Alto Lido of Madeira
Example Booking: 35,500 eXpectations points, 7-nights, August 2017, 1-bed, sleeps 4
eXpectations members could have booked to stay 7 nights at the RCI Silver Crown Resort Alto Lido of Madeira during the UK school holidays from 16th – 23rd August 2017 in a modern one-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 people. This fantastic holiday offer was available on RCI.com when we looked on 09/01/2017 for only 35,500 points.
The Portuguese island of Madeira is situated in the north Atlantic Ocean and south-west of Portugal. The island welcomes visitors all year round to discover and explore its diverse beauty from rugged volcanic landscapes and stunning beaches to beautiful botanical gardens settled within the capital city of Funchal.
Adventure or relaxation, Madeira has something for everyone. What’s more, its subtropical climate and world famous cuisine guarantees to create a memorable holiday.
Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira
Madeira has earned many different nicknames, including, “Pearl of the Atlantic”, “Golden Islands” and the “Island of the Eternal Spring”. Whichever name you choose, it is easy to understand how enchanting this island really is.
Visiting Madeira in August you can enjoy long, sunny days and pleasantly warm evenings. Gentle sea breezes and a comfortable climate make Madeira an ideal destination for visitors to explore.
The historical city of Funchal proudly sits along the south coast of the island, with a contrasting backdrop of mountains and endless ocean sweeping out ahead. Stroll along narrow winding streets in the old city to get the sense of its history, admire traditional architecture, including Banco de Portugal (Madeira’s National Bank). Wander along the port’s promenade or relax in a street cafe, browse the quaint boutiques for a gift or simply sit in the park to absorb the atmosphere of the brightly coloured flowers, chirping birds and passers-by.
Sun-kissed days at Alto Lido
The four-star rated Alto Lido Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Funchal, offering close access to the beach and popular attractions. Guests can take advantage of the free shuttle service to/from Funchal’s International Airport, only 16km away. Alternatively, hire a car and explore the island for yourself.
Alto Lido Hotel provides excellent facilities and amenities to ensure a comfortable stay with great entertainment. Soak up the summer sunshine around the outdoor pool or unwind by the indoor pool and sauna. Workout in the 24hr fitness centre or pick a book from the library and order a refreshing cocktail to relax in the lounge bar. Enjoy tantalising dishes from the two on-site restaurants or stroll into town for a further choice of excellent restaurants and wine bars.
A short distance from the hotel guests can rent a bike to explore the local area or enjoy beach activities including windsurfing and sailing. The hotel’s friendly staff are more than happy to assist guests with guided excursions to popular attractions.
The Alto Lido offers a choice of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. All accommodation offers modern décor creating a fresh, clean atmosphere along with superb amenities. Grab refreshing chilled drinks from the fridge and watch the sunset from your private balcony.
The Garden of Eden, Madeira
Explore the rich landscape of Madeira with rocky coastlines, magnificent mountains boasting eco-diverse botanic forests and an abundance of flora and wildlife. It is easy to feel that this treasure island could be considered the Garden of Eden.
What better way to discover Funchal than taking a unique ride on the Monte Cable Car? Leaving from the port the glass capsule gracefully glides above the city and colourful gardens towards the slopes of Monte. Over 3,000 TripAdvisor guests commented, the ride is well worth it, as the views are simply breath-taking.
For the great outdoors experience, Pico do Arieiro is a must-see place when visiting Madeira. The third highest peak on the island with an altitude of 1818 metres, this is the place to hike along natural trails and breathe in the fresh air. Do not forget to take your camera, on clear days there are stunning views across the whole island and even toward neighbouring Porto Santo island.
Visit Monte Palace Tropical Gardens to admire over 70,000 square metres of exotic gardens, filled with tropical flowers and walk around the central lake to admire black swans. Enjoy watching the colourful peacocks and chickens roaming freely around the park. Discover the 3-floor museum displaying interesting sculptures and collections of minerals and special gems obtained from around the world. The themed gardens have proudly earned the Certificate of Excellence (2016) award from satisfied TripAdvisor visitors.
Spend a morning browsing around Funchal and discover the colourful sights and sounds of Mercado dos Lavradores (Workers Market). Streets filled with stalls selling local fruits and veg, colourful flowers and an amazing array of colourful dried plants and herbs. You will enjoy absorbing the atmosphere whilst browsing the market, listening to the cries of the stall sellers, and mingling amongst the busy locals.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent holiday. 7-nights at Alto Lido of Madeira were available on Loveholidays.com during 16th – 23rd August 2017 within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for £1,275.99 (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 9/1/2017) Breakfast included.
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at Alto Lido of Madeira during the same dates also within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for 35,500 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 9/1/2017).
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £483 (at the time of writing: 4/1/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 35,500 points, 1x annual membership and 1x online RCI exchange fee. Breakfast not included.
|Associated maintenance fees for 35,500 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£205|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£0|
So, by making this points booking, members of eXpectations Plus could have made a potential saving of over £750, based on the comparison above.
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping up to 4 people for 7 nights during August at the Alto Lido, Madeira on LoveHolidays.com.