Funchal (Madeira), Portugal
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One of the most famous and elegant hotels in the world sits atop a promontory in Madeira, among ten acres of lush gardens -- this is Reid's Palace Hotel. Your afternoon excursion invites you to step into the privileged world of high tea and a garden stroll along the same private paths that have entertained Sir Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw and countless kings, queens and celebrities.
Begin with a guided walk through the hotel's lush semi-tropical gardens, with stunning displays of geraniums, hibiscus and salvias.
From the garden, you will adjourn to a traditional afternoon tea -- a sumptuous buffet that includes a choice of teas with scones and cakes baked by the hotel's premier international chefs. Relax and enjoy as you take in the sweeping views of Funchal Bay -- a truly idyllic setting and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of a bygone era.
Please note: Attire is dress-casual; t-shirts, jeans, shorts and sports shoes are not permitted. The walk through the garden is over cobblestones and there are approximately 20 steps to negotiate.