Portugal’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2021 – Savoy Palace
Europe's Leading Island Resort 2021 – Saccharum
Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2021 – Madeira


Two of Savoy Signature’s jewels in the crown have been recognised at the prestigious World Travel Awards, following a very successful year for the group of high occupancy levels and awards for the Savoy Signature collection. Savoy Palace won Portugal’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2021 and Saccharum won Europe's Leading Island Resort 2021. Whilst Madeira won Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2021.

Ricardo Farinha, Savoy Signature Board Member says; “We are delighted to have been acknowledged not once but twice for Savoy Palace and Saccharum at the World Travel Awards. This is testament to our hard-working team that deliver the very best in guest service.”

The World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

Savoy Palace

Savoy Palace, Madeira’s only member of Leading Hotels of The World, is a game changer for the destination in terms of contemporary luxury properties. The 16 floor, 352 room resort has stunning Atlantic Ocean and garden views with striking design by renowned Nini Andrade da Silva’s, that blends bold, modern and historical styles. The resort, just a short walk from Funchal’s stylish Old Town, houses a 3,100 square foot destination spa inspired by the island’s Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO Heritage Site. As well as a number of restaurants and bars, a children’s club, numerous impressive swimming pools (including an adults-only infinity pool on the 16th floor with butler service) and a ‘boutique-hotel-within-a-hotel’ offering an exclusive panoramic space for suite guests. Dining takes centre stage at Savoy Palace, with their signature restaurant, Galaxia which offers 360-degree views of Madeira with world class cuisine, service, and wines.


The island’s long history of producing sugar cane was the local designer Nini Andrade da Silva’s departure point for decorating this hotel built on the site of an old sugar mill. Snapshots of the crop are scattered throughout, while alembic metalwork adds a local touch to the restaurant.

There are 243 rooms and suites, and five pools (one exclusively for children). The spa offers guests a holistic approach to wellbeing with a soothing list of treatments and an energising exercise programme including Hatha Yoga and Tai Chi, to help guests centre and reenergise mind and body. Saccharum are just as passionate about their food and drink. The Alambique restaurant is inspired by the magical processes that occurred in the old sugar distillery, Alambique is a restaurant dedicated to make the best of Madeira’s gastronomy meet the best of the world’s tastes. Engenho restaurant offering guests stunning views and freshly prepared vibrant breakfasts then for the evening, the buffet offers a great diversity of flavours ranging from the Mediterranean to the Island’s traditions.


A firm favourite of Conde Nast Traveller’s readers, Savoy Palace is 20km from the international airport, it provides 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. The winter months of December and January are pleasantly sunny with highs of 14 degrees. 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.