The Hotel do Mar is on the harbour front of Povoação; a friendly south coast town towards the eastern end Sao Miguel.
The hotel’s clean, unfussy design is full of light – it’s sweeping central spiral staircase leads you up to a lookout turret, with a 360° view that cleverly channels light through all the levels of the hotel. There are 36 en-suite rooms across the two wings, including one room designed for easier access. All of the rooms have a sea view with the most popular choice being those directly facing the ocean on the west wing, parallel to the coast. There’s also a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, and an ever-friendly and helpful reception team.
The central courtyard is a relaxing sun trap, with it’s white walls reflecting the light towards the small outdoor pool and jacuzzi. You’re right on the ocean here though and if you’d like to relax outside the hotel there’s a sandy beach – the Praia da Povocao – only 250m away. Povoação itself is a pretty little town at the end of the Lomba do Pomar river valley – it’s natural harbour was the stepping-off point for the very first settlers on the island (in 1432), where the Ribeira do Purgar meets the sea. Strolling inland, the town’s colourful central gardens and pedestrianised areas are perfect when you’re looking for somewhere to relax in the evenings, with a nice variety of friendly cafebars and restaurants.
The Hotel do Mar is in a great spot if you’re interested in exploring the sparsely populated eastern end of the island, which is often overlooked by visitors to Sao Miguel. Some of our favourite walks are just a short drive away, as are the hot springs and geothermal swimming pools at Furnas; a car isn’t essential but it does allow you to explore at your leisure. We’ll often split our stay between this peaceful, rural part of the island and the more bustling western towns like Ponta Delgada.
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