Europe’s Leading Design Hotel – The Vine

Hotel the Vine - Madeira

World Travel Awards Winner ‘The Vine’ has launched its new website amid a flurry of activity that saw major events unfolding at this amazing design hotel located in the heart of the capital city Funchal on Madeira island.

A blend of international mastery and local knowledge are well expressed in the building architecture by Ricardo Bofill and João Francisco Caires, creatively “bottled” by the local interior designer Nini Andrade Silva.

Christmas and New Year festivities interlaced with the full occupancy and the much sought after dining tables in the restaurants left the site launch discreetly tucked away in the background. But launch it did and is now available to take reservations online. Make sure you book your stay in the Vine hotel in plenty of time to avoid disappointment!

The attractive website was created by the professional Hotel Website Design and Development Agency Navega Bem.
Creative Director Chris Szabo explained “Inspired by the centenary tradition of the island famous vineyards and artisan fortified wines, this hotel tells you a story about soil, pebbles, rain, sunshine and shadows all in perfect balance, just like an exceptional wine.”

“The creative process to reflect the wonderful concept of the hotel was initially quite radical and we spent considerable time sculpting the user interface to immerse visitors into a virtual experience identical to a physical stay.
Towards the end of the design phase we did tone things down subtly in order to create a yearning for the real experience.”

“The site has been developed around the Joomla! CMS framework and is fully ‘responsive’, meaning that the website will adapt to display on any device in a user friendly manner. Additionally, as it is a ‘Content Management System‘ the Vine hotel staff can fully manage their website without any outside help. Of course we are always there to support them if they require additional functionality.”

Visit the award winning Madeira island design hotel ‘the Vine’ here.

To learn more about professional Hotel Website Design and development visit Navega Bem here.

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Madeira island Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Perfectly located in the hills above Funchal in the Palheiro Estate, Casa Velha do Palheiro is a graceful 5 star Madeira country house hotel, with 37 luxurious rooms.

The award winning Casa Velha website has now launched a brand new website with aim of catering to the vast amount of site users that visit on mobile devices. The site now boasts a fast and responsive user interface with online reservations, quality video feeds, high resolution image gallery and ample information about the Palheiro Golf course, Palheiro Gardens, Palheiro Estate and the Madeira Marlin Sportfishing boat ‘Balancal’. Of course, to be able to give site users a friendly experience whether they are on a PC, tablet or smart phone – the new site is fully responsive and adapts to display on all devices.

The hotel is situated next to the famous Palheiro Gardens, originally created over 200 years ago by the 1st Count of Carvalhal. There is also direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from the halfway house, a short stroll from the gate.

Within the grounds there is a heated swimming pool with sauna and steam bath: Tennis or croquet, billiards or walking: the choice is yours. Our private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ awaits your pleasure at Funchal marina. It is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching, as well as deep sea big game fishing and special charters.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is the ideal hotel for the visiting golfer, as it is the only hotel on the island situated right next to a golf course.

The Palheiro Spa is a perfect complement to the existing attractions at the Casa Velha. Highly regarded local architect Bruno Martins, has integrated rustic elements with the classic style of the 200 year old Casa Velha hotel to ensure the new spa enhances the site.

“Palheiro Spa has been designed as an extension of the natural surroundings”, says Jonathan Fletcher, director of Palheiro Estate, “with local materials and native planting used wherever possible.”

Navega Bem Web Design were commissioned to design and develop the new website and this is the fourth website that the company has created for Quinta Casa Velha since 2007.

Chris Szabo, Marketing and Creative Director for Navega Bem explained “Our design brief was very simple. Create a brand new website that offers visitors an experience that more simple, more useful, and more enjoyable.
To ensure the site will have the maximum possible reach we have developed it around the Joomla CMS platform and created a ‘responsive’ website that will adapt to display on any device.
With the site being accessed from mobile devices by more than 50% of visitors, it is essential that the website can be viewed in a user friendly way that allows potential tourists to make a buying decision and book their stay in Quinta Casa Velha online.

We are very honoured that we were once again been asked to do the new website and we believe that this is not only due to the success of the previous sites but also the invaluable experience we have accumulated doing hotel sites on an international level.

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Quinta Casa velha do Palheiro - Madeira island

Madeira island luxury spa and golf resort website update

Quinta Casa velha do Palheiro - Madeira island

Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro, is a graceful luxury 5 star Golf resort with 37 luxurious rooms, a full Spa and spectacular botanical gardens.
This luxury Madeira island hotel was originally created over 200 years ago by the 1st Count of Carvalhal.

