The Azores islands are the definition of “remote”: the closest mainland, Portugal, is almost 1,000 miles away. Travel + Leisure ranked voyaging to the Azores on its list of 40 Trips to Change Your World. You’ll get to experience this exotic volcanic archipelago with this Groupon.
The hotel is tucked away from the city center. You can relax in its jacuzzi or kick back by an outdoor pool and a sunlit indoor pool surrounded by walls of windows. São Miguel Park Hotel’s intimate onsite restaurant is decorated in warm reds and wicker accents and specializes in Azorean cuisine, served both à la carte and buffet style. The spread might include exotic fruits and vegetables and fresh grilled seafood.
São Miguel Island, Azores: Endemic Flora, Hot Springs, and Cobblestone Streets
Roughly 1,000 miles west of Portugal's shores sit the Azores, a cluster of nine volcanic islands that bask in sunny weather throughout the year. The largest of these is São Miguel Island, aptly dubbed the Green Island. It's practically overrun with exotic flora and dense tropical greenery. Where there isn't a carpet of green, you can find fumaroles—clouds of steam that emerge from the ground—and hot springs. The twin azure and green lakes of the Sete Cidades region are set in an ancient volcanic caldera with misty rock walls that tower over the area at upwards of 1,600 feet tall. About a half hour south, you can see sinuous Indian rubber trees and rare blooms at Ponta Delgada's Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens.
As São Miguel Island’s major city, Ponta Delgada draws much of the tourist traffic—and for good reason. The city's cobblestone streets are lined with stately baroque buildings, including the São Sebastian Catholic Church, a 16th-century masterpiece with accents of rare Brazilian wood and actual gold thread on the inside. The Gorreana Tea Estate, is among the oldest of Europe's few tea plantations. On free tours of the plantation, you can learn about tea production from the estate's rolling fields and sample fresh Azorean green tea in the tearoom.
Six-night Azores vacation with airfare from SATA International and accommodations at São Miguel Park Hotel. Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay an additional fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.
Option 1: $699 per person to depart from Logan International Airport (BOS) on 2/19, 2/22, 2/26, or 3/1 (up to a $900 value)
Option 2: $1,099 per person to depart from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on 2/19, 2/22, 2/26, or 3/1 (up to a $1,300 value)
Option 3: $949 per person to depart from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on 2/19, 2/22, 2/26, or 3/1 (up to a $1,100 value)
Option 4: $799 per person to depart from Logan International Airport (BOS) on 3/5, 3/8, 3/12, 3/15, 4/2, 4/4, 4/5, 4/9, 4/11, 4/12, 4/16, or 4/18 (up to a $1,300 value)
Option 5: $1,149 per person to depart from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on 3/5, 3/8, 3/12, 3/15, 4/2, 4/4, 4/5, 4/9, 4/11, 4/12, 4/16, or 4/18 (up to a $1,600 value)
Option 6: $1,049 per person to depart from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on 3/5, 3/8, 3/12, 3/15, 4/2, 4/4, 4/5, 4/9, 4/11, 4/12, 4/16, or 4/18 (up to a $1,500 value)
Option 7: $899 per person to depart from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/3, 4/7, 4/10, 4/14, or 4/17 (up to a $1,100 value)
Promotional value expires Mar 5, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Book by 3/5/13 or promo value expires
Depart by 3/1/13, 4/18/13, or 4/17/13 depending on option purchased
Limit 1/person, +1 as gift
Limit 1/visit.Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
All cancellations subject to $500 fee
7-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies
Airfare non-refundable once ticketed
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
Not valid with reward points
$180 fee to travel solo
Meals not included
All taxes included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One double bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Parking: not available
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: not available
By plane: roundtrip airfare from Logan International Airport (BOS), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) via SATA Air Açores included with this Getaway
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