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Make the most of Madeira

Step out from Reid’s Palace and find endless things to do in Madeira. Enjoy a botanical tour of our subtropical gardens, visit an ocean-facing golf course, or take a mountain hike to discover local birdlife and superb views. Whether aquatic adventure or lazy days poolside we’ll help you experience the island to its fullest.

The silhouettes of two hikers on the Levada da Negra stop to view the incredible cloud-shrouded ridge of Pico do Arieiro.

Sunrise above the clouds

Jump in a 4x4 jeep from Reid’s Palace and we’ll take you up above the clouds to watch the sun rise from the 1,818-metre Pico do Arieiro, Madeira's third highest peak. The views are sure to take your breath away.

Adding to the magic, a private butler will be waiting to serve you a breakfast of fresh pastries and succulent fruits.

Experience an Island in Bloom

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Beneath a cumulus cloud, the Desertas Islands rise from an ocean striped with wind-brushed layers of waves and depths.

Voyage to the Desertas

Take a thrilling boat ride across the waves to Madeira’s Desertas Islands, keeping a look out for dolphins and whales on the way. This small uninhabited archipelago is brimming with caverns and grottos to explore. You’ll also spot a family of rare Mediterranean monk seals, including Zarco our much-loved mascot.

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THE MIRACLE OF FAJÃ DOS PADRES

Fajã dos Padres is a lush paradise nestled on Madeira’s south coast, accessible only by cable car or sea. It is named after the Jesuit priests who first cultivated the land, which is so fertile that tomatoes grow like weeds. Figs, avocados, mangoes and passionfruit are also in abundance. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the organic farm, a luscious Madeira wine tasting in the cellar and delicious lunch in the restaurant.

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At a botanical workshop, a guest creates a picture using pressed yellow pansies, leaves and ferns from the hotel's gardens.

Botanical Art Workshop

Join local dried flower artist Tristoas and learn how to create beautiful compositions using a selection of dried and pressed flowers.

All the botanical ingredients for your workshop have been handpicked from our grounds, featuring tree and flora specimens from all over the world.

Let your creativity flow and take home a unique souvenir from our famous gardens.

Available every Saturday at 11am

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Botanical Workshop

Join our horticultural expert for a private meander through the hotel’s luxuriant gardens, admiring tree specimens from all over the world as you go.

Your journey ends at our greenhouse, where our botanical specialist is ready to teach you all about tending delicate orchids, from watering and feeding to pruning and propagating.

Experience an Island in Bloom

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Madeira Garden Tour

Garden Tour

Step into our own Madeiran fairytale.

Running twice weekly, a guided stroll through the hotel’s subtropical gardens offers an insight into the island’s abundant native flora. Led by an expert horticulturalist, you’ll receive tips to recreate your own slice of paradise back home.

Available Wednesday and Friday at 3:30pm.

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