The sea with its aroma, its colors, its sound, its freshness, is a vital part of the Vidamar Resort Hotel Madeira experience.
Our infinity pool are an example of this interaction and recently joined the top 10 of the most spectacular infinity pools in the world, according Trivago
That worldwide hotels search engine, highlights the “exceptional view of the bay of Funchal” with a “panoramic where the blue of the pool, the sea and sky come together, creating a unique visual experience.”
A sea of experiences
The hotel is facing the sea and all its structures and services were created to ensure our guests a close connection with nature and with the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you can enjoy the largest Portuguese sea platform with an area of 7.500m2. An idyllic entrance to the sea, when you meet personally, will confirm that the pictures do not do it enough justice.
This connection to the sea is guaranteed both on vacation as the events we organize and promote.
Our 15,000 m2 outdoor spaces are designed to ensure that you will enjoy pure leisure time, relaxation and enjoyment for all ages.
A solarium with 3,500 m2, three outdoor sea water pools, a children’s pool, an interior swimming pool with exterior access, Kids Club, the diving club, multi sports field, exotic gardens, two piers for sea access, a spa Thalasso with 2000 m2 facing the sea and 5 restaurants are some examples of the VidaMar Madeira facilities.
For sports lovers, there are several outdoor activities, two squash courts, tennis court and fitness center prepared for multiple sports.
Canoeing, diving, windsurf and stand up paddle are some of the proposals that are waiting for you!
The vast sea is the ideal background to celebrate the different moments of your life or your business at VidaMar Resort Madeira.
Let the imagination take care of yourself and of your heart and VidaMar team will make the party of your dreams in one of the many spaces we have for events.
Close your eyes and imagine waking up with a direct view of the Atlantic Ocean, to the bay of Funchal and our sea platform, or a stroll through the palm trees gardens on the edge of the cliff. A first starting image for an holidays where you can combine perfectly relaxation and fun.
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Nature and events you can’t miss
Nature is something that you can enjoy at any time of year, but there are moments and events of this island that are real “visit cards”.
In May, Madeira Island pays tribute to the spring with the Flower Festival, natural element, spectacular and diverse that “decorates” and perfumes the “Atlantic Pearl “.
The downtown street of Funchal receives the traditional Flower Parade that in addition to variety shows, concerts and folklore performances, you can watch the making of the floral carpets.
The Madeira Atlantic Festival marks the beginning of Madeiran summer and has been claimed with a diverse program that includes the “Raízes do Atlântico” Festival (international music concerts) ” , the Regional Arts Week and the Regional Bread Fair.
This event focuses on famous spectacles of fireworks displays and music that are held for four Saturday night in down town city, near the marina.
Vidamar Resorts Madeira have his own Atlantic Festival, where a a dinner party, live music, entertainment and firework displays, makes a true and unforgettable moments for all guests
The Popular Saints festivities are experienced across the island with the grilled sardines, the manjericos (Portuguese traditional herbs), festivals and popular marches. We highlight the St. John festivities days in the last week of June, which puts the Madeiran neighbourhoods into despique to win the contest of the St. John Altar.
Vidamar popular Saints Festivities
An environment that invades the VidaMar Madeira where besides the typical decor you are invited to a popular marches parade, folklore and typical gastronomy typical of these season
The Madeira Wine Festival arrives in late summer and highlights the “nectar of the gods” produced in the archipelago and combine a packed program of traditions, folklore, exhibitions, shows and animation.
Learn about and taste the Madeira Wines and unravel some of the secrets that make these special wines and world-renowned.
Vacations = Family + Fun + All ages
This is the formula that moves the VidaMar team and motivates her to continue to innovate and introduce news to their guests.
The initiation or improvement windsurf lessons, Stand Up Paddle and diving are some of the proposals we have for you!
The underwater area in front of Vidamar is a great place to explore the local reef and other attractions
But nothing better than family moments and VidaMar Madeira have several spaces and activities that combine the grandparents vacations, parents and children, such as the game room, outdoor swimming pools, gardens and our restaurants.
For the younger ones we have a special space: the Aquatica Kids Club.
The ideal place to play and participate in recreational and educational activities, games, toys, crafts, face painting and many other activities. All this complemented by an exclusive swimming pool for children.
Stuffed vacations of unforgettable flavours
The gastronomy and conviviality at mealtimes merge when thinking of meals in a “portuguese style”. At VidaMar Madeira, this experience is multiplied by five, with its themed restaurants and buffet.
At “Casa das Espetadas” skewers restaurant, suggest skewed meat, fish or seafood accompanied by a Madeiran wine or the famous Poncha while watching the traditional local bread (bolo do caco) being cooked on open wood fire.
