Make yourself comfortable in the splendid natural landscape of Porto Santo, where a resort will be born, devoted to luxury tourism, in one of the most beautiful beaches of Madeira: partnership offered

Make yourself comfortable in the splendid natural landscape of Porto Santo, where a resort will be born, devoted to luxury tourism, in one of the most beautiful beaches of Madeira

Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal


4 000 000 EUR

Agent: Nuno Boquinhas (Portugal, Azores, Madeira, Mozambique)
Agent Cellphone: +27 84 413 1071
Agent Office Number: +27 84 413 1071
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Type: Hospitality Project
Bedrooms: 126
Bathrooms: 126
Showers: 126
Parking: 0
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 5 Star

Madeira, officially the Autonomous Region of Madeira, is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores). It is an archipelago situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, in a region known as Macaronesia, just under 400 kilometres (250 mi) to the north of the Canary Islands and 700 kilometres (430 mi) west of Morocco. Madeira is geographically located in the African Tectonic Plate, even though the archipelago is culturally, economically and politically European. Its total population was estimated in 2016 at 289,000. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, which is located on the main island's south coast.

The archipelago includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas, administered together with the separate archipelago of the Savage Islands. The region has political and administrative autonomy through the Administrative Political Statute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira provided for in the Portuguese Constitution. The autonomous region is an integral part of the European Union as an outermost region. Madeira generally has a very mild and moderated subtropical climate with Mediterranean summer droughts and winter rain. There are many microclimates courtesy of the elevation changes.

Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1419 and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Age of Discovery.

Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about 1.4 million tourists, almost five times its population. The region is noted for its Madeira wine, gastronomy, historical and cultural value, flora and fauna, landscapes (laurel forest) that are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and embroidery artisans. The main harbour in Funchal has long been the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, receiving more than half a million tourists through its main port in 2017, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa. In addition, the International Business Centre of Madeira, also known as the Madeira Free Trade Zone, was created formally in the 1980s as a tool of regional economic policy. It consists of a set of incentives, mainly tax-related, granted with the objective of attracting foreign direct investment based on international services into Madeira.



Plutarch in his Parallel Lives (Sertorius, 75 AD) referring to the military commander Quintus Sertorius (d. 72 BC), relates that after his return to Cadiz, he met sailors who spoke of idyllic Atlantic islands: "The islands are said to be two in number separated by a very narrow strait and lie 10,000 furlongs (2,011.68 km) from Africa. They are called the Isles of the Blest."

Archaeological evidence suggests that the islands may have been visited by the Vikings sometime between 900 and 1030.


During the reign of King Edward III of England, lovers Robert Machim and Anna d'Arfet were said to have fled from England to France in 1346. Driven off course by a violent storm, their ship ran aground along the coast of an island that may have been Madeira. Later this legend was the basis of the naming of the city of Machino on the island, in memory of the young lovers.


Knowledge of some Atlantic islands, such as Madeira, existed before their formal discovery and settlement, as the islands were shown on maps as early as 1339.

In 1418, two captains under service to Prince Henry the Navigator, Joao Goncalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira, were driven off course by a storm to an island they named Porto Santo (English: holy harbour) in gratitude for divine deliverance from a shipwreck. The following year, an organised expedition, under the captaincy of Zarco, Vaz Teixeira, and Bartolomeu Pereestrello, travelled to the island to claim it on behalf of the Portuguese Crown. Subsequently, the new settlers observed "a heavy black cloud suspended to the southwest." Their investigation revealed it to be the larger island they called Madeira.
Knowledge of some Atlantic islands, such as Madeira, existed before their formal discovery and settlement, as the islands were shown on maps as early as 1339.
The first Portuguese settlers began colonizing the islands around 1420 or 1425. Grain production began to fall and the ensuing crisis forced Henry the Navigator to order other commercial crops to be planted so that the islands could be profitable. These specialised plants, and their associated industrial technology, created one of the major revolutions on the islands and fuelled Portuguese industry. Following the introduction of the first water-driven sugar mill on Madeira, sugar production increased to over 6,000 arrobas (an arroba was equal to 11 to 12 kilograms) by 1455, using advisers from Sicily and financed by Genoese capital. (Genoa acted as an integral part of the island economy until the 17th century.) The accessibility of Madeira attracted Genoese and Flemish traders, who were keen to bypass Venetian monopolies.

