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Portugal, Madeira: 24 Hours in Funchal

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Funchal Express 

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Dinner at the Design Center Nini Andrade Silva  

Arrival in Funchal: just down from the Ferry (from Porto Santo), I am facing the entrance of the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, located at the end of the dock (photo 1 of the photo-montage above). I’d visited the building with the interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, during the work. What a surprise to now discover the different spaces with her iconic design furnitures and items! Awesome!

I really like the outdoor café (first photo of the post and photo below) and the black and white graphic restaurant with a 360 degree view, of the ocean and Funchal (photo-montage above). The atmosphere is really nice with a tasty cuisine and friendly team. My only downside: I look like a scarecrow after my long outdoors day in Porto Santo, plus the ferry over for more than two hours (lol)!

And my camera has no more battery, bad! Fortunately I Bob (Marley) saved me! There is live music in one of the spaces (videos below) and I feel more relaxed. An island without Bob is no longer an island, right?

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Breakfast at the Meliá

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Oops, It’s Public Holiday!

Slow wake-up and breakfast at the Meliá Madeira Mare. I planned checking out cool shops of local designers for you (and me!). But everything is closed. So I comfortably lay near the swimming pool facing the ocean. Then I will have a lunch at The Vine and a guided tour of the historical center of Funchal.

Lunch at the Uva Restaurant

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The Return

I go to The Vine, another hotel designed by Nini Andrade Silva. I’ll end up to know all of them at least in Portugal (lol)! During the Festival do Atlantico, I had dinner at the excellent Uva Restaurant & Wine Bar (with a French chef) and then we watched the beautiful fireworks on the terrace.

Once more, the restaurant kept its promises. Great lunch! The food looks like paintings! Everything is delicious and the service is impeccable. I really enjoy the soothing views of the city and harbor. It feels good. The Vine and the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, are my two favorite places in Funchal!

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The Walk in the Historical Center

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More and Less Two Hours

before leaving the city to the Cristiano Ronaldo airport. So I joined one of the guides of History Tellers (an initiative of the University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa). They offer circuits through the history of Madeira”. In addition to learn about Madeira, you will help students struggling financially.

I’ve already visited the historical center. But I have fun to rediscover it with a “documented eye”. Last time, I didn’t notice some doors and facades cafés in (or near) Santa Maria street, like the ones below. Pictured right: the famous Rainha do Fado,Amália Rodrigues. To read my previous articles on Funchal and Madeira, click HERE. 

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Photos: © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


Visit Madeira, Visit PortugalDesign Centre Nini AndradeThe VineMeliá Madeira Mare & History Tellers 


Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this beautiful invitation. Thanks also to the teams of the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, The Vine Hotel and Meliá Madeira Mare. As always these are my opinions.

Hillside Beach Club: Room With a Soothing Seaview

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The view, light & peaceful landscape! 

After a long journey – my first flight landed at midnight, followed by the boarding of my second flight at 4 a.m. – I decide to spend the next three hours in the coffee at the airport arrivals. What a surprise, a nice waitress and an outlet to recharge my laptop!      

Once seated on the plane to Fethiye, we wait more than an hour before taking off, lulled by the hysterical cries of a  temperamental kid! A nightmare!    

So you can imagine THE pleasure when early afternoon I finally open the door of my room at Hillside Beach Club! I am immediately caught by the sight (pictures 1 & 2)!

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Difficult not feeling on holiday!

Every details, materials and colors of the decoration (recently renovated) encourage a certain indolence which frees the mind.                   

Offering free Wifi throughout the club, me and my computer (digital nomads) declare the couch facing the sea: our new workspace (picture 1)!              

We can access to the bathroom (very well equipped wirh separated toilets) through the terrace. The bathrobes are soft and I loved the detail of wooden curtain, with eyes that protect from bad luck (pictures 4 & 5).   

Each day, the maids creates a small flower arrangement, like the bougainvillea flowers in heart shape on the bed! Thank you for this delicate attention that have put me in a great mood!

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Homely contemporary decor

White walls and comfortable huge bed, facing the soothing view to the landscape. Some nights, I could admire the starry sky or the moon reflection on the sea from my bed wedged into soft pillows!       

This allowed me to avoid mosquitoes (through the bay window closed). Everywhere they love me! But here, much less than in Poland for example, LOL! 

I also enjoyed the lighting with dimmer, plugs everywhere, including on each side of the bed, and behind sliding doors, a discreet large dressing with a long mirror.

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.


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I was invited by the Hillside Beach Club and as you know, my opinions are my own! Thanks to Hillside Beach Club.