Belmond Reid's Palace

Thanks to its tropical gardens and ocean-view pools, Belmond Reid’s Palace has always attracted elite guests – including Winston Churchill, who came here to write his war memoirs.

Two big pools and a tidal pool near the sea take pride of place among the tropical gardens. Kids even have their own pool to splash around in.

When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can enjoy a Champagne breakfast in the buffet restaurant, gourmet a la carte food and moonlit garden dinners. The hotel’s afternoon tea is world famous, too, plus every evening, there’s live music in the cocktail bar.

Overview of Funchal

Madeira is a cosmopolitan island that attracts an upmarket crowd. The island’s home to Cristiano Ronaldo, its own cocktail creations and Madeira wine.

On a holiday to Madeira, you’ll love the round-the-clock warmth. The island doesn’t have many beaches, but days at Belmond Reid’s Palace are still lived outdoors. The whole island is cloaked in impressive greenery and it’s easy to hit the trails and explore – and it’s no wonder Madeira is known as ‘the floating garden’.

Things to do in Madeira

Belmond Reid’s Palace is set on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s quiet and secluded, but you’re only a short taxi journey away from the centre of Funchal.

This is Madeira’s capital and was a core part of the early settlement of Madeira in the 1400s. To this day, it blends a modern flavour with colonial architecture and British influences. As you wander the narrow streets, you’ll come across countless markets where you can grab a bargain.

In the evening, the marina’s the place to be, and is flush with high-end bars and seafood eateries. Before you head out for dinner, take a cable car up to Monte for the best views on the island.

With spots of luxury, mesmerising views and interesting architecture, Madeira is a beautiful location for a holiday.

Resort Summary

Funchal was a core part of the early settlement of Madeira in the 1400s, when brave expeditions from Europe first began pressing ever further west from the continent to see what else lay in the world beyond. As a result, colonial architecture makes up much of the original elements of Funchal even today, although there’s plenty of modern flavour as well.