The “Koi Sushi” restaurant, get ready for the unexpected and surprising combinations, such as tuna and gorgonzola, salmon nigiri and citruz spicy ponzu jelly cubes.
With the ocean as background, at “Sabor a Mar” restaurant the invitation is to taste the local swordfish and tuna, do not miss the opportunity to taste fresh limpets with garlic butter and fresh bread.
At “Mamma Mia” enjoy the best of Italian cuisine with a Madeiran touch provided by typical and local vegetables and ingredients. Shrimp with tropical fruit cocktail and avocado or a chicken breast stuffed with smoked provolone in pistachio crust is some unmissable treats
The Madeiran and Portuguese cuisine is one of the sweet tooth “secrets” that we have for our guests, and we want it to be enjoyed unhindered, that’s why we prepared a gluten and lactose free menu.
Madeira Island is unveiled every day! Unveiled it with us!
Portugal’s cuisine is one of many delicious “secrets” discovered by those who choose the country for their holidays, and dietary restrictions will not stop you from enjoying it.
At the VidaMar Hotels & Resorts complex there are four themed restaurants and various indoor and outdoor spaces where you can sample the best of international, Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine, as well as traditional dishes.
You are invited to take a voyage of flavours, textures and colours – from fresh seafood from the Atlantic to Italian dishes, from the most Western of cuisine to the most Oriental – at your table in the Koi, Mamma Mia, Sabor a Mar or Ocean restaurants.
Menus free from lactose and gluten
Healthy eating is an ever more topical concern. Aside from a focus on the quality of produce, there is an awareness of the need to offer healthy dishes, including options for those who have one or another food intolerance.
In 2015 the executive chef at the VidaMar Hotels & Resorts, Miguel Teixeira, decided to incorporate into the restaurants’ menus a range of dishes for customers who are lactose or gluten intolerant.
“These menus arose from the constant need to satisfy clients,” Teixeira explains. “Since demands along these lines were increasingly common, we decided to anticipate such special requests and automatically make available options for these issues in particular.”
The recipes are prepared using ingredients that are free from lactose and gluten – including at Italian restaurant Mamma Mia, where all dishes feature an option of gluten-free pasta.
“We have an ongoing concern to ensure that all the dishes on the menus are rich in flavour but also balanced from a nutritional point of view,” stresses chef Teixeira.
Combining themed cuisine with dietary restrictions while ensuring the same degree of quality and flavor is a challenge.
“The inspiration stems from the same source as that for other dishes, that is, our origins, our traditions, our excellent products and our marvellous cuisine,” the VidaMar Hotels & Resorts executive chef declares.
Success depends on the careful choice of the ingredients used, with the lactose- and gluten-free menus featuring soy-based ingredients, rice or soya flour, and other options available on the market, Teixeira explains.
LIVE AND BREATHE THE MADEIRAN TRADITIONS IN THE WINE FESTIVAL
The Madeira Wine Festival takes part in Funchal, between August 28 and September 11, with a packed program of traditions, folklore, exhibitions, shows and animation.
A unique opportunity to know and live the most genuine local traditions, unique and secular. An event is held annually, and culminates with the Feast of Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. (west of funchal)
The festival has established itself as one of the tourist posters of Madeira and honors the famous Madeira wine and its production process are of paramount economic importance to this region and its people.
Wine and traditions invade downtown Funchal
The Wine Festival starts August 28th, and coincides with the time of the wine harvest. The Avenida Arriaga promenade, in downtown Funchal, is decorated with wine making equipment that recreates the Madeira wine production tasks, visiting places for gastronomy, and shows samples and Madeira wine tsting and the handicrafts exhibitions.
The wine is the theme for this party which include many other traditions and genuine things on this region, from traditional clothing to folklore and traditional Madeiran music.
XIII European Folklore Week…!
The festival coincides with the XIII European Folklore Week and is an opportunity to meet the folklore of Madeira and other national and international invited guest groups at the center stage of the Municipa Garden Auditorium
Madeiran harvesting style
The typical village of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos is the host of the annual Wine Harvest Festival which is integrated in the calendar of the Wine Festival.
More than an event, this party is the perfect opportunity to see the live grape harvest, the tread grapes in a traditional mill, or even participate in some stages of the process.
This event, held since 1963, has gained prominence and annually attracts hundreds of tourists and residents being touted as the most important event to promote that Madeiran parish.
After the harvest, you are invited to a party where are many wine tasting and competitions, local gastronomy and music entertainment.
Vidamar Sealife Scuba Diving Centre is located down at the sea platform / pool area of the hotel
It welcomes anybody who is interested in discovering the wonder and beauty of Madeira underwater. For those who are new to scuba diving, there are professionals there to guide you and teach you the basics by doing a try dive which consists of a short session in the pool before exploring the house reef, which is the underwater area in front of the hotel.
