Nestled along the stunning Calheta coastline, the five-star Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira combines modern elegance and breathtaking natural beauty. During my recent visit, I was thoroughly impressed by the resort’s amenities, attention to detail, and the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira, on the side of a mountain in Madeira.
Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira

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My visit to the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

Rating: ★★★★★

I visited the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira in July 2023. Please note this post is not sponsored, and I am not being paid to write it (the resort literally has no idea I exist!)

I have split my review into four sections: Hotel design, Dining options, Spa and facilities and General service. You will also find FAQs, recommended tours, booking links, and a map at the bottom of the post.

Further reading: Ultimate Madeira Travel Guide.

Design & Architecture at Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

The Saccharum Resort & Spa is a Savoy Signature hotel.  Created by the RH+ Arquitectos team, this Design Hotel beautifully combines the natural surroundings and the local landscape. 

The hotel calls itself a Hedonist Design Resort, and it’s easy to see why. As soon as I arrived, the resort’s modern and stylish design caught my eye. The reception area radiates sophistication, and the warm, friendly staff made me feel welcome right from the start. The check-in process was quick and efficient, ensuring a smooth start to my stay.

The rooms at the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira offer the perfect blend of comfort and style. My room was spacious and well-appointed, featuring a private balcony with a garden view. Many of the rooms also have stunning ocean views, because the hotel is carved right into the cliffside.

The architecture harmonises with the natural rock formations, almost becoming a part of the mountain itself. It adapts to the land’s shape, and they’ve even added plants on the roof and in the flowerbeds to blend in with the landscape better.

The rugs have the appearance of industrial factory floors, the copper pool at the Saccharum Spa mirrors the look of a honey vat, the prominent green shades are inspired by the sugar cane, each room features distinct photographs on the headboards of the beds. The restaurant’s walls are adorned with industrial pipes and equipment.

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Dining Options at Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

No review of mine would be complete without an in-depth look at the dining options.  The resort offers 6 restaurants that cater to diverse palates and preferences, each one offering a very high standard of cuisine and service. Most of the dishes are also available as room service too.

Further reading: Food in Madeira: What to Eat and Drink on Madeira Island

1. Alambique Restaurant

When it comes to a refined dining experience, Alambique is the go-to spot. This restaurant offers a menu filled with delightful international and Madeiran dishes. The atmosphere is elegant, and the service is impeccable. I made it my mission to try as many dishes as possible from the menu – 3 items below!

2. Engenho Restaurant

Here’s where you’ll find the essence of traditional Madeiran cuisine. Engenho whisks you away on a flavorful journey, presenting dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients and authentic recipes. The ambiance is cosy, and the décor adds a touch of rustic charm to your dining experience.

3. Trapiche Restaurant

This is the place for poolside dining. There is an infinity pool on the 8th floor and Trapiche restaurant is just next to it. There’s an exciting array of dishes, blending local and international flavours. The dishes are really appealing and you might find you just want everything on the menu (I did).

A swimming pool with a view of the ocean in Madeira at the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira
Saccharum Infinity Pool

4. Rhum Bar

Fancy something special? At the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira, the Rhum Bar is renowned for its unique cocktails and a vast collection of fine rums. It’s modelled on the Madeira sugar cane distillery and is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink or a leisurely evening.

5. Fly Lounge Bar

Looking for incredible sunsets? Fly Lounge Bar is the place. Sip on carefully crafted cocktails and a variety of drinks whilst watching the sun dip below the horizon. It’s the spot for unwinding and enjoying a relaxed drink or two. There is a cocktail of the day and I highly recommend each one!

6. Calhau Beach Bar

Positioned across the road literally on the beach, the Calhau Beach Club offers a delightful, sunbathing and dining experience. You can relax, enjoy light bites, sip on refreshing drinks, and soak up the sun with a view of the beach. There are sunbeds, parasols and tables, along with cool tunes and a lovely atmosphere.

Check availability and prices of Saccharum on Booking.com.

Spa & Facilities at Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

The resort’s spa and wellness facilities were a haven of tranquillity. The spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, expertly delivered by skilled therapists. You can treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty treatment – but make sure you book in advance as they do get booked up. The spa area also features a sauna, steam room, and indoor pool, providing a serene retreat for those seeking wellness.

There is also a games room, squash court, tennis court, 4 swimming pools and a children’s playroom. The infinity pool on the 8th floor is particularly dazzling although it isn’t actually the highest one – for those who like their pools with a view!

The Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa also offers wellness programs and packages that allow guests to embark on a holistic journey to health and well-being. These programs combine spa treatments, fitness activities, and nutritional guidance to help you achieve your wellness goals.

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For outdoor enthusiasts, the Savoy Saccharum Hotel Spa & Resort offers a range of options. The infinity pool with an ocean view is a breathtaking spot to soak up the sun and take refreshing dips. The resort also has its own beach bar and beach area too.

Service at Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

What truly sets Saccharum apart is the exceptional level of service. The staff are attentive, professional, and consistently go the extra mile for guests. The reception staff helped me with local levada walks, booking local tours and also booking taxis too.

In terms of location, the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira is ideally situated to explore the wonders of Madeira. The nearby Calheta Marina offers opportunities for water sports and boat excursions, and the surrounding natural beauty provides ample opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities.

In conclusion, the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira exceeded my expectations in every way. From its beautiful location and luxurious amenities to its outstanding service and exceptional dining options, it’s a perfect choice for a relaxing and indulgent escape.

Check availability and prices of the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira on Booking.com.

