Aldeia da Fonte ****
This beautiful hotel which has a unique and dramatic setting is perched on cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. It is renowned as one of the top hotels in the Azores and is classed 4**** The villas are nestled in the beautiful mature gardens. This “Nature Hotel” is the perfect way to enjoy the blue of the ocean and the green of the gardens. The hotel has a sauna and Gym, natural salt water swimming pool and access to the sea.
It consists of separate villas made of the local volcanic stone set in beautiful landscaped gardens. It is a haven of tranquillity, beauty and rustic charm where you feel the island’s elemental origins and breathe the unpolluted ocean air. It is surrounded by forests and vineyards and has fabulous views of the spectacular volcano which is dormant. Its landscaped gardens lend themselves to socialising in the garden-restaurant under vines and orange trees. There are also many magical and tranquil hidden away places to relax in hammocks or gaze out to sea. There is also a swimming pool and barbecue looking out to the ocean. Dolphins and whales can often be sighted from here. The owners and staff are friendly and hospitable hosts and the hotel has a very good standard of comfort and amenities. The hotel has a reasonably priced, excellent restaurant serving local fish and seafood, superb international cuisine, and offers an extensive and imaginative vegetarian selection.
The accommodation comprises private en-suite twin rooms with tv, and seating area. There are also studio en suite rooms which are bigger than the twin have two beds, sofa chairs, tea making facilities, a fridge and many have access to a terrace with views to the ocean or gardens. The suites are like private apartments. They have a master bedroom with a separate lounge with sofa bed (third person) and armchairs with a kitchen and bathroom. This is ideal for three sharing. The bedroom, lounge and bathroom all lead to a private entrance hall.
Our guests have use of the swimming pool which is situated in a dramatic location looking out to the ocean. It is a saltwater pool and is a perfect spot to relax and read a book or for the children to play.
There is a gym, sauna and relaxation area as well as a masseuse by request.
There are two bars, one with a large lounge with sofas, a library and internet café. The hotel has WiFi. There is a shop with local artisan crafts. The hotel can arrange a cultural tour of the island with the wife of the owner of the hotel who is an expert on local history, culture, flora and fauna. She is the inspiration behind the gardens which are very beautiful. There are many nature walks in the forests nearby. Access to the sea for swimming is a 5 minute walk from the hotel along the cliff path.
The hotel restaurant is situated inside or during the summer you sit outside under the vines on the terrace. Our guests love the food which is renowned as the best restaurant on the island. Local fish and meat dishes are served as well as a wide range of international and vegetarian cuisine. The meals are all freshly prepared so take time over your meal which will be served by the restaurant staff. The wine menu has a selection of impressive local wines.
Double/twin en-suite room £1140pp. Single person supplement £190
Flights: For information on how to book your flights please visit our link on the left
The price per person includes:
- Return airport transfers from Pico airport to your accommodation
- 5 half day trips to sea (responsive to conditions to optimise sightings and research opportunities)
- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast included
- Island tour and optional walking trails
- Group meal with whale researcher guide at the beginning and the end of the tour
- Full guide services throughout the holiday
- Marine biology talks and presentations
Extra activities can be booked with our guide locally including popular island tours.