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The most stylish hotels in Madeira for a green list escape

Good Housekeeping UK Logo By Alex McFadyen of Good Housekeeping UK | Slide 1 of 10: Madeira may be small, but it’s packed with vibrant colours and beautiful scenery, which is why we were elated by the island featuring on the government's green list of destinations and have rounded up the best hotels in Madeira for a summer escape. The sunny Portuguese island is a subtropical gem known for its elegant public gardens, buzzing capital city Funchal, spectacular coastline and pretty villages. Its mild, year-round climate makes it a brilliant destination to visit through autumn and even into winter, so if you're unsure about travelling abroad right now, it's an excellent place to consider for later in the year or early 2022.As with all holidays abroad right now, there are a few things to know before you start planning. Unlike mainland Portugal, Madeira is currently on the UK government's 'green watchlist' of destinations to visit, but it could still change to amber. If you're double jabbed, this won't affect you but you'll need proof of vaccination for when you return to the UK.Had both doses of the vaccine? You won't need to present a negative PCR on arrival in Madeira but there is a passenger locator form to fill in before you travel. Before returning to the UK, you'll need to take a Covid-19 test, as well as book and pay for a day two test and submit a passenger locator form. You'll want to keep an eye on the Foreign Office's advice for visiting Madeira too as this could affect the validity of your travel insurance. Be sure to check the advice for travel from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland if you're not in England, too. And finally, you'll want to think about whether you'd like to book your flight and hotel separately or opt for a more financially-protected package.Once you have all the information, it's time to get planning and choose the best hotel in Madeira. Whether you'd like to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea at the iconic Reid’s Palace, or gaze out to sea from the infinity pool at Saccharum Resort & Spa, Madeira's hotels are as impressive as the island itself.Madeira is a gardener's paradise too, thanks to fertile volcanic soil and centuries of visiting sailors, so you can expect gorgeous outdoor spaces wherever you stay. You’ll find everything from laurel forest to purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, orchids and bird of paradise plants on the island. As well as inspirational gardens, a holiday there is full of dramatic natural scenery, like the soaring peaks in the Valley of the Nuns, and the chance to try mouthwatering Madeiran delicacies like espetada - beef marinated in Madeiran wine, then grilled over smouldering wood chips.So if you’re in the mood for a fun-packed break in Madeira this year, check out our selection of the island’s most irresistible hotels - from boutique boltholes to five-star retreats.Covid-19: Madeira is on the UK's green watchlist. You must take a Covid-19 test before returning to England and on day 2 after arriving. Visitors to Madeira are exempt from self-isolation if they can show that they have received two vaccines on the NHS 14 days or more before arriving. Read the latest advice before travelling.

Madeira may be small, but it’s packed with vibrant colours and beautiful scenery, which is why we were elated by the island featuring on the government's green list of destinations and have rounded up the best hotels in Madeira for a summer escape.

The sunny Portuguese island is a subtropical gem known for its elegant public gardens, buzzing capital city Funchal, spectacular coastline and pretty villages. Its mild, year-round climate makes it a brilliant destination to visit through autumn and even into winter, so if you're unsure about travelling abroad right now, it's an excellent place to consider for later in the year or early 2022.

As with all holidays abroad right now, there are a few things to know before you start planning. Unlike mainland Portugal, Madeira is currently on the UK government's 'green watchlist' of destinations to visit, but it could still change to amber. If you're double jabbed, this won't affect you but you'll need proof of vaccination for when you return to the UK.

Had both doses of the vaccine? You won't need to present a negative PCR on arrival in Madeira but there is a passenger locator form to fill in before you travel. Before returning to the UK, you'll need to take a Covid-19 test, as well as book and pay for a day two test and submit a passenger locator form.

You'll want to keep an eye on the Foreign Office's advice for visiting Madeira too as this could affect the validity of your travel insurance. Be sure to check the advice for travel from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland if you're not in England, too. And finally, you'll want to think about whether you'd like to book your flight and hotel separately or opt for a more financially-protected package.

Once you have all the information, it's time to get planning and choose the best hotel in Madeira. Whether you'd like to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea at the iconic Reid’s Palace, or gaze out to sea from the infinity pool at Saccharum Resort & Spa, Madeira's hotels are as impressive as the island itself.

Madeira is a gardener's paradise too, thanks to fertile volcanic soil and centuries of visiting sailors, so you can expect gorgeous outdoor spaces wherever you stay.

You’ll find everything from laurel forest to purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, orchids and bird of paradise plants on the island. As well as inspirational gardens, a holiday there is full of dramatic natural scenery, like the soaring peaks in the Valley of the Nuns, and the chance to try mouthwatering Madeiran delicacies like espetada - beef marinated in Madeiran wine, then grilled over smouldering wood chips.

So if you’re in the mood for a fun-packed break in Madeira this year, check out our selection of the island’s most irresistible hotels - from boutique boltholes to five-star retreats.

Covid-19: Madeira is on the UK's green watchlist. You must take a Covid-19 test before returning to England and on day 2 after arriving. Visitors to Madeira are exempt from self-isolation if they can show that they have received two vaccines on the NHS 14 days or more before arriving. Read the latest advice before travelling.
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