Off the coast of Morocco and Portugal are the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores. Known for their natural beauty, golden sands and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, this collective of islands make a great place to visit if you’re craving a Mediterranean escape. In this article, we round up the best places to stay in Madeira and The Azores.
Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort – Azores
The Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort is a collection of secluded villas on the north coast of Sao Miguel, overlooking the famous surf beach of Santa Barbara. These self-catered villas are far more contemporary in design compared to the more traditional-style properties you tend to find in the Azores. With eco credentials, the building materials include cryptomeria wood, bamboo and cork, enhancing the integration of buildings in the natural surroundings and all sourced locally.
Enjoy surf chic paradise nestled in the shadows of the Lagoa do Fogo mountain that overlooks a half mile stretch of black sand. And if surfing isn’t for you, then take the opportunity to observe the abundance of sea life by scuba diving in the Azores. Alternatively, simply enjoy the ocean views and take some time to indulge in the resort’s wellness offerings.
Belmond Reid’s Palace – Madeira
A breathtakingly beautiful clifftop position complete with panoramic views of the wild Atlantic, the Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira is known as the “the pink palace” and is a fusion of comfort and luxury. Step out from Belmond Reid’s Palace and find endless things to do in Madeira. Enjoy a botanical tour of the subtropical gardens, visit an ocean-facing golf course or take a mountain hike to discover local birdlife and superb views. Whether you want an adventure or relaxation, the Belmond Reid Palace is a luxurious retreat that will help you enjoy all that Madeira has to offer.
Uni Studios – Madeira
This unique Madeira Airbnb is located on the West corner of the island and is concept accommodation that consists of carefully constructed houses, each consisting of studios designed to fully maximise your experience of the stunning scenery and nearby Jardim do Mar village.
Uni Studios is perfect for those who enjoy hiking and want an oasis to return to, that is centred around total relaxation. You can stroll through the vegetable and herb garden where you are encouraged to pick your own veggies for a delicious meal or take a dip in the pool as the sun sets.
Sul Villas – Azores
Sul Villas & Spa focuses on the the soothing properties of the sea with stunning views and a salt water outside pool. This boutique hotel is located next to Lagoa city, on the south coast of São Miguel, the largest of the islands of the Azores. Relax with views of rolling green hills and the pretty village of Santa Cruz, with its small black and white 18th-century church completing the scene of this beautiful clifftop location.
There’s a small spa offering with shower room, whirlpool tub, sauna, gym and massage treatments that use local essential oils from the Azorean plants. Yoga classes can also be arranged for those who want a dose of added wellness during their trip.
Hotel Cliff Bay – Madeira
The luxurious, Cliff Bay hotel enjoys a prime position near the beach in charming Funchal. Within easy reach of a number of attractions including Madeira Story Centre Museum, Barreiros Stadium, Madeira Casino, Santa Clara Monastery and the magnificent Funchal Marina, this is the perfect base for those who want to explore the cultural sites of Madeira while enjoying views of the sparkling Atlantic.
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After graduating from Sussex University, Emily leapt into the world of travel PR furthering her inspiration to discover the globe’s hidden wonders. Next on her bucket list is experiencing the cherry blossom season in Japan and her all time favourite destination is Menorca. She loves reading and quirky art exhibitions, is obsessed with hats and rom-coms, and one day hopes to live back in Brighton by the seaside.