Hotel Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel 5 star
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An internationally-renowned establishment, one of the "Leading Hotels of the World" and a member of the Orient-Express group, Reid's will attract a demanding clientele who expect a high level of service in a setting that exudes elegance, chic and tradition. Among all the whispering and murmuring, there is a certain rush to take your time to take your time... Between the sound of the waves, the clattering of porcelain and the sound of heels on the tiled floor, anything can happen in these bygone surroundings where, nevertheless, nothing is happening. Time, here, passes by somewhat hurriedly... The most recent work took place in 2006 and involved the swimming pool and the spa. The bedrooms, for their part, are also gradually being renovated.

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    Location 6.14 /10

    Oceanfront location, half a mile from the city centre and 14 mi from the airport. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the city and a 30 minute drive from the airport.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    All 163 bedrooms offer great panoramic views of the ocean, although those located at the front have a much more extensive view than those on the sides. Rooms are spacious, and all have a balcony with wicker furniture. The rest of the furniture is English in style, with floral curtains and bedspread and polished wooden bedside table and headboard. The azulejo tiles add a pleasant touch of local decor. The facilities provided are what you would expect of a luxury hotel, but certain details provide an additional touch of hospitality. Drinks from the mini-bar, for example, may be consumed free of charge. The fold-away television has a large screen and broadcasts many channels. Rooms also have air-conditioning and a direct dial international telephone line. The bathrooms are traditionally decorated, featuring a grey marble washbasin and bright wall lights set off with wrought iron. Comfort has not been forgotten, as a bathtub, hair-dryer, bathrobes and welcome products are also provided.As far as the suites are concerned, the junior ones boast a terrace overlooking the bay, brightened up by a small garden. We recommend number 126, although number 670 is not bad either. This is the suite in which Churchill spent his holidays in Madeira.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Built in the country's traditional style (red-tiled roofs and green-shuttered facades), the 9 storeys of Reid's are backed by the cliff dominating the port. The refined atmosphere of the lobby means it could easily be mistaken for an English hallway. To the right, the polished wooden reception desk; to the left, two wall-mounted armchairs; in the middle, an antique clock, counting the seconds that pass by in this serene atmosphere. Walk along the nicely finished corridors, past the lounges scattered with soft cushions and the veranda adorned with green plants, before opening onto the terrace which surrounds the two sea water swimming pools. The largest covering an area of 4,300 sq ft and the smaller 2,700 sq ft, these provide a welcoming relaxation area. Have a leisurely swim or relax on the terrace, with the sea as your backdrop. There is nothing to say about the facilities; everything is provided, from deckchairs to towels, including sun beds and parasols. The gardens and their significant contribution to the style of the hotel are also worth mentioning. Covering the foothills of the cliff with terraces connected to each other by winding paths, the gardens combine eucalyptus, dracaenas and palms with magnificent beds of birds of paradise. A true ode to the botanical wealth of Madeira!
    There is also a building devoted to well-being, with a splendid relaxation terrace overlooking the bay. The spa uses products by the "La Prairie" and "Ytsara" brands, among others. It consists of five treatment rooms, including one for couples. The fitness room features very high quality "Cybex" equipment.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Reid's has two main restaurants which differ greatly in terms of cuisine and atmosphere. To fully appreciate the luxury of the hotel, try The Dining Room restaurant, in the Belle Epoque room decorated with mirrors, gilt and pink lampshades. A note of caution: in this formal setting, where enjoying gourmet dishes to the sounds of classical music played by the resident pianist is the order of the day, formal wear is required. If you would prefer to dine in a less formal atmosphere, try the Villa Cipriani restaurant, where tables decked with chequered tablecloths and jars of dry pasta merrily introduce an Italian cuisine which subtly exudes olive oil, garlic and basil. The bird's eye view of the ocean as seen from the Les Faunes gourmet restaurant is particularly breathtaking. Open seasonally, this restaurant offers creative French cuisine in an elegant room decorated in the colours of the ocean. The "Brisa do Mar" restaurant provides a very pleasant alfresco setting. The breakfast buffet, taken in the floral room overlooking the swimming pools, is also worth mentioning. This offers a very varied selection including smoked salmon and champagne. Not to be missed by those wishing to relive Madeira's British past. As far as prices are concerned, set menus at The Dining Room start from £41.
    Reid's is also renowned on the island for its famous "Tea Time", served on the terrace which overlooks the gardens from 3pm to 5.30pm: this is an opportunity to sample many sweet delights for a charge of £22 for one or two people. Preserves, butter, crème fraiche, an assortment of English-style sandwiches, seven pastries and also eight types of tea, served in elegant English Wedgwood porcelain. You will sample these delights on a small black and white chequered tiled floor terrace with wicker furniture.

    To know

    A legendary Madeiran hotel, Reid's opened in 1891. As the first luxury hotel on the island it hosted all the key figures of the century, including Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw. For the entire first half of the 20th Century Reid's could only be reached by sea, at what is now the water sports base. A ladder attached to a small concrete platform enables guests to bathe in the ocean. Maximum privacy for those who prefer to sunbathe in the sea is guaranteed by the minimal provision of deckchairs. Original detail: a small sea water pool fed by the tide is also available. A lift has been installed for your comfort: this runs from the sea's edge up to the panoramic terrace (surrounding the swimming pools).
    These days, Reid's accommodates a clientele who are attracted to this past, who like to take tea in the English tea rooms and dine in formal dress to the sounds of classical music. That said, the atmosphere in this beautiful hotel is chic without being stilted, and several restaurants with varying levels of luxury are available.
    Aware of the needs of its family clientele, Reid's offers a children's club, "Fun at Reid's", which has a swimming pool as well as a miniature Madeiran house with a television, DVD player and computer games. This is open to 3 to 13 year olds every day during the school holidays and during the week only for the rest of the year. The hotel also provides a service for younger children. So give your child the opportunity to experience an "angel's kiss". This begins with a light head and leg massage, followed by a little reflexology. Finally, the session ends with a back and arm massage with essential oils. This treatment, carried out using products by the Asian brand Ytsara, is designed not only to facilitate sleep, but also to reinforce the child's immunity defence system. A parent must be present during the treatment. The "angel's kiss" is available at a cost of £70.
    Reid's is a place that will satisfy even the most contemplative of guests. There is nothing to do here, which is why this bygone hotel exclusively devoted to those who know how to take it without wasting it is so well-loved.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, golf, jet ski, (paying), sailing, (paying), water-polo, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The terrace gardens.
    • Water sports.
    • The panoramic view from the bedrooms.

    disadvantages

    • The number of deckchairs

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Isabelle P. Isabelle P.  
      19 Opinions
      • Package deals in mai 2002 Posted on 2011-11-19 Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Le charme de l'empire britannique. Un voyage dans le temps avec tous le confort moderne.

      • Advantages

        Le charme du thé sur la véranda. La piscine au dessus de l'eau. Le dîner aux chandelles. La roseraie. Le temps constant.

      • Disavantages

        Le bacalao un peu trop présent L'équipement de la piscine chiche

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      • Restauration
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      • Overall Score 7.14/10
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