Best luxury hotels in the Azores 2022

The location of the Azores ensures that they continue to be less visited by tourists. They comprise nine islands dotted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, collectively forming part of a geopark created during a volcanic eruption in 1766. As such, there are many fascinating craters to explore, as well as lakes of a piercing blue and architecture dating back to the Middle East. Age. It’s a prime spot for whale and dolphin watching, with inland waterfalls, hikes, and vineyards to explore. And since the Portuguese colony is a bit further off the beaten track, you’ll find that hotels here cater to the discerning traveler.

Grand Hotel Azores Atlantico

Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores and is located on the island of São Miguel. This is where the five-star Grand Hotel is located, designed to reflect the maritime history of its surroundings. It faces the marina, is close to the historic center and offers stunning ocean views. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped aboard a classic luxury ocean liner. 140 rooms were inspired by the shipping company Empresa Insulana de Navegação, with suites named after its ships. The Grand Hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, an à la carte restaurant Balcony and the Vapore Bar & Lounge.

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Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Also in São Miguel, but further in the Furnas Valley, an area known for its hot springs, is the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. It has a natural outdoor thermal pool in the park and is part of the same group as the Grand Hotel — Bensaude Hotels Collection. Dating back to the 1930s, the building itself has become an icon. The TN restaurant serves local specialties, while the bartenders at the Gardener Bar & Terrace prepare delicious cocktails with a charming view. 86 rooms and a spa have been given an art deco and garden-themed makeover, reflecting its elegant heritage and leafy setting.

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The House By White, Sao Miguel

La Maison is a sprawling private villa, part of the White collection of high-end contemporary self-catering accommodation. It offers an exclusive retreat space for a family or group, furnished with a private swimming pool, four bedrooms and open living areas bathed in light, opening onto the outdoor terrace. Guests staying at La Maison have access to resort amenities. These include Restaurant Cardume, where locally caught fish and pasture-raised meats are served alongside fruit, vegetables and herbs from the venue’s own farm, Japanese restaurant Santa Bárbara and a bar serving meals light. There is also The Hut, for wellness treatments.

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Zenite Boutique Hotel & Spa

Angra do Heroísmo is the location of this four-star establishment, an area particularly popular with cyclists. This is one for those who love creative decor – many of the flooring and elevator interiors in public areas depict vintage maps of the Azores, polished concrete is used throughout the venue to create an earthy, urban vibe , while mid-century furnishings, gilt lighting, and mosaic tiling add to the decorative art. Zenite Boutique Hotel & Spa has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, bar, shared lounge and garden. And it is only a few minutes walk from the port, the sea and the UNESCO center.

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