8 January 2019

Azul Singular, Faial, Azores


When I’ve found Azul Singular I was very excited. I love being in nature but I also appreciate the comforts of a proper bed, a warm shower or a place to make tea. I’ve done glamping before and loved the experience. I literally couldn’t wait for our three night stay in the first glamping site on the Azores islands, in Faial. 

Azul Singular received its first guests in 2017 and features eight units in total, both yurts and hybrid tents. It was designed from scratch by Albino Pinho from atelier Hôm Arquitectura on an authentic palm trees plantation, which had been untouched for 30 years. It’s run by extremely welcoming and generous Portuguese hosts Antónia and Pedroa music teacher and a dancer. Their place has a fantastic vibe and a blissful harmony can be felt throughout the property, no matter if you’re in your tent, the common building or up on the terrace. 

We rented a large tent, which could accommodate up to four people, but it turned out to be just perfect for a couple as well. The tents are pretty solid as they are partly made of wood. If you feel like it, you can open up all the walls made of waterproof textilesthis way you can even enjoy an open-air shower. What's important, the neighbouring tents are not really visiblelush greenery guarantees privacy and silence, which is vital to me whenever I wish to have a relaxing stay.

There’s a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, induction cooktop, a coffee machine, and a toaster. Breakfast is delivered each morning in a basket at your doorstep at a previously agreed hour. It’s quite modest but includes everything we needed: freshly baked bread, fruits, yoghurt, jam and other local ingredients. You can also enjoy it outside, on your private wooden furniture among the trees. Free wi-fi is available too but I suggest you turn your phone off for at least a little while and let yourself soak in the tranquility. 

Do spend some time in the tea roomonly if to grab a delicious home made cake left by the owners there for everyone to enjoy. The glass walls allow for lots of natural light to come in while at night provide a warm and cozy oasis to enjoy a book, a game or a glass of wine. After the whole day of visiting Faial island, I liked hanging out with my husband on the ample wooden terrace above, surrounded by the melodies of nature coming from the palm tree jungle. There is a spectacular view of the ocean and of the majestic Pico island, too. 

Not often do I find a place where I truly, and deeply, relax. Since I’m an avid nature lover, one could think that being surrounded by beautiful scenery would be enough for me to unwind. But it’s not always the case. I’m surprised to discover that my most vivid and most pleasant memory from Azul Singular is me having a nap on that soft white bed linen, with all windows opened up, listening to the sounds of the forest, while my face and body was being caressed by a gentle breeze and twinkling sun rays from between the palm leaves. That was perfection.

Practical info:

  • €80-120 per night for 2 people with breakfast included
  • no restaurant on site
  • we stayed at: Large Tent
  • location: south coast of Faial island, about 10 minute drive from Horta airport
  • address: Rua da Granja, 61, 9900-361 Feteira HRT, Azores, Faial island, Portugal (www)

TIP: Azul Singular doesn’t offer a restaurant, thus having a rented car will be pretty handy. If you’re a foodie like me, visit Praya, a restaurant on Almoxarife beach, which is most likely the best on Faial.

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Azul Singular Faial reviews

26 September 2018

Sanhaus Apartments, Sopot, Poland


When looking for a relaxing place to stay in Sopot, what we had in mind was a comfortable apartment close both to the beach and the city center, since we'd planned on savouring last summer days in Poland and preferred to enjoy this small city's attractions on foot. The moment I'd found Sanhaus Apartments I knew this was exactly what we'd been looking for—now our only 'problem' was to choose only one apartment out of over forty beauties that they offer!

We opted for a spacious apartment called Madera (it must have been that Portugal-inspired name that made me decide!). It's located on the ground floor of an over one-hundred-years-old historic building designed by a renowned architect Adolf Bielefeldt. It neighbours a small studio apartment (Porto)—both of them have a common gate and a separate entrance, so it can be an interesting idea to rent both at the same time when you travel to Sopot with friends or bigger family. Famous Sopot pier, the beach, the train station and all the best restaurants in town are just a short walk away. I was surprised when I realised that the most popular (and the most crowded) street is so close to the apartment—you genuinely cannot feel or hear any of that tourist buzz from the flat.

Madera is suited for the maximum of four people—there's one bedroom with a (very!) comfortable double bed and one pullout sofa in the living room. All the floors are heated, and there's even a kid's chair, toys and movies for the little ones. The ample bathroom features double washbasins, a walk-in shower and a bathtub (and also, beautiful floor tiles #ihavethisthingwithfloors!). There's a spacious and bright open kitchen, a big wooden common table for six and enough sitting space for everyone. The apartment's Scandinavian style interiors are designed with utmost care and high quality materials. While you sip your morning coffee leaning on the kitchen's white quartzite countertops, those beautiful eye-catching powder blue walls definitely make you think of the Baltic Sea!

But apart from the aesthetic, I really liked the comfort and practicality of the apartment. It's obviously very well equipped—free wi-fi, washing machine, iron and ironing board, oven, microwave, etc.—but it also has a considerable amount of storage space. It seems to be great not only for a weekend getaway, but for a long-term rent as well. Actually, if you like it a lot… it can be yours forever—Sanhaus Apartments's Madera is now available to purchase.

Tip: make sure you visit Sierakowskich Court, one of the oldest listed buildings in Sopot (located just next to the apartment) and have a coffee at its cozy café.

Where to eat in Sopot: Cały Gaweł (breakfast), Seafood Station (lunch), Sztuczka Bistro (dinner).

Practical info:
  • from 200 PLN per night, breakfast is not included
  • apartment in the pictures: Madera
  • location: center of Sopot, 25 minutes drive from the nearest international airport (GDN)
  • address: ul. Czyżywskiego 7, Sopot, Poland (www)

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 I was welcomed to Sanhaus Apartments as a guest. As always, my opinion is my own.

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