22 Nov Belmond Reid’s Palace Reveals An Exclusive Program For 2018 Festive Season
Belmond Reid’s Palace reveals an exclusive program for 2018 festive season, offering guests a new host of activities, available from the 17th December to the 3rd January. From magical moments under the Christmas tree to cookies workshops culminating with exceptional and memorable dining occasions, the festive season of 2018 will be brimful with surprises.
The never-ending temperate climate from Madeira Island set the destination as one of the most special to spend the festive season, also notably recognised, by having the most spectacular firework show in the world.
EXCLUSIVE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ACTIVITIES
From morning to late night, Belmond Reid’s Palace promises to deliver some of the most enchanting activities around the Island and within walls.
The CHRISTMAS GASTRONOMIC TOUR will offer a unique and exclusive guided walk around Funchal. Along five different stops, guests will be able to taste some of the delicious seasonal specialties, visiting hidden factories and stalls bursting with traditional local flavours.
Fábrica de Santo António that has been run by the same dedicated family since 1893 and has an incredible heritage, offers the best honey biscuits (broas de mel) that will delight guests while they listen to the extraordinary history of this hidden treasure. While at the Farmers Market, best known by the variety of flowers, vegetables and unique exotic fruits, guests will be able to taste a very special sweet potato bread, called bolo do caco and carne de vinho e alhos – pork marinated in wine and garlic, a speciality always present in any Christmas dinner menu. At Loja Dona Maria José, a lovely shop, very well decorated and located in the hearth of the old town, a unique variety of liquors will be displayed and the tim-tam-tum liquor made with Madeira wine, raisins and black tea, will certainly tantalize any taste buds.
For sweets and bakery lovers, a CHRISTMAS COOKIES WORKSHOP, will be available and the Pastry Chef will share the art of making authentic broas de mel, the original Madeiran Christmas cookies. While the pastry team bakes them, guests will be excitingly waiting for these warm and delicious cookies.
An adorable program will also be available for the little ones and among other activities, STORYTIME, will transport little and grown-ups to a world of dreams and love. Under the Christmas tree, a storyteller will share enchanting stories about care, love and friendship.
Throughout the festive season, the Hotel will deliver authentic gastronomic experiences, and the Michelin- starred Chef Luís Pestana has prepared special menus that homage the tradition and seasonal ingredients from the Island.
The Christmas Gala Dinner will take place at the stunning The Dining Room, and among regal pillars, Murano glass chandeliers and luxurious Edwardian furnishings, will be possible to enjoy a 5-course set menu paired with selected wines.
Madeira’s New Year celebration will kick off on December 30, locals and visitors dress up for the occasion and with glamour, they celebrate the Eve of The Eve. At Belmond Reid’s Palace, two dining options will be available, a 4-course set menu at William Restaurant and a sparkling Champagne gala buffet at The Dining Room, a party that will continue all night long at the Cocktail Bar.
On the last day of the year and in preparation for the ten-second countdown, guests will be able to savour delicious treats in an inspired Golden Age of Travel atmosphere. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner will be available in three of our restaurants, a 6-course gala menu paired with selected wines will be tasted at The Dining Room, William Restaurant and Ristorante Villa Cipriani.
At midnight guests will be able to welcome 2019 while watching one of the most magnificent fireworks displays, with fireworks being set off from several points in the city’s natural amphitheatre. Funchal’s mountainous setting provides the perfect stage for this incredible show, already recognized in 2006 by the Guinness Book of Records as “the largest fireworks show in the world”. An unforgettable evening followed by live music in the Cocktail Bar.
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION – BOOKING DETAILS
The “New Year’s Celebration” six-night package starts from 888.00 € per night in a Deluxe Room and includes
breakfast, airport transfers, one lunch and a gala dinner for two on 31 December, available at https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/portugal/madeira/belmond-reids-palace/offers
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