Meryl Fontek

Belmond Reid’s Palace

with Meryl Fontek
  • Where:Madeira, Portugal

  • Why:Itching for a luxurious getaway.

  • When:April 2018

  • Who:Party of one.

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

    • Life Changing

    • Plastic Free

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    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.

    • Wifi


    • Children

      Bring them! There is great programming for kids!

    • Price

      A worthwhile investment.

    Proper relaxation.

    Belmond Reid’s Palace Spa

    Fajã dos Padres, Estrada Padre Antônio Dinis Henrique, Quinta Grande, Portugal

    Proper relaxation.

    Belmond Reid’s Palace

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

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