There’s a timelessness about Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel, which sits overlooking the sparkling sea on a rocky outcrop a short walk out of the city of Funchal in Madeira. The history which you feel all around you is part of its charm and is utterly authentic.
With posters showing how the hotel was promoted to holiday makers in the early 1900s dotted around the halls and corridors you can see that the staff are proud of its heritage, and it’s something you really feel as you walk through the hotel.
Emerging out on its famous terrace next to the pools which sit next to the main hotel building, you are aware this has been a popular spot for decades, and has attracted famous guests including a host of British Prime Ministers such as Churchill and Lloyd George and the likes of Roger Moore and Gregory Peck.
For years people have headed for Belmond Reid’s Palace to experience refreshments on the terrace, and we were delighted to have the chance to step ashore from our P&O Cruise to take in an incredible lunch at Reid’s which was as lovely to look at as it was to eat.
There was an incredible spread of dishes with salads, fishes, meat and vegetarian plates all available for a set price and there really was something for everyone. With perfect tartlets, quiches, coleslaws, and breads we all had the most delicious lunch.
The spread was much like the Belmond Reid’s Palace itself in so many ways, with classic traditional dishes along with a degree of style and presentation which spoke to the quality of our surroundings. Sat in the shade on the terrace it was so peaceful and relaxing it wasn’t hard to slip into enjoying the timeless surroundings.
The desserts were just as impressive with so much choice and everyone keen to try all the different treats – and they were all absolutely delicious and packed with taste.
Around the terrace are a range of places to just relax in the sun or the shade of parasols and a huge tree in the grounds – the perfect spot to enjoy the peace of the hotel. The children couldn’t wait to try out the pools with a smaller one available for children to swim in.
We spent the most delightful afternoon at Belmond Reid’s Palace. Its popularity with visitors and guests so easy to understand, perched on the coastline with unrivalled views back along the coast to the city of Funchal looking down on the deep blue Atlantic sea.
The lunch was a real treat and coupled with a classy relaxing environment even just for a few hours its well worth taking a trip to Reid’s.
You can find out more about Belmond Reid’s Palace in Funchal, Madeira at their website.
We were guests of Belmond Reid’s Palace for the purposes of this review but our views are our own.