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Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel, Funchal, Madeira

You’ll find there’s something delightfully traditional about this famous Belmond hotel, with its emphasis on exceptional service. It is, after all, a Palace.

Not that there’s anything old fashioned about the Reid’s Palace spa. Or anything even remotely stuffy about the way it goes about pampering its guests – whether they be sports-mad 30-somethings, fun-seeking teenagers or travellers with altogether more experience of the world.

Nevertheless, Belmond Reid’s Palace is a hotel in the grand manner, with all the luxuries and traditions associated with the golden age of the Belmond. It stands high on a cliff, looking imperiously out to sea. Its white edifice and red tiled roofs are a local landmark, whilst its well established sub-tropical gardens, with a spa tucked away amongst the trees, have achieved international recognition. An accolade that applies to almost every facet of the Palace – especially its restaurants, including the sublime, Edwardian dining room.

Belmond Reid’s Palace, at a glance

  • Stunning cliff top setting overlooking rolling Atlantic Ocean
  • Conveniently close to  Funchal
  • Choice of 128 spacious guest rooms and 35 glorious suites
  • All with king-size beds, marble bathrooms and sea or garden view balconies
  • Suites have all of the above plus sitting rooms/areas
  • Restaurants include the grand Edwardian Dining Room, the Ristorante Villa Cipriani, Les Faunes overlooking the bay, the al fresco Brisa do Mar
  • Garden room, cocktail bar and pool and tea terraces

For leisure and pleasure

  • No less then three swimming pools
  • Palace spa with ocean views and world class treatments for women, men and children
  • Sauna, steam room and fitness centre
  • Two tennis courts with coach
  • Scuba diving and windsurfing
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Garden and Levada walks
  • Excursions arranged, including: boat trips, countryside hiking, Jeep safaris, helicopter tours, whale and dolphin spotting
  • Sadly, we never got to go on our trip to Canada in June, due to Covid 19. However, I'm giving a 5 star review because we received such excellent service from Gemma. She itook on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic tinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

    TS, August 2020