There are not many places that have been recognised as one of the world’s best destinations by the National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet and Forbes but the Azores is one and therefore you deserve a hotel to complement such a stay! They are the ultimate islands, truly isolated: some 900 miles west of Lisbon in the middle of the Atlantic, with temperatures reaching the mid 20s.
Strolling across a beach of dark sand where fishmongers carry baskets of fish one is transported to a 1950’s world long forgotten in the West, where beachside taverns are crammed with wrinkled men who tell stories over vinho verde (green wine). While villages nestled into collapsed volcanoes, placid lakes and valleys adorned with cauldrons of boiling water beckon to explorers.
Scattered through the emerald green of an unspoilt forest, the recently refurbished Praia Nature Beach Resort complements this magnificent seascape perfectly; pathways meander through a tangle of trees down to a sublime beach. Rooms have a contemporary feel, panoramic ocean views and a fabulous jungle outlook. Head to the Sauna and Turkish bath to lull you into a state of total bliss and the freshwater swimming pool. There is a daily shuttle service to Ponta Delgada, a 10-minute drive from Vila Franca do Campo and 12.4 miles away from the airport.