Belmond Reid’s Palace
Belmond Reid’s Palace
Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal, Madeira,
Public Company – Stock Exchange
Date of creation
Opened in 1891, property of Belmond (then Orient-Express) since 1996.
Ciriaco Campus – Originally from Sardinia, Mr. Campus has been in Madeira for over ten years. Before joining Belmond he was commercial and project director at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
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 managed a luxury collection of hotels world-wide. The hotel then reverted to its original name, Reid’s Palace.
On the 10th of March 2014, Orient-Express Hotels did a major re-branding and the Hotel took over the Belmond Reid´s Palace name which still holds nowadays.
Today Reid’s Palace has 111 luxury bedrooms, 47 suites. From the sensational Michelin-starred William Restaurant, which blends the contemporary cuisine with the best of Madeiran production, 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 boarding, big game fishing and golf at the 27 golf course at Santo da 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 programs.
2017 – New Lobby, Renovation of the Pool Terrace & Brand New Meeting and Event Area.
Date added extensions
1966/67 – the new part of the Hotel called the Garden Wing was build.
2016 – the new SPA was build overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Main strengths, special touch
Boasting a spectacular location, Belmond 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.
Set on clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with direct access to the ocean. Belmond Reid’s Palace is located in the capital city of Madeira, at 20 minutes ride from the airport and walking distance from shops, restaurants, shopping centers 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.
Classic Rooms – 22 rooms
Offers an average of 18-23 square meters (247 square feet) of living space. Partial sea views on the private balcony. No connecting rooms. Max occupancy: 2 people.
Superior Rooms – 38 rooms
Average of 23-26 square meters (248-280 square feet) of living space, balconies or private patios; sea views or garden views. Some can connect with another Superior Room or a Deluxe Sea
View Room. Max occupancy: 2 adults, 1 child aged 17 or under (an extra bed can be added).
Deluxe Sea View Rooms – 51 rooms
Average of 26-31 square meters (280-334 square feet) of living space. Deluxe Rooms offer either large covered balconies with great sea views, or large semi-private patios overlooking the gardens. Most rooms are connecting with each other or with Superior Rooms. Max occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
Garden Junior Suite – 12 rooms
Offers the guest an average of 37 square meters (398 square feet) of living space with semi-private terraces overlooking the lush gardens. Most of the rooms are connecting. Max occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
Deluxe Junior Suite – 18 rooms
Offers the guest an average of 37 square meters (398 square feet) of living space with a sea view. Two rooms are connecting. Max occupancy: 2 people (no extra bed can be added).
Superior Suite – 12 rooms
Offers the guest an average of 43 square meters (463 square feet) of living space with private balconies with stunning ocean or garden views. Offering large bedroom areas with a separate living areas and well-appointed baths with separate showers and tubs. No connecting rooms. Max occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
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. No connecting rooms. Max occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
Presidential Suites – 2 rooms
Each suite offers one spacious bedroom with private bath, plus an oversized sitting room total average 80 square meters (861 square feet). Guests are invited to enjoy spectacular sea views from the privacy of their oversized verandas. The Presidential Suites are connecting with Junior Suites. Max occupancy: 2 adults and 1 child aged 17 or under (an extra bed can be added).
Number of rooms (keys) in total: 158 rooms.
Restaurants & bars
William Restaurant : A signature dining experience, led by Executive Chef Luís Pestana, at our one-Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The modern international menu showcases Madeira’s finest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy the innovative flavours and imaginative presentation against a backdrop of spectacular panoramic views of the Funchal coastline.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 19:30-22:00.
The Dining Room: Discover the history and glamour of Belmond Reid’s Palace encapsulated in our elegant restaurant. Magnificent pillars and crystal chandeliers create a dazzling venue for Champagne Gala Buffets and traditional dinner dances.
Open Sundays and Mondays, 19:00-21:30.
Villa Cipriani: Savour a taste of Italy on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Indulge in mouthwatering favourites on an open-air terrace as you soak up the stunning sea vistas.
Cocktail Bar: The perfect place for a stylish aperitif, or enjoy our casual dinner.
Open daily, 10:00-01:00.
Pool Terrace: Swap a sunlounger for a comfortable chair and enjoy a tasty light dish or a thirst-quenching drink by the pool. Join us for a buffet breakfast or choose from our extensive cold buffet selections and sizzling grill specialities for lunch. We’re also open throughout the
day for snacks and drinks.
Drinks and snacks: 10:00-19:00, or 20:00 in the summer months.
Afternoon Tea: Take your seat in the lounge or on the terrace to indulge in our much-loved tradition of afternoon tea. Sample delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas, or toast the occasion with a glass of chilled champagne.
Take a dip in our two heated swimming pools, one filled with fresh water, the other with salt water. Head down to our delightful tidal pool for direct access to the sea, or take little ones to have splashing fun in the children’s pool.
Work out on state-of-the-art Technogym equipment or enlist the help of a personal trainer.
Relax and rejuvenate in the serene haven of our Spa. Sink into bliss with cocooning treatments by Aromatherapy Associates and Natural Bissé. Enjoy an ocean view from each treatment room’s private terrace or relax in a private whirlpool. We offer separate changing rooms for men and women, a steam room and dry sauna.
Practice your topspin, slice, smash or serve with a set or two on our tennis courts. A professional coach is available should you wish to hone your game.
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. Snorkeling, diving, Pilates and Aqua-gym lessons, Madeira Wine Tasting, Dancing Classes, tennis courts, table tennis, Kids´ Club – Fun@Reid’s.
EXTRA NOTABLE FEATURES
Find the perfect memento for friends or family at our boutique on the 5th floor.
Board our complimentary shuttle to the centre of Funchal to explore the colourful market and more.
Hotel and restaurant(s) Awards
2018 Europe’s Leading Island Resort by World Travel Awards
2018 Portugal’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
2018 Portugal’s Leading Hotel Suite by World Travel Awards
2017 Portugal’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
2017 Portugal’s Leading Hotel Suite by World Travel Awards
1 Michelin Star – William Restaurant in 2016 and 2017
2016 Best luxury hotel in Portugal by Best Hotel Awards
2016 Portugal’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
2015 Best Luxury Hotel in Portugal by Best Hotel Awards
2015 TOP 100 Hotels / Resorts Worldwide by Best Hotel Awards
2013 Portugal’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards
2013 Europe´s Leading Island destination by World Travel Awards
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