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Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Location: Reid's Palace Grandhotel is located in  Funchal, the capital of Madeira, which belongs to Portugal. Madeira is situated in the Atlantic off the West African coast, just north of the Canaries. Madeira is 36 miles long and 14 miles wide and has a population of approximately 300,000 people. 20km from Funchal is the airport, which was expanded to cater also for long-distance jumbo jets from the Americas or Asia. But you can also arrive by boat in the port. Winston Churchill used to arrive with a flying boat from England, when a flying boat service between Southampton, England and Funchal was introduced after the Second World War. Today Madeira is just a short flight away from most major European cities, yet the feel of Reid's has barely changed.

History: When William Reid first stepped ashore in 1836, he was a 14-year-old cabin boy with just £5. Making a fortune in Madeira's flourishing wine trade, he later let farms to sun-seeking Northern European families and acquired hotels. Finally, he was ready to realize his dream - to build the unique hotel that would bear his name. Finding a rocky site west of Funchal, he ordered it to be strewn with tons of rich soil, creating a foundation for the lush sub-tropical gardens that surround Reid's today and are the perfect place for a sundowner. A success from the moment it opened its doors in 1891, Reid's roll-call of celebrities began with the arrival of Empress Elizabeth I of Austria. More royalty graced Reid's when Edward VIII visited it on his way to South Africa. The Blandy Family, founding members of the Madeira Wine Company, acquired the hotel in 1937. Taking into account the views of the guests, who tended to look upon Reid's as a home away from home, they added new wings and two heated sea-water pools and ordered the re-design of The Dining Room - known as the House of Lords because of the number of British peers who dined there.

Rooms and Suites: While working on his war memoirs and painting in the nearby village of Câmara de Lobos, Winston Churchill occupied rooms on the ground floor. In honour of the great British leader, they are now known as the Churchill suite. The Churchill Suite and the George Bernard Shaw Suite are both named after the great men who stayed in them. Reid's Palace Hotel has 163 rooms in total, 128 rooms and 35 suites, each one individually decorated in delicate pastel tones and offering elegance and luxury with the emphasis on traditional style with modern comforts.  They were all renovated after in July 1996, Reid's was taken over by Orient-Express Hotels Group. Elaborate marble bathrooms and vanity units and, in the newly refurbished rooms and suites as well as crisp white embroidered bedspreads echo the Portuguese traditions of Reid's Palace. 

Restaurants and Bars: Reid's Palace offers a variety of restaurants in which you can relax and socialise in the utmost comfort. You can enjoy breakfast in the Garden Restaurant or a lunch buffet in the Pool Terrace. During the warmer months, you can dine under the stars in Brisa do Mar and enjoy creative French cuisine and the beautiful views over the sea. At Les Faunes you can sample the specialities of French Creative Cuisine with spectacular night-time views over Funchal bay and harbour. Or dine in an elegant atmosphere with live music in The Dining Room, which can also be booked as a ball room for private functions, such as weddings. Alternatively, every Saturday, you can enjoy an evening of elegant dining and dancing with Reid’s Dinner Dance there. Italian cuisine is available at Ristorante Villa Cipriani, which is overlooking the Atlantic. Last but not least, take afternoon tea in the Lounge or on the Tea Terrace with panoramic views across the bay and the gardens, or sample a variety of cocktails in the Cocktail Bar or in the palm gardens.

Sport and Spa: Reid's Palace offers a variety of facilities and sporting activities to enjoy. Either you can take an dip in one of the three swimming pools or enjoy the many water sports and outdoor activities available. The Spa has four therapy rooms, plus a double therapy suite with its own outdoor terrace and private plunge pool, the spa offers a varied spa menu with many healing and relaxing treatments created by some of the world’s top spa brands. Two all-weather and open-air tennis courts are available for hotel guests, which use and equipment is free of charge. For Golf enthusiasts there are two golf courses: the 27 hole Santo da Serra and the similar 18 hole golf course Palheiro Golf, just fourty and twenty minutes away from Funchal, respectively. Madeira offers a huge variety for the walker, with paths following the Levada irrigation channels right to the most hidden and magnificent spots in the island. There are trails to suit every degree of equestrian skill, weaving among vegetation, flowers and beautiful landscapes. Sailing, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, motor boat, whale and dolphin watching are all available as well - it is only up to you to choose. 

Address Details:
Reid's Palace
Estrada Monumental 139 
Funchal,
9000-098 Madeira 
Portugal 
Tel.: +351-291-717171
Fax: +351-291-717177
e-mail: reservations@reidspalace.com
website: www.reidspalace.com

Room Rates (in Euros):
Mid Season (8/1 - 1/4, 16/4 -1/7, 3/9 -19/12)  /
High Season (2/4 - 15/4, 2/7 - 2/9) / 
Peak Season (20/12 – 7/1 min of 7 nights over New Year)

King or Twin Superior Double Room: 445 / 465 / 605
King or Twin Premier Double room: 515 / 535 / 675
Junior Suite: 785 / 805 / 1,045
Superior Suite: 1,015 / 1,035 / 1,282
Executive Suite: 1,450 / 1,470 / 1,625
Presidential Suite (1 room): 2,000 / 2,020 / 2,295
Presidential Suite (2 rooms): 2,785 / 2,825 / 3,340

All room rates include Buffet Breakfast in the Garden Restaurant or Continental Breakfast in the room, free use of tennis courts. Extra Bed 90-120 Euros, Baby cots (0-2 years) are free.


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