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Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I really enjoyed as a single traveller my two week stay at the Quinta Splendida hotel. My room was very spacious and up to date with a good size TV. The kitchenette area was very well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. My balcony overlooked the wonderful botanical gardens at the hotel. I found the staff to be extremely friendly and all spoke very good English and were always helpful. The restaurants were wonderful with a lovely colour decor and the choice and quality of food on offer at the buffet was really plentiful and the standard of the food was really excellent. A full English breakfast was also available. The hotel botanical gardens were incredible with a host of paths to walk down and the outside pool was heated and a very good size to swim in with lovely seating areas around it with a great pool side bar and restaurant area. The spa was incredible with wonderful facilities to relax in. The indoor pool was heated with lovely surroundings with beds to relax on. An outside sun terrace was also within the spa terrace to use and a choice of wonderful flavoured teas were on offer to choose from included in the spa price. I had an anti-stress massage as well, which I can fully recommend to everyone. Overall, this hotel was a joy to stay at as a single traveller and I was made to feel extremely welcome. The hotel sat in the centre of the town, close to all the amenities of shops and restaurants etc. The free hotel courtesy bus would take you in and out of Funchal from Monday to Friday when booked in advance. I have no doubt in recommending this hotel for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. I was very impressed by everything and will always be looking to return again. Leesen from Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom.

My wife and I wanted to start the new year somewhere warm, close to the UK and preferably with Spa facilities. Madeira and the Quinta Splendida ticked all the boxes. We booked a spa room (No. 2001 spectacular panoramic views) as that gives you free daily use of the spa facilities and complimentary tea. The hotel is lovely, low rise buildings surround a swimming pool and views out to sea and the nearby islands. As with most of Madeira the site slopes dramatically towards the sea. I could not therefore recommend it for anyone with walking difficulties or who need to use a wheelchair. The room was huge, with a large bathroom, a lounge area and king size bed. Hairdryer was provided but you had to pay €9 per week if you wanted to use the safe. The main restaurant serves a 'basic' buffet breakfast and as Spa room guests make sure you ask for the Spa Carte (menu) as you can order fresh tea and coffee (including espresso etc) something the none spa guests don't get offered. Don't get too excited though as the menu basically stretches to four different types of omelette. Still on the subject of breakfast, none of the warming dishes was kept warm. So unless you were standing behind the kitchen staff when they refreshed the bacon, scrambled egg etc they went cold very quickly. Loads of cereal, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats and bread for toasting accompanied each day by two or three 'local' cakes. The other two restaurant's were only open three nights a week (poss a winter thing? ) We tried the Thai and I have to say it was almost as if the chef had seen a picture of Thai food but never tasted any. It looked good, was well cooked and presented but was miles from tasting like Thai. We ate out a few times and had some really nice meals, Canico is a small town so choice is limited unless you want to go in to Funchal (recommended especially for sea food) in Canico, A Lareira is worth a try, Talho Do Canico is a must if you want to eat with the locals (see my review of that experience :-) ) and the cafe straight across from the hotel does great sandwiches including a cheese burger in the local garlic bread ! The Spa is relaxed and the staff are great. We had a couples massage (special offer Ayurvedic) and booked up for a mud bath plus massage due to how good and professional the first one had been. The weather was good at the beginning of the week, jeans and t-shirts during the day light jacket/wrap in the evening with only one day where it rained. The day it rained we spent in the spa, using the small gym, the sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, ice room/fountain and finally relaxing with herbal tea by the indoor swimming pool. Overall the Quinta delivers a 3.5 star possibly 4 star experience. There ought to be tea and coffee making facilities in the spa rooms given that the apartments and studios have kitchenettes, the patchy WiFi will drive you a bit mad (hint, take a tech break as well) but the setting, the staff and the lovely spa are definitely what makes this place. If you want to kick back and relax, are not too bothered about being 15 mins away from the nightlife of Funchal then the Quinta should be on your list.

