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World’s Best Islands: Why Pico in The Azores Belongs On Your Travel Wish List

World’s Best Islands: Why Pico in The Azores Belongs On Your Travel Wish List


It’s part of her small resort, Lava Homes, a collection of 14 contemporary houses spread out down a steep hill. The project started with her own house in Pico—a place she’s been visiting for 40 years, ever since her teenage self had a boyfriend with a father in nearby São Roque—with what was initially meant to be another house or two that she could rent on Airbnb. But the government would only approve the deal if she made a resort. In short order she got ten friends to invest in the project, and Lava Homes was born. 

She loves Pico because it still belongs to a simpler world. “It’s one of few places left where you can leave your house open and your keys in the car,” she says, laughing. “Where would anyone go with your car? Just around the island and then bring it back.” 
I would go back in a heartbeat just to chill out at Lava Homes for a few days—or to check out her upcoming hotel project, in a distillery in the charming, UNESCO-recognized village of Cabrito—but there are two main reasons that most people visit Pico.

Condé Nast Traveller

LAVA HOMES, PICO

"In the glass-walled yoga room at Lava Homes, sun salutations can be performed looking out the Atlantic and São Jorge. High on hillside, the 14 clean-lined cottages of glass and volcanic rock, with kitchens and working fireplaces, give the impression of floating above the sea."

Os 10 melhores novos hotéis e turismos rurais que abriram em Portugal em 2019

Do Blue Alvor às Lava Homes nos Açores, de um barco na Ria Formosa ao Les Suites na Madeira, estas são as escolhas da NiT.

Archmarathon Stone Award


Marmomac welcomes back the Archmarathon Stone Award on September 26th and 27th

Um refúgio de luxo no Atlântico

Um refúgio de luxo no Atlântico

Restaurante Magma: uma “erupção” gastronómica na ilha do Pico

Restaurante Magma: uma “erupção” gastronómica na ilha do Picouma-erupcao-gastronomica-na-ilha-do-Pico

FINANCIAL TIMES - The Azores rise to the fore

The Azores rise to the fore

Resort Lava Homes / Diogo Mega Architects

Resort Lava Homes / Diogo Mega Architects

New York Times - 52 Places to go in 2019

52 Places to go in 2019