Savoy Palace, Madeira’s only member of Leading Hotels of The World, is set to be a game changer for the destination in terms of contemporary luxury hotel offerings. The 16 floor, 352 room resort has brilliant Atlantic Ocean and garden views with striking design that blends bold, modern and historical styles.
The resort, just a short walk from Funchal’s stylish Old Town, houses an 11-room destination spa inspired by the island’s Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO Heritage Site, as well as a number of restaurants and bars, a kid’s club, numerous impressive swimming pools (including an adults- only infinity version and one dedicated to kids) and a ‘boutique-hotel-within-a-hotel’ offering an exclusive panoramic space for suite guests.
The bold, curved structure is designed by the award-winning team RH+ and Nini Andrade Silva, one of Portugal’s most famous interior designers who is also from Madeira herself, whose work includes the new W São Paulo and Nini Design Centre Funchal. The design is influenced by the Belle Epoque period, which is in harmony with the island’s rich resources; a dynamic blend of natural and cultural heritage. Entering the hotel will be like exploring a poetic world, where colours, textures and iconic ornaments and objects are all important. The aesthetic brings together a number of elements: the exuberant surrounding volcanic landscape, the unique man-made environment with ancient levadas (irrigation channels) and tunnels, the excellence and mastery of Madeiran embroidery, the centuries-old art of wickerwork, and the expertise involved in the productions of one of the best fortified wines in the world, Madeira wine.
The resort’s common areas are bold and inspirational with the emphasis on colour, sinuous curves suggesting plant forms, animals and women, as well as ornaments based on Art Nouveau.
Rooms and Suites
￼ ￼ The rooms and suites at Savoy Palace all include balconies, with distinct leisure and office areas, striking contemporary interiors, customised fabrics and made-to-measure furniture. The well-appointed and elegantly furnished rooms range from 40 to 260 square metres, characterised by exclusive and refined interiors, where quality and detail are at the forefront. There is a wide range of suites, some with their own swimming pools, and an impressive presidential suite with panoramic views. The resort also includes 226 apartments.
￼ ￼ The design of the 3000 sqm spa is inspired by the Laurissilva Forest – Madeira’s impressive UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest surviving laurel forest in the world. The spa houses 11 treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, ice fountain, sensory showers, halo-therapy room, relaxation room, champagne and nails bar, beauty salon and heated indoor pool. There will be various leading brands on offer, including Sodashi, Aromatherapy Associates, Margaret Dabbs, Linda Meredith, and for men, Gentlemen’s Tonic and Vitaman. ￼
Restaurants and Bars
Dining will take centre stage at Savoy Palace. There will be a signature restaurant called Galaxia as well as a celebrity restaurant, two buffet restaurants and a pool restaurant. In addition, the resort will have five bars (Gastro Bar, Sunset Bar, Lobby Bar, Entertainment Bar and Garden Bar) with various live music and DJs.
The main event space will be an 928 square metre multifunctional room, which can be divided into three rooms, with a maximum capacity for 1,300. There will also be five rooms of 48 square metres each and a lobby with a bar for group receptions.
The resort, 20km from the international airport, will provide the perfect base from which to explore the stunning and varied archipelago of Madeira; there will be various excursions and activities on offer to guests.
On the same latitude as Morocco, and with some of the most striking landscapes in Europe, akin to far-flung destinations such as Brazil, this Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate and dramatic mountainous terrain. Madeira, recently referred to as ‘Europe’s adventure capital’ by The Telegraph, is the ideal place for a range of adrenaline and outdoor activities, from canyoning to surfing, trail running and diving.
The Old Town of the capital Funchal has a charming atmosphere, with cobbled streets, festivities throughout the year, botanical gardens and a multitude of restaurants and bars, from Michelin-starred through to those serving abundant local specialties. There is also a burgeoning cultural, art and night-life scene for the next generation of Madeirans, many of whom return from studying in Lisbon to their beloved Atlantic isle.