The Azores are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and just under 5 hours from Boston, these islands are known as the "Hawaii of the mid-atlantic" and are not to be missed!
We will be staying on the "Green Island" of Sao Miguel, home to vibrant blue volcanic lakes, black sand beaches, lush natural preserves, and panoramic cliffs. Our days will include hikes to some of the most stunning vistas on the island, soaks in natural hot springs, visits to wineries, and exploration of neighboring towns and beaches.
Daily (optional) Pilates/barre classes will be held with Brittany or Mari, but don't worry, there will also be plenty of time for relaxation amongst the property of our oceanfront, 4-star eco-beach resort. All meals (with the exception of 2 lunches) are included, and will be nourishing, fresh, and delicious, so that you can get a true taste of Azorean fare.
Early Bird pricing is in effect through December 2nd. Prices will rise 100 EURO on December 3rd, so make sure to sign up now to save, and secure your room of choice.
A €500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on this retreat. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure, but we can certainly be flexible with this and can set up a payment plan for you if needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about payment plan options.
*5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort
*Breakfast & Dinner Daily (Arrival day no breakfast, departure day no lunch or dinner)
*Lunch on Arrival Day, and Picnic Lunch on Excursion Days (no lunch on free days)
*One group hiking & hot spring excursion, and one group hiking & winery tour / tasting excursion, including all guides and transportation
*Daily Pilates or Barre Classes with Brittany & Mari
*Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to SBER and back (about a 15 minute ride each way)
*Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL) - scroll down for Flight Parameters
*Additional excursions or cab rides
*Massages (can be booked directly at SBER)
All retreats include a €500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Any balance payments made are also non-refundable / non-transferable. SolSeed Retreats cannot make exceptions to its cancellation policy as costs are incurred prior to the Retreat Start Date.
The purchase of travel insurance is highly recommended for this trip, which will protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. If you decide not to purchase travelers insurance, you are assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption.
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Please note that while the official start date of this trip is May 3rd, you will need to take a red eye flight from Boston to PDL (Azores) on the evening of May 2nd.
We recommend booking flights on SATA (Azores Air). They are the only airline that flies direct from Boston to the Azores.
If you are planning to fly out of Philadelphia or a different airport, you will want to connect through Boston and take advantage of the direct flight listed below. That will be the most affordable and fastest way to get to the Azores.
2) Enter departure city of Boston (BOS) and arrival city of Ponta Delgada (PDL)
3) Enter departure date as May 2nd (yes, this is correct - the flight is a red-eye so you leave Saturday night and arrive in the Azores early on the morning of May 3rd, the start date of your retreat).
4) Enter the return date as May 8th (unless you're staying longer)
5) Select this flight option -
Azores Air Flight 220 - Depart 9:20pm from BOS on 5/2, Arrives 6am in PDL on 5/3
Azores Air Flight 281 - Depart 6:15pm from PDL on 5/8, Arrives 7:50pm in BOS on 5/8
If you choose to book flights outside of our parameters, you will be responsible for paying for your own airport transfers, which will run you roughly 20 - 25 EURO each way.
Check-in at Santa Barbara Eco-Resort on our arrival day is at 2:30pm. If you would like an early check-in to your room there is an added cost for this. Please email email@example.com to inquire about availability and pricing for your early check-in.
You must have a valid passport to travel to the Azores, Portugal. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 3 months after the end date of your retreat.
A Visa is not required for US Citizens visiting the Azores, unless you're staying in the EU for more than 90 days in a 6 month period.
No special shots or immunizations are necessary for visiting the Azores.
This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a stand up shower and one with a tub. The Double Occupancy Bedroom option means that there will be two people in the bedroom; this other person may be your friend, a family member, your significant other, or a thoughtfully selected fellow retreat participant, depending on how you register.
**Please indicate your roommate's name upon registration. If you do not sign up with a roommate, we will pair you with a like-minded retreater. If you would like your own private bedroom and bathroom within a Two Bedroom Villa, please register for the Single Occupancy Bedroom option**
There is also a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area. Common areas are shared with 1-2 other people, who will occupy the second bedroom of the villa.
Each bedroom contains two twin beds, which can be separated, or set up together as one double bed.
If you and your bedroom-mate would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Double Occupancy Villa option.
This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a stand up shower and one with a tub. By selecting this Single Occupancy Bedroom option within the two bedroom villa, you will have a private bedroom and bathroom.
There is also a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area. Common areas are shared with 1-2 other people, who will occupy the second bedroom of your villa.
If you would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Single Occupancy Bedroom option.
This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for two friends or a couple seeking a bit more privacy.
It can be configured with one double bed OR 2 twin beds, and has a private bath. The Villa also comes with a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area.
**You must have a roommate in order to book this room option.** Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up and whether you'd like 1 double bed or 2 twin beds.
This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for the solo traveler seeking the most privacy.
It comes with one double bed and a private bath, as well as a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area.
The most luxurious of all of our housing options, these private studios feature an open style floor plan with one double bed, private bath, kitchenette, and living area. The studios also have access to a plunge pool, which is shared by all studio guests.
If you'd like to share this room (1 Double Bed) with a partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the double occupancy rate.
**Availability of this room type will be confirmed once you put your deposit down. These private luxury studios are per resort availability only.**