Stay at the Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel
The glittering ocean winks at you from your balcony at the Belmond Reid Hotel, begging you to stop reading your book and dive right in - which is exactly what you do. Afterwards, perhaps a spot of British style afternoon tea on the sweeping balcony, designed by William Reid in 1891, a Scottish farmer (hence that famous afternoon tea). Don’t forget a glass of Madeira.Those views. Those pools. That service. Everything here screams old world glamour and charm.
Excellent. Right on a towering cliff in the centre of Funchal, Madeira’s capital. Shops, restaurants and bars are just moments away by foot. A 20 minute drive will see you to the airport.
The best rooms in the house offer spectacular sea views and balconies. Room sizes vary, so let us know what you’re looking for, but all feature large windows to let that beautiful Madeira sunshine in, as well as sumptuous linens and hand painted tiles in the bathroom. Think old world, British-style charm - warm and comforting.
Who is it for
Unless you’re a sucker for modern, cutting edge design - in which case look elsewhere - this hotel will suit pretty much everyone. Families are particularly welcome with Playstations and kids clubs to keep your young ones entertained.
Amenities & Activities
The swimming pools are the stars of the show here. There are two of them, one freshwater with a pool deck with a view of never ending ocean stretching out in front of you. The second pool is seawater filled and accessed via a lift that takes you to ocean level, with direct access to the sea (bear in mind, this is a cliff face, so there’s no beach). Afternoon tea - a nod to the British history of the hotel - is famed across the world, then there’s the Michelin starred restaurant for lunchtime and evening feasts. A small but perfectly formed spa tops off the amenities nicely.