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Friday, July 1, 2016

CR7/Pestana Hotel Opens.

The first of Cristiano Ronaldo and Pestana group boutique hotels opened its doors in Funchal today, the highly anticipated opening marks the ‘kick off’ of the partnership between Dionísio Pestana and Cristiano Ronaldo – who both hail from the Portuguese island.
Inspired by Ronaldo’s CR7 brand, the boutique hotel combines Art Deco with contemporary style and is designed with the modern day millennial traveller in mind, allowing them to stay connected to the world throughout their stay.
High-speed Wi-Fi will be available in all indoor and outdoor spaces and each room will include Apple TV as well as Bluetooth audio and HDMI connections. Pestana CR7 Funchal will feature just 49 keys with 25 CR type rooms, 23 CR superior rooms and one CR7 Suite.
In addition to all the facilities of the CR rooms, the CR7 Suite will include a Playstation 4, Virtual Reality Glasses and games, and even equipment for cardio workouts complete with a self-developed workout plan.
For complete relaxation, guests can unwind at the rooftop pool and deck offering fantastic views over the marina and hillside that characterise the city of Funchal.
For a more lively experience, the lounge will offer a menu of vibrant cocktails and the restaurant will include an open-oven concept for a unique dining experience.
True to the brand, Pestana CR7 Funchal will also feature a customised programme – Get In Shape – at the outdoor gym and sauna for those keen on maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their stay.
Dionísio Pestana, president of Pestana Hotel Group commented: “This is an achievement that makes us all very proud.
“It’s a dream come true in the city that is the birthplace of the Pestana Group – and my own – and reflects our innovation capability.”
The next Pestana CR7 is scheduled to open in Lisbon later this year, with two more to follow in Madrid and New York in 2017.
“This is a winning team, a winning project!
“The huge hotel management experience of the Pestana Group guarantees the quality of this product that we are developing together,” added Ronaldo.
“It has been a huge challenge for me to enter a new area in which I always had an interest and curiosity.
“I cannot wait to go to sleep in my Suite at Pestana CR7 Funchal in my hometown!”

Photos from Revista FLASH 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Congratulations Portugal

Semi finals here we come.....

Extreme sailing heads for Madeira.

Yachting Regattas; The Extreme Sailing Series™ heads for Madeira

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

In a first for the world’s premier Stadium Racing sailing championship, the Extreme Sailing Series™ will stage its sixth event of 2016 on the beautiful Portuguese Atlantic islands of Madeira.

The sixth Act will take place from 22-25 of September in the waters off Funchal, the island’s capital, where thousands of tourists and locals will have a perfect view of some the world’s top multihull sailors racing hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans at close quarters.

The Act in Madeira, the 2015 “World’s Leading Island Destination” replaces Istanbul as the Host Venue for Act 6, originally planned for the same dates and will be run in partnership with Madeira Tourism and the Regional Sailing Association.

For the Regional Secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, this event is an excellent opportunity for Madeira to establish itself as a nautical tourism destination, enhancing its potential and reinforcing Madeira Islands’ international reputation.

“Madeira has strived to host a competition of this nature for some time so today we are pleased to secure this partnership, which we hope to continue to develop in the future,” said Jesus.

With a free-to-enter Race Village, the event in Madeira will feature all the familiar attractions of an Extreme Sailing Series Act including multi-media coverage and live streaming of the on-the-water action online on the Saturday and Sunday.

Wind conditions at Funchal – a city that has thrived on its links with the sea over centuries - should be in the order of 8-12 knots of breeze, perfect for competitive racing for some of the world’s lightest and fastest sailing machines.

Andy Tourell, Event Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, welcomed the chance to bring the championship to Madeira. “Funchal will be another fantastic setting for our super-fast catamarans. The opportunity to bring the Extreme Sailing Series to an entirely new audience is an exciting one.”

Phil Lawrence, Extreme Sailing Series Race Director, believes the warm waters off Funchal will be a spectacular setting to demonstrate the awesome power of the GC32s. “We are delighted to be going to race in the beautiful island of Madeira. At that time of year winds are generally light to moderate and will present a real challenge to the sailors”, said Lawrence.

The decision to stage Act 6 in Madeira follows on-going security concerns around the Turkish city that has played host to the Series on the Bosphorus four times previously.

Now in its 10th year, the Extreme Sailing Series is a pioneering and award-winning global sailing championship that features super-fast, hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans racing in close confinement in Stadium settings in the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities and venues.

This year the championship started with Acts at Muscat in Oman, Qingdao in China and Cardiff in Wales and has already featured some spectacular racing as some of the world’s top multihull sailors battle it out in front of thousands of race fans who attend each four-day event. The Act in Madeira will be preceded by Acts 4 and 5 in Hamburg (28-31 July) and St Petersburg (1-4 September). It will be followed by Acts 7 and 8 in Lisbon (6-9 October) and Australia (8-11 December).

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cristo Rei repaired.

The statue of Cristo Rei has finally been repaired, after part of the hand fell off a few months back. It looks like other cracks and breaks have also been filled in.

Photos Dulio Freitas

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fireworks finish Calheta Festival.

The beach party at Calheta finished with a spectacular fireworks display last night, and Sergio Bettencourt got some fantastic photos that just needed sharing.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mariza at Calheta Beach.

A few photos from Navega Bem - web design of Mariza, world famous Fado singer at Calheta last night.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Safest places to live.

Business Insider UK has just released the safest countries to live in the world.
Iceland tops the list, but its great to see Portugal comes in a 5th place, and the UK comes in a miserable 47th place.

Click below to see the article.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sao Joao children's parade in Porto Santo

Children's parade celebrating Sao Joao in Porto Santo.

Thank you to my good friend David for sending me the photos.

Don't forget all the other celebrations tomorrow evening, the eve of Sao Joao which is June 24th.
Canico de Baixo is a very popular place to be, hundreds go there for the celebrations, music food BBQs and then the traditional midnight swim.

I wont be there to enjoy it this year, as I am in the UK, but I hope all my friends have a great time and enjoy a few drinks for me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

An Aerial Journey to Madeira

Glamping in Madeira

Glamping (luxury camping) comes to Madeira.
Staying in luxury tents surrounded by nature and peace and quite can now be achieved at this new retreat in Ponta do Sol, just above Praia dos Anjos.
Tents are from 65.00 euros a night and can be booked through the website Canto das Fontes
There are 2 tipi tents at the moment, creating a whole new experience for Madeira

Glamping is also mentioned in this article from the Guardian over the weekend.
Just click the image for full article.