Pestana Village, Madeira
Example Booking: Late Deal £231, Studio (Sleeps 2), 7-Nights, November 2016
eXpectations Holiday members on the look out for some winter sun could have booked this fantastic RCI Late Deal to the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic”, Madeira, for 7-nights in November 2016. Members could be staying within a stylish Studio apartment (sleeping 2) at the RCI Gold Crown Pestana Village in Funchal, the island’s capital, during 7th – 14th November 2016. This holiday was available for just £231 (based on 2 people sharing) on RCI.com when we looked (18/10/2016).
Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, enjoys a favourable annual climate with average temperatures settling around 20 Degrees© in November with plenty of sunshine. Admire sweeping vistas from the island’s highest peaks, wander through delicate botanical gardens and spot dolphins at play out to sea during your holiday.
RCI Gold Crown Pestana Village
Located a mere stones throw from the centre of Funchal, the Pestana Village is decorated in traditional Madeiran style within colourfully manicured gardens. Inspired by local design each of the apartments come beautifully decorated to evoke a comfortable sense of home. Step inside your own Studio apartment to find a spacious lounge/dining area complete with a kitchenette that adds a self-catering option to your stay. Soak up the sunshine from the comfort of your private balcony sipping on fresh coffee in the mornings and chilled cocktails of an evening.
Previous guests hold the Pestana Village in high regard with 88% of over 700 TripAdvisor reviewers rating their holiday as either “Excellent” or “Very Good”.
Indulge in pure relaxation from within the refreshing outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the colourful tropical gardens and deep greens of the indigenous trees. Work up a sweat at the Health Club before easing back into the sauna, steam bath or massage room for a pampering treatment. A wealth of fine dining is at your fingertips from local to International dishes at the Pestana Village’s two restaurants.
Madeira, “Floating Garden of the Atlantic”
Wander through the cobbled streets of Old Town Funchal admiring the intricate designs crafted underfoot and the uniquely colourful painted doorways lining the streets. For the sweet toothed a visit to Santo António Factory allows you to sample some local delicacies from fennel candy to passion fruit jam and the famous local sugar cane honey cake.
Protecting Madeira after a French pirate attack in 1560 the brightly coloured São Tiago Fortress supported by a great wall at Largo dos Varadouros can still be seen and visited today. For some of the best views in town head to the Pinnacle Viewpoint in Rua Conde Carvalhal which affords unparalleled panoramas toward Funchal bay.
After all this sightseeing enjoy some refreshment in the natural sea pools of Doca do Cavacas or take a stroll around Camara de Lobos, collecting a handmade straw hat from Santa Maria to shade you from Madeira’s pleasant sunshine. For the more adventurous the peaks of Pico do Ariero and Pico Ruivo provide sweeping vistas across the entire island or cross the glass floor lookout at Cabo Girao, nearly 2,000 ft. above sea level. The beautiful Palheiro Gardens to the West of Funchal offer quieter moments of contemplation to the popular Monte Gardens but are equally beautiful. To really discover the diverse flora and fauna of Madeira follow the trails of Levada Walks, a series of mini-canals winding their way through the Madeiran landscape.
To show the great value of eXpectations Holidays we visited TripAdvisor to compare the price of this RCI Late Deal against an equivalent holiday on other popular online booking portals. We found 7-nights at the Pestana Village in a Superior Studio (sleeping 2) on Booking.com during the same dates for £523 which included breakfast (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 18/10/2016).
In comparison, this eXpectations Holiday was available at the Pestana Village on RCI.com within a Studio Apartment (sleeping 2) during 7th – 14th November 2016 for just £175 plus a £56 utility surcharge, breakfast not included (when we looked on: 18/10/2016). This low price was available to eXpectations members thanks to RCI’s Late Deals discount which reduces the cost of some holidays up to 6 weeks prior to departure. Additionally, Late Deals are unlimited and do not require you to use any of your eXpectations points meaning you can book as many as you wish.
Members of eXpectations Holidays could have saved a potential £250 by booking this RCI Late Deal, based on the comparison above.