Pestana Miramar, Madeira
Example Booking: 80,000 eXpectations points, 14 Nights June 2017, Studio, sleeps 2
The island of Madeira is situated South-West of Portugal; protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site attracting year-round tourism for its stunning coastlines, mountainside nature reserves and picturesque villages.
The RCI Gold Crown Pestana Miramar Resort in Funchal was available on RCI’s website in August 2016, offering a Studio apartment (sleeping 2) for two weeks from 5th June 2017. This holiday was available for only 80,000 eXpectations points.
The Atlantic Festival (Festival do Atlântico)
Madeira enjoys a subtropical climate with temperatures averaging 22 Degrees C in June with plenty of sunshine to explore the “Pearl of The Atlantic”.
The capital of Madeira, Funchal, celebrates the beginning of summer in June with their spectacular “Atlantic Festival” offering a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of street activities and impressive firework competitions every Saturday.
Pestana Miramar – RCI Gold Crown
Pestana Miramar was built in 1924 in a traditional colonial style farmhouse encompassed by lush gardens with spectacular views of Funchal town and harbour.
Pestana Miramar proudly won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2016) for their dedication to preserving the architecture of the old farmhouse and the natural surrounding areas.
This 4-star Resort presents an elegant, classical charm with subtle coloured décor and wooden floors evoking a relaxing atmosphere along with modern facilities including kitchenettes. The suites in the main house and apartments situated around the farmhouse provide balconies with enchanting views over the beautiful gardens, pool or across the bay.
This is the perfect destination to relax and soak up the sunshine with your favourite book whilst the children splash around in the safety of the kid’s pool. It is such a delight strolling through the gardens with their brightly coloured floral display and variety of lush green trees inviting some shade.
To ensure a pleasurable stay, there is a wide choice of amenities including: Fitness centre, Turkish bath, games room and a Wellness centre featuring beauty and massage treatments.
In the evening watch the sunset from your balcony before heading off to a choice of three on-site restaurants, offering traditional, International and Italian menus. After an exemplary meal take a casual walk to the main hotel to enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the Piano Bar.
Portuguese Archipelago – Madeira island
This Portuguese archipelago stretches over 308 square miles offering diverse beauty from non-active volcanic mountains to the protected Laurisilva rainforest with an abundance of blooming flowers and vegetation.
Spectacular views from Pico do Arieiro Mountain (1,818 metres) to the highest peak at Pico Ruivo (1,861 m) create a unique experience of standing above the clouds. On clear days glance across the vast terrain towards the small island of Porto Santo.
A popular site we regularly recommend in Madeira is the beautiful Monte Botanical Gardens an unmissable site, reachable by the Monte Cable car that glides over Funchal. Parts of the gardens were damaged by the recent fires in Madeira and are closed (at the time of writing). Should you visit Madeira in winter and onwards however, the gorgeous flora should be restored to its former glory.
The famous Levada Walk with its hair-raising paths winding through the beautiful rainforest, waterfalls and rugged terrain is a must during your visit to Madeira.
“Canyoning” is an inspiring mountainous river water sport and great way to explore the island. A professional team will safely guide visitors through the obstacles of smooth and rough waters assisting in rope climbing and swimming through picturesque waterfalls.
Head out to sea with Lobosonda and discover the beauty of marine life observing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. For the ultimate lifetime experience try snorkelling in the open ocean to watch dolphins darting around their human guests.
Exploring Funchal – Madeira’s Capital City
Wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground? Browse around Funchal town, (Voted in the Top 2 Travellers Choice destinations to visit in Portugal) for a pleasant surprise.
Take the Hop on Hop off bus tour to view the most popular areas of the city. Soak up the bustling atmosphere at the Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmer’s Market) selling local produce from exotic fruits and freshly caught fish to the famous Madeiran Wine.
Stroll through the streets of Funchal to discover beautifully kept gardens, at the harbour front you can always find top-class restaurants and bars to unwind after an adventurous day.
From the moment you step foot on the island of Madeira, you will be overwhelmed by a sense of admiration, which will certainly tempt you to return time and time again.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 14-nights at Pestana Miramar were available on Booking.com during 5th – 19th June 2017 within a Superior Studio (sleeping 2) for £2,407 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016) and included breakfast.
In comparison, we found this 14-night holiday at Pestana Miramar during the same dates within a Studio apartment (sleeping 2) for 80,000 points on RCI.com.
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £966 (when we looked on: 18/8/2016). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 80,000 points, 1x annual membership, 2x online RCI exchange fee plus £56 utility surcharge (per week). Breakfast not included.
|Associated maintenance fees for 80,000 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£460|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£232|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£112|
So, by making this points booking, members of eXpectations Plus could have made a potential saving of over £1,450 based on the comparison above.