New Savoy–more. Beach warning. New videos.

New Savoy – more photos

Aerial view of New Savoy

I am not particularly keen on filling the blog full of photos, but following up on the last post I think it is worth drawing attention to the scale of the development taking place in central Funchal that will become the New Savoy. The one above, from skyscrapercity.com shows it dwarfing the Porto Santo Ferry, whilst the one below shows the relentless rise of the building as more floors are added. Really hope that this does not prove to be an aesthetic disaster dominating the city! With this and the Regency Palace reopening the tourist capacity of the island will increase considerably.

New Savoy continues to grow

Beware bogus tax e-mail

Financas logoThanks to Ellen, who drew my attention to this story from the Portugal News; Tax authorities have warned against fake e-mails which are being sent out to taxpayers requesting the settlement of debts. According to a statement published on the Tax and Customs Authority’s web page, the aim of this e-mail is for the recipient to download a virus onto their computer. The fake e-mail message claims that a tax debtors’ list is being updated and that the taxpayer should make a payment to be excluded from this list followed by a request to download an invoice, which is in fact a virus.

Beach warning as fine Easter forecast

The Maritime Authorities in Madeira have issued a warning as Easter approaches, with good weather forecast for the holiday period. They point out that beaches such as Praia Formosa are still not patrolled by lifeguards at this time of year, and locals and tourists who head to the beach in the sunshine are being asked to be careful, particularly when there are children involved.

Alex Lima videos

Couple of new videos by Alex Lima popped up on YouTube  recently.
The first is an aerial view of the south west coast of the island starting at  Ribeira Brava

Whilst the second is another aerial video featuring Paul de Serra, Seixal and Curral das Freiras

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7 Responses to New Savoy–more. Beach warning. New videos.

  1. Peter Franks Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 09:36 #

    What a waste of space . What a tragedy the murder of a period piece of architecture. Its a white elephant in the making

  2. Alex Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:50 #

    The Spanish made this mistake about 55/60 years ago. I remember as a young man going on holiday to Majorca, they built skyscraper hotels along
    the beachfronts, put everything behind in the shade and prevented anyone
    else from ever having a view, the height of this new build might be the same
    as the old building, but I understood that seafront propert had a maximum height of four floors. It’s a lost opportunity.

  3. Theresa Tanner Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 15:28 #

    So many of the lovely places tourists want to visit are ruined by greed. The last time I was in Madeira (before being cheated of previously paid for holiday weeks) many hotels were only half full. How will a colussus like this help? It is simply greed, on the part of local government and developers. Furthermore, it is likely to put small hotels out of business.

  4. Peter Bill Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 20:37 #

    I’m surprised that so much fuss is being made now; when the new Savoy was planned before the credit crunch. Someone should have inspected the plans at the planning permission (or Portuguese equivalent) stage, back in 2006-8.

    In 2010, they tried to sell me a timeshare room (higher price for the 11th floor), with occupation starting in 2013. I’m glad I declined.

  5. Hughie U Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10:04 #

    The new Savoy Palace “brochure” has just appeared online:
    http://www.savoyresorts.com/savoy-palace-hotel/en/home

  6. Ann Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 18:57 #

    Totally ghastly. Only for people with more money than sense or taste.

  7. Denise Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 13:50 #

    On holiday in Funchal. Just walked past the Savoy. Cannot believe the size of the place. May be beautiful when finished but far too big. Has put me off Madeira as dread to think how many tourists will decend on Funchal when finished.

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