Colorful rooms, some with separate living areas, kitchenettes, and sea views
Swimming pool with terrace overlooking the sea
Whale-watching station with binoculars
Restaurant with outdoor terrace and free breakfast
Cozy lounge with fireplace and piano
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Lower-floor rooms can feel damp
Beds too firm for
The Hotel Aldeia
da Fonte is an upscale, eco-friendly resort set in lush tropical grounds on the edge of
cliffs overlooking Pico Island's rugged south coast. Some of the rooms, which include studio-style apartments, units with separate living areas, and a few rooms with kitchenettes, feature sea views -- and whale-watching opportunities -- but rooms on lower floors can feel
a little damp during wetter months, and beds are on the firm side. Standout
features include an ocean-view swimming pool and direct access to the sea and a natural rock pool. All in all, for a relaxed hotel surrounded by nature,
this one ticks the right boxes.
Family-run, lava-rock lodgings set in lush tropical
gardens next to the sea
The Hotel Aldeia
da Fonte comprises a collection of two-story bungalows, all constructed from
the island's ubiquitous dark volcanic rock and featuring Asian-style terra-cotta
tile roofs. The hotel's colorful interiors, with rustic wooden furnishings, create a genuine island-village feel, while the property sits among lush
gardens brimming with palm trees, colorful flowers, and tropical plants.
Cobblestone paths lined with flora and decorative ceramics lead through the
verdant grounds to cliff-top trails and down to the rugged coast and a natural
swimming pool formed from sea and rocks. One of only a handful of hotels on the
island, this family-run, eco-sustainable lodging focuses on
maintaining a balance with the surrounding natural environment. The vibe is
friendly and relaxed, attracting a mix of casual young travelers and nature
buffs hoping to catch sight of a passing whale. Rocky and steep paths, however, which are often slippery from the Atlantic spray, mean it's not recommended for young children or travelers with limited mobility.
cliff-top setting within a 45-minute drive of Pico Island's Airport
The resort is set
within lush gardens overlooking a line of cliffs that run along the south coast of Pico
Island -- the second largest of the Portuguese
Azores. While the whales that pass close
to this island when migrating are the main attraction, its also known for its immense dormant volcano
that lies close to the center of the island, along with its tropical
landscapes and rugged coastline. The nearest villages -- and basic local
facilities -- are Sao Joao to the west and Lajes in east, both a five- to 10-minute
drive away, while Pico Airport is about 45 minutes away by car.
with firm beds, some with sea views and kitchenettes
varies between regular guest rooms, studio-style apartments, and units with
separate bedroom and living areas. Decor is colorful with an island vibe and
with simple wooden furnishings -- with beds on the firm side.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi, safes, minibars, and flat-screen TVs (with limited
channels), while bathrooms have wall-mounted hairdryers and soap/shampoo
dispensers. Suites include tea- and coffee-making facilities and lounges with
fireplaces, and a few come with kitchenettes. A few of of the lower-floor rooms can feel damp, especially during wetter months. Some apartments
offer sea views, and all come with binoculars for spotting the passing whales.
restaurant serves a small buffet breakfast at no additional charge,
as well as a menu of Azorean cooking and a weekly Chinese buffet. In addition to the main dining area, there's also a pleasant terrace overlooking the gardens,
plus a cozy lounge with a fireplace and upright piano. There's also an outdoor
swimming pool surrounded by wooden decking overlooking the sea, as well as a natural rock pool for bathing within the grounds, and direct access to the
ocean. Wellness facilities include a fitness rooms and a sauna, and there's also
a whale-watching station and a shop selling local handicrafts and souvenirs. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
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