is how Reid’s Palace has been described and I think that’s very apt – what a gorgeous hotel. I loved everything about it – it’s a real “grande dame” hotel with everything on a proper scale rather
than boutique size – made a lovely change in fact as usually I prefer boutique places.
The service is outstanding, the views are sublime, the food is excellent but best of all is the bathing area and sea pool on the cliff face. I adored heading down there to sunbathe – all very
civilised with changing rooms, showers and food and drinks service – and it was great to swim in the sea when it got too hot. There are metal ladders down into the sea and a pontoon to swim
to and sunbathe on – fab!
We liked that the hotel is only a 20 minute walk into Funchal so we did that a few times – it’s a pretty little place and nice to wander round the shops etc. We also took the cable car up to the
botanical gardens and then a toboggan down – brilliant fun although not for the faint hearted!
Go – you will love Reid’s – it’s beyond charming and I for one can’t wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on cliff tops overlooking the Bay of Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean, this legendary hotel has, for over a century, been a standard-bearer for excellence. The hotel is located on 10 acres of subtropical gardens, boasts enviable access to the sea and is within walking distance of Funchal's shops, restaurants and night-life. With its reputation for excellence and discreet service, Belmond Reid's Palace is the ideal place at which to relax and be pampered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reid`s Palace By Orient-Express Hotel Funchal
- Reids Palace Funchal
- Reids Palace Hotel Funchal
- Belmond Reid's Palace Madeira/Funchal