"By 1480 Antwerp had some seventy ships engaged in the Madeira sugar trade, with the refining and distribution concentrated in Antwerp. By the 1490s Madeira had overtaken Cyprus as a producer of sugar."

Sugarcane production was the primary engine of the island's economy, increasing the demand for labour. African slaves were used during portions of the island's history to cultivate sugar cane, and the proportion of imported slaves reached 10% of the total population of Madeira by the 16th century.

Barbary corsairs from North Africa, who enslaved Europeans from ships and coastal communities throughout the Mediterranean region, captured 1,200 people in Porto Santo in 1617. After the 17th century, as Portuguese sugar production was shifted to Brazil, Sao Tome and Principe and elsewhere, Madeira's most important commodity product became its wine.
The British first amicably occupied the island in 1801 whereafter Colonel William Henry Clinton became governor. A detachment of the 85th Regiment of Foot under Lieutenant-colonel James Willoughby Gordon garrisoned the island. After the Peace of Amiens, British troops withdrew in 1802, only to reoccupy Madeira in 1807 until the end of the Peninsular War in 1814. In 1856, British troops recovering from cholera, and widows and orphans of soldiers fallen in the Crimean War, were stationed in Funchal, Madeira.

World War I

On 31 December 1916, during the Great War, a German U-boat, SM U-38, captained by Max Valentiner, entered Funchal harbour on Madeira. U-38 torpedoed and sank three ships, bringing the war to Portugal by extension. The ships sunk were:

  • CS Dacia (1,856 tons), a British cable-laying vessel. Dacia had previously undertaken war work off the coast of Casablanca and Dakar. It was in the process of diverting the German South American cable into Brest, France.
  • SS Kanguroo (2,493 tons), a French specialized "heavy-lift" transport.
  • Surprise (680 tons), a French gunboat. Her commander and 34 crewmen (including 7 Portuguese) were killed.

After attacking the ships, U-38 bombarded Funchal for two hours from a range of about 3 kilometres (2 mi). Batteries on Madeira returned fire and eventually forced U-38 to withdraw.

On 12 December 1917, two German U-boats, SM U-156 and SM U-157 (captained by Max Valentiner), again bombarded Funchal. This time the attack lasted around 30 minutes. The U-boats fired 40 120 and 150 mm (4.7 and 5.9 in) shells. There were three fatalities and 17 wounded; a number of houses and Santa Clara church were hit.

Charles I (Karl I), the last Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was exiled to Madeira after the war. Determined to prevent an attempt to restore Charles to the throne, the Council of Allied Powers agreed he could go into exile on Madeira because it was isolated in the Atlantic and easily guarded. He died there on 1 April 1922 and his coffin lies in a chapel of the church in Monte.


The archipelago of Madeira is located 520 km (280 nmi) from the African coast and 1,000 km (540 nmi) from the European continent (approximately a one-and-a-half-hour flight from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Madeira is on the same parallel as Bermuda a few time zones further west in the Atlantic. The two archipelagos are the only land in the Atlantic on the 32nd parallel north. Madeira is found in the extreme south of the Tore-Madeira Ridge, a bathymetric structure of great dimensions oriented along a north-northeast to south-southwest axis that extends for 1,000 kilometres (540 nmi). This submarine structure consists of long geomorphological relief that extends from the abyssal plain to 3500 metres; its highest submersed point is at a depth of about 150 metres (around latitude 36ºN). The origins of the Tore-Madeira Ridge are not clearly established but may have resulted from a morphological buckling of the lithosphere.
Islands and Islets
  • Madeira (740.7 km²), including Ilhéu de Agostinho, Ilhéu de São Lourenço, Ilhéu Mole (northwest); Total population: 262,456 (2011 Census).
  • Porto Santo (42.5 km²), including  Ilhéu de Baixo ou da Cal, Ilhéu de Ferro, Ilhéu das Cenouras, Ilhéu de Fora, Ilhéu de Cima; Total population: 5,483 (2011 Census).
  • Desertas Islands (14.2 km²), including the three uninhabited islands: Deserta Grande Island, Bugio Island and  Ilhéu de Chao.
  • Savage Islands (3.6 km²), archipelago 280 km south-southeast of Madeira Island including three main islands and 16 uninhabited islets in two groups: the Northwest Group (Selvagem Grande Island, Ilhéu de Palheiro da Terra, Ilhéu de Palheiro do Mar) and the Southeast Group Selvagem Peguena Island, Ilhéu Grande, Ilhéu Sul, Ilhéu Pequeno, Ilhéu Fora, Ilhéu Alto, Ilhéu Comprido, Ilhéu Redondo, Ilhéu Norte).

