Belmond Reid’s Palace
What We Love
- Glittering guestbook crammed full of prestigious patrons
- Cool pools: freshwater, seawater and an ocean-level pool and bathing jetty, cut into the rocks
- Subtropical gardens with more than 500 plant species
What To Know
- Free shuttle service to/from Funchal
- A strict dress code is enforced in the dining room (open Tuesdays and Saturdays): jackets and ties must be worn
- Afternoon tea is very popular; make a reservation in advance for the best spots on the terrace
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
From its dusky pink façade to its chandelier-studded ballroom and afternoon tea terrace, Belmond Reid’s Palace, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, is a grande dame that can count Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw and Captain Scott as former guests. Teetering on a rocky cliff above the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by 10 acres of subtropical gardens, the hotel may have a dramatic setting, but inside it’s all comfortingly traditional and luxuriously old-fashioned.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms have an English country pad theme (floral fabrics, lacquered furniture, marble bathrooms) and are sprinkled with such homegrown touches as traditional embroidered bed linens. All have sizable balconies with views of the Atlantic or the palm tree–studded subtropical gardens. The vibe is resolutely traditional, but flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docking stations and free WiFi come standard. Free soft drinks from the minibar and sweet local snacks on arrival are a nice, homey touch.
Dining options range from the jacket-and-tie formality of the Dining Room, a former hall-of-mirrors ballroom with ornate ceilings and twice-weekly dinner dances and champagne receptions; fancy French at Les Faunes; and Ristorante Villa Cipriani for hearty Italian fare served with spectacular sea views. Afternoon tea on the terrace is a Belmond Reid’s institution. Tuck into finger sandwiches, scones and homemade pastries, sip from a selection of more than 20 teas (including Reid’s own blend) and take in the sweeping views of Funchal as a pianist plays in the lounge. The 10-acre gardens boast more than 500 plant species, and they lead down to a terrace with saltwater and freshwater pools and a historic ocean-level pool and bathing jetty. On the grounds you’ll find tennis courts and a sublime spa offering La Prairie treatments and an outdoor relaxation terrace.
In the Area
Dubbed the Hawaii of the Atlantic, Madeira lies southwest of Lisbon and due west of Marrakech. As you prepare to land in the capital, Funchal, you’ll fly over deep gorges, rugged mountains and banana plantations before swooping onto the landing strip, cut into a cliffside. Take a traditional toboggan ride from the village of Monte to Funchal, a bone-rattling milelong descent down a winding road in a two-seat wicker basket. The sleds are steered by local men who wear thick rubber boots, should they need to break on sharp corners. Follow the paths that run alongside the island’s levadas, an ancient network of channels used to irrigate vineyards and orchards. The tracks cut through stunning laurisilva forest, rugged mountains and rural villages. Funchal’s two-story food market, Mercado dos Lavradores, is packed full of colorful stalls selling some of the island’s best produce. Don’t miss the tropical fruit tastings on the second floor, where you can sample sweet custard apples, lemon-spiked passion fruit and fresh sugar cane.
How to Get There
If you want to be treated like a millionaire, this place with its fabulous gardens. views food, comfort , service and charm, come here. It’s a delight and will stay in my memory forever. Thank you Mister Reid all those years ago, your place is still a shining beacon of excellence.
My wife and I have just spent the most delightful week at Reid's Palace hotel. It was a pleasure to stay there, in such comfort and style, and with such highly professional, courteous and attentive staff. It is, for us, a privilege and a treat to be at Reid's, and we very much look forward to returning there in the years to come.
We were only able to stay one night due to other commitments on the Island but from the door man asking “ let me take and park the car sir” it couldn’t have got better but it did...
The room overlooking the gardens and sea was comfortable, sensual, clean and very well appointed.
From the greeting at reception to seeing housekeeping staff , waiters etc and then leaving, all the staff were smart, welcoming, smiley, genuinely happy to be there, so attentive, yet politely distant and wholly professional at all times.
I walked around the gardens in the late afternoon to enjoy the plants and layout of grounds I’d only seen from afar when having afternoon tea ( only residents can walk the gardens, so i just had to return!) and was enthralled by its beauty. The laying sun and clear skies gave the very best views all around, it was just beautiful, fragrant and a feast for the eyes of a home gardener
We enjoyed a late breakfast -what a spread! A taste of everything that’s good to set one up for the day. Faultless and no criticism possible.
All in all a joy to have been a guest.
Thanks to all.
Having returned to Reid’s after a year I had issues with the quality of the afternoon tea.
Firstly I must say that the staff and the service are exemplary. Claudia, Pedro and Alberto special mention. However the quality of the food was not to the standard I’d expected. The issues were immediately resolved but had I not complained I would have left a disappointed customer.
The ambience of the hotel is first rate but please keep up the expected standard of the food.
We visited Reids Palace for 5 days and had a junior suite, the view was enchanting and the bed sumptuously comfortable. We shall definitely stay again as this unique Hotel has it all, position, excellent staff and history