Belmond Reid’s Palace
Belmond Reid’s Palace
Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal, Madeira,
Public Company – Stock Exchange
Date of creation
Ciriaco Campus – Originally from Sardinia, Mr Campus has been in Madeira for over four years. Before joining Belmond he was commercial and project director at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
5 stars deluxe hotel
BELMOND REID’S PALACE
History and Story
Mr William Reid commenced construction of Reid’s in 1887 but sadly he died before the work was completed. The hotel was opened in November 1891 by his two sons, William and Alfred Reid.
The original building was designed by the architects Mr J.T. Mickelthwaite and Mr Somers Clarke of Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London, the latter having recently completed the design for the well-known Shepherd’s Hotel in Cairo.
The Reid family sold their interest in the hotel in 1925 to an English company, Reid’s Palace Hotel Ltd which, in turn, was dissolved in 1937 when Island Hotels (Madeira) Ltd was formed.
Shortly after acquiring the hotel, Island Hotels increased its capacity by constructing the East wing. Later, in 1966/67, the Garden Wing was built. The hotel was refurbished and modernized in 1972/73, and again in 1990 when several luxury suites were added. At that time, just prior to Reid’s centenary, the dining room was redecorated in its original classic style while the Cocktail Bar and terrace along with the Grill Room restaurant were completely rebuilt and refurbished.
In July 1996, Reid’s was taken over by Orient-Express Hotels Inc., the company that re-launched the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and manages a luxury collection of hotels world-wide. The hotel has now reverted to its original name, Reid’s Palace.
Today Reid’s Palace has 123 luxury bedrooms, 35 suites. From the sensational new William Restaurant, which blends the contemporary cuisine with the best of Madeiran produce, to The dinning Room with its glittering chandeliers and the more informal Villa Cipriani, perched on a clifftop, our dining options are irresistible. The two large heated swimming pools are surrounded by a sunbathing area where a buffet lunch is served throughout the year; there is also a private jetty with secluded sun terraces. Other facilities include The Spa, featuring treatments by Aromatherapy Associates, with an incorporated State-of-the-art fitness centre. The hotel can arrange for guests to enjoy water skiing, windsurfing, paddle, big game fishing and golf at the 27 golf course at Santo de Serra or 18 hole course in Palheiro Golf. Walks along Madeira’s magnificent levadas, boat trips and visits to local places of interest are regular features of the hotel’s programmes.
2017 – New Lobby, Renovation of the Pool Terrace & Brand New Meeting and Event Area.
Date added extensions
1966 /67 the new called the Garden wing was build.
Main strengths, special touch
Boasting a spectacular location, Reid’s Palace sits on a tranquil promontory by the ocean and close to the heart of Funchal. The hotel’s gardens are a destination in themselves, with a choice of swimming pools so all ages can enjoy themselves to the full. There are many diversions for younger guests, with activities for different age groups at Fun@Reid’s Kids and Fun@Reid’s Teenagers.
Set on clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with direct access to the ocea. Belmond Reid’s Palace is located in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, at 30 minutes drive from the airport and walking distance from shops, restaurants, shopping center and historical part of the Funchal.
Key sites in the area
View Madeira, Funchal Bay and the hotel from a different perspective with our wide range of sports. Choices includes horse riding, toboggan rides, Trekking on « Levada walks » , hang-gliding, parascending, diving, canoyining, mountain bike, whale and dolphin watching and exciting Jeep safaris.
You could almost expect to spot Winston Churchill having afternoon tea on the terrace, to find the Empress of Austria Sissi staring out to sea from her veranda or to stumble across George Bernard Shaw mastering the intricacies of the tango on the lawn.
On arrival, all children are presented with a welcome teddy bear, Decorated bed linen and wardrobe space. Fun@Reid’s for children: Children’s pool, indoor play space, thatched playhouse and tennis courts supervised by Reid’s angels childminders. Available for 3 to 9 year olds between 10am and 5pm.
Junior Suites – 17 Offers the guest an average of 37 square meters (403 square feet) of living space with a sea view.