Madeira Island

The island of Madeira is at the top of a massive shield volcano that rises about 6 km (20,000 ft) from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, on the Tore underwater mountain range. The volcano formed atop an east-west rift in the oceanic crust along the African Plate, beginning during the Miocene epoch over 5 million years ago, continuing into the Pleistocene until about 700,000 years ago. This was followed by extensive erosion, producing two large amphitheatres open to the south in the central part of the island. Volcanic activity later resumed, producing scoria and lava flows atop the older eroded shield. The most recent volcanic eruptions were on the west-central part of the island only 6,500 years ago, creating more cinder cones and lava flows.

It is the largest island of the group with an area of 741 km2 (286 sq mi), a length of 57 km (35 mi) (from Ponte de São Lourenço to Ponte do Pargo), while approximately 22 km (14 mi) at its widest point (from Ponte da Cruz to Ponte São Jorge), with a coastline of 150 km (90 mi). It has a mountain ridge that extends along the centre of the island, reaching 1,862 metres (6,109 feet) at its highest point (Pico Ruivo), while much lower (below 200 metres) along its eastern extent. The primitive volcanic foci responsible for the central mountainous area consisted of the peaks: Ruivo (1,862 m), Torres (1,851 m), Arieiro (1,818 m), Cidrão (1,802 m), Cedro (1,759 m), Casado (1,725 m), Grande (1,657 m), Ferreiro (1,582 m). At the end of this eruptive phase, an island circled by reefs was formed, its marine vestiges are evident in a calcareous layer in the area of Lameiros, in São Vicente (which was later explored for calcium oxide production). Sea cliffs, such as Cabo Girao, valleys and ravines extend from this central spine, making the interior generally inaccessible. Daily life is concentrated in the many villages at the mouths of the ravines, through which the heavy rains of autumn and winter usually travel to the sea.


Madeira has many different bioclimates. Based on differences in sun exposure, humidity, and annual mean temperature, there are clear variations between north- and south-facing regions, as well as between some islands. The islands are strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream and Canary Current, giving mild year-round temperatures; according to the Instituto de Meteorologia (IM), the average annual temperature at Funchal weather station is 19.6 °C (67.3 °F) for the 1980–2010 period. Porto Santo has at least one weather station with a semiarid climate (BSh). On the highest windward slopes of Madeira, rainfall exceeds 1,250 mm (50 inches) per year, mostly falling between October and April. In most winters snowfall occurs in the mountains of Madeira. The main Madeira island has areas with an annual average temperature exceeding 20 °C (68 °F) along the coast (according to the Portuguese Meteorological Institute).

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Key features

The location

Porto Santo, the island ...

Nearby Madeira island is the island of Porto Santo, the last virgin touristic paradise in Europe.

The turquoise blue sea invites you to dive into spectacular marine life. In this context we developed an exclusive 5 Star Resort and Spa with about 100 rooms in an isolated plot of 15.664m2 outside the urban context, transmitting calm and tranquility, involved by the force of natural elements that surround it.

The land, being inserted in front of the beach, is characterized by the presence of dunes, a magnificent sea view, overlooking the town and Cal isle, and direct
access to the beach.

The project intends to give the feeling of a collapse in the hillside creating the massif of the Resort, comprising three volumes, which are interlinked to create a symbiosis with its surroundings. This connection will be managed carefully by using plants and trees of the local flora arranged in a design that blurs the boundaries between natural and artificial, concealing the volumetry. The volumes reflect the strong colors of the hillside and its twists recreate the tension created in nature. The essence of the project lies in the confluence of forces coming from the hillside and the sea, thus configuring the volumetry of the Resort.

