The Solar do Conde, known as the counts’ manor home is a beloved bed and breakfast amongst tourists for over a decade. This once private family manor home belonged to the old nobility on the island before the monarchy ended in 1910. Here the gardens are perfectly manicured, with a friendly multilingual staff eager to make your trip a memorable one. The rooms are very comfortable for such an old home and everything looks so clean and is very tidy. The Jose do Canto Palace and Hotel is a century-old palace built on the estate of the famous Azorean Jose do Canto. Here you can explore the vast botanical garden on-site that brings hundreds of tourists daily. The immense trails and the estate is located next to the Palace of the President and the Santana gardens right next door. The hotel is located right in downtown Ponta Delgada and is still a secret amongst travelers. It is within walking distance of the downtown core and is surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops, and neat clothing stores while being in the private compound of this large estate. The Santa Barbara Eco-Beach hotel is located in Ribeira Grande, just 20 minutes from Ponta Delgada by car. Here they call this area the land of endless nature! The county is filled with the unique charm of an agriculture-based society mixing in with the modern world. Here the permanent green pastures and cows that are grazing next to beautiful exotic flowers with breathtaking views. The hotel recently opened and has been a favorite amongst beach lovers and eco-friendly tourists alike. The restaurant is one of the best in the region, serving local cuisine and fresh sushi and beef. The room rates are slightly more expensive than other hotels in the area, as this is a high-end hotel that caters to the seasoned tourists. A friendly, welcoming environment with beach access and city life all within a few minutes drive from this little paradise. Furnas Lake Villas, just the sound of it makes you want to explore this beautiful volcanic region of the island. The lake villas recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times are a favorite amongst spa and garden lovers. This is the old part of the island where many established families in the region have built some chalets for centuries. The exotic vegetation and active volcanic geysers are a natural wonder of Portugal. The Furnas lake villas are located in the Furnas valley’s heart, with sweeping mountain and forested views. The villas offer guests a truly memorable Azorean experience with a welcome basket of fresh local goodies waiting for you in your room when you check-in. The pool, surrounding mineral springs, and enchanting botanical gardens make this the perfect location for your getaway. The staff is amicable and speak many languages, and can offer suggestions for some unique things to do. This resort area’s grounds are vast, and they offer some of the best local made preserves and honey from their garden and hives.