There are also courses available for those who want to get a certification to dive and other courses to extend already certified divers that want to take it to the next level. Whatever your needs.
Vidamar Sealife Scuba Diving Centre is determined to make your holiday that extra bit special and memorable.
In a first for the world’s premier Stadium Racing sailing championship, the Extreme Sailing Series™ will stage its sixth event of 2016 on the beautiful Portuguese Atlantic islands of Madeira.
The sixth Act will take place from 22-25th of September in the waters off Funchal, the island’s capital, where thousands of tourists and locals will have a perfect view of some the world’s top multihull sailors racing hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans at close quarters.
The Act in Madeira replaces Istanbul as the Host Venue for Act 6, originally planned for the same dates and will be run in partnership with Madeira Tourism and hosted by Madeira Islands – the 2016 “World’s Leading Island Destination.”
For the Regional Secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, this event is an excellent opportunity for Madeira to establish itself as a nautical tourism destination, enhancing its potential and reinforcing Madeira Islands’ international reputation.
“Madeira has strived to host a competition of this nature for some time so today we are pleased to secure this partnership, which we hope to continue to develop in the future” said Eduardo Jesus.
With a free-to-enter Race Village, the event in Madeira will feature all the familiar attractions of an Extreme Sailing Series Act including multi-media coverage and live streaming of the on-the-water action online on the Saturday and Sunday.
Wind conditions at Funchal – a city that has thrived on its links with sea over centuries – should be in the order of 8-12 knots of breeze, perfect for competitive racing for some of the world’s lightest and fastest sailing machines.
Andy Tourell, Event Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, welcomed the chance to bring the championship to Madeira. “Funchal will be another fantastic setting for our super-fast catamarans. The opportunity to bring the Extreme Sailing Series to an entirely new audience is an exciting one.”
Phil Lawrence, Extreme Sailing Series Race Director, believes the warm waters off Funchal will be a spectacular setting to demonstrate the awesome power of the GC32s. “We are delighted to be going to race in the beautiful island of Madeira. At that time of year winds are generally light to moderate and will present a real challenge to the sailors”, said Lawrence.
The decision to stage Act 6 in Madeira follows on-going security concerns around the Turkish city that has played host to the Series on the Bosphorus four times previously.
Now in its 10th year, the Extreme Sailing Series is a pioneering and award-winning global sailing championship that features super-fast, hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans racing in close confinement in Stadium settings in the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities and venues.
This year the championship started with Acts at Muscat in Oman, Qingdao in China and Cardiff in Wales and has already featured some spectacular racing as some of the world’s top multihull sailors battle it out in front of thousands of race fans who attend each four-day event. The Act in Madeira will be preceded by Acts 4 and 5 in Hamburg (28-31st July) and St Petersburg (1-4th September). It will be followed by Acts 7 and 8 in Lisbon (6-9th October) and Australia (8-11th December).
Christmas lights and street animation Happy moments from Christmas to the Epiphany (Magi, three kings, three wise men
In Madeira, Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve program, starts with the opening of the decorative lighting in the funchal downtown streets and extend to the january 6th with various cultural moments, religious, ethnographic and artistic.
On December 23th, the locals move to the local Market to the latest shopping and enjoy the Christmas choirs, bands concerts, folk performances and dancing, that helps to keep the party until sunrise.
The “birth masses”, the singing of kings door to door a few events that enliven Madeira at this time.
The cathaolic “birth” masses, the singing of the three kings, door to door, are some examples of events that enliven Madeira at this time of the year
When the sky lights up at midnight to welcome the new year!
On the island of Madeira, 2016 farewell and welcome to 2017 will feature a eight minutes pyrotechnics show. The funchal natural amphitheater, the waterfront, the downtown area and the sea are the chosen places for the fireworks launch.
This grand spectacle is one of the most important tourist events of Madeira that every year attracts thousands of tourists who enjoy this spectacular firework show and celebrations.
Madeira New Year Tradition
During the seventeenth century it was customary to light bonfires at the New Year’s Eve night to light and shine to Madeiran homes. In the following century, the resident British community began to launch rockets to mark the beginning of the new year.
This novelty would turn to be adopted by the wealthiest families on the island, emerging dispute over the family who had the best firework. Gradually, this way of celebrating the new year began to become popular and the first few seconds of each year began to be a real spectacle that did shine in Madeira sky in the most varied colors and shapes of fire firework that would make It famous and attract more people at this time of the year.
Currently, the firework is not so spontaneous, their preparation is thought to detail, and gained such spectacle that in 2006 entered the book of guinness world records as “the greatest fire firework show in the world”.