Sensi Azores Nature and Spa – Its location facing the sea, the refined decoration and the discreet and considerate service make it a hotel that is already popular with customers. Sensi Azores / Photo Press

On the west coast of the largest island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, between Ponta Delgada and Mosteiros, this old farmhouse is ideal for disconnecting and recharging your batteries. We tested.

Sensi Azores Nature and Spa

Meeting point: Portugal, Ginetes

R. do Monte No. 1, 9555-080 Ginetes, Portugal

Price:from 150 € / night – double room basis

Le Figaro’s opinion

9/10

Sensi Azores Nature and Spa opened in February 2020, after four years of work, and made its first real season in the summer of 2021. Although its owners are not trained hotel owners, they have managed to create an exclusive charm that the destination lacked. Its location facing the sea, the refined decoration, the discreet and considerate service, the feeling of peace that one feels as soon as one steps in the doors, make it a hotel that has already been hailed by the customers who have lived there.

The situation

9/10

The Sensi Azores lie on a lush meadow on top of a cliff and offer completely unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. The hotel faces west and is a magical place to enjoy the sunsets. Although surrounded by nature, this five-star establishment is very accessible: Ponta Delgada Airport is only 20 minutes away by car, and the places to see Sete Cidades and Ponta da Ferraria are less than a block away.

Sensi Azores Nature & Spa, Rua do Monte n ° 1 – 9555-080 Ginetes, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal. Such. : +351 296 248260.

The decor

9/10

The owners, Miguel and Teresa Urbano, bought this old farmhouse consisting of four buildings, which they rehabilitated and expanded with respect for the local architecture. The lava stone walls are enlarged and heated by beautiful lace parquet floors and studied lighting, with a light intensity adapted to every moment of the day. Open to the sea through large bay windows, the bar is particularly pleasant. Above the counter in emerald pottery, cinema series and spotted baskets create a light and exotic atmosphere.

Above the bar counter in emerald pottery, cinema series and antique baskets create a light and exotic atmosphere. Sensi Azores / Photo Press

The rooms

9/10

With 20 rooms and a villa, the Sensi Azores are on a human scale. You quickly feel like in a cottage. Located in the old stables, the superb Deluxe rooms with terrace, where it is possible to get an outdoor massage, a small heated pool for soaking. The most beautiful faces the sea. Inside, volcanic stone walls and Scandinavian-inspired furniture create an elegant sobriety enhanced by colorful climates.

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Service and equipment

9/10

In summer, the outdoor pool overlooking the ocean is ideal to cool off when the Atlantic rolls are too impressive. As the weather in the Azores is capricious, the Sensi Azores also have a heated indoor pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the outside. It is adjacent to the spa, which has a massage parlor, sauna and hammam. The therapists, whose techniques are inspired by Asia, have nimble fingers. In collaboration with local providers, the hotel also offers several experiences such as riding in the moonlight around the craters of Sete Cidades, or going out to sea with a marine biologist to observe whales.

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Handicap access
  • Parking lot
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool

At the table and at the bar

9/10

The chef of the restaurant, of Indian and Irish origin, returns to the traditions of the Azores and Portugal with organic products, as far as possible, always very fresh, especially the fish, which changes according to the day’s catch. . Drinking a glass of white Verdelho while admiring the sunset at the bar is one of the things to do during a stay in the Sensi Azores.
Drinking a glass of white Verdelho while admiring the sunset at the bar is one of the most important things to do during a stay in the Sensi Azores. Sensi Azores / Photo Press

Value for money

8/10

With a room starting at € 150 per night, including breakfast, Sensi Nature & Spa offers very reasonable prices considering the quality of the services and the charm of the hotel.