The hotel is about to get a brand new web site that will reflect the unique beauty and tranquility of the property today.
Navega Bem Web Design have been commissioned to design and develop the new website and this will be the third website that the company has created for Quinta Casa Velha since 2007.

Chris Szabo, MD and Creative Director for Navega Bem explained “Our design brief is very simple. Create a brand new website that offers visitors an experience that is simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable.
To ensure the site will have the maximum possible reach we will utilise the Joomla CMS platform and create a ‘responsive’ website that will adapt to display on any device.
With some sites being accessed from mobile devices by more than 50% of visitors, it is essential that the website can be viewed in a user friendly way that allows potential tourists to make a buying decision and book their stay in Quinta Casa Velha online.

We are very honoured that we have once again been asked to do the new website and we believe that this is not only due to the success of the previous sites but also the invaluable experience we have accumulated doing hotel sites on an international level.

The website is now in the design phase and further news will follow on this channel once the site is completed and launched.

Navega Bem were recently  featured in an article in the Joomla! Community Magazine about building multilingual Hotel websites.

To learn more about Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro visit www.casa-velha.com

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Quinta Jardins do Lago

Madeira island’s top rated hotel Jardins do Lago site relaunch

Quinta Jardins do Lago

Winner of the 2013 Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice award for #1 Hotel in Madeira and #2 in Portugal, Quinta Jardins do Lago is synonymous with quality, style and elegance.

This delightfully situated small luxury botanical garden hotel has published its new website and whilst the appearance is very much in keeping with its traditionally elegant branding, the site utilises the latest technology and offers a quite amazing web encounter which allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the holiday experience awaiting them.

The new multilingual website provides rich image galleries with truly wonderful photography and the complete production is ‘responsive‘ which simply allows the site to adapt to display on any device. View the pages on a smart phone, a tablet or a wide screen desktop computer and the site is always easy to read, navigate and enjoy.

The Quinta Jardins do Lago has long enjoyed superlative traffic and a high percentage of online reservations directly from its website. To ensure this growth continues ‘Navega Bem – Web Design‘ were re-commissioned to create the new website.

Chris Szabo, Creative Director of Navega Bem explained “We have always enjoyed a close professional relationship with Jardins do Lago and we are fully aware that the success of any website will result in our continued success. We strive to provide the best possible service to our clients, both during the development process and long after a site has been launched. This philosophy is the reason we have many return clients for whom we have done not only a second project but in some cases a third or even a fourth.”

“We have created this website around the Joomla CMS framework. We have absolutely no doubt that open source technology provides the most innovative and cost effective solution to web development.
Too many hotels have been enticed into the web of proprietary software and found at their cost that they were imprisoned in a system that didn’t allow then to switch their booking engine or development partners. The Joomla CMS gives a hotel the best of both worlds; an easy to manage website that has zero outsourcing requirements and the flexibility to use any web design company and any booking engine.”

To learn more about successful responsive multilingual Hotel Web Sites visit this page: www.navegabem.com

To visit the new Quinta Jardins do Lago website follow this link: www.jardinsdolago.com

Author: Chris Szabo

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Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club - Madeira

Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club launches responsive Joomla 3 website

Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club - Madeira

Located on Madeira island at the eastern end of the Santa Cruz bay area, the Albatoz Beach & Yacht Club is perched on a cliff above the pristine waters of the Atlantic and boasts magnificent views over the sea, the mountains and neighbouring Desertas islands.

With two spacious swimming pools and direct access to the sea, this wonderful Madeira Quinta has a truly breathtaking and private stretch of the coastline and offers a wealth of facilities and leisure choices that can either fulfill your desire to be active or alternatively allow you to relax and enjoy the hotel at a leisurely pace.

The Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club have now launched their new hotel website which also incorporates Villa Albatroz, which is a new venture for 2013 and offers a luxury 4 bedroom Villa which is located in Caniço de Baixo.

The website which is fully ‘responsive‘ and adapts to display on any device was developed by the digital marketing, development and responsive web design agency ‘Navaga Bem – Web Design‘ which is also located on Madeira island.

Chris Szabo, MD and Creative Director of Navega Bem explained “Our design brief was very simple; create a website that was as unique and exceptional as the Hotel Albatroz itself. To this end we have developed a web presence that can be enjoyed on any device and that delivers a rich immersive experience for site visitors.”

“The website has been created using the Joomla! CMS framework and as such now allows the hotel staff to manage the day to day running of the website without any outside help or additional expenses. We have also incorporated the AvailPro Booking Engine, which is by far the most versatile and cost effective way of turning website visitors into paying clients.”

Visit the all new Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club website here.

Author:
 Chris Szabo

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