Saccharum Hotel Resort & Spa
What We Love
- A striking, contemporary Madeira hotel set right on the coast, with breakfast or half board
- Being one of the first to stay at this brand new Madeira hotel
- Wandering around the hotel's sugar cane museum and learning about the area's economic past
- Staking out the spa to indulge in some quiet time
What To Know
- This new hotel opened its doors in April 2015
- It costs extra to use the spa
- Guestrooms are spacious with a sleek design, but not all have waterfront views from the floor-to-ceiling windows
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is a treasure trove of scenic coastline, lush landscapes and beautiful beaches. When you’re not whale- or dolphin-spotting off the island, you could be marvelling at a majestic waterfall or pottering around a historic village. Needless to say, throughout its land and sea, country and town, this little island packs an impressively big punch.
Discover Madeira’s unique charms with an unforgettable stay at a brand new hotel, opening for 2015. Named after the island’s old sugar cane economy, Saccharum Hotel Resort & Spa is a boldly contemporary venture with a magnificent modern design. Built on the site where an old sugar cane mill once stood, Saccharum Hotel was created to complement its natural surroundings and sits proudly between the gorgeous mountains and the dazzling ocean.
As you might imagine, the facilities here are upscale and incorporate a heated indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, a spa and fitness centre, and a squash court. Four bars and two restaurants make up the chic eating and drinking options, and a terrace barbecue allows for al fresco dining with superb ocean views. Like the rest of the hotel, rooms are suitably sleek and incorporate the island’s affinity with sugar cane into their décor.
Saccharum Hotel is home to 180 rooms, five suites and 30 apartments. Each are decorated to a luxurious standard, and adopt the area’s sugar cane heritage as part of their theme. Neutral tones meet dark woods with a decent dose of mood lighting for a relaxing stay.
Saccharum Hotel has four inviting bars to choose from, each offering their own unique ambience and a plethora of drinking options. There’s also a buffet restaurant and an à la carte restaurant to choose between. A terrace provides the perfect spot for a bite over those fantastic ocean views, and the barbecue is ready to grill the freshest of the island’s fish and meat.
You’ll get to be one of the first to retreat into Saccharum Hotel’s luxurious spa and leisure facilities. The massage centre and spa area provide some serious serenity, and you’ll find a heated indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a fitness club and a gym.
Saccharum Hotel Resort & Spa is located in the Calheta region of western Madeira, an area that held weighty importance in sugar cane cultivation, and it’s this that gives the hotel its name – Saccharum comes from the Latin word for sugar cane. The hotel occupies the site of an old sugar cane mill, and fittingly houses a museum dedicated to this industry. Saccharum is located just 20 minutes from Calheta Marina and sits beautifully between the mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean.
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Great hotel for vegans to holiday. Due to the breakfast buffet having only a few vegan options the chef prepared a surprise every morning accompanied with a smoothie. I would like to say a special thank you to Patricia who greeted us at the restaurant everyday and made sure to organise the food.
This was also the same for the buffet dinner the chef would come out to advise which dishes were suitable. If they felt not enough options were available I would then order from the hotels vegan menu at no additional charge.
Also it’s worth noting the spa is lovely and treatments were great.
My only cons would be firstly the hotel provide a bus to Funchal which is €20 per person which seems quite expensive. Secondly we stayed in a courtyard room which meant our balcony faced the spa. There wasn’t much natural light. If I returned in the future I would make sure to get a room with a sea view.
We returned home from our 7 day holiday on 5th Nov. We have been very fortunate inhaling stayed in hotels all over the world BUT this hotel has got it all. So relaxing, so tranquil and spectacular views. Paying the extra for an ocean view is highly recommended is not only super for watching the ocean but also being able to hear the waves coming in. I felt so completely chilled. It was our first visit to Madeira and we rarely go back anywhere a second time (as its a big world out there) But we would definitely come back to this hotel. Food brilliant, cleanliness excellent. Only one small gripe is I don't like instant coffee and had to pay for a decent cup each morning but that's just me being a woman of 55yrs and liking my coffee as I don't drink alcohol.
Just got back from a week at the Saccharum in Mederia. Great staff from the front doorman (Joe) to all the service staff. Everyone was so friendly & we shared laughs with Dianna & Alexandrea at the front desk as well as Grace in the restaurant areas. We were very impressed with how clean the entire place is. Our only complaint would be that a full length mirror would be nice in our room.
We made a new friend of Nelson Lala ( local taxi driver). He showed us many special places on his island.
We look forward to returning in the future.