Welcome home to Castelo do Mar and Vivenda do Mar
Sustainable quality and privacy of your own apartment with pool or hut tub and sea view
… who needs a hotel when you do have more comfort and space in your own apartments with the best restaurants of the island very close by within a 5 km range?
... we strive to cover our guests' energy consumption with solar energy!
…Your privacy is our priority! We will only enter your suite if you booked a service, which naturally will be charged extra if available!
Both accommodations are located on the south side of the island, where you’re going to find pleasant air and water conditions all year long. For our guests we chose the locations where you, as our guest, are able to benefit of most hours of sunlight and sunshine in Europe, and where pleasant air and water temperatures prevail all year-round.
As a swimmer or beach lover you’re going to be thrilled by “Praia da Calheta”. Calheta Beach is located between our lodgings, about 15 minutes away by car. We also recommend the Ribeira Brava Beach, with its black sand, about 5 minutes from Castelo by car, or Seixal Beach and Cabo Girão Fajã Beach, which can only be reached by cable car, about 10 minutes from Castelo by car.
At Castelo do Mar you’re going to be just as excited by the fantastic sea view and acoustic with 200 m distance to the sea as you’re by the ambience with its rock walls. At Villa do Mar, on the other hand, you’re going to enjoy the colonial, spacious ambience with gardens as well as the proximity to the Paul do Mar beach, which is a 200 m walk away and the historic town centre, a 400 m walk away.
From each house, you will easily access the world-famous Levada hiking trails, as part of Madeira’s UNESCO World Natural Heritage. However, we always recommend a rental car to discover and enjoy the island. After all, just the Levadas cover 3.000 km with hiking trails.
In all your lodgings we combine all elements to provide the greatest joy to all your senses: the Atlantic Ocean, with the sound of the waves and its sea breeze, the water-bearing Levadas, the sun, the rock walls, the natural river stones and the unique flora and fauna of Madeira. In the gardens, you will discover exotic tropical fruit-bearing plants and watch the lizards on the walls while listening to the whisper of the sea and enjoying the fragrance of the blossoms and the ocean and the sun on your skin.
Castelo do Mar
For years we were looking for something extraordinary for our guests until we found it on Madeira: who doesn’t want to sleep in a castle with the same comfort as a 5 star hotel? Enjoy a castle with an integrated, natural lava basalt wall, spacious, unique and perfectly equipped suites, jacuzzis and a perfect view of the sea. The Levadas, Madeira's water veins and UNESCO World Heritage Site, are harmoniously integrated into and around the house.
During our first night's stay, we were excited by the starry sky, by the whisper of the sea and by the singing of the protected seabirds, without any other disturbing noises. On the terraces you will find all kinds of tropical fruit-bearing flowering plants, fragrant orchids and Madeira wall lizards. The cliffs and tropical plants, inside and outside the castle, offer you a closeness to nature and to all the elements that you will rarely experience somewhere else. The basalt rocks in the house offer you a perfect temperature all year round. With a bit of luck, you can experience the house waterfall on the outdoor terraces or in the pools.
With the aim of giving you, our guest, an incomparable holiday experience with maximum comfort and at the same time showing you the charm of Madeira and the original Portugal, we have done renovations. This “renaissance” in the first half of 2022 addressed all areas from the electricity, the windows, the escape routes, the elevator, the jacuzzies, the kitchens, the furniture, the decoration and as a highlight the natural stone showers and the massive stone washbasins. To respect the theme, we renamed “Castelo Austria” with its original Portuguese name “Castelo do Mar”. In this respect, as our guest, you will receive the comfort of a modern luxury suite with the charm of a lovingly restored castle.
Would you like to know how your accommodation is structured, where to find your entrance, terrace and jacuzzi?
…click on of the floor plans
Amenities and Services:
We pledge to provide exceptional luxury and comfort to you as our guest! To reach this goal we have spared no expense and effort in the best location, renovation, furniture, jacuzzis, materials and beds!
