The Blandy Group has been synonymous with high quality hotel development and management since the 1930’s. Following the sale of Reid's Hotel to Orient Express Hotels in 1996, the group decided to incorporate its investments in the hotel industry in Madeira into Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts which was formed in 2000 with the same founding Madeira partners who together had built The Cliff Bay.
Strategically it was also considered important at the time, to involve a major industry partner and control of Porto Bay was therefore held by Blandy’s, Ocean Island Group and Thomas Cook, the large German Tour Operator. Thomas Cook has since sold its share holding in Porto Bay to Blandy’s and Ocean Islands Group respectively, but continues to hold a small investment in the Porto Bay Management Company.
The core of Porto Bay Hotel and Resort’s portfolio was initially made up of four and five star hotels in Madeira. These are The Cliff Bay (five star), The Suite Hotel Eden Mar (four star), Porto Santa Maria Hotel (four star) and Vila Porto Mare (four star), totalling 1700 beds on Madeira. The group subsequently expanded and today has three hotels in Brazil, Porto Bay Rio Internacional, Rio de Janeiro, L’hotel Porto Bay, São Paulo and a charming Brazilian Pousada, Porto Bay Glenzhaus, Búzios. Porto Bay also expanded to the Algarve with the Porto Bay Falésia. Further expansion is planned with more hotels in Brazil and a hotel in Lisbon in the heart of the city just off the Avenida da Liberdade.
Guest satisfaction is reflected by the high occupation rates, often reaching between 95 and 100% and the success of the hotels is also shown by the numbers of guests who choose to return; to date over 30,000 repeater guests have been rewarded by a loyalty card.
In recent years, the relationship between hotels and real estate has changed significantly, primarily due to the introduction of timeshare. In response to market demand part of the Porto Mare Residence, situated in the Porto Mare complex has been sold as timeshare. This is a niche development with about half of the ninety apartments, sold as timeshare units.
Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts
Rua do Gorgulho, 2
Tel: +351 291 703711
Fax: +351 291 703750