Meryl Fontek

Belmond Reid’s Palace
  • Where:Madeira, Portugal
  • Why:Itching for a luxurious getaway.
  • When:April 2018
  • Who:Party of one.
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A balcony lets in the softest morning light.

The view from my room is a pool lover’s dream.

Bolo do Caco, a Madeiran staple is a fluffy bread served with mouth-watering garlic butter. Addicting and always available during meals.

The knowledgeable and charming GM, Ciriaco Campus, led me through the verdant gardens which boast over 500 species of flora and fauna.

Stumbled upon an orchid workshop given by a Madeiran orchid aficionado, Pedro Spinola....which I then promptly joined.

Talking love and life with a new friend as I sit perched, my back to the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing quite like it.

To celebrate Madeira Island’s annual flower festival, guests were invited to create flower carpets to be displayed poolside.

Afternoon Tea is a historic tradition at Belmond Reid’s Palace. Every afternoon guests stroll to the pale pink terrace for the lightest finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a choice from a menu of fine teas.

The majestic view of the hotel as I left by boat for an afternoon of dolphin watching. An excursion offered by the hotel’s concierge!

Highs & Lows

  • The chef at the Michelin-starred William Restaurant went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restrictions.

  • The saltwater pool just a few feet above the Atlantic Ocean, offers complete and utter dip into rejuvenation.

  • Exclusive excursions are offered to guests; dolphin watching, a visit to an organic farm and Madeiran wine tasting.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A 125-year old palatial property.

  • Vibe

    Romantic old-world charm, impeccable hospitality with a touch of contemporary flair.

  • Location

    Perched atop a cliff and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel sits amidst lush sub-tropical gardens. Just a 20 minute drive from the airport in Funchal.

  • Rooms

    158 rooms and suites.

  • Music


  • Year Opened

    The historic property opened its doors in 1891 and was managed by William Reid’s two sons.

  • Designed By

    William Reid, a Scottish farmer with a vision.

  • Pool/Gym

    Three pools (two are heated and the third is a natural seawater tidal pool), an incredible spa and a sleek gym.

  • Restaurant

    Michelin-starred William Restaurant and the pared-back Italian Villa Cipriani (adjacent to the hotel).

  • Bar

    Glitzy cocktail bar.

  • Minibar

    Yes. Fresh orange, apple and tomato juice is stocked daily. Madeiran desserts at your bedside nightly.

  • Children

    Bring them! There is great programming for kids!

  • Price

    A worthwhile investment.

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Belmond Reid’s Palace Spa

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Belmond Reid’s Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace, Estrada Monumental, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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