The place is wonderfull! Very pleasent there is a big garden with fresh vegetables and fruits where you as a guest can walk in. There are three restaurants with very good food and nice service :)) The room was great with a very nice view of the ocean. There is a pool also that is surrounded by banana trees :)) Overall it’s a place where I want to get back in the near future :))

Beautiful gardens, our sea view room was large, clean, well maintained. Resturant staff looked after my wife's vegiterrean requirements. Dinner buffet was very good, good choice and food was always hot and tasty (which is unusual for some hotel buffets). Our room included free entry to spa and indoor pool. However I can see why some guests upset at having to pay to use indoor pool.

This hotel is set around a lovely old Quinta (mansion) and a large tropical botanical garden which is beautifully maintained. The cottages are set around the gardens and swimming pool. Food is imaginative with lots of local fruit. Most of the people staying were German but it is fairly cosmopolitan. The hotel is situated about 1 mile inland and high above the sea.

It was one of the best my birthday celebration! And all my friends would like to visit Madeira and Quinta Splendid wellness & botanical garden Hotel) Valter and all team were so kindly, friendly, thanks everyone) excellent SPA, excellent restaurants, beautiful garden... now we know where we should go the next time)

My wife and I have returned from an eleven-night October holiday here. We booked a studio, but received a delightful apartment on two floors, each of which had a balcony facing different directions. On the lower floor, there was a comfortable lounge with a new cooking area, and on the upper floor we had a large bedroom, with. a spacious bathroom, beautifully tiled. Everything about the apartment was first class. It was almost like home. The gardens dominate the quinta (a large country house, the Spanish equivalent of a hacienda) and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of them, particularly as the ground is sloping in many parts. My wife couldn't take enough photographs. British Summer Time is one hour ahead of the sun time, and Madeira being 20 degrees west of the U.K, and in the same time zone, . is two hours ahead of sun time, so the sun was rising about 8 a.m. and setting at 8 p.m. and we were able to sit out in the evening. with drinks, enjoying the beautiful trees and shrubs. We went on B and B. The breakfasts were good, but nothing special. For lunch, we bought ready-made sandwiches and pasties from the patisserie or the new supermarket, just 50 metres from the hotel . In the evening we either ate at one of the nearby restaurants - try Café Bom Bom - or cooked a meal at our kitchen. The price of most food and wine is much cheaper than in the U.K. Canico is a lovely little town with an eighteenth century parish church which we visited most days for a time of reflection and prayer. It was great being part of the universal church in worship on the Sunday.. The hotel has a large outdoor in which we swam every day, the water temperature being above twenty Celsius. All the staff were very friendly and there was a happy atmosphere throughout the complex. It was a privilege to be there, and we left with many happy memories. .Terry Stephens

Spent 4 nights in this beautiful hotel with a friend and am already planning a return visit with my husband. Hotel gardens were lovely in the autumn, but can imagine they would be even better in the summer, although the island temperatures don't vary that much, like an eternal spring, just perfect. I loved my ground floor studio with a garden view and a sneaky glimpse of the sea, very spacious as was the bathroom with good shower and hairdryer. Absolutely spotlessly clean, not a speck of dust anywhere. Comfy bed and nicely furnished with everything you need, including a kettle and a fridge and basic kitchen equipment. Each studio has an outside table and chairs and also two sunbeds, nice touch. The only thing that should be standard in all the rooms is a fan, the hotel did supply one on request, but the rooms can be very warm as can't leave doors open at night if you are on the ground floor. Wifi worked perfectly for me wherever I was in the hotel grounds. Pool towels were supplied. Breakfast was very good, plenty of hot and cold choices, good quality and lovely to be able to sit outside and eat. The inside of the restaurant was also nicely decorated, but a bit hot. We found hotel reception to be very friendly and helpful, as were all staff, especially the chap who ran the Globe Bar who we had lots of chats with. No complaints whatsoever about the service, top notch. Pool area was so relaxing, with plenty of sunbeds, just wish we were there for a bit longer to appreciate it more. The spa is very attractive and had one of the best massages I have ever had, my friend agreed that hers was too, she had the same masseur, a man called Humbert I think, but probably got the spelling wrong. Canico village has a few bars, couple of restaurants, supermarket, bakery, agent where you can book trips, and a church. Nice little place.Good bus service outside the hotel to the beach and Funchal. Taxis outside hotel too, but reception can call one very quickly for you if none there. Used hotel courtesy bus to Funchal and back, this runs on weekdays only. I absolutely loved my stay on Madeira at this hotel but there are just a couple of niggles but they are definitely not deal breakers and I will be back - Not happy about having to pay for safe, never stayed in a hotel where they charge for evening entertainment - 3,50 Euros for Fado night, and as mentioned previously the hotel seriously needs to consider putting fans in all rooms as standard, many people have commented on the heat in the rooms, particularly at night. It is only these points that stopped me rating the hotel 5 and instead of 4. One last thing - although the service was perfect, the Thai restaurant is very very overpriced and the food very unexciting and bland. Would not eat here again. I wish we had time to eat in the buffet restaurant as I am sure this would have been much better. I want to finish on a good note though, I loved this place and can't wait to visit again, Thank you to all the staff who made it such an enjoyable stay.

