The Vibe: Sexy and warm.
The Area: City centre.
The DNA: Themed around wine making, The Vine Hotel is an avantgarde design hotel with interiors inspired by the island’s wine-making industry; volcanic rock is mixed with rich purple fabrics and furniture designed to resemble twisted vines. The rooftop restaurant “UVA” has stunning city views and is run by French chef Thomas Faudry, with dishes including a tuna fish tartare with cucumber and Granny Smith jelly, avocado cream and wasabi sorbet and roasted fillet of scabbard fish with mushrooms and chestnuts. The roof terrace boasts a heated infinity pool with amazing views, massage facilities, a hot tub, and a pool bar. The Spa uses vinotherapy. Fitness centre. In-room check-in and welcome massage.
Suite-Me-Up: Each of the four floors of the hotel represents a different season in the life cycle of the grape. Free standing baths, often at the foot of the bed, are lit up by the lights of Funchal town shining through floor-to-ceiling windows. Colours are muted, from pale greens for spring to oranges for autumn with volcanic stone cobbles in the bathroom and good working desks.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 79 rooms & suites (30-73m2) (323-786 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2009 • architecture: Ricardo Bofill & João Francisco Caires • interior design: Nini Andrade Silva ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible