The Azores, Portugal
October 2 - 8, 2022
Come join us in the Azores, a volcanic archipelago comprised of nine islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This island world of traditional villages, lake-filled calderas, and ancient vineyards is often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”. In the Azores you will find vistas of unparalleled beauty, unique animals, a fabulous cuisine and people who will welcome you with arms wide open.
We will stay on the largest island of the Azores archipelago, São Miguel, which is known as the "Green Island" for good reason. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanoes, hot springs, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the ideal vacation destination for nature lovers and those looking for a European destination off-the-beaten-path.
For fans of outdoor adventure and discovery, this retreat offers endless possibilities. We will hike the island's wonders to discover hidden beaches, marvel at the many waterfalls and even enjoy soaking in a natural hot springs surrounded by dense forest. There will be plenty of time also to visit Europe's only tea plantation, stroll the cobblestone streets of quaint fishing towns and enjoy delicious seafood and local wines at seaside restaurants.
Our home base is the amazing Sensi Azores Nature and SPA, which boasts a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, a Turkish bath and spa. There's a great restaurant on site, and you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge overlooking the Atlantic. This beautiful boutique hotel has all the creature comforts to make for a sumptuous visit to the Azores.
Between this beautiful destination, our luxurious hotel and an energetic itinerary, we hope to have assembled all the necessary ingredients for the perfect anecdote to the past two years of COVID claustrophobia.
2022 Retreat Dates
Arrival: Sun., Oct. 2nd 2022
Check In: After 3:00 PM
Departure: Sat., Oct. 8th 2022
Check Out: Before 11:00 AM
Free Transport These Dates
Airport To/From Hotel
Part 1: Sensi Azores Nature and Spa
7 days & 6 nights at the Sensi Azores Nature & Spa overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Full Use of our hotel's health & wellness amenities, including: outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, sauna and Turkish steam bath.
Delicious meals at the Sensi restaurant/bar, including: daily breakfast and 3 dinners.
An onsite spa with an excellent staff offering a variety of treatments and massages.
Daily yoga classes held on the hotel's outdoor patio with sea view.
Endless hiking, biking & other optional activities in addition to our scheduled itinerary.
Sensi Azores Nature and SPA is a family run boutique hotel and spa that opened its doors in February 2020. The property is a restored farm that is surrounded by both the blue ocean and wild green nature. The main house, the previous outdoor kitchen, the caretaker’s house and the stables retain their original personality and textures. Sensi's 21 rooms, restaurant, spa and other amenities are decorated and outfitted with all the modern features required for a comfortable and luxurious stay.
All of our group's guest rooms have a full ocean view and decks. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, safe, beach towels, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi access. Guests have the choice of either 1 king or 2 twins for their bed configurations.
We will enjoy daily breakfasts and three dinners at the Sensi's restaurant that features farm fresh ingredients expertly prepared and artfully presented. Sensi’s well-stocked bar carries local craft beers, spirits from around the world, and fine Portuguese wines. All meals and drinks can be enjoyed in the bar area, the outdoor patio or in their eclectic dining room.
Sensi has revitalized this old farm into a sanctuary of relaxation. The spa has an extensive list of traditional and holistic treatments. Massages can be performed in the spa or on your room's private deck overlooking the ocean. The heated indoor pool, sauna and Turkish bath offer inside relaxation pursuits, while the outside pool deck and courtyard areas present plenty of nooks in which to relax and unwind.
Tricia will be offering yoga classes as our daily itinerary permits. These classes are suitable for all levels and are totally optional for friends or family who do not practice yoga.
Part 2: Nature, History & Adventure
Nearby Ponta Delgada features a beautiful harbor, fun shopping, many nice restaurants and interesting cultural destinations..
Day Trip 1 - Western São Miguel Island
Sete Cidades Crater & Ponta da Ferraria
Day Trip 2 - Central São Miguel Island
Dolphin Watching Boat Trip & Lagoa do Fogo
Day Trip 3 - Eastern São Miguel Island
Furnas & Terra Nostra Botanical garden
Many fun optional activities on our two unscheduled days like spa treatments, biking, sea kayaking and more...
Enjoy ad hoc Toby Tours to other towns and attractions on our unscheduled days as well.
We have created an itinerary which blends invigorating days exploring the island with relaxing days enjoying Sensi Azores Nature & Spa or an optional activity of your choosing. Our three group day trips will tour the different regions of São Miguel Island.
Day Trip 1 - Western São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades & Ponta da Ferraria
Named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, Lagoa das Sete Cidades ("Lagoon of the Seven Cities") is a twin lake situated in the crater of a dormant volcano. We will have a guided tour to many striking vistas of the Azores' most iconic and recognized natural monument. Sete Cidades is also an excellent location for variety of outdoor activities within the crater's inner rim, including canoeing and stand-up paddleboard, hiking, biking and bird watching. We will lunch in the village of Sete Cidades before moving on to our next destination for the day.
Located at the bottom of a cliff, surrounded by gigantic lava rocks, stands an oceanic natural pool called the Ferraria Hot Springs. Here, the cold seawater and the hot geothermal spring water beneath swirl together.
Whenever the tides are low, you can clutch yourself to a rope and enjoy warm waters while getting battered by ocean waves. This is truly a unique experience.
Day Trip 2 - Central São Miguel Island: Whale/Dolphin Watching Boat Trip & Lagoa do Fogo
Today we’ll explore the rich underwater world that surrounds the archipelago. We’ll start with an introduction to this North Atlantic ecosystem, learning from marine biologists about what we might encounter and how to thoughtfully behave around them. Then we’ll board our boat and take to the seas, scanning the horizon for signs of massive fin whales, bottlenose dolphins, and clicking sperm whales. After a few hours, we’ll break for lunch at Vila Franca do Campo Harbor, where you can sample some fresh fish.
Lagoa do Fogo ("Lake of Fire"), was created as a result of volcanic activity around 15,000 years ago and the last eruption happened in the 1500’s. The lake is the highest elevated lake on Sao Miguel island and spans nearly 2 miles in length and is 1.5 miles wide. After admiring, the volcano's crater and the lake's vividly colored blue water, you'll understand why it's considered one of the most beautiful lakes on the island. As we depart we stop at the Caldeira Velha, where thermal pools and waterfalls surrounded by endemic fauna and flora await. After taking a dip in the thermal pools (optional) we make our way back to the hotel.
Day Trip 3 - Eastern São Miguel Island: Furnas & Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
Furnas Valley is the center of São Miguel's unique geothermal activity. Here you can visit two active volcanic sites to see the boiling caldeiras in action, multiple hot spring pools for soaking and swimming, and the stunning Furnas Lake that's perfectly sized for an afternoon hike. In the town of Furnas we will enjoy a lunch of Cozido das Furnas, a traditional Azores stew cooked underground with volcanic heat.
Nearby, the 200-year old Terra Nostra Botanical Garden is an ecological wonderland that boasts a geothermal swimming pool, and amazing gardens with hundreds of different species of plants. The gardens are spread over 31 acres and feature a serpentine canal, a number of grottoes, walkways lined with beautiful trees and numerous parterres of ornamental flowers.
Unscheduled Personal Days: 3 Great Options
We have two free days on the trip with no group activities scheduled. This allows everyone to carve out some personal time to relax or to create an experience just for you. Possibilities include:
1) Guests can choose to just relax at our hotel & spa to take advantage of the beautiful facilities and spa services. Whether it is reading by the pool, getting a massage or taking a sauna, there are plenty of options to enjoy some well earned downtime.
2) Alternatively, guests can use this free time to plan their own special adventures. The concierge at the hotel can organize a variety of activities, including: horseback riding, sea fishing, sea kayaking, bike rides, canyoning tours, birdwatching, surf lessons, farm visits & visits to the handmade crockery factory.
3) Lastly, T&T Travel is famous for our ad hoc and spontaneous Toby Tours. On unscheduled days, Toby often grabs a van and invites anyone interested in exploring parts of the island or attractions not included in the main itinerary. These tours are casual, and their destinations are often determined the night before over a glass of wine and fun conversation.
