The Reserve Hotel Portugal

A Luxurious Stay at The Reserve Hotel in Portugal

The Reserve is a hotel within a hotel, with luxury at its heart – and it has just landed on the Portuguese island of Madeira

Debrah Dhugga

Luxe columnist

The Savoy Palace Hotel opened in 2019, rising high above the seafront in Funchal. January 2024 brought us The Reserve – a boutique hotel within a hotel, with service that whisks you straight from the plane to the lobby.

It’s an amazing experience in many ways. The Reserve’s bedrooms are on skyline floors and have access to an exclusive rooftop pool with gull’s-eye views over the seafront.

An elegant building overflowing with hanging-garden foliage, reflected in the lake-size pool at its feet, the Savoy Palace is so big it almost has its own microclimate.

But, The Reserve Hotel in Portugal feels so cosy, exclusive and intimate – almost like a hideaway. You can tiptoe around in your white slippers as the sea breeze ruffles around you.

It’s the little touches that make this hotel very special. The impossible is made possible from the moment you land on the island with the hotel’s dedicated greeting service at Madeira International Airport.

This beautiful boutique haven has to be kept as one of Portugal’s best kept secrets. You will enter a world of undivided and complete attention to every detail at The Reserve.

It’s clear to see why it is nominated for Conde Nast ‘Newcomer of the Year’. The new concept of luxurious hospitality in Madeira serves the absolute best that this genuine island can offer, and the highly personalised service brings you all the requests you can dream of and desire, from the very special to the most extravagant request.

The Reserve Hotel Portugal


With only 40 bedrooms, this boutique hotel has various rooms, from standard to pool suites. All rooms provide a comfortable haven for those seeking a hotel with a small retreat feel.

Each room boasts a serene sea view, meaning you can wake up to the picturesque sight of the ocean. The rooms have beautiful furniture with plush bedding I love nice bedding when staying in a hotel, it should always feel better than what you have at home.

For those wanting a little extra, the pool suites feature a private terrace with its own plunge pool overlooking the magnificent sea or the spectacular Funchal Bay. Bask in the sun on your terrace, your very own exclusive hideaway space.

Regardless of the room type you choose, this boutique haven guarantees impeccable service and attention to detail. In your bedroom your blackout blinds rise up at the touch of a button for an amazing morning view.

All rooms offer complimentary bottles of Madeira and wines with regular top ups of fresh fruit and Madeiran sugar-cane honey cake. I could go on but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises.

The Reserve Hotel Portugal

Food & Drink

Breakfast is served in a stunning location overlooking the ocean and Funchal’s mountains. A magical way to start the day. Throughout the day, you can indulge in a wide variety of snacks and drinks.

In the evening, you have to visit Nikkei on the 16th floor. The sushi menu is outstanding. Chef Miguel Bértolo, a gastronomic consultant recognised for his sushi mastery, has created a fusion of Japanese ingredients and techniques with influences from world cuisines.

The Reserve Hotel Portugal


The Reserve Hotel in Portugal is just a 20-minute drive from Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. Direct flights are available to Maderia from Newcastle International Airport.

Madeira is Portugal’s gem, full of lush landscape and tropical climate all year round. Its centre, Funchal, has lots to offer, with markets, boutique shopping and a vibrant dining and nightlife scene.

Madeira is also a well-loved golf destination. Other popular activities in Madeira include: Levada Walks, Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Botanical Gardens, Monte Toboggan Run and Laurisilva Forest.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, an action-packed adventure or a peaceful retreat, I truly believe this is the perfect destination. Immerse yourself in luxury, comfort and natural beauty – and in doing so, you will create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


Rooms start at £550 a night including breakfast. All guests at The Reserve Hotel in Portugal have access to a ‘Guest Experience Personal Assistant’, available around the clock. It’s these little touches that make The Reserve a ‘Leading Hotel of the World’.