Again, this review is partly to confirm what others have said - Quinta da Mo is a really lovely place to stay. And in fact we booked our holiday in The Azores partly on the basis that we'd read these reviews. We stayed in the 'big house', which is a converted mill building. The bedrooms and sitting area were comfortable; the kitchen and eating area were on the small side for 3 adults and 2 teenagers, BUT we spent most of the time sitting and eating in the beautiful gardens. It really is a little paradise. Paths and waterways lead you amongst trees and lush, sub-tropical planting to a pretty barbecue area, plus a covered seating area, complete with hammocks. Everything is provided by the very kind and generous owners, and after a lesson on cooking over a wood fire, we were soon barbecuing delicious local fillet steak, fish, etc. Even if it was raining a bit, the climate is so mild that we ate out in the covered area and overall had several rather magical evenings, often finishing up in the hot tub, or at the local hot springs which are a short walk away.
It seems that people don't spend enough time there though! We spent two weeks and there is plenty to do on Sao Miguel, and Furnas is an excellent base. We recommend Terra Azul in Vila Franca for dolphin/whale watching, and also for the chance to snorkel with wild dolphins. We loved that so much we went twice; it really was a very special experience.
Quinta da Mo's owners, Luisa and Abel, will give you plenty of other recommendations; we went to some great restaurants and discovered warm places to swim, etc. Tourism is not particularly developed in The Azores and as a result it never seems to be crowded. The landscape is beautiful and is a interesting mixture of dramatic and domestic - shaped by volcanoes and very lush - but interspersed with neat fields and hedgerows. It was a great holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Da Mo Furnas, Azores