23 July 2018

White Exclusive Suites & Villas, São Miguel, Azores


When you enter this 18th-century summer house, now vibrant with light, contemporary design and ocean breeze, you feel as if you’ve just magically separated yourself from the outside world and stepped into a relaxing sanctuary. White Exclusive Suites & Villas is located on the edge of a cliff on the south coast of São Miguel and, as it turned out, was the perfect reason to stay on the island for two more days.

Captivating modern earth-toned interiors beautifully merge with the original architecture of this historic building, its driftwood decor and original stone elements. On the outside, snow-white walls contrast with the sky and all the possible tones of blue reflecting on the ocean’s surface. The hotel boasts only a dozen rooms: two villas and three kinds of suites. Some, located on the ground floor, have direct access to the long terrace outstretching above a rocky shore, while others, on the first floor, must offer the best uninterrupted views from their suspended balconies.

White features a cozy restaurant “Cardume”, available only to the hotel’s guests, with short but delicious menu featuring dishes such as grilled lapas, ceviche, crunchy squids or slow cooked pork. Snacks, served throughout the day, can be enjoyed by the pool, together with freshly squeezed passion fruit juice, cocktails or local beer. Breakfast consists of yoghurt with granola, delicious homemade white chocolate nutella, honey, pancakes with fruits, scrambled eggs, cheese and meat slices, as well as local bread, including bolo lêvedo, a traditional sweet bread from the Azores that  I swear!  you’ll fall in love with after the first bite. 

Our Junior Suite was bright, with lots of natural light, opening to a terrace with a spectacular panoramic view of the infinite waters. At night, with an open window, we could actually hear crashing waves  after all, the ocean was just a few meters from our bed. Each evening, the staff lit candles and a bonfire in the outdoor lounge area, creating enchanting atmosphere to enjoy our glass of white wine or chat with other guests about the Azores. It was always worth to stay a little longer, until it got completely dark, to hear raucous sounds of cory's shearwaters flying nearby  an incredible experience!

After numerous days of intensive exploration of the island, a stay at White Exclusive Suites & Villas was exactly what we needed. At this last leg of our São Miguel trip, we craved such a serene place, with heated infinity pool right above the Atlantic, outdoor relaxing massages to the neverending sounds of the ocean, a comfortable bed and slow romantic candlelit dinners. White is pleasing both to the eye and the soul.

Practical info:
  • from 190 EUR for double room with breakfast included
  • restaurant available on site, exclusive for the guests; dinner reservation required with 24-hour notice
  • the room in the pictures: Junior Suite 1
  • location: 11 km from Ponta Delgada, 15 minutes drive from the nearest international airport (PDL)
  • address: Rua da Rocha Quebrada 10, Lagoa, Portugal (www)

Sao Miguel boutique hotel
Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel
Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

Sao Miguel boutique hotel

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1 comment :

  1. Wow! This is what we call the real beauty! I have received my visa for Portugal last evening. And I will fly to Azores next month! Thank you for sharing about the White – exclusive suites villas. Your blog is of great help in deciding the place to plan my stay.

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