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Reid's Palace was built by Scotsman William Reid in 1891

Until Madeira Airport opened in 1964, you could only reach the island by sea. Belmond Reid’s Palace, perched on the precipice of craggy rocks, was not easily accessible. But, they had an answer: staff would carry guests up to the hotel in hammocks, making sure that they could reach this clifftop haven in style. Things have moved on since then, but Reid's commitment to indulgence remains unparalleled.

TO STEP THROUGH THE DOORS of Belmond Reid’s Palace is to enter a world of timeless elegance. The hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 125 years. George Bernard Shaw learnt to tango here, Churchill came to write his memoirs and paint. Suites are named after both, and decor throughout embraces old-world charm.

At Belmond Reid’s Palace, luxury is tinged with nostalgia. Rock in a wicker chair as waves crash against the cliffs below or make your way downstairs for a game of bridge. Snooker and billiards are always popular. Don’t leave without taking afternoon tea. Set on our famed checkered terrace, it’s a time-honoured tradition. Madeira cakes are a mouthwatering treat while looking out over the bay.

The great outdoors attracts many to the island. Reid's subtropical gardens soothe and enchant. Stroll through acres of orchids and palms or soak up the sun at one of three pools.

Head to the sea-level platform for a refreshing Atlantic dip before treating yourself to an alfresco massage. With the warm breeze blowing, you’ll feel you’re in paradise.

Of course, there’s plenty for thrill-seekers too. Test your mettle against our resident tennis pro, or pick up a paddleboard and drift out to sea.

From tropical breakfasts to cool aperitifs at the Cocktail Bar, food and drink always come with sweeping Atlantic views. Michelin-starred William Restaurant pairs elegant plates with floor to ceiling panoramas, while Ristorante Villa Cipriani boasts some of the island’s best Italian cuisine. Sit on the romantic terrace and try risotto with pigeon or sweet potato gnocchi.

Each Monday afternoon, Reid's host traditional dance classes. Dress to impress and put your new moves to the test in our Cocktail Bar. Don’t worry if you think you’ve got two left feet. After all, they managed to teach Mr Shaw.


  • Elevated seafront position with direct access to the sea and sunbathing platforms

  • 300m from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants

  • 2km from Funchal resort centre

  • Complimentary bus to Funchal.

  • Approximate transfer time 50 minutes

  • Perfect for dining

  • Michelin star restaurant

  • Stunning location

  • Exceptional service

  • Classic elegant style

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel

Having stayed at the property myself, it has to be one of the most famous globally; throughout its illustrious history, the hotel has welcomed many distinguished guests, including members of British and European royalty, presidents, politicians, actors and artists. Dignified names in the hotel’s Golden Book include Empress Zita of Austria, King Edward VIII and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Luminaries also include Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, actors Roger Moore and Gregory Peck and Czech poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The hotel’s Dining Room is known as the ‘House of Lords’ for the British aristocrats that frequented decadent dinner dances held there, and Presidential Suites have been named after eminent guests George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill.

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime to stay somewhere that you won't forget, Reid's is for sure a property you should look into.

Reid's Palace is offering some amazing deals at the moment, this includes:

  • Booking a Superior room and receive a guaranteed upgrade to a Deluxe Sea View room OR book a Deluxe Sea View room and receive a guaranteed room upgrade to a Garden Junior Suite.

  • For stays started and completed between 1 April - 31 October 2021, save at least £159 per person per week for bookings made at least 45 days before arrival.

For more information, please contact me directly, Darren.

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