We focus on hygiene, cleanliness, and sleeping comfort! The largest suite covers almost 200 m² including pool area, while the "smallest" suite still covers well over 110 m² including terrace and jacuzzi. All suites feature a pool or a jacuzzi/hot tub with a hydromassage feature, modern kitchens, TVs, Wi-Fi with Internet and massive natural stone showers and river stone washbasins. Our sleeping furniture is designed for your most restful sleep! The mattresses have the hardness level 2-3 and offer you a restful sleep without tension! The bed linens are suitable for those who suffer from allergies. Each apartment has min one window equipped with fly screens so that you can enjoy the sound of the waves and nature even at night!
A central laundry room with washing machines and dryers and table tennis is available.
We guarantee our clients easy access to your suite, thanks to an access code that we will send you the day of your check-in, so that you can check in and check out anytime 24/7 for an extra charge. The code can be received manually, with or without the app on a smart phone. The doors will lock automatically when you push a button. Even if you lock the doors and you forgot your code and your smart phone, the manager can gurantee access to your suite after calling.
The apartments 2 and 4 are additionally accessible via our elevator via the access at ground level -1. Please consult the floor plans for more details.
From each terrace as well as from your own private pool or whirlpool you can enjoy the sea view, the weather and the sun. All apartments are perfect for family holidays as well as for individual holidays for singles or couples, as all suites offer 2 rooms with sleeping facilities. On request, we prepare the sofa beds with an additional mattress topper for more sleeping comfort.
Address and location:
Ribeira Brava with its natural sandy beach is located within a 30-minute walk for anyone who likes to walk; for tired hikers it takes 5 minutes by car.
The dream beach of Calheta can be reached in 20 minutes by car. The house is located 150 m above the cliff with banana, mango and papaya fields overlooking the beautiful, sheltered and idyllic bay of Tabúa, Ribeira Brava.
Castelo do Mar – Superior XXL Suite C1
Castelo do Mar – SeaView Suite C2
Our Superior XXL Suite C1 contains 198.55 m² of living, terrace and pool area. What’s the highlight of your day? Gently falling asleep surrounded by rock walls in the bedroom and the whisper of the sea, or enjoying your first cup in the morning at the pool terrace with a wonderful sea view and the sound of the waves? One whole floor is prepared for you: an extra-large bedroom with wooden floors, a 180x200 cm solid bed made of oak beams, orthopedic mattress and sofa bed, internet, a small bedroom carved out of the rock, a fully equipped kitchen, a pool with terrace and toilet, bathroom with river stone wash basins and shower, covered seating area. You will find space for 1-6 people - recommended for 4 adults in 2 rooms - see floor plans.
The SeaView Suite C2 contains 118.41 m² including the roof terrace. What’s your daily highlight? In bed or in your jacuzzi: Enjoy the perfect sea view with a hydromassage or gently fall asleep with a whisper of the sea and a gentle warm sea breeze through the open window on your face. Prepared for you: Bedroom with wooden floor, 180x200 cm solid bed made of oak beams and sofa bed beside, living room with sofa bed, Internet, bathroom with natural stone shower tray and river stone washbasin, 2 terraces, jacuzzi, rock kitchen (compact with 2 cooking plates) access via external stairs over the roof terrace or via elevator. You will find space for 1-6 people - recommended for 3 adults in 2 rooms- see floor plans.
Castelo do Mar – Rock Suite C3
Castelo do Mar – Premium SeaView Suite C4
The Rock Suite C3 contains 111.49 m² including the roof terrace. What’s the highlight of your day? Enjoying the panorama in your jacuzzi during a water massage or letting the whisper of the sea soothe you and lull you to sleep. Prepared for you: bedroom with 180x200 cm solid bed made of oak beams, 2 bathrooms with natural stone shower and massive stone wash bassin, kitchen with sofa bed, jacuzzi on the 4th floor, roof terrace, access via external stairs. You will find space for 1-4 people - recommended for 3 adults in 2 rooms- see floor plans.
The Premium Seaview Suite C4 contains 139.64 m² including terrace. What’s the highlight of your day? Enjoying the sea view everywhere: In front of the rock walls or in your Jacuzzi with a warm hydromassage and sea breeze on your face. One floor is being prepared for you: 2 bathrooms, including the spectacular natural stone walls bathroom with a bathtub, bedroom with panoramic window and sofa bed, living room with kitchen and sofa bed, jacuzzi and terrace, access via external stairs and elevator. You will find space for 1-6 people- recommended for 4 adults in 2 rooms- see floor plans.
Vivenda do Mar - Opening 2023