Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel review, Madeira: Timeless Elegance

Why book?

To switch off completely in the most glamorous setting.

Hotel address: Reid Palace, Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Phone number: +44 1223 30 60 30
Price from: around £284 a night

Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira Tyson Sadlo

Set the scene

Step inside the Pink Palace (you can occasionally spot the salmon pastel hue 20 mins drive from Funchal airport) and a fleet of friendly staff are there to welcome you. On the rugged cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean, an air of history is woven into the fabric of the Hotel. Interiors see its British heritage splashed throughout – soft whites and blues and chunky marble mixed with Portuguese tiles and vintage photographs of a cigar-smoking Winston Churchill tapping away at his typewriter (he spent many months here before and after his second stint as PM). Find newlyweds, young families and longtime Belmond unfurls on the terrace amid a subtropical breeze – Madeira is closer to Africa than the mainland Portugal – with a fruity glass of Poncha.

The backstory

Imagine this: Guests arriving by boat are carried up the cliff in hammocks by strapping porters. It was the dream of the young Scotsman and founder of the hotel, William Reid. Since then the hotel has attracted a smart set of travelers (back when it was the Place for European royalties) for over 125 years. Passing the reins to his sons, and with the help of the Blandy family, winemakers from Madeira, they transformed the hotel into its legendary status today. Belmond took over in 1996, giving the palace a new makeover while retaining the essence and charm of the place, attracting their global cult following their Isle hospitality.

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