Best Azores Resorts & Hotels

Alix M Campbell

Senior Contributor

Nine diverse volcanic islands make up Portugal’s Azores in the North Atlantic ocean. Here you’re gifted with beautiful ocean views, lush vegetation, and lots of options for activities from surfing, diving and canyoning to hiking or biking. These four resorts are your haven to come back to and find calm after an exciting day exploring.

Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort on São Miguel

The luxurious Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort in Ribeira Grande was created in harmony with its surroundings. It has you wake up overlooking Santa Barbara, the black-sand beach at the north coast of São Miguel, the biggest island of the Azores.

All 14 elegantly furnished rooms feature private balconies, flat-screen televisions, and wireless Internet access for a comfortable stay. Each kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator and espresso maker, and if you’re travelling with your kids and would like to have a night off, the resort offers babysitting and childcare services for a surcharge.

After using one of the resort’s relaxing spaces for your morning meditation, why not swim a few laps in the spacious saltwater pool before enjoying your farm-fresh breakfast? Whether you like to jump in a jeep for a full day of exploring after that or you’d rather soak up the culture of the island visiting museums and restaurants, Ribeira Grande is an ideal hub for all your planned activities.

Aldeia da Fonte Hotel Apartamentos on Pico

The island of Pico is where you find this resort consisting of six volcanic stone houses nestled into lush gardens. No matter which type of accommodation you choose in Aldeia da Fonte – a standard hotel room, a suite, or a studio – you can enjoy views of the Atlantic.

Each room is equipped with an LCD television, a minibar and access to the Internet for cosy nights after an exciting day exploring the wild coast. The restaurant of the house offers dishes combining modern flavours with typical dishes of the island. The ultimate relaxing holiday is only complete with your own deep-soaking bathtub in the room as well as a sauna, an outdoor pool, and a fitness centre.

With a great night slumber under your belt, you’re ready for the abundance of activities that await you on the island, whether you’d like to climb Pico mountain, go whale and dolphin watching or zoom around in a jeep. 

Caparica Azores Ecolodge on Terceira

Six sustainable lodges and a gathering house make up this harmoniously crafted eco-lodge on the island of Terceira. A vegetable garden, various areas for relaxing as well as a red pool are scattered between the housing adding to the peaceful ambiance. Each guestroom features an original piece of art of contemporary female artists from the Azores.

You can really make yourself at home at the Caparica Azores Ecolodge, as it also offers the possibility of long stays, perfect for digital nomads. Rooms feature espresso makers, wireless Internet access and private balconies. Barbecue grills invite guests to come together for a meal outside and enjoy the picnic area.

The second most populated Azorean island offers visitors a wide abundance of natural terrain to discover, from hiking in Monte Brasil Natural Park to discovering lakes like Lagoa do Negro and swimming in natural ocean pools in Biscoitos.

Azoris Faial Garden Resort Hotel on Faial

This resort in Horta on the island of Faial is not far from the city centre and the marina. If you’re expecting a wellness holiday, you won’t be disappointed as the Azoris Faial Garden Resort Hotel features a Turkish bath, a sauna, a gym as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. If you’re feeling sporty, you can take advantage of the tennis and volleyball courts of the resort, but if you’re here to relax you can just enjoy the beautiful mountain and ocean views with a tasty beverage in hand.

The pampering continues in your air-conditioned room, equipped with bathtubs or showers, access to the Internet and a minibar. Don’t forget to round off your stay with a visit to the resort’s hair salon to leave this place rejuvenated from head to toe.

If you’re venturing outside of the resort’s grounds, there’s also plenty to discover on Faial Island. Go canyoning, paragliding or diving to quench your thirst for physical exercise or lean back and relax on a sailing trip around the island.

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