elegant restaurant is the venue for wholesome buffet breakfasts and fine dining, whilst the adjacent bar and lounge area invite you to linger over your liqueurs.

The 70 guestrooms are as appealing as the public areas and offer all the comforts you would expect from a four-star hotel, including air-conditioning, satellite TV and modern en suite bathrooms. Decorated in restful, natural shades, all the rooms have direct sea views, with French balconies available at a supplement.

In the summer months, Ponta do Sol's pebble beach beckons just across the road, or you may prefer to sunbathe on the hotel's roof terrace, which affords splendid views of the ocean, the terraced slopes and the village with its picturesque chapel and tiny art deco cinema. The hotel also boasts an excellent indoor swimming pool

Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 22, 2003
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