It’s not often that you can claim to be literally in the middle of an ocean. But so is the case of Portugal’s Azores archipelago, a true blue spectacle in the Atlantic. It is also one of the last examples of untouched nature in Europe. Set against turbulent seas, the nine tranquil islands–the largest being São Miguel–are a picture of velvety pastures framed by rows of azaleas and hydrangeas. Thanks to its unique flora, fauna, and marine life, activities abound on the islands—easily booked by hotel Azores once you’ve stopped swooning over the options. Calm, fragrant subtropical breezes blow through handsome villages, where quaintness isn’t fabricated. Ancient lava-stone chapels, oxcarts, sedate fishermen, and traditional houses greet Azores hotel guests as they wander through the lush islands. The delicious local fare on offer is clearly inspired by the food on Portugal’s mainland but with variations of its own that are not to be missed. Below find a list of our selection of boutique and luxury hotels in Azores.