5 Best Hotels in Porto Santo, Madeira

Pestana Colombos All Inclusive

$$$$ | Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal

This all-inclusive resort is perfectly positioned to take advantage of a lovely 9½-km (6-mile) stretch of beach just across a footbridge that's reserved for guests. The cool, minimalist rooms make you feel pampered with nice touches like oversized soaking tubs. The resort includes several bars and restaurants (and more at the adjacent Pestana Porto Santo), three pools (two outdoor and one indoor), and an on-site spa.

Pros

  • Apartments with several bedrooms make it perfect for groups
  • Parents will appreciate the paid babysitting services
  • Pretty tropical gardens

Cons

  • Atmosphere feels a little sterile
  • Restaurants lack variety
  • Isolated location
Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal
291 144 050
hotel Details
214 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Pestana Porto Santo

$$$$ | Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal

A mix of standard rooms, spacious apartments, and villas spread around landscaped grounds dotted with tropical plants and dazzling flowers, this Mediterranean-style resort sits on a wonderfully quiet stretch of beach around 3 km (2 miles) from Vila Baleira. The all-inclusive property's restaurants range from a poolside bars with light food to Asian cuisine to a more upscale Italian eatery. Should the beach not be enough, the pool complex is superb: there are two large pools, one with salt water, as well as a separate children's pool and kids' club. A gym and tennis court cater to sporty types, while there are indulgent treatments and an indoor pool at the spa.

Pros

  • Superb pool complex includes a separate children's pool
  • Gym and tennis court cater to sporty types
  • Best rooms have sumptuous sea views

Cons

  • Can get very busy in high summer
  • Those without kids might feel outnumbered
  • Minimum four-night stay required
Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal
291 144 000
hotel Details
328 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr., All-Inclusive

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Porto Santo Hotel and Spa

$$ | Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal

About a 15-minute walk from town, this hotel is a beach lover's dream, situated just behind the golden sand. Feeling a bit like a country club, there are plenty of activities, a plush spa with massage rooms, and a wellness center with a well-equipped gym and swimming pool. The comfortable guest rooms are surrounded by palm-studded grounds. Treatments include hot sand therapy, said to help relieve rheumatism pains and other aches.

Pros

  • Beach-themed spa treatments include hot sand therapy
  • Turkish baths and other relaxing amenities
  • Many rooms have private terraces

Cons

  • Some of the rooms are quite small
  • Restaurant can be disappointing
  • A bit on the old-fashioned side
Estrada Regional 120, 9400-242, Portugal
291 980 140
hotel Details
94 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Torre Praia Hotel

$$$ | Rua Goulart Medeiros, 9400-164, Portugal

A five-minute walk from the center of town, this low-slung beach hotel is built around an old stone watchtower that now holds one of the hotel's two restaurants. The rooms are spacious, with those on the upper floor offering views of the ocean through wide windows. Along with the sparkling outdoor pool, the hotel also has a sauna, hot tub, squash court, and fitness center.

Pros

  • The beachfront location makes it hard to beat
  • Gorgeous vistas from the panoramic bar
  • Extremely friendly staff

Cons

  • Rooms in need of a refresh
  • Service could be friendlier
  • Some accommodations are noisy
Rua Goulart Medeiros, 9400-164, Portugal
291 980 450
hotel Details
66 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Vila Baleira Suites

$ | Cabeça da Ponta, 9400-030, Portugal

About 4 km (2½ miles) from Vila Baleira, the Vila Baleira Suites have their own pretty pool surrounded by sunny yellow lounge chairs, but most guests head just beyond that to one of the nicest stretches of beach on the island. The squat modern building itself is a bit of an eyesore, but the place makes up for any shortcomings with good amenities and a perfect location.

Pros

  • Best rooms have their own private terraces
  • A children's pool and other amenities
  • Free shuttle service to town

Cons

  • Has a snack bar but no proper restaurant
  • Definitely is showing its age
  • Some rooms face the road
Cabeça da Ponta, 9400-030, Portugal
291 980 800
hotel Details
114 apartments
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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