Set in sub-tropical gardens, with a sublime view over the Atlantic Ocean, Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel has for more than a century been the ultimate place for royalty, Hollywood stars, politicians, writers, and entertainers such as Winston Churchill, Karl von Habsburg, and Roger Moore. Opened in 1891, the hotel has been refurbished and expanded over the years, finally being purchased by the Orient Express luxury hotel chain and propelled into the 21st century as a unique and stunning 5 star hotel.
Affluent holidaymakers looking for luxury in a tranquil environment. The hotel is surprisingly family-friendly too, with a children’s pool, indoor play space, and a soundproofed technology room for the teens. The Reid’s Angels will take charge of entertaining your youngsters whilst you go out and explore.
The hotel has 163 rooms and suites, beautifully designed, offering old-world charm and sophisticated elegance, many with private balconies and views of the botanic gardens and sea. Rooms in the hotel have a classic decor, with calming tones and floral prints. Many rooms have balconies and views of the Atlantic Ocean, and that sea breeze is divine during a siesta. Bathrooms are marble, and include luxurious cosmetics.
The tranquil spa at Belmond Reid’s Palace offers an ocean view and private terrace for each treatment room. The indoor-outdoor therapy suite features its own private whirlpool. There are fresh and saltwater swimming pools, a fitness club, and tennis courts, all set within several acres of verdant gardens.
Food and Drink
In the dazzlingly elegant Dining room, you’ll dine beneath twinkling chandeliers and amidst miniature palm trees. At the more contemporary William Restaurant, with its wrap-around windows and panoramic views of the sea and Funchal Bay, gourmet favourites have a new twist: we were served lobster and duck amuse bouche, followed by roast suckling pig, and a trio of deserts. The passion fruit brûlée was especially intense in its flavour, and the sommelier sensitively matched each dish with local Madeiran wines.
Take the lift or the stairs down to the foot of the cliff and secluded bathing terraces on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean or join a guided tour of the gardens. All the attractions of Funchallie a 30 minute walk from the hotel, or you can take the hotel’s own bus. From the harbour, join a whale-watching tour, or explore the city’s iconic churches and museums. Wander the winding, narrow streets, or take the cable car up to Monte and its spectacular gardens.