Sophisticated retreat with spectacular sea views.
Reid’s Palace was founded by a Scotsman in 1891, and has been host to many members of the English aristocracy, as well as European royalty. But walk through the lush subtropical gardens up to the clifftops to look out over the endless Atlantic Ocean, and you’ll feel a long way from the UK.
The Palace is on the hills above pretty Funchal Harbour, in 10 acres of sculpted grounds on Madeira, the ‘island of eternal spring’. We recommend you take advantage of what the island has to offer, an evening of fado music in Funchal, or a cable car ride to the Monte Palace tropical gardens (with traditional wooden toboggans back down the hill) are well worth the trip.
The Palace itself has a refined old-school charm. Our pick of the suites are the larger Deluxe rooms – you can choose from views over the ocean or the botanical gardens. But whichever you choose, be sure to make time for the moonlight dinner; a four-course menu served by your own private butler at one of five spectacular locations around the hotel.
The hotel’s William Restaurant is Michelin-starred, and also a must when you stay. Book a table on Monday evening, for an upscale affair with dance lessons before the weekly dinner-dance.