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First Pousada de Portugal opens on Madeira, joining other new hotels

The Pestana Churchill Bay, the first Pousada de Portugal on Madeira, is set to open in Câmara de Lobos on June 7th. The name comes from the view over the picturesque Câmara de Lobos Bay, one of the area’s greatest attractions. The landscape charmed British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, who vacationed on the island with his family in 1950. Churchill painted the bay and the local photographer Raul Perestrello captured this iconic moment.



Set in the heart of Câmara de Lobos’ port, the Pestana Churchill Bay – Pousada & Historic Hotel blends in with the village’s historic architecture and natural landscapes. Just a 10 minute drive away from the island’s capital, Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is also a short walk away from the cliffs atCabo Girão, known for a suspended glass platform overlookingthe Atlantic.


This new Pousada project  turned a historic property with cultural heritage into a comfortable hotel with authentic character. The building is located on the waterfront, and offers 57 modern rooms, a local restaurant, bar, a panoramic rooftop pool and also a gym, sauna and a spa treatment room.



The port is now commonly referred to as "Winston Churchill Bay" due to the visits of the famous stateman. Theentrance lobby of the Pestana Churchill Bay – Pousada & Historic Hotel will feature a bronze sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill made by Portuguese artist Martim Velosa.


Pestana Hotel Group currently owns and manages 12 properties on the Madeira Archipelago (Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island). Two other hotels are set to open on Madeira this June are The Savoy Palace and Les Suites at the Cliff Bay. The first is a five-star 352-bedroom property set between the ocean and the city of Funchal, inspired by Belle Époque sophistication. The latter is adjacent to the Cliff Bay Hotel and offers 23 luxury suites secluded in extensive gardens and with access to all the hotel’s facilities.



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