Madeira Island: A Luxurious Stay with Breathtaking Views
A Magical Portuguese Island off the coast of Africa
Your Next Escape is to Madeira Island
According to Forbes, in the 19th century, doctors in northern Europe sent patients with tuberculosis and other breathing ailments to the island for its warm, dry air and many botanical gardens. One of them was Scotsman William Reid, who arrived at age 14. He made the best of it and eventually started a house-rental business and made plans to open a grand hotel that would attract the island’s wealthiest visitors. He bought the cliff-top site where the hotel stands and ordered tons of soil for gardens of bougainvillea, geraniums, orchids and palms that envelop it today. Building began in 1887.
It’s not unusual for Madeira Island to have won best island getaway in Europe, with its lush green mountains facing the Atlantic Ocean and despite being just one hour away from Lisbon Aiport by plane, Madeira Island is still one of the most underrated destinations!
There is a difference between expensive travel and luxury travel and Belmond Reid’s Palace makes sure their guests understand what luxury denotes. This hilltop cliff hotel is the Mary Poppins of hotels in Madeira Island.
TJD Ratings 9/10
It’s about 20-25 minutes by car from Funchal Airport to Belmond Reid’s Palace. Taxis could be organized directly from the airport, through an independent company or through the hotel directly.
AT A GLANCE
The beautiful hotel at first glance has a reputation of being called the ‘Pink Hotel’ because of the property’s colors. Perching on a hilltop, Belmond Reid’s Palace can not be missed while sailing in the atlantic or driving into Funchal. It is said that until the 1960s, when the island’s airport opened, guests would arrive at the hotel by boat and be carried up the cliffs in hammocks on poles strung between the shoulders of two men.
The hotel, (which makes you feel as if you have froze in time) has 4 dining restaurants, afternoon tea cocktail terrace and a cocktail bar. My favorite time of the day was at breakfast when the sun starts to come out and flirt with the nature facing the pool. The weather in June was just perfect. A cardigan in the mornings and in the evenings and during the day, we would be lazy around the pool area with one to many cocktails while my daughter, Chloe, get consumed by the kids club, a traditional thatched cottage like a giant Wendy house, with its own pool and fleet of nannies.
The property is one of the most beautiful properties I have experienced, although for a short 2 night period, we couldn’t decide whether to spend the days by the spa, the natural pool or the seawater pool.
What we love: The attention to details for the family. The subtle welcome and hospitality. There are a lot of stairs to get to the seawater pool in to the sea level in general, keep that in mind if you are traveling with little children and would like to go down the hill. But, the main pool and the kids pool are on ground level and have easy access to.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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