Neither of us had been to Madeira before we went looking for some winter warmth and sunshine.
The apartment is very convenient for the airport - 5 minutes in a taxi and 8 euros. It is part of a modern block, spacious, neat, tidy and fully equipped. The balcony and bedroom have amazing views across the bay. If you like marvelling at the skill of pilots coming in to land, you'll be mesmerised.
Communication with the proprietor was very good. We arrived at the apartment earlier than expected and thought we may have to wait a while. Not so. Erasmo was very helpful.
There are convenience stores very close by and the bus stop for Funchal is at the end of the road.
Santa Cruz has a good choice of bars, cafes and restaurants, all very close by. Quite a few empty retail premises, suggesting its commercialisation for tourists has yet to take hold. Prices are very low by UK standards - we did not spend much at all, yet lived very richly and found the people very friendly. Prices are a bit higher in Funchal, probably the cruise-ship effect.
My partner hired a scooter to explore the island and found it exhilarating. The road network of bridges and tunnels is awesome.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our experience.