Ian Coates

Please call me to discuss any aspect of your holiday. Always happy to help in any way.

Travel has always been a big part of my life and the mould was set on my first Cub Scout camp when I was 8 years old. Just 4 miles down the road, if felt like an epic journey into the unknown….and it was; with mid-night feasts, jungle treks and secret raids on islands fortresses! In my late teens, and before we all had the personal computer, I was organising trips around the UK and across Europe for groups of friends, using nothing more than a notepad and photocopier.

I grew up the great-grandson, grandson, and son of a butcher and life was pretty much mapped out before me. From the age of 14, I was working in my father’s butcher’s shop and there wasn’t much need for an education. But I always knew there was another world beyond this one and through books, magazines and Private Eye I found my escape. Throwing off the shackles of expectation I started to travel the world, initially for 6 months, then a year and then for 4 years.

The journey to Archipelago Choice has been full of challenges, danger, adventures, fun and stories to tell. I’m now married with two children and a company that at times feels like a third. Running your own business, for me, is one of life’s great pleasures. We have a fantastic team and a strong ethos to do the “right thing” by protecting the environment, creating inspiring jobs, looking after our clients and helping our friends and colleagues to prosper on their island Archipelagos.

You can go on holiday, or better still you can come on a journey with us.


Ian Coates
Destination Specialist
01768 721040

My favourite part of the Azores

The main island of the Azores, São Miguel still maintains a unique charm where life is polite and unhurried. It’s a great island for a first visit with easy flight connections, a wealth of things to see and activities to do, and some of the Azores’ most spectacular volcanic scenery.

From quiet fishing villages to remote crater lakes to boiling pools, this island has it all.


My favourite activity in the Azores

My favourite accommodation in the Azores

Corvo accommodation during October 2019 – Then try the Pirates Nest. 

The Pirate’s Nest on Corvo is an ideal base for bird watching

If you’re looking for accommodation on the island of Corvo in the Azores during the peak birdwatching season of October then the Pirates Nest makes for a perfect base.  This friendly Azorean guest house has 3 twin rooms (with TV and kettle) which share 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast isn’t included but everyone can prepare their own in the kitchen, which is more like being at home than a guest house.

Corvo accommodation availability 2019

Monday 30th September 2019 – 3 rooms.

Tuesday 01st October 2019 – 3 rooms

Wednesday 02nd October 2019 – 3 rooms

Thursday 03rd October 2019 – 3 rooms

Friday 04th October 2019 – 3 rooms

Saturday 05th October 2019 – 3 rooms

Sunday 06th October 2019 – 3 rooms

Monday 07th October 2019 – 3 rooms

To book rooms please call Archipelago Choice on 00 (44) 017687 75672 or email: ian@archipelagochoice.com




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