Belmond Reid's Palace - Madeira - Portugal

Belmond Reid's Palace, Madeira

Paradise perfected in a clifftop haven

Step through our doors and into a world of timeless elegance on the breathtaking ‘Island of Eternal Spring’

Surrounded by lush subtropical gardens, Belmond Reid’s Palace perches above picture-perfect Funchal Harbour. Having welcomed guests for more than a century, we've perfected the art of indulgence. Anticipate gorgeous panoramic views, innovative cuisine and the superb service of a bygone era—you may never want to leave.

An Iconic Escape on the Edge of the Atlantic

Set in verdant gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Belmond Reid's Palace is the ultimate place to stretch out in the sun and relax.

Over the years this luxury hideaway has honed the art of pampering, earning a reputation as one of the best hotels in Funchal. Whatever your age or interest, there are activities both within the hotel’s estate and beyond to keep you on the go, all year round.

Belmond Reid's Palace (a.k.a. Reid's Palace) is a historic hotel located to the west of Funchal Bay in Madeira, Portugal, in an imposing position looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel has beautiful sloping gardens.

Belmond Reid's Palace History

William Reid, the son of a Scottish crofter, originally arrived in Madeira in 1836. He hired out quintas to wealthy invalids and moved on to hotels, but died before his Reid's hotel was completed.

The hotel was designed by the architects George Somers Clarke and John Thomas Micklethwaite. It opened as the New Hotel in November 1891 and later became the New Palace Hotel, then Reid's Palace or just "Reid's". The hotel was acquired by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., which changed its name to Belmond Ltd. on 10 March 2014. At that time the hotel changed its name to Belmond Reid's Palace.

The pioneer colour photographer Sarah Angelina Acland (1849–1930) stayed at the hotel during the early 20th century and took many photographs in and around the location of the hotel. The hotel had a darkroom for use by guests.

Famous guests over the years have included General Fulgencio Batista, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, David Lloyd George, deposed emperor Karl von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the missionary Albert Schweitzer, and dramatist George Bernard Shaw.

Reid's is particularly known for its tradition of serving afternoon tea on the terrace.

Belmond Reid's Palace General Information

Belmond Reid's Palace Location:

Belmond Reid's Place
Island of Madeira

Belmond Reid's Palace Coordinates: 32°38′26″N 16°55′27″W
Belmond Reid's Palace Opening: November 1891
Belmond Reid's Palace Owner: Belmond Ltd.
Belmond Reid's Palace Management: Belmond Ltd.
Belmond Reid's Palace Architect: George Somers Clarke & John Thomas Micklethwaite
Belmond Reid's Palace Developer: William Reid
Belmond Reid's Palace Number of Rooms: 128
Belmond Reid's Palace Number of Suites: 35
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