During my recent visit to the Azores, I had the great privilege of being a guest of Pico da Vigia just before they officially opened to the public.
Pico da Vigia is located in the rural parish of Santa Barbara on the island of Terceira, one of the nine Portuguese islands located halfway between Europe and the United States that make up the Azores.
The property itself features five houses, each sitting on 1000 square meters of lawn. The exterior design of each house is inspired by traditional stone barns. The expansive property also hosts an impressive greenhouse and an orchard containing nearly one thousand fruit trees.
Each house at Pico da Vigia has a different colored door, so the homes are referred to by their door color: red house, blue house, greenhouse, etc. Each house also contains a kitchenette, and during my stay, fresh bread was delivered each morning through a delivery panel from outside that opened into the kitchen. Each of the homes also features modern conveniences, such as private wifi and cable television.
While each house may look similar on the outside, they are all uniquely decorated within. Furnishings consist of modern, traditional, and custom pieces designed by renowned Portuguese architect Siza Vieira. The attention to detail found throughout the property is both impressive and unmissable.
I always love a great bathroom, and the ones found at Pico da Vigia don’t disappoint. The shower is made of four glass walls that allow you to see into your room and also out onto the property. Special glass ensures that no one can see into your shower.
Each house, as well as the pool, has views of the mountains, the sea, and the nearby islands of São Jorge, Pico and Graciosa.
Speaking of the pool, it is available year-round, and the view from the pool at night is incredible.
A small family-run property like Pico da Vigia will only ever be as good as its owners, and Bruno and Sofia are amazing hosts. I honestly cannot say enough great things about them. They were extremely accommodating during my time on their property. They were phenomenal at allowing me the freedom and independence to fully enjoy their property while also inviting me to dinners and into town to experience a local festival with them. They know all of the best restaurants in town, and they are happy to share recommendations.
Pico da Vigia is also great about accommodating special requests. Contact them before your stay to discuss details of how to customize your time there.
Pico da Vigia Hotel Practical Information
All photos are credited to Pico da Vigia.
Disclaimer: Although I was a guest of the property all opinions remain my own, as always.
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