Madeira hotel reopens

25th Apr 2006

Reid’s Palace reopened on April 14 after completing an €8.5 million (approximately US $10.5 million) renovation and spa construction. The hotel has been closed since January 16, 2006.
In this most recent phase of refurbishment, the final 69 of the hotel’s 163 rooms have been refreshed.  There are now 35 suites and 128 rooms.  Two new suites have been created in the main house with panoramic views over the Bay of Funchal.  The garden wing rooms have been given a light, airy look, while the style in the main house is more classic.  The cocktail bar has been modernized and the main entrance and reception area has also been redesigned for a more open feel upon arrival. The refurbishment works were carried out by interior designer Graham Viney, who is also responsible for the décor of the new cottage suites at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

Suite 980, once an eccentric, multi-room aerie at the top of the house, known as the honeymoon suite because of its secluded location, has been opened up, brightened and reconfigured to make the most of the glorious view across the Bay of Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean.  Suite 934 has been created from two smaller rooms and has two sheltered balcony terraces and two bathrooms.

The two original swimming pools have been reshaped with an infinity edge and higher water temperatures and the smaller pool is now fresh water in response to consumer demand.  There is now more space and better views for sunloungers around the pool, and the ocean pool terraces have been leveled, creating a more attractive area for guests beside the ocean.

Groups and corporate events at Reid’s Palace will benefit from a new conference room with a capacity of up to 150 people theater style. 
Construction is well under way for the mid-July opening of The Spa at Reid’s Palace.  Located in a separate building adjacent to the pool deck, the spa will have five treatment rooms and a 50.5 square meter fitness center.  One treatment room has been designed for couples’ treatments overlooking a secluded garden.  All treatment rooms have views over the Bay of Funchal.  The theme and content of the spa menu is currently under discussion. The Spa will be managed by Reid’s Palace.

Opened in 1891 by William and Alfred Reid to accommodate passengers of the great ocean liners, it now stands for contemporary luxury and elegance.  Perched on a cliff-top amid 10 acres of semi-tropical gardens, providing its own brand of personal service to all generations, the 164-room Reid’s Palace offers relaxation and indulgence, romance and activity on the exotic, temperate island of Madeira.



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