Winston Churchill Reid’s Palace Hotel, Madeira 13 – 15 October 2024

13th - 15th October 2024

Winston Churchill's Madeira

Follow in Churchill’s footsteps and see Madeira through his eyes.

Start by arriving at the 5* Reid’s Palace Hotel, which has hosted some of the world’s most prominent figures. Its reopening after World War II was celebrated with an exclusive vacation by none other than Mr Churchill himself in January 1950.

Imagine enjoying the same breath taking views and exquisite service that he did!

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Reids Palace 5* Hotel in Madeira

The Belmond brand is a luxury collection of properties that craft unforgettable stories. Each one is full of character and Reid’s Palace is no exception — a timeless clifftop paradise on the sun – kissed shores of Funchal, Madeira

Reid’s Palace is the ultimate place to unwind and relax in the sun. Over the years this luxury hideaway has honed the art of pampering, earning a reputation as one of the best hotels in Funchal.

Winston Churchill stayed here after World War II with his wife to enjoy well – earned

downtime! His favourite room, number 28, has been lovingly kept in his honour.

Enjoy a 2 – night stay in a deluxe sea view room.

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Tour of Madeira in Vintage Cars

After you arrive at your hotel, travel back in time in a vintage car with a 3 – hour tour of the stunning southwest coast of the island, experiencing Madeira in true Churchill Fashion.

Feel at ease as your driver will pick you up from Reid’s Palace in your personal car – the very same ones that toured the island in the 1940s

Optional – Villa Cipriani Casual Dining

Treat yourself to a slice of Italian life on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Villa Cipriani. Based on site at Reid’s Palace, Chef Marcelino Fernandes creates timeless Italian classics with a modern touch.

Menu includes sea bass escalope, potatoes, and Mediterranean sauce; cannelloni gratin stuffed with chicken, veal, and vegetables;

Ricotta and spinach ravioli, butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, and black truffle

Full menu available on request.

Wine Tasting and Tour of Blandy’s Wine Lodge

On your second day, enjoy the best Madeira wine from around the island at Blandy’s Wine Lodge where Churchill famously spent his time.

Experience Funchal history – Blandy’s Wine Lodge has been the heart of the family’s wine business for over seven generations.

You’ll take part in a vintage guided tour that explains the aging process of Madeira wines.

This includes access to the attics of the wine lodge, where their wines are aged in the “Canteiro” system, huge vats in the “Lions” Room, the Cooperage, and an exclusive view of the Blandy’s family’s private collection of unique vintage  Madeiras. You will then enjoy a tasting of two Madeira wines in the Vintage room, including a sample of one 

Vintage (Frasqueira)

Fauna & Flora Private Dining Experience

Begin your evening with an exclusive drink reception and a gorgeous view; a memory you will never forget.

Following this is an experience not to be missed – Madeira – born Michelin chef Luis Pestana writes a love letter to his homeland in the form of a mouth-watering, gastronomic menu that highlights the island’s authentic flavours.

Take a seat at an elegantly laid table arranged especially for you and prepare for a palate – thrilling experience of Fauna and Flora with the ocean shimmering at your feet.

It’s a gastronomic treat that will stay in the hearts and minds forever, an irresistible reminder of a magnificent Madeiran celebration.

Watercolour Painting Class in Câmara de Lobos

Churchill fell in love with Câmara de Lobos during his visit in 1950. Whilst there, he painted an outstanding portrait of the bay with the “Xavelhas” – a term to describe the colourful fisherman boats.

The village continues to remember his visit and you will see many sites named after him.

On your final day in Madeira, you’ll enjoy a walking tour in Câmara de Lobos to see the views and recreate​ those memories with a watercolour painting class.

Included in your package:

➢ 2 night’s stay at Reid’s Palace Hotel in a deluxe sea view room with breakfast

➢ 3 – hour tour of the island in a vintage car

➢ Wine tasting and tour of the famous Blandy’s Wine Lodge

➢ Drink reception followed by Fauna & Floradining experience at Reid’s Palace Hotel

➢ Watercolour painting class in Câmara de Lobos and walking tour

➢ Event manager to ensure smooth running

➢ Official English – speaking guide for the wine tour and colour painting

Price per person £1485

Based on two people sharing a twin/double room
*Shoulder nights available

Itinerary

Day 1 – 13th October
➢ Check in from 14:00 at Reid’s Hotel in Madeira
➢ 15:00 – 18:00 – Vintage car tour
➢ Optional: Dinner at Villa Cipriani, reservation made on request

Day 2 – 14th October
➢ 07:30 Breakfast opens
➢ 11:40 Transfer to Brandy’s Wine Lodge
➢ 12:00 – 13:00 Blandy’s Wine Tour
➢ 13:00 – 15:30 – Free time in local area to explore and have lunch
➢ Transfer back to hotel – 10 minutes from Blandy’s Wine Lodge
➢ 18:00 – Drinks reception followed by Fauna & Flora Private Dining

Day 3 – 15th October
➢ 07:30 Breakfast opens
➢ Check out
➢ 09:40 Transfer to Câmara de Lobos
➢ 10:00 Water colour painting class and walking tour
➢ 13:00 Transfer back to hotel
➢ 13:15 Arrival back to Reid’s Palace

FAQ

Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 12:00
Breakfast timings: 07:30 to 10:30
Dinner menu for Villa Cipriani, see attachment
Dress code for Fauna & Flora experience: No dress code required as it’s a private event
How long is the watercolour class: 2 hours
Shoulder night cost: Ask us for rates
Reid Palace address: Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal, Portugal
Can luggage be left after check-out: Yes
Dress code for Villa Cipriani: Smart Casual
Reid’s Palace Hotel to Blandy’s Wine Lodge: 10 minutes
Reid’s Palace Hotel to Camara de Lobos: 15 minutes
Arrival back to Reid’s Palace on Oct 15th: 13:15