Having returned from our holiday in Funchal Madeira, which was booked by The Travel Boutique team, we had to get in touch with a big “Thank You” for a holiday that was fabulous for both me and my daughter.

The holiday started well, as The Travel Boutique team picked the right hotel for us, the Hotel Dorisol Florasol. It had everything we needed and wanted.  A big plus too was the hotel was on the flat when quite a few hotels had steep hills to get to them, but happily not ours. There’s also plenty of restaurants around and supermarkets/shops close to the hotel.

Our room was to the front of the hotel on the 2nd floor looking out on the road with a really big balcony which had a table, chairs and sofa to lounge on.  Great for people watching!


Trips & Tours

In Funchal, we discovered there was so much to do and see. We did a lot but still there was so much more we missed.  We would highly recommend the hop-on, hop off Yellow Bus Tour so you can get to see everything and stop and visit if you wish.  For fantastic views, take the Cable Car to Monte and the toboggan ride back.  That was so much fun but a little tip here, get the taxi back the rest of the way as it’s a very long hard walk back down to Funchal.

We also visited the Fruit/veg/flower market plus on Saturday mornings is a small flew market, located near the Cable cars, just off Rue Santa Maria, which is worth a visit.

Another trip was up to Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest cliff, which is included in the yellow bus tour.  From there, the views of Funchal are amazing.  We also paid a visit to the 3D Fun Art Museum which was great fun.

Funchal Fun Art Museum

Funchal Fun Art Museum

Time to Relax

Aside from that, we had plenty of time to sit and relax by the pool (plenty of loungers, umbrellas, and chairs). And the hotel staff were lovely.  We even had breakfast every day in the hotel (which I didn’t think was included so that was a lovely surprise). Also, the local people were so friendly and nice.

And lastly, my 15-year-old daughter loved the holiday so much that she re-named Linda Jones from The Travel Boutique, Linda the Legend for her help and recommendations in choosing this holiday.  Everything was just perfect!

Thank you again.

Barbara Connolly