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

London, United Kingdom, 2021-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — 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.  


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Savoy Signature Hotels & Resorts  

It was on the threshold of the twentieth century when the Savoy Hotel opened its doors and began to host the most distinguished aristocracy and visitors from across Europe. From a small family business, the collection has become a legend in the art of hospitality, well-being and service. In 2015, the Saccharum Resort and Spa and the Hotel Calheta Beach, both located in Calheta on the south coast of Madeira (about 25 minutes from Funchal) became part of the group. This was a milestone in the company’s history and there are now six hotels proudly in the Savoy Signature Collection: 

Savoy Palace – Tribute Cosmopolitan Resort 

Royal Savoy – Heritage Sea Resort 

Saccharum – Hedonist Design Resort 

Calheta Beach – Fine Sand All-Inclusive Resort 

NEXT – Connected Sea Hotel 

Now in the 21st century, the reputation of the Savoy brand continues. The history of Savoy Hotels & Resorts has been reinvented but the goals remain the same: consolidating and projecting the centuries-old tradition and excellence of the Savoy brand at an international level.  


Savoy Signature Response to Covid 19 

Savoy Signature has elevated its standards to an even higher lever, with their own tailored safety and prevention plan. Savoy Signature maintain continuous communication with their partners and tour operators to provide them with all the updated information on their practices and protocols and to jointly define new strategies for the future. “Stay Safe, Stay Savoy” is the brand’s motto for the times ahead. In view of the current situation, Savoy Signature will implement all measures that maximise safety and assure guests without compromising the quality of service that characterizes the brand. Despite the current challenging and unprecedented times, there is Savoy Signature’s guarantee to provide the best experiences to their guests, underlying all the operational changes at Savoy Palace. Savoy Signature’s “Stay Safe Stay Savoy” protocol is available here  


Madeira’s Response to Covid 19: 

Madeira and Porto Santo have been widely referred to as one of the safest places to travel to post-pandemic. To ensure security for both tourists and residents, all people travelling to the islands have to either present a negative test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival, without any costs – Covid-19 tests on arrival are paid for by the Madeira Government.  Madeira Islands are focused on positioning as a Covid-safe destination and are working with SGS, the world leader in certification, to ensure good practice across the destination to minimise risk in the wake of Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector.  Furthermore, Madeira was a pioneer in the whole of Portugal in developing a good practices document to deal with Covid-19. These measures will provide comfort to those who travel, and it is ultimately for the wellbeing of all.  These initiatives, to cover testing costs, partner with SGS in certification and develop a good practices document, underpin the destination’s determination to ensure a safe tourism location for all visitors. As of 10th September, Madeira has 178 registered cases of Covid-19 and no deaths. All 42 active cases are confined in designated hotels or at private homes.

About the Madeira Archipelago 

Considered the Best Island Destination in the World (World Travel Awards), Madeira is a small Portuguese paradise located amid the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. Of volcanic origin, its privileged location provides a mild climate and sea with pleasant temperatures all year round, in addition to impressive sceneries of mountains, valleys and cliffs, all covered by the exuberant Laurissilva vegetation, named Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The archipelago is formed by a set of islands, the main and only inhabited being Madeira and Porto Santo. There are excellent options for spas, historic monuments and great hotels and restaurants, where you can sample delicious cuisine and award-winning Madeiran wines.

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