Sometimes, I love a relaxing stay in a luxe hotel or meeting other travellers in buzzing hostels. Other times, it’s nice to unwind in a cozy, home away from home.
After scouring the internet for the perfect AirBnb on São Miguel Island, I found the Mirante Loft, the most unique AirBnb in Ponta Delgada.
Now I know Airbnb’s can get a bad rep sometimes, and, yes… there are a few shady properties and property owners out there. Sometimes, however, you hit the AirBnb jackpot - and that’s exactly what a stay at the Mirante Loft was for us.
After a long travel day (and by long I mean a bus from home to Malmo Central Station, a train from there to Copenhagen airport, then one flight to Lisbon and a second the Azores), we finallyyyy arrived in Ponta Delgada. A short taxi ride later, and we were checking in to the beautiful Mirante Loft.
With its nearly panoramic windows, this quiet oasis in the middle of the Atlantic offers guests beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, sea, and the pineapple farm next door. The landscape views are tastefully complemented by crisp and simplistic decorations in the interior.
The property boasts several other amenities like a sparkling white, fully equipped kitchen (a must for travellers who love cooking on the road), a washer (nice for people with laundry), a living room, dining area, TV (with netflix), a balcony, andddd (BIG plus) a shower with a view.
Thoughtful little in-house touches like a deck of cards and tea light candles put this loft at the top of my list of favorite AirBnb’s. The host Joana was also extremely kind and accommodating when we needed to check out a bit later on our final day.
As far as amenities go, we had everything we needed here and more… except for the best weather conditions, but, from what we’ve heard, this is pretty typical on the island.
We did have nice enough weather to walk to the beach, down to the marina, and around the city for a bit, but, other than that, we spent a lot of our time just enjoying this amazing property and the incredible view from our little glass loft.
We sat on the balcony drinking 3 Euro bottles of wine, listening to music, and watching the weather change from one minute to the next. I’ve never seen such insanely temperamental and unpredictable weather patterns.
One minute, the clouds rolled in and the rain was pouring, and the next we’d put on our shades and soak up the blazing sun. It was a great spot to write, actually… and once my pen hit the paper, I poured more words and thoughts from my soul to my journal than I have in ages.
ANYWAY, back to the property.
As much as I’ve been raving about the interior of this place… the exterior isn’t half bad either… and by that I mean it’s pretty freakin’ fantastic. The grounds are calm, quiet, and FILLED with greenery.
The loft itself is also covered in bright green, viney plants.
If you know me, you know I’m a hugeeeee plant lover - so, yes… these green walls mighttt have played a major role in my booking decision. (They did… they definitely played a major role).
Now though the Mirante Loft DID cost a bit more per night than I typically would spend, it was totally worth it. I’m happy to report that splurging on a stay here did not disappoint.
The restaurants in Ponta Delgada are a bit far away (unless you rent a car), so we stocked up on food and drinks at the local market, and cooked our own meals (something I’d highly recommend doing anytime you have access to a kitchen so as to maximize your travel funds).
We spent money on one meal out throughout our whole stay, and the rest of the time, we saved by preparing meals in this swoon worthy (future house GOALS) kitchen.
There is so much to see and explore on São Miguel Island, but a couple of nights in Ponta Delgada at the Mirante Loft was a great starting point for us. After such a long travel day, it was nice to have a short commute from the airport to our final destination. We were able to unwind and have some quiet time before diving in to all the island has to offer.
If you’re planning to spend some time in Ponta Delgada while visiting São Miguel, I can’t recommend this AirBnb enough. Joana is an amazing host and the beautiful Mirante loft was the perfect place to stay.
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