Luxurious Resort on Remote Island Off Portuguese Coast
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. The 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 off Portugal's western 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 Sete Cidades 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, meanwhile, 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 to the tearoom, where you can sample fresh Azorean green tea.
Six-night Azores vacation with airfare and accommodations at São Miguel Park Hotel. Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay a single supplement fee to travel solo.
Option 1: $699 to depart from Logan International Airport (BOS) Tuesday or Friday 1/8/13–3/15/13 (up to a $1,150 value)
Option 2: $949 to depart from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Tuesday or Friday 1/8/13–3/15/13 (up to a $1,350 value)
Option 3: $799 to depart from Logan International Airport (BOS) Tuesday or Friday 3/16/13–4/16/13 (up to a $1,250 value)
Option 4: $1,049 to depart from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Tuesday or Friday 3/16/13–4/16/13 (up to a $1,550 value)
Promotional value expires Jan 11, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 1/11/13 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 3/15/13, or 4/16/13 depending on option purchased
Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
Limit 1 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
All cancellations subject to $300 fee
7-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies
$180 fee to travel solo
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
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), or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) via SATA Air Açores included with this Getaway
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