It’s great to see Madeira recovering from the devastating fires of 2016. Amongst the properties to have been destroyed was a favourite of GS Magazine; Choupana Hills – a hotel that ticked almost every box when it came to luxury and comfort. However, with stoic determination the good people of Madeira are rebuilding to recreate a holiday maker’s dream on this most beautiful of islands.
Savoy Palace, opening this summer will be Madeira’s only member of Leading Hotels of The World and 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 hotel also boasts 226 apartments, five restaurants, five bars, an impressive roof top space and a destination spa inspired by the island’s Laurissilva Forest, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The bold, curved structure is designed by the award-winning architects RH+ and Nini Andrade Silva, one of Portugal’s most famous interior designers who is also from Madeira, whose work includes the new W São Paulo amongst many other prestigious projects.
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.
Here Nini Andrade Silva (NAS) talks to GS Magazine about the new project.
GS What’s special about the Savoy Palace hotel?
NAS It’s a truly unique hotel! It’s classic and timeless and it was designed in a complete balance of today’s needs and aesthetics, and the context of its surroundings.
Through its noble and eloquent interiors, the Savoy Palace Hotel is a completely different experience that took shape as a sincere homage to Madeira’s traditional art culture and natural heritage.
GS What inspired your approach to this project?
NAS This project brings together a number of standout elements from Madeira’s traditional art, history and culture. And the exuberance of the surrounding landscape, the unique man-made environment, particularly the old irrigation channels (levadas) and tunnels, the excellence and mastery of Madeira’s embroidery, the centuries-old art of wickerwork and the expertise involved in the production of one of the best fortified wines in the world – Madeira Wine.
Together these unique features underlie the metamorphosis between the conceptual inspiration and the interior design project.
GS Does your previous design experience influence how you approach new projects and in what way?
NAS Yes, my design speaks about my references and memories, not only memories of my history but about the history of Madeira Island.
My design is something that is born from inside out, something that begins in the spirit, goes through the drawing and merges in the matter!
The place for every project is certainly inseparable from the project itself. I mean to create atmospheres with a soul. Nevertheless, projects always create their own roots, their own spot, their own feeling. Sometimes in a subtle way but it’s always there.
I love creating new realities and feelings and my job allows me to put a bit of myself in each project I create. My designs come from the soul – what I feel about the place at that moment. This means that my emotion will be translated into designs.
GS What parts of your design are you most pleased with at Savoy Palace?
NAS I love the reception area because it has a special atmosphere created by the presence of an impressive chandelier and large mirror that give a feeling of space, sumptuousness and grandeur. I’m also pleased about the restaurants, that are glamorous, and the roof top, with a Wow factor that will surprise the guests!