The Hotel

An iconic escape on the edge of the Atlantic

Set in verdant gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 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.

At a glance

  • ACCOMMODATION 126 rooms and suites
  • DINING 4 restaurants, afternoon tea terrace, cocktail bar
  • FEATURES Heated outdoor pools, tidal pool and ocean access, children's club, The Spa, sauna and tennis courts
  • ACTIVITIES Mountain walks and botanical tours
  • EVENTS 7 venues for events, weddings, celebrations and meetings
  • LOCATION 24km from airport, 1.8km from Funchal centre
vintage postcard of reid's palace hotel


Our hotel has a storied history that begins with one man: William Reid. This canny Scotsman left his family farm for our island’s warmer climes. Here, he set up a successful business in the Madeira wine trade. This was the era of the great ocean liners. Spotting an opportunity in hospitality, Reid bought a swathe of land on the rocky promontory where Reid’s Palace now stands.

Although William did not live to see his hotel completed, his sons welcomed their first guests in 1891. The Reid’s remained at the helm for many years before it passed on to the Blandy family of Madeira winemakers. In 1996, Belmond took the reins.

Over the years, many illustrious guests have passed through our doors. George Bernard Shaw learnt to tango here; Winston Churchill came to write his memoirs and to paint. The suite named in Churchill’s honour, with its magnificent garden views, continues to inspire and enchant today.



Every step brings a new discovery


Ristorante Villa Cipriani

Italian Classics

Take a seat on the open-air terrace and browse a menu of traditional Italian dishes. All served with a side of sensational sea views.

William Restaurant

The Star of Funchal

Named after the hotel's founder, Michelin-starred William Restaurant celebrates the island's rich bounty.

Tea Terrace

Steeped in Tradition

A quintessential and timeless experience. Linger over sweet and savoury delicacies, chilled champagne and 24 tea blends on our terrace.

Pool Restaurant

Deeply Delicious

Enjoy a tasty buffet breakfast or sizzling lunch specialities from our grill while relaxing by the pool.

Palm Garden

Shade and Serenity

Planted more than a century ago, our garden is abundant with sub-tropical flora. Admire swaying palms and colourful bird of paradise blooms.


Endless Blue

Our three luxurious pools are the perfect place to stretch out and unwind. Two are filled with seawater, and two are heated.

Sea Platform

Call of the Waves

Be guided down by the gentle breeze and take an exhilarating dip into the sea from our platform.

The Spa

Botanical Bliss

Located in the gardens, our sensational spa retreat offers an array of massages, body rituals and beauty treatments.

Tennis Courts

Island Ace

Stay active with friends and family at our two courts, perfect for a fun volley or real competition. Expert tuition is available.

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Different. Better. Special.

Staying with us turns a trip to Madeira into an unforgettably unique escape. Here are just some of the features that make us stand out from the crowd.

Two guests swim in the large, sparkling blue pool, which offers uninterrupted views of deeper ocean hues, seen from above.

Swimming Pools

Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean while basking under the sun in one of our two luxurious, heated swimming pools (one seawater and one freshwater).

We have an exclusive pool terrace, or you can wander down to our sea level platform and jump straight into the azure ocean.

Looking down through hillside Mediterranean-style gardens to the pretty pink of Reid's Palace and a sky-blue swimming pool.

Fitness centre

Whether you’re after a total body workout or a light stretch after a day by the pool, our fully refurbished fitness room offers everything you need.

It’s equipped with Technogym's state-of-the-art EXCITE® range, which includes innovative cardiovascular, strength and functional training machines.

Open 24 hours a day.

Looking down a narrow stairway that leads to the sea, lined with white railings and terracotta pots of pink geraniums.


Our boutique pays homage to Italian craftsmanship. Browse a beautiful collection of elegant eveningwear, accessories, jewellery and bespoke gifts.

It’s the perfect place to pick up those must-have presents and souvenirs.


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