Local cake (Pasteis de Nata and Bolo de Mel) and Maderian wine awaited us upon our arrival which we enjoyed out on the balcony facing Funchal Bay. At this level, it’s all about the details.
Belmond Reid's Palace
Winston Churchill said about Madeira (01 January 1950) :
“I’ve been greeted by many people in the world for whom I have done something but never in my whole life been greeted with such enthusiasm by people for whom I have never done anything.”
A nice and surprising addition is the pillow menu, where you get to choose your pillow (I know… obviously). You can pick the type (memory foam, feather etc) and the scent (lavender, jasmin ect) – A wonderful touch.
The service is second to none and the view over Funchal harbour is just beautiful. The room, in which we were staying offered an old-world charm, your bed will be open when coming back from diner, your slippers will be tidied up, mini bar will be refilled.
After a memorable day enjoying the sun, the afternoon tea is a must. It is highly advised to book a table in advance as a lot of walk in guests come to enjoy homemade pastries, a light breeze on the balcony. The graceful sound of a piano in the distance.
Have you already seen a Jade Vine flower ?
And what a breakfast! The breakfast alone is reason enough to return! The fruit buffet offers more choice than your regular local market along with beautiful Mozzarella di Bufala and a tasteful daily egg menu.