Madeira and Porto Santo are the only populated islands that make up Madeira, an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, just off the west coast of Africa, first colonised by Portugal in the 15th century.
Surrounded by turquoise waters, Porto Santo has 9 kilometres / 6 miles of golden sand beaches and an arid, volcanic moonscape, quite different from Madeira’s lush subtropical island.
To maximize sunbathing and wave watching, stay in oceanfront accommodations, where else? Here are the best beach hotel options in Porto Santo, further broken in all-inclusive resorts and hotels with buffet breakfast included.
Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & SPA
The five-star Pestana Porto Santo has two swimming pools surrounded by gardens, but also a spa area which includes a heated pool with water jets, as well as wet and dry saunas. All rooms have their own private balconies. A total of four restaurants and three bars serve a selection of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Pestana Colombos Premium Club
Also part of the Pestana chain, Colombos is another all-inclusive five-star resort, located walking distance from the beach. The rooms are spacious open areas with balconies, and there are apartments for large families with a living room and a full kitchen. All meals are included though, served in the six restaurants and two bars.
Vila Baleira Porto Santo – Wellness Resort & Thalasso Spa
Vila Baleira is a four-star resort with an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, spa, rooms and apartments with private balconies. Built to take full advantage of Porto Santos’ healing sand, it offers access to the largest thalassotherapy facility in Portugal. The Atlantic Restaurant offers Portuguese and international cuisine. All manner of activities are found here, including diving.
Hotels with Buffet Breakfast Included
Hotel Porto Santo & Spa
This four-star hotel has an excellent location to walk on the beach either into town (15 minutes) or north to the tip of island (an hour). The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a spa, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Some of the 94 rooms have private gardens or balconies.
Hotel Torre Praia
The four-star Hotel Torre Praia is a great choice for a budget stay. All the rooms have a modern decor, and some offer sea views – you’ll be seeing and hearing the sea. The hotel facilities include a sauna, massage treatments, a gym and an outdoor pool, as well as two restaurants with panoramic views. You can also walk 10 minutes into town.