Selecting Your Room at
Sensi Azores Nature and Spa
Sensi Azores Nature and SPA has guaranteed our retreat only (7) rooms, including (4) Standard Atlantic Rooms, and (3) Deluxe Atlantic Double Rooms. All of our rooms have a full ocean view and decks. The Atlantic Deluxe Rooms are larger and have a heated plunge pool on their decks. Due to the limited room supply, we are not offering single occupancy at this time. Please use the gallery below to become familiar with your room options as well as our current availability.
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SOLD OUT $3,350.00 per person / Double
Size 40m² - Private deck w/ Plunge pool - Air conditioning - 1 Queen Bed or 2 Twin beds - Cable TV - Free Wireless - Mini Bar - Safe - Sea view
SOLD OUT $2,950.00 per person / Double
Size 25m² - Private deck - Air conditioning - 1 Queen Bed or 2 Twin beds - Cable TV - Free Wireless - Mini Bar - Safe - Sea view
Retreat Room Inventory Pricing
Atlantic Standard Room
(Double) = per person
Atlantic Deluxe Room
(Double) = per person
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How To Register & Book Your Room For This Retreat
This retreat is open to everyone. No one is required to participate in any of our scheduled yoga classes or other group events. Rooms are allocated on a first pay - first serve basis.
A $350.00 non-refundable deposit is required for every retreat participant. This deposit guarantees your room reservation until the Final Balance Payment Deadline. Invoices in the form of an email are sent at your request and it allows you to pay by credit / debit card.
Payment Options – Final Payment Deadline: Aug. 15th, 2022
All retreat packages must be paid in full by Aug. 15th, 2022. Retreat participants have the option of paying the entire balance at the time of deposit and get a $50.00 discount. Alternatively, participants can sign up for an installment plan at the time of deposit by using a credit / debit card. This plan automatically pays the balance due in three installments that are completed by Aug. 15th, 2022. Beyond this deadline, the reservation may be cancelled, the deposit(s) forfeited, and the room may be allocated to the wait list and/or put back on sale.
In the event you must cancel your trip, your entire payment will be refunded less the $350.00 deposit, if your cancellation is made before August 15th, 2022. Should you need to cancel after this date, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. However, we permit the transfer of your deposit or reservation to another person. No partial refunds or credits will be given for participants who arrive late or depart early on the retreat. For this reason we recommend that all retreat participants purchase travel insurance that allows for trip cancellations.
Travel Insurance: Strongly Recommended
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance in the case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip. Please review all policies carefully to ensure you get the coverage you want, including: trip cancellation or delay, personal property loss, medical treatment and emergency medical evacuation. The policies that offer "Cancel for Any Reason" benefits often require that you purchase this insurance within two weeks of your trip's first expense, i.e. the deposit. Use these links to review updated information regarding travel insurance options during the COVID pandemic:
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What’s Included in the Price:
* 7 Days & 6 Nights at Sensi Azores Nature & Spa
* Access to All Hotel Amenities, Including: Pools, Sauna, Turkish Bath & Spa
* Welcome Cocktail Sunday Night
* Six Breakfasts at Sensi Restaurant
* Three Offsite Lunches on Tour Days
* Six Group Dinners: Three at Sensi Restaurant and Three at Offsite Restaurants
* Yoga Classes
* Day Trip 1: Western Region of São Miguel -
Sete Cidades Crater & Town and the Ferraria Ocean Hot Springs
* Day Trip 2: Central Region of São Miguel - Whale / Dolphin Watching Tour and Fogo Lake
* Day Trip 3: Eastern Region of São Miguel - Furnas and Terra Nostra Park
* All Entrance Fees for Parks and Attractions on Tour Days
* Gratuities & Taxes for Hotel Stay, All Group Meals & All Group Tour Activities
* All Local Transportation for Tours and Offsite Meals as well as Any Unscheduled Toby Tours
* Van Transportation Between Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) & Sensi Azores Nature and SPA on Arrival & Departure Days
What’s Not Included in the Price:
* Air Travel to Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL)
* Hotel & Meals for Guests Flying out of Lisbon on the Saturday after the Retreat
* Select Meals: 3 Lunches
* Spa Services
* Optional Activities via Hotel Concierge
Visit to a farm
Visit the handmade crockery factory
* Misc. Souvenirs & Alcoholic Beverages
* Misc. Tips & Gratuities for Non Group Events
* Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)