Ross Belfer

Pico do Refúgio

São Miguel, Azores

by: Ross Belfer

  • Why

    Volcanic island getaway-meets-esoteric music festival.

  • When

    March 2016

  • Who

    Solo

Highs + Lows

  • In-room fireplace is truly on point. Who would even expect such a thing?

  • Everything about Pico do Refugio is great. This isn’t simply a hotel – its an experience combined by a magical landscape and sophisticated farm-style hospitality unlike any other place I have been.

  • Queijo, soft cheese served on banana at breakfast is absolutely killer. I would return to Pico just for that alone.

  • After a long day of hiking and bathing in thermal baths, it would have been convenient to have some more snacks in the room itself.

  • The weather was a bit too cold for the pool (but now I’m just being picky).

  • Manuel the groundskeeper accidently walked into my room while I was inside, but only to start-up the indoor fireplace. It was funny to watch his surprised and embarrassed reaction, but at a place like this, you welcome visitors like an islander would: with a smile.

: 50/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Country hotel / artist residency

  • Vibe

    Marigold-coloured Colonial architectural structures located on a sun-drenched tea farm coincidentally housing an artist residency.

  • Location

    Off a dirt road next to a farm.

  • Rooms

    8

  • Music

    Silence

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Restored by Luis Bernardo Brito E Abreu.

  • Pool/Gym

    Stunning outdoor pool where scuba diving lessons are often held.

  • Restaurant

    Daily breakfast, farm-to-table.

  • Bar

    No

  • Minibar

    Bottle of cold water.

  • Wifi

    Yes - free!

  • Children

    You can, but I wouldn’t if I had the choice.

  • Price

    Conveniently and assumingly affordable.

In the Area

3euro entrance into a manicured swathe of volcanically heated pool amidst a jungle-like landscape.

Furnas thermal baths

Furnas, Portugal

3euro entrance into a manicured swathe of volcanically heated pool amidst a jungle-like landscape.

Just 20 minutes outside of town (Sao Miguel holds more cows than humans).

The “Agricultural” steak restaurant

Recinto da Feira | Campo de Santana, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel 9600-096, Portugal

Just 20 minutes outside of town (Sao Miguel holds more cows than humans).

In Lagoa Das Sete Cidades

Lagoa do Fogo

Lagoa de Fogo

In Lagoa Das Sete Cidades

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Pico do Refúgio


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