The project

In our opinion, this constructive proposal meets the guidelines of Porto Santo Municipality, in the sense that it doesn’t block the sea view. There will be only a small reception and a lobby volume at the road level. We will have 10 exterior parking spaces plus a bus parking place near the reception building.

In order to make the space that runs alongside the cycleway an area of continuity rather than rupture, there will be a landfill using the legal 10m non-buildable area, already approved in the allotment. All remaining construction is below the road level, devoted exclusively to the dune frame view.

Taking into account the elevation of the natural terrain, the legal obligations regarding maximum building height are accomplished, there being two floors plus one, being part of the construction under the ground.

The volume of construction of 100 housing units, with high-quality support spaces, has a significant relevance, being identified three independent structures:

  • The building that will run alongside the landfill, hence designated as “mother building”, and two structurally independent branches which interconnect with the previous through exterior.

Pathways lifted or not;

  • The two branches are intended for lodging and all the infrastructure.
  • Supporting spaces are located in the “mother building”.

Leisure and Business

Featuring a great auditorium, the resort offers the companies the possibility to organise congresses, with business and investment potential.

The beach at your feet

The resort offers a direct relation with a large garden, the swimming pool and the beach. Calm and tranquility will surround you, bringing you closer to what is important.

Floor Zero

In the half-basement story, there will be a distribution lobby that allows access to the garage with 21 parking places, a games room, a space for children including toilets and a medical unit.

In the opposite side, we will have access to the indoor pool, gym and squash courts, the SPA, via an interior corridor, and to the exterior pools, which will be incorporated in the landscape design.

The SPA check-in desk will be at the reception, with separate access to men and women locker rooms, a large area Turkish baths, saunas, and others will be installed, which follows a private area for massages and treatments, four offices and a restroom with a covered patio. 

On this floor, located at the same level as the pools and direct beach access, we will have 25 studio apartments and 3 T1 apartments.

Floor 1

On the floor immediately below, we have again the same organization, with both corridors making the separation between the service zone and the users' zone.

In the lobby area, we have a conference area with the conference room, a space for exhibitions and events and toilet facilities. The atrium provides access to two opposite corridors for access to lodging, where we have 8 rooms in studios, 1 T1 bedroom, 31 studio apartments and 2 T1 apartments.

The service spaces on this floor are for laundry, a small area for diverse stocks, toilet facilities and floor support rooms, as well as stewardship and repair shop.

Floor 2

The floor at level 17.60m, houses the restaurant, including a bar area. The kitchen and support services are located behind. In the opposite corner of the “mother building” is located the service entrance for all products featuring a semi-elevated platform connecting to a control area where the product distribution takes place throughout the stores and kitchen. This distribution is possible because of a circulation and service corridor, parallel to the corridor for customers. These are the two spaces that effectively divide the space for services and space for users. They are the backbone of the effectiveness of the enterprise functioning.

For safety reasons, there were created interruption zones in the service corridor, which provide access to emergency stairs with direct access to the exterior at the road level. These will be accessible also to users but will work with safety devices.

It should be noted that the restaurant kitchen will also be serving the staff dining room, which is located close, as well as the living room. In these floors, the locker rooms with toilet and showers are also located for staff.

Ahead of the service areas is a sequence of housing units, with access through the corridor from the restaurant lobby. There will be 10 studio-style accommodation units, 5 double rooms, 13 studio
apartments and 2 T1 apartments.

Floor 3

There will be two accesses to the entrance of the Enterprise: service access for the floor below the street level and the access for customers. Where the two accesses diverge, will be built a small lobby that will control all car transit. In the opposite corner of this lobby will be built the nucleus of reception that is characterized by high transparency if you are approaching from the regional road 120, coming from Baleira city, and by a large portico if you approach from the opposite direction.

In the “mother building” entrance, we enter the lobby, from where you access the reception, a dedicated room for Internet and telephone, a toilet facility for people with a mobility condition, and independent toilet facilities for men and women.

The lobby allows access to the floor immediately below by central stairs or 2 elevators. In opposition to the vertical circulation core for the users, we have the vertical circulation service core. These two volumes define the entrance portico and all possible circulation combinations in the inside.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

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