Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira
Travel back in time with a stay at this colonial-style Grand Dame, where the likes of Sir Winston Churchill once sat penning his memoirs, and where Europe’s social elite descended for sunshine and sea air. Set on a clifftop above the Bay of Funchal, the hotel’s vantage point provides a magical atmosphere, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Inside you’ll find the perfect marriage between old-world elegance and contemporary style, where light, airy interiors are adorned with chic furnishings and vintage pictures and artefacts. Stay in classic rooms and suites, decorated with pastel shades and timeless furniture, with large windows and balconies or patios overlooking the sea or gardens.
Home to some of the best restaurants on the island, dining at Belmond Reid’s Palace remains a refined experience. Sample Michelin-starred dishes at William Restaurant, where Madeira’s finest seasonal ingredients are brought to life with inventive flair. Dine under moonlight on the terrace of Ristorante Villa Cipriani, followed by cocktails in the glamorous bar. And observe the timeless tradition of afternoon tea on the terrace, tucking into delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries as you gaze out to sea.
The spa is as good as any you’d expect from a Belmond hotel, with an array of treatments designed to leave guests feeling rested and re-energised, including gentle treatments designed just for children. Peaceful days can be spent around the pools or playing tennis, while those wishing to venture out can take a botanical tour of the subtropical gardens, tackle an ocean-facing golf course, take a hike in the mountains, or try a range of exciting watersports.