We have just returned from a very relaxing 10 day holiday. We booked a 1 bed apartment - very spacious with a generous balcony overlooking the gardens and sea. Bed was very comfy with good quality linen. Bathroom was adequate although maybe a little tired. Had the added bonus of self catering facilities - which we found superior to other hotels which offered this facility. We found the staff to be very friendly, helpful and attentive in a good way - very impressed with the reception staff's ability to converse fluently in several languages too. We had breakfast included and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet selection - a variety of fruits, cheeses, hams, salads and bread/rolls together with hot options and a tasty selection of cakes each day. We also tried the dinner buffet and again enjoyed a very good selection of food of a good quality. The crowning glory of this hotel is its gardens - they are beautiful with a wonderful selection of plants from around the world. There are many different areas and lovely quiet areas and also a herb garden - all of which are well maintained. We did not try the spa treatments however, the area is very quiet and has a peaceful atmosphere and my husband tells me the pool was very nice. Finally the location is great if you don't want the constant bustle of Funchal (the hotel does run a bookable courtesy bus to the city) - within minutes of the entrance there is a post office, bank, supermarket, bus stop and bakery, a few cafes and attractive village square. It is around a twenty minute (steep, in places very steep) walk down to the sea at Canico Baixo. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would certainly consider returning when we needed another relaxing break.

We were dropped by our transfer outside the front of the hotel and were a little worried that we were in the right place. After walking into the reception and being taken to our room (more like an apartment really) we knew we were in a very special hotel. The receptionists throughout our stay were incredibly helpful and all spoke excellent english, as well as many other languages. The gardens were incredible and looked after with such care. We loved walking through every it every morning to our breakfast, usually in the open air. Service was quick and efficient throughout, from the restaurant, bar, to the cleaner. We felt very relaxed at all times. The apartment had a kitchen, which was useful, but no washing up liquid, coffee or tea and milk sachets, luckily we had taken our own. The rooms were large and airy, very clean, but rather tired. Within a few minutes walk there is an excellent bakers, supermarket and very nice local restaurant. The bus runs regularly down to the beach or into Funchal and stops just outside the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and the hotel.

Estrada Ponta Da Oliveira, 11 Canico

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool and indoor pool

Located within a mile (2 km) of Ponta da Oliveira, Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden is within 2 miles (3 km) of Reis Magos Beach. This 4-star hotel has 166 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. Located in central Canico, the hotel is also near Palheiro Gardens and Madeira Stadium.


There are ample dining options with 3 onsite restaurants, including La Perla, which specializes in international cuisine. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is available for a fee.


All 166 rooms feature balconies, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and phones.

Property features

Guests of Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. Self parking is available for EUR 3.5 per day. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a fitness center, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace.

Room options

Studio Double Side Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio Single Side Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 1

Studio Standard Double Garden View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio Standard Single Garden View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 495 reviews