Superior Suites – 13 rooms Offers the guest an average of 43 square meters (462 square feet) of living space with private balconies with stunning sea or garden views. Offering large bedroom areas with a separate living areas and well-appointed baths with separate showers and tubs.
Deluxe Suites – 3 rooms Offer two rooms: one spacious bedroom plus a separate, living room. 53 square meters (570 square feet) of elegantly appointed living space and magnificent views over the gardens to the Atlantic Ocean.
Presidential Suites – 2 rooms Reid’s Palace has two Presidential Suites. Each suite offers one spacious bedroom with private bath, plus an oversized sitting room. Guests are invited to enjoy spectacular sea views from the privacy of their oversized verandas.
Charming Rooms – 11 Rooms
The most petite rooms, average 18 sqm (194 sqft) and offer partial sea/garden views.
Classic Rooms – 17 rooms
Offers an average of 23 square meters (247 square feet) of living space. Partial sea views on the private balcony.
Superior Rooms – 49 rooms
Average of 26 square meters (280 square feet) of living space, balconies or private patios; sea views or garden views.
Deluxe Rooms – 47 rooms
Average of 31 square meters (333 square feet) of living space. Deluxe Rooms offer either large covered balconies with great sea views, or large semi-private patios overlooking the gardens.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 158
Restaurants & bars
William Restaurant : A signature dining experience, led by Executive Chef Luís Pestana, and listed in the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2017. The menu showcases the finest produce from the island in seasonal dishes of the highest quality. A destination dining experience, William Restaurant offers panoramic views of the Funchal coastline and Atlantic Ocean.
The Dining Room: this chic restaurant reflects the history and glamour of Reid’s palace. On Mondays, enjoy a stylish evening with Reid’s dinner dance. On Sunday, indulge with a sparkling feast at the champagne gala buffet. Open Tuesday and Saturday from 7pm to 09 :30pm.
Villa Cipriani: As the name suggests, this restaurant offers a slice of Italian life on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Our famed restaurant features an open-air terrace and stunning sea views from the hotel’s hilltop location. Open daily from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Cocktail Bar: Sip a mouth-watering Mojito or sample the local Madeira wine at the Reid’s Palace Cocktail Bar. It’s the perfect place for a stylish aperitif, or enjoy our casual dinner.
Pool Terrace: Start your day with stunning views of the pool and sea, and a delicious buffet breakfast including fresh juices and champagne. Open daily, 7am to 10:30am. Swap a sun lounger for a deckchair and enjoy a light lunch or thirst-quenching drink. An extensive hot-and-cold buffet lunch with delicious daily specials is served between 12:30pm and 3pm. Light snacks and drinks are available throughout the day from 10am to 7pm, or 8pm in the summer months.
The SPA – We use world-class spa brands, namely Aromatherapy Associates and Natura Bissé. each room boasts an ocean view and private terrace; one suite offers a private whirlpool. Separate changing facilities for men and women. Steam and dry sauna.
At the SPA you may find also our Fitness room equipped with a full range of cardiovascular machines and free weights. There is also a sauna and steam room. Open daily 8am to 7pm
Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean while basking under the sun in one of our three luxurious swimming pools. Two contain seawater, one of which is heated, and the other is heated with freshwater.
Corporate and celebration events
Our eight fully equipped venue spaces, including a brand new meeting and event area, are perfect for celebrations, meetings and incentives, and can host up to 150 delegates. Most of our meeting rooms offer daylight and ocean view. Our lush tropical gardens with views over the Atlantic Ocean and Funchal Bay offer perfect setting for all year round cocktail parties, coffee breaks, cocktail dinatoire or even an outdoor meeting. Snorkelling, diving, Pilates and Aquagym lessons, Madeira Wine Tasting, Dancing Classes, tennis courts, table tennis, Kids Club – Fun at Reid’s, Teens Club.
Hotel and restaurant(s) Awards
1 Michelin Star – William Restaurant in 2016 and 2017
2016 Best luxury hotel in Portugal by Best Hotel Awards
2015 Best luxury hotel in Portugal by Best Hotel Awards
2015 TOP 100 Hotels / Resorts Worldwide by Best Hotel Awards
2013 Voted Portugal’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
2013 World Travel Awards, Europes Leading Island destination
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