A walkway with plants and a view of the mountains at the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

You can book the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira here, but I have also included some booking links for different parts of Madeira below. There is also a map showing accommodation by location. Clicking on the map will take you straight through to Booking.com.

Hotels in Funchal | Hotels in Calheta | Hotels in São Vicente | Hotels in Porto Moniz | Hotels in Machico | Hotels in Santana | Hotels in Ponta do Sol | Hotels in Câmara de Lobos | Hotels in Ribeira Brava | Hotels in Ponta Delgada | All hotels in Madeira.

Accommodation in Madeira

Here is a map from Booking.com showing hotels by location. You can zoom in, zoom out, drag and move the map. If you click the map, it will take you to Booking.com where you can look more closely at your options.

Booking.com

I recommend reserving your room immediately to get the best price. It’s usually free to reserve, and you can always cancel later on.

See the main Madeira page from Booking.com.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on hotels in Madeira.

Q: Where can I book the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira?

A: I recommend using Booking.com as you can reserve your room without paying anything, and they also have free cancellation too. Use this link to get the best deals for the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

What are the best areas to stay in Madeira for a beach vacation?

A: Madeira offers a variety of beachfront locations. Funchal, the capital, boasts several beaches, including Praia Formosa and Praia Barreirinha. The Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira has its own section of beach and beach bar in Calheta. For a more secluded beach experience, consider Ponta do Sol or Porto Santo Island, known for its extensive sandy beach.

Further reading: The 20 best towns in Madeira (and where to stay in each one)

Q: Which hotels in Madeira offer stunning ocean views?

A: Many hotels in Madeira provide breathtaking ocean views. Some top choices include the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira, Vine Hotel, Belmond Reid’s Palace, and Hotel Baia Azul in Funchal, and Aqua Natura in Ponta do Sol.

Further reading: The 14 Best Hotels in Madeira, Portugal.

Q: What are the best areas for a romantic getaway in Madeira?

A: Madeira’s romantic spots include Ponta do Sol with its beautiful sunsets, and the secluded Fajã dos Padres. You can also find romantic settings in Funchal, with its charming old town and luxury hotels like Quinta Mirabela. The Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira is a romantic 5 star hotel in Calheta.

Q: Are there budget-friendly accommodation options in Madeira?

A: Yes, Madeira offers budget-friendly accommodations such as Hostel Santa Maria in Funchal. You can also find affordable guesthouses and self-catering apartments throughout the island.

Q: Which hotels in Madeira are known for their spa and wellness facilities?

A: If you seek relaxation, consider staying at hotels like Pestana CR7 Funchal, which offers spa treatments, or Castanheiro Boutique Hotel with its wellness amenities. The Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira is also renowned for its spa facilities, and is a five star hotel.

Q: What are the best areas for hiking enthusiasts to stay in Madeira?

A: Hikers will enjoy accommodations near hiking trails. Consider Funchal for easy access to Levada walks or Ponta do Sol for hikes along the scenic coastline. Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is a great choice for both hiking and relaxation. I hiked the levadas Nova and Moinho whilst staying at the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa Madeira.

Further reading: 16 of the Best Levada Walks on Madeira Island

Q: Which area in Madeira is best for exploring local culture and history?

A: To immerse yourself in local culture and history, stay in Funchal’s historic old town. Hotels like Funchal Design Hotel put you in the heart of this charming area.

Q: Can I find eco-friendly accommodations in Madeira?

A: Yes, Madeira promotes ecotourism, and you can find eco-friendly accommodations like Fajã dos Padres, an organic farm accessible only by cable car or boat. Additionally, many hotels have sustainability initiatives.

Q: What are the best hotels in Madeira for families?

A: Families can consider Hotel Baia Azul, which offers family-friendly amenities, or Pestana CR7 Funchal with its rooftop swimming pool. Porto Santo Island is also great for family vacations.

Q: Is it necessary to book accommodations in advance in Madeira?

A: It’s advisable to book accommodations in advance, especially during the peak tourist season (summer and holidays) to secure your preferred choice and rates. However, off-peak seasons may offer more flexibility.

Further reading: Ultimate Madeira Travel Guide.

See the main Madeira page from Booking.com.

Tours in Madeira.

Below are some of the top-rated tours in Madeira, from my preferred tour operator Viator (I also use Get Your Guide as well, but Viator is my go-to).

1. Sunrise Self-Guided Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo: To save you the hassle of organising transport, the trip includes hotel pickup, then drop-off at Pico do Arieiro, and pickup from Achada do Teixeira once you’ve finished the hike.

2. Full-Day Madeira North West Coast Safari from Funchal: Take the scenic route between Ribeira Brava and Porto Moniz in an open-top safari vehicle; enjoy spectacular views of the Cabo Girão sea cliffs, Veu da Noiva waterfall, and the Paul da Serra plateau.

3. East of Madeira | Full Day 4×4 Tour: Travelling by 4WD, venture off-road and escape the crowds as you drive the Pico do Areiro mountain roads, stop in villages such as Ribeiro Frio and Faial, and visit a traditional A-frame house in Santana.

4. Half-Day Wine Tour in Madeira: Wonderful wine trail through the Laurissilva forest with wine and tapas included.

5. Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Madeira: 2- to 4-hour private charter by motor yacht. Snorkel and spot marine life including whales and dolphins. Light refreshments and a glass of sparkling wine included.

View all Madeira tours on Viator here. You can reserve tours immediately without paying anything up front, and cancel for free. Viator is a TripAdvisor company, so